Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a home in Hall Green and which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.
If the Hall Green property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you carry out a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Hall Green property's general condition along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice you can get a Hall Green House Survey Quote or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
Can Doulting stone-built properties be difficult to repair. Are there any major defects that we should be aware of? Does the surveyor give advice on this?
Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Portland Hard Blue Limestone to Portland Fancy Beach Limestone. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like weathered stone will vary with the particular type of stone. 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. Buyers should consider that stone can have a great effect on the long-term viability of a property or extension, resulting in higher repair costs in future.
For example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements. Upkeep advice often given in a survey includes careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.
If you a undertaking repairs, and require matching stone, get in touch with a local firm. For example, Flamebuoyant, 499a Stratford Rd, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4LP may help.
We are buying a loft-conversion in Hall Green. What does a Hall Green surveyor be concerned about during the survey work?
This is often asked by home buyers who know that homes can be hiding serious damage to the roof, including. From the sheeting to the collar ties, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The property surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.
The expense of insulating the attic, 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. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a Hall Green roofing contractor for the job itself. Call West Yorkshire Roofing of 31 North Av, Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 5JS on 01924 276129 to request a quote.
Do I need to check gutters? Will the chartered surveyor report on this? And could it affect the property value?
Both in Hall Green, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the impact damp weather can have on property is not given more thought by buyers. Signs that rainwater goods are at risk include corroded downspouts.
In most cases, this is generally easy to resolve. However, if the drains are not cleared out regularly, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.
We are concerned about pests. How do we investigate further?
Any questions about pests affecting a Hall Green building may not be asked by the lawyer.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can be very expensive to resolve. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, small tunnels in wooded beams may indicate the presence of house longhorn beetles. Treatment for a serious infestation may include use of poison and removal of infected furniture. Rather than pulling out, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.