Should I have a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Heath and which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a RICS Level 3 Survey and is basically the same the same.
If the Heath property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, you should you go for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is less cheap however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Heath property's condition along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .
For more details get an instant Heath Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.
We are purchasing a 1987-built home in Heath and saw wall cracks in the garage. What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?
Subsidence is movement in a structure's foundations. Fortunately, subsidence can be remedied. Less common than subsidence, heave describes the movement of earth upwards.
Subsidence can be difficult to diagnose, as the things which a surveyor will look for could easily be caused by other factors. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.
What impact should wet weather have on a home?
Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, this issue is rarely paid due attention by buyers. For instance, mildew or damp in the roof could mean that the rainwater goods are under performing. This can lead to overflowing or blocked sewage.
These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve for a reasonable cost. However, if the drains are not cared for, 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.
Will my survey give a property valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a boundary wall)
The RICS Level 2 Survey includes a valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. To be able to determine the valuation your RICS valuer should use area knowledge and other factors about the property e.g. general condition. Your Heath surveyor will also consider style of architecture and will draw upon other assumptions e.g. the property isn't on a land fill site. Surveyors don't factor in things like furnishings e.g. carpets.
Additional local Heath area assumptions, like issues with access, are made as well as any significant local environmental concerns like local Heath industrial considerations, also being considered.
A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
I have put in an offer on a Heath property with a loft conversion, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What does the property surveyor in Heath investigate during the survey?
Heath houses with no other major issues may be exposed to difficulties with the roof. From ridge flashing to trusses, the roof structure as a whole will be considered. Factors like a poor asphalt covering are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.
Re-flashing and re-tiling, among other aspects of roof repair, can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a Heath builder for the job itself. Speak to Newlook Roofline of 29 West Croft Dr, Inkersall, Chesterfield, S43 3GA on 01246 474010 for an estimate.