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Home Buyers Survey in Lydiate

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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 Lydiate

    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 Lydiate

    The RICS Level 3 Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Lydiate) 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

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    Property Valuation Report in Lydiate

    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

Is it best to have a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a house in Lydiate and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is essentially the same.

If the Lydiate property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the property, it would be better that you opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does give you a thorough analysis of the Lydiate property's state of repair as well as including an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Lydiate House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Lydiate house and am a little concerned that the foundations are at risk. Can we expect the Lydiate Property Survey to mention this?

Surveyors handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem. Specific issues include swelling of the soil. In Lydiate's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself., such as a sticking door in the drawing room. A Lydiate surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect should damp weather have on a Lydiate home? We're concerned about replacement costs.

I find it odd that this issue is not given more thought by home buyers. One indication that gutters are at risk is spalling on walls around drainage, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Lydiate or elsewhere, difficult gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to remedy, if not neglected, unless they are not cleared out regularly. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Timber damage by insect larvae

Will pests affect the purchase price of a home. Is a Property Survey advisable?

Scare stories about home vermin are plentiful, it is tempting to treat signs of pests such as wasps as minor annoyances. Regrettably, vermin can be very expensive to resolve and put your health in danger. Signs may not be obvious. For example, damage to stored clothes or carpets is a sign of a moth infestation, but may not be spotted for months. Remedies can be disruptive to residents, and may require you to move out during the work in extreme cases. If you strongly suspect an issue with wasps, or any pest, speak to your property surveyor

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Lydiate subsidence may be a problem. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor inspect?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement generally happens in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In some older homes cracks may be visible in the Summer months which, as it gets colder, will close up when the materials contract and draw in water.

Merely superficial cracks not caused by subsidence could be painted over. Signs of potential subsidence include rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Gas flame

Does a qualified RICS surveyor look at the condition of the gas appliances?

Your chartered surveyor will visually check the easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the mains gas installation at the home, as well as gas connected appliances or installations, for instance chimney breasts. If there are any fittings they won't however be detached. Most people are aware that gas is potentially deadly, should there be any concerns about gas, call a gas engineer.

The regulations stipulate that all landlords are legally required to complete appliance and installation inspections every 12 months and punishments for failure to comply are criminal .

Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of when buying a home next to a refuse landfill site

Landfill Sites take many forms for example: non-hazardous refuse disposal. No one would want to live near one (80% of people live near one). Risks include heavy metals. Health concerns such as congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

RICS Level 2 Survey in Lydiate will note any structural defects resulting from the site. Your conveyancer will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological database in addition to Sefton Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .