Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a property in Maghull and which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is basically the same the same survey.
If the Maghull property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to carry out an extension on the Maghull property, RICS recommend you choose a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Maghull property's condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
If in doubt why not obtain an instant Maghull Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
I've put in an offer in Maghull. What recommendations will a surveyor in Maghull make? Are brick walls hard to repair?
Brick-walled Maghull properties can suffer from various issues and defects, ranging from sulphate attack to DPC failure. One frequently reported defect is extensive damp where water has been drawn in through or between poorly fitted brickwork. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Browning D P of 22 Drovers Way, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 4GF on 01279 834016.
For example, Flemish bond or English garden wall bond are both used in Maghull properties, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.
When we saw the home we are meaning to purchase we saw that there is an unsafe electrical system; will a Maghull survey go into detail on electrical defects?
When performing a Maghull Home Survey your RICS surveyor should usually make a note on the electrics if it is suspected that the electrics are in an unsafe condition. A professional surveyor will also focus on possible problems relating to things like checking the state of repair of any fitted appliances, e.g. storage heaters or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of switch gear. Inspecting any evidence of the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the RICS Level 2 Survey in Maghull.
The IEE advocate that a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) need be completed at least every 10 years (5 if letting). For local help on domestic electrical systems - P B Electrical & Security Services Ltd , 21 Tithebarn Lane, Liverpool, L31 1EE .
We spotted cracks down the gable wall, is this subsidence? What subsidence issues will the Home Buyers Survey investigate?
Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. In some older homes cracks become apparent when temperatures rise , and in Winter these will close when the materials absorb moisture.
Subsidence results from a range of factors. Collapsed mains pipes can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This may be referred to as groundwater subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.
The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.
Can clay soil foundations be the cause of many issues? I am buying a home in Maghull. Will a Maghull Home Survey look into this, and what defects will be reported on?
Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Maghull buyers. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. In Maghull'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. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Maghull house's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a Maghull surveyor to carry out your Home Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.
I am planning to buy a property in L31 for around £181, 657. What will the surveyor evaluate in the process of a Home Survey ?
There are many factors that can impact on property values from the potential for development to the number and size of bedrooms at the home. It is useful to benchmark selling prices registered at the Land Registry for similar houses.
The average house price paid in the 3rd quarter of 2012 was £158, 857, which is £22, 800 less than £181, 657. The combined house/flat average was £146, 721. 7, Green Link, Liverpool, Sefton, Merseyside, L31 8DW a detached property sold for £250, 000 .
The most accurate way for home buyers to get an accurate and professional property valuation is with a RICS Level 2 Survey which includes a Property Valuation Report by default. Your qualified surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme.
A professional RICS surveyor will always go to the building as well as considering the large variety of area influences affecting property values.