Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a home in Halesowen and which would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is effectively the same.
If the Halesowen property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to carry out any major works on the property, RICS advise you choose a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap as a RICS Level 2 Survey but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Halesowen property's general condition as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .
For more detailed advice get a Halesowen Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
I am purchasing a 16th Century converted stable in Halesowen. What effect will the property's cruck frame have on repairs?
Many buyers in Halesowen have looked at purchasing a home with character. The age of a structure, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers, and Buildings built using traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Halesowen listed buildings. Contact your surveyor for further advice.
I am purchasing a property in Halesowen and the owner has suggested that it has been built with Forest of Dean stone. Are there specific problems to consider, and what will the survey reveal?
Purchasers in Halesowen should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves.
Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, slate is more damp resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite. Repair advice often includes fast replacement of any stones which have become loose.
Purchasers renovating Halesowen buildings should be aware that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail. To source stone quarried in Halesowen, you can contact local suppliers.
To source a specific stone material, consider a stonemason or specialist in Halesowen. English Heritage Designs, Coombs Rd, Halesowen, B62 8AE (Tel: 0121-561 4200), for example, could assist.
I would like to acquire a property in B62. The vendor is asking £189, 667. What will a surveyor consider during a survey ?
There is a vast array of things that can affect the price of property ranging from view to whether it has any outdoor space. You can try to put side by side house prices recorded in Halesowen for comparable properties.
This means house prices registered in the 3rd quarter of 2012 was £160, 767, which is £28, 900 less than £189, 667 - the amount you buying for. The average for houses and flats was £154, 689. 363, Bromsgrove Road, Hunnington, Halesowen, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B62 0JL a detached home sold for £750, 000 .
An impartial way for home buyers to get an accurate property valued is with a RICS Level 2 Survey which includes a professional valuation as standard. Your RICS chartered surveyor will be accredited under the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 30 April 2011).
A professional surveyor will always attend the home in addition to factoring in the long list of things that might affect property values.
We are planning to buy a 1966-built flat in Halesowen and saw evidence of that there is a 21mm gap between the garage wall and the door frame. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?
Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Many homes in Halesowen are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.
Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. Collapsed mains pipes can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. On the inside, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.