Should I opt for the more detailed and costly RICS Level 3 Survey before purchasing an abandoned, Regency cottage in Fleet?
The RICS Level 3 Survey is a comprehensive inspection by a chartered surveyor, and it provides:
- An inspection of the building(s) at the property
- A full survey report of the findings, both good and bad
- A property valuation (if specifically requested and carries an additional cost)
The customer can choose this type of survey for any property that they are buying, but the RICS recommends that it is most suitable for:
- Listed buildings and some properties in conservation areas
- Properties that were built more than 50 years ago
- Properties that you want to extend, change significantly, or update in an integral way
- Buildings that have been recently subjected to such change
- Properties of an unusual construction, or built with unusual materials, irrespective of their age
Read more about what is and isn't included, by reading our survey comparison.
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We are buying in Fleet, and the home's foundations have been built on clay soil. Does a RICS Level 2 Survey discuss soil composition?
Negative effects that clay soil might have on a structure can create long-term problems for Fleet homebuyers. In Fleet's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affect the structural integrity of the building itself. Signs like sticking window-frames or thickening cracks appearing in the wall can be early warnings, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies.
There is a real benefit, therefore, in booking a Fleet surveyor with Surveyor Local to carry out your RICS Level 2 Survey, as they will be completely familiar with the local soil composition, and they will have witnessed the effects of clay soil issues first-hand. If soil water-levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important, and your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.
The RICS advises that the RICS Level 2 Survey should be adopted for what is described as “conventional properties in reasonable condition”. Specifically, this means:
- properties built less than 50 years ago (including new-builds, which are just as susceptible to minor issues as an established home)
- properties with no significant change made to them in recent years
- properties with no plans for significant change in the next few years
- properties of a standard construction (i.e. not of an unusual construction or built with non-standard materials)
Each RICS Level 2 Survey will provide the client with detailed information on:
- the current market valuation of the property (this is optional, so ensure you ask for it in your quote if required)
- background information and issues on the general property and its location
- structural problems (such as evidence of subsidence or heave)
- estimate of the cost for rebuilding (for insurance purposes)
- suspicion of the presence of hazardous materials (e.g. asbestos, although this will not be investigated in any detail)
- assessment of the damp-proof course (DPC), the drainage and the home’s insulation (but note that drains themselves are not tested)
- condition of the timbers throughout the property (where accessible), specifically identifying existence of woodworm or rot
- test results for damp in all walls
- details of any urgent defects that will need specialist inspection prior to signing the contract
- details of any major defects that will have an impact on the property’s value
- planning and control issues for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor
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When we visited the mid-century home we are intending to move into in Fleet, we think we noticed that there is an unsafe electrical system; will a RICS Level 2 Survey provide information on the wiring and electrical system?
For the residential properties, the regulations cover all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while areas particularly susceptible to moisture, such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment, will receive a special focus.
As part of the building regulations approval in an extension or new-build, or where the electrical circuits have been updated, an electrical certificate, signed off by a qualified electrician, needs to be supplied to comply with the requirements. This document will be sought and checked by your Surveyor Local surveyor.
In addition, the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommends that a periodic inspection be completed every 10 years on private residential property, or every 5 years if you are renting out the property to tenants, or you own a commercial building. Again, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will identify the Periodic Inspection Review document’s existence and confirm its validity and status.
When preparing a Fleet RICS Level 3 Survey, an RICS surveyor will inspect all accessible parts of the electrical system, noting the location and likely age of the fuse-board, and includes a visual assessment of the superficial parts of the wiring, without taking anything apart for safety reasons. In addition to verifying areas connected to the mains (e.g. the whereabouts of the meter or consumer unit), the surveyor will also choose a selection of sockets and light-switches to ensure they are operating normally.
In the survey report, the surveyor will highlight all of the findings, including identifying those areas that they are unable to access, which might need further investigation by a qualified electrician. Where there are areas of concern, particularly where the electrical circuits and wiring don’t conform to the British standard, the surveyor will recommend that immediate action be taken. It is wise to obtain a couple of quotes for any major rewiring activities, as this can be used to enter into renegotiations over the asking price with the seller.
Local highly-rated electricians in the area include:
- John Carpenter Electrical Ltd., 26 Aldershot Road, Fleet, GU51 3NN (Tel: 01252 613668)
- R. A. Newman, 28 Durnsford Avenue, Fleet, GU52 7TB (Tel: 01252 614233)
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I want to buy a semi-detached house in Fleet (GU51 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £385,000. What will a Fleet surveyor consider when carrying out a professional valuation?
