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Home Buyers Survey in Hotwells

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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a RICS Level 2 Survey

    RICS Level 2 Survey in Hotwells

    The RICS Level 2 Survey is the best choice if planning to purchase a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years. Find out more

  • Property suitable for a RICS Level 3 Survey

    RICS Level 3 Survey in Hotwells

    The RICS Level 3 Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Hotwells) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched or older homes. Find out more

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Hotwells

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute. Find out more

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RICS Level 2 Survey

Should we go for a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Hotwells and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a RICS Level 3 Survey and is essentially the same survey.

If the Hotwells property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS advise you commission a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Hotwells property's state of repair along with advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice get an instant Hotwells House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has suggested subsidence could be a concern impacting the house. What subsidence information does the Hotwells house survey include?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Most homes are built with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include doors and windows which stick.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. 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. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

RICS Level 2 Survey valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a garage) and how is it calculated?

The RICS Level 2 Survey contains an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as an integral part of the report. When calculating the market value your RICS valuer will call upon local Hotwells market factors and other factors about the property for instance: size Surveyors also evaluate certain fixtures and fittings and make certain other assumptions like the building connected to mains services such as electricity. Surveyors don't factor in things like furnishings, for example curtains.

Further area conjectures like issues with access, are made in addition to environmental issues like industrial buildings, also being considered.

A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A house we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Can a Hotwells Home Survey investigate this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house will have an impact. Specific issues include soil swelling. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar, such as separation of the skirting board from the floor. During the RICS Level 2 Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the house will be considered. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.