Is it best to get a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Elmswell and which is cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.
If the Elmswell property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS advise you commission a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is less cheap, but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Elmswell property's general condition and it includes information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .
For further advice you can get an instant Elmswell House Survey Quote or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
Does a Elmswell surveyor investigate possible flood damage?
Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: The Independent). Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes.
Flood water can enter a home through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the Elmswell area likely to affect the home also enables the residential surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the current owner, but this information may not be accurate.
The Environment Agency state that no warnings have been for Elmswell.
*This information correct - 04/01/2013
What will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered regency house in Elmswell.
Stucco is really a kind of smooth solid render. Typically stucco render is applied to brick that sets to a smooth stone like surface. It is highly aesthetic and is found on Regency properties. it can be prone to defect and Elmswell surveyors sometimes discover potentially expensive to remedy problems such as horizontal cracking that follows the underlying mortar joints.
Another example of problems may be when moisture below flashings that results in detachment. Re-covering Stucco problems may be surprisingly expensive as skilled tradesmen are getting more difficult to find.
I am purchasing a cottage and the estate agent has informed us that it has been built with Portland stone. Are there specific problems to bear in mind, and will the surveyor offer any advice?
External wall maintenance is essential to the health of houses in Elmswell. Issues including spalling brick affect many stone-walled houses in Elmswell. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Advice for better upkeep will vary according to the needs of individual property, such as resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.
Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.
The seller's agent said there may be a danger of asbestos wallpaper present in the flat. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous structured mineral. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials including boards around windows. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good tensile strength qualities and it may be found in boards around radiators. Technically all forms including white ( Chrysotile) are hazardous and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. If found, care should be taken on no account to move it. Professional advice should be sought without delay.
Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a Elmswell home survey. Your Elmswell surveyor should report on potential asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.
I am going to buy a detached house in IP31. It is on the market for £249, 307. What will a Elmswell qualified RICS surveyor evaluate in the process of a professional valuation ?
There are a great number of factors which could positively or negatively affect house prices ranging from the amount of service charges payable to the property's proximity to a conservation area. It often helps to look at values achieved in Elmswell at the same time for similar properties.
The means house prices paid between July and October in 2012 was £247, 407, which is £1, 900 less than the price you are intending to pay. The house/flat average was £243, 734. 2, The Post Mill, Norton, Bury St Edmunds, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP31 3NY a detached house sold for £613, 000 .
The most reliable way for home buyers to get an accurate and professional house valuation is to commission a RICS Level 2 Survey (or Property Valuation Report) which includes a Property Valuation Report as part of the service. Your surveyor will be accredited under the Valuer Registration Scheme ( to not be is a breach of RICS rules).