A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Fleet (Hart District local authority).
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Fleet in December 2018 was £376,175, which is £8,825 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Fleet were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 18 February 2019
An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a RICS Level 2 Survey, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.
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Does a Fleet survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a retaining wall) and how is it worked out
A Property Valuation Report is not a survey per se, although it is an associated product that chartered surveyors can offer, on the proviso that they are also a registered valuer. This is something that Surveyor Local can add to your choice of survey, and, if required, you only need to pick up the phone to us on 0800 022 4428 to discuss your particular needs and we’ll get the right service set up for you with the minimum of fuss.
A Property Valuation Report is requested when a definitive answer on the value of a property is required. Note that it’s not the same as a market appraisal, which is a guide or estimate to the property price that has absolutely no legal standing.
The report looks at the location of the property, its features, size and age, while it considers the identified problems and issues within its boundaries. The approach that the registered valuer will adopt is:
- Research: market research to identify similar properties of age, condition and size in the near environs and check how much they were sold for most recently
- Inspection: an assessment of the actual property across its boundaries, inside and out, where accessible and safe to do so
- Analysis: a translation of all the findings into a meaningful report, always written in plain English, for the client with the headline valuation
The price of a Property Valuation Report starts from £249, which includes VAT and is fixed), dependent on the size of the property being valued. If you would like a Property Valuation Report added to either your RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey, please contact one of our team of friendly advisers on 0800 022 4428 and they will be happy to get things set up for you so that you are ready to get going today!
Is there a flood-risk in Fleet, and will the chartered surveyor inquire into possible water damage, or whether other houses on the street have been affected?
Flooding has blighted the lives of thousands of homeowners in all parts of the country, and homebuyers and homeowners are understandably concerned. The Environment Agency estimates that almost 20% of all homes in the UK are at risk of some sort of flooding, with surface water being responsible for around 50% of those.
As with many aspects of home ownership, flood-prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. Flood water can enter a Fleet house through several routes, including patio doors, air bricks, or low ingress thresholds. Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. raised door thresholds
The data used to compile the third-party flood assessments also considers any civic or personal flood defences that might be in place, as well as historic parochial claims for flood damage. With this information, the level of risk can be assessed, and your surveyor will be able to advise you on any remedial action that can be taken.
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Will there be any problems we need to check out when we buy an extended house in Fleet within a conservation area?
There are now over ten thousand official conservation areas throughout the country (with 500 being added in 2018 alone), the responsibility for which lies with the local authority.
Fleet chartered surveyors must have detailed local knowledge of local features and the connection they have on the property. The value of the property tends to be higher than for the non-conservation-area equivalents because of the conservation areas’ resistance to change.
Property surveyors are trained to identify whether the building looks if it is located in one of these restricted areas, and the Section I Issues for Your Legal Advisers of the RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend additional due diligence and enquiries for your legal adviser to follow up. Unsympathetic extensions to the property may be advised, but these are really more something for investigation by your conveyancer.
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What should we be aware of when buying a home in Fleet that is proximate to a rubbish dump?
A ‘landfill site’ is the generic term given for specialist locations licensed by the government (and the Environment Agency) for any material that won’t be recycled or reused to be dumped, buried or collected in one place. Because of the shortage of new locations for landfill, and the reduction in available space at existing ones, this explains the drive for better recycling options.
However, be aware that recycling areas can present as much of a hazard as the familiar dumping sites, with noxious chemicals spilling into the environment, either in the ground, through the water-table, the drains or airborne, especially where waste is burnt.
Specialist licenses are required for those companies operating such sites, and these are inspected to ensure that all legal measures are being correctly enforced and complied with.
Whether it’s a local authority tip, a recycling centre, or a true landfill site, no-one would willingly wish to live in close proximity to one (although the large majority of the British population do). For this reason, it makes complete sense for your surveyor to check out the environmental and structural impact of such necessary waste management sites on the property you are wishing to buy, not only from the environmental side of things but also from the traffic passing in and out of the site and how the vibrations might be impacting the foundations and the environs.
Where there is cause for concern, or if there appears to contamination that is attributable directly to such sites, your surveyor will note this in the report and highlight the severity for remedial action, often placing it in the section for consideration by your conveyancing solicitor to look into with the appropriate authorities.
Surveyors in Fleet will make note of any structural problems directly resulting from the landfill. Your solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the British Geological databases as well as the Hart Local Authority and address any concerns you may have in the report on title.
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