Is it best to have a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Halstead and which would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a RICS Level 3 Survey but is basically the same the same survey.
If the Halstead property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to do any an extension on the property, RICS advise you book a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Halstead property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .
For further advice you can get a Halstead Survey Quote online or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
How will we know what impact will rain have on our new home in Halstead? Will the RICS Level 3 Survey report on this? Could damaged rainwater goods lower the property value?
Both in Halstead, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately this issue is not given enough thought by buyers. If you have only seen the residence in on a clear day, issues may have been hidden. Luckily, problems with drains are quite easy to remedy, if not neglected. If not maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.
Will the home surveyor inquire into water damage?
Burst dams, poor drainage and tidal activity can all result in extensive flood damage, and the value of a property in an at-risk area may be impacted. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a home, such as via air bricks. The RICS Level 2 Survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.
We are buying in Halstead, and the property's foundations have been built on clay soil. Can a House Survey consider this?
The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant. Issues range from compression of layers of the sub-soil to swelling of the soil, both of which can put a home's foundations under great strain. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a house. .
If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Halstead home's foundations, forcing them inward.
Taking precautions, such as taking care not to let plant life, including some as bushes and trees, take root close to the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.
What defects will the Halstead Surveyor look for on a stucco Victorian house in Halstead which we wish to buy.
Stucco is really a sort of flat finish solid render. Normally stucco render is applied to brick that dries to a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. It is very grand in appearance and is common on some Victorian houses. Specialists say that it is almost exactly the same as mortar (sand and cement) to work with. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors in Halstead sometimes show potentially expensive to remedy problems for example, when it is exposed to on-going weathering and rain which becomes saturated prone to damage from frost.
Another example of problems could result from the difficulty is discovering damp underneath. Re-covering problems with stucco may be difficult and costly as the skills are becoming harder to find.
We are planning to buy a conversion and the current owner has informed us that it has been constructed with Darley Dale stone. What matters must we watch out for?
Roof and gutter issues can often cause problems for Halstead buildings with stone walls , and the defects impacting a type of stone will vary according to its properties. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Halstead are regular and irregular.
Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. In addition, lime mortar may feature in the building's construction. 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. If you are planning to renovate, consider that a stone matching service is operated by the British Geological Survey, as part of the Building Stone Assessment GeoReport. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.
Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. LDF Wharf, Shoreham Harbour, Basin Road South, Portslade-By-Sea, West Sussex, Bn41 1Wf Marks Tey Rail Depot, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1EG, quarrying Mineral, for details.
For more information, contact a Halstead expert, including Olivers Installations of 6, Allfrey Court, New Pk, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, CO9 3HJ.