Is it best to have a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Fulwood and which would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a RICS Level 3 Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.
If the Fulwood property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), then RICS recommend the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS advise you commission a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Fulwood property's condition and it includes information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .
If in doubt you can get a Fulwood Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
I am going to buy a property in PR3 for £214, 209. What considerations will a Fulwood qualified RICS surveyor take into account during a RICS survey ?
Any number of issues that might affect house prices ranging from the general economy to overall area pricing. It may help to compare with prices registered at the Land Registry for similar properties.
This means house prices paid between Jul and Oct 2012 was £207, 409, which is £6, 800 less than the amount you are intending to pay. The average for houses and flats was £197, 588. 504, Whittingham Lane, Goosnargh, Preston, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2JJ a detached property sold for £301, 000 .
The only way for you to get an accurate property valued is with a RICS Level 2 Survey (or Property Valuation Report) which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A RICS surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.
I've put in an offer in Fulwood. What advice would a Fulwood surveyor give? Will it make a difference if render is applied?
Brick-built Fulwood residential property feature several advantages. Unfortunately, they also be subject to diverse problems, from efflorescence to sulphate expansion. Your chartered surveyor should report on these, with repair advice also supplied. A defect requiring immediate attention is thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs. A & J (City) Ltd may be able to give an estimate for any necessary upkeep. Contact them at Pot Kiln Chase, Gestingthorpe, Halstead, CO9 3BH or 01787 462110.
Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include alternating courses of brick and stone, e.g. flint. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.
Does a Fulwood home surveyor look for signs of flood damage, or whether flooding has affected neighbouring property?
The impact of flooding, both in the region of Fulwood and nationwide, is a serious concern for home owners, and the value of a home in an at-risk area may be impacted. It is strongly recommended that prevention methods are considered, before water damage starts, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst.
Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. the use of lime-based plaster on walls. Flooding issues will only be raised in Section J of a Home Buyers Survey if the chartered surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the home is at risk.
The person in the flat below said that the had been a problem with dry rot. What advice would the property surveyor in Fulwood give in their report?
Property in and around Fulwood that are otherwise ideal can be hiding serious roofing problems. From the rafters to the ceiling joists, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of a poor asphalt covering.
The expense of asbestos cement removal, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe general structural problems. If a estimate for roofing work is required, a local roofing specialist can provide one. Speak to Jones A & M of 62 Greyfriars Cr, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3RB on 01772 510878 to request a quote.
What should we be worried about when buying a building next to a rubbish tip
Sites used for landfill are used for a variety of waste including industrial waste. No one really wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Worries might include chemicals like dioxins. Potential health issues such as spina bifida have been linked to landfill sites .
Surveyors in Fulwood will note structural issues linked to the landfill. Your conveyancing solicitor will commission environmental searches of the Landmark databases and Preston Local Authority and address any concerns you may have .
I am buying a stone-walled home. Are there any potential issues that need to be investigated, and what will the survey reveal?
The cost of repairs for stone-built buildings in Fulwood can be higher than for more standard. Defects such as displacement affect many stone-walled buildings in Fulwood. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Property surveys should give some repair guidance, like 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.
Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Bradleys Sandpit, Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 0AP, which quarries Sand & Gravel, for details. Call 01772 860033 for more information.