Is it best to opt for a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey for a home in Kimbolton and which is cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.
If the Kimbolton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to do any major works, RICS advise you select a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap as a RICS Level 2 Survey however it will give you comprehensive details of the Kimbolton property's general condition and it includes advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
For further advice you can get an instant Kimbolton Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.
We are buying a maisonette in Kimbolton, does the house surveyor inquire into any flooding damage?
Heavy rain, overflowing waterways, tidal activity and poor drainage could all cause major water damage caused by flooding, and the value of a property in Kimbolton in an at-risk area may be impacted. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the property in Kimbolton in question is in danger, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. The Home Buyers Survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the occupier, but this information may not be accurate.
I've put in an offer in Kimbolton. What advice would you give? Does the age of the property matter?
Brick-constructed conversions in Kimbolton feature several advantages, but they can also be subject to distinct issues, including DPC failure and defective mortar. A problem regularly identified is frost damage, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely. For more information, contact a local builder, Britton Alexander A of 46 Woodmans Close, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, BS37 6DH on 01454 317754.
Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like common bond, which is made up of stretchers (long faced bricks) with headers (the short face of the brick) every 6 courses or rows, to the rare, such herringbone bond, which has a distinctive L-shaped pattern. The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
What effect will rain have on a home in Kimbolton? And could it affect the property value?
Climate change is regularly in the news. However heavy rain and the effect it can have on properties are not considered by purchasers.
Signs that drainage systems are damaged include rusted iron elements. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive.However, the damage caused, where untreated or poorly maintained, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.
I have heard that subsidence in Kimbolton is an issue. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence issues will the RICS Level 2 Survey look into?
Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under their own weight. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.
Cracks that appear without warning could indicate subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. 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. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Kimbolton surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.