Is it best to have a RICS Level 2 Survey, a RICS Level 3 Survey, or a Full Structural Survey for a home in Maidstone, and which is cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey no longer exists as it has changed its name to the RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey, but evolved to be far easier to read and understand.
If the Maidstone property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, then the RICS recommends a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey. However, if you are thinking about whether to make significant alterations to the property, then you should opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a RICS Level 2 Survey, but it does give you a more comprehensive analysis of the Maidstone property's general condition, as well as including more detailed advice on defects and any maintenance options.
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There is a semi-detached house in the ME16 postcode area priced at £340,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Maidstone?
A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Maidstone.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Maidstone in June 2018 was £327,255, which is £12,745 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Maidstone were:
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An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a RICS Level 2 Survey, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.
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What defects will a surveyor look for on a spar-dash-rendered, Regency house in Maidstone?
Stucco is a type of render that is worked like plaster or mortar, and it is usually layered over brick, hardening to form a smooth stone-like appearance. Stucco is highly beautiful, and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian buildings. Sometimes it can contain lime (which makes it set harder) as well as a wire under-mesh to help stop cracks forming.
As with any building material, stucco can be prone to defect, and surveyors frequently identify problems, such as trapped moisture culminating in problems with damp, or sulphate-attack from sulphates sucked out of underlying brickwork.
Resolving problems may be expensive as renderers are getting rarer. For a local render expert, you could try B. A. L. Plastering, 637 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, ME16 9DQ (Tel: 01622 231500), or David Terry Plastering, 17 Farleigh Court, Farleigh Lane, Maidstone, ME16 9BJ (Tel: 01622 661780).
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We are buying in Maidstone and are looking for a 90s house built with Fletton brick. What recommendations will a Maidstone surveyor make, and does brick decay faster in Maidstone weather?
Inevitably, a number of styles of brick building have been a feature of house-construction in this country for hundreds of years. However, maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume. The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall, so taking professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
Brick-built homes do benefit from many advantages, but they will also suffer from several common problems, such as diagonal cracking caused by ground movement, and should be taken very seriously.
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We are purchasing a 1979-built apartment in Maidstone, and we have found cracks along the kitchen ceiling. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?
Subsidence is defined as the movement of the foundations of a structure, which then compromises its structural integrity. Most structures experience some minor cracking, particularly new-build properties or those with a recent extension, which is known as settlement and is often benign, even though it may exhibit similar symptoms to those from subsidence.
There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence, such as with soil on sloping ground not being as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and slip down the incline, and, in severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key to identifying the specific solution. Removing or even pruning any trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, but this may also exacerbate the problem, so it may be wise to consult an expert before starting work. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, which are fixed into place with cement, to restore the structural integrity of the building. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required to assist in the diagnosis.
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Is it advisable to consider rainwater goods on the bungalow in Maidstone?
Rainfall is very much a fact of life in the UK, yet the impact wet weather can have on a home is usually overlooked by property buyers. Signs that drains are blocked include mildew in the attic, and may lead to staining of wallpaper and damp. Luckily, drainage problems are usually easy to resolve for a reasonable cost, but, where this is not maintained, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.
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What should we think about when buying an older property in Maidstone? What impact will the building's architecture have on regular maintenance?
The age of a structure can be a significant concern for buyers, because homes featuring traditional (or ‘vernacular’) techniques can be costly to upkeep. You should consider that specialist expertise might be needed, especially for listed buildings or those located in a conservation area. In addition, specialised construction materials, such as original bricks, may be required, so this increases the importance of getting a comprehensive RICS Level 3 Survey. Mention this to your Maidstone surveyor for further advice.
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Will there be any concerns I would need to look into if I’m buying a building in a Maidstone conservation area, particularly with respect to property values?
There are nearly 10,000 conservation areas in England and Wales, which are designated and overseen by local councils. Your surveyor needs to have knowledge of relevant local area factors and the effect that these may have on the building and its value. House prices are, more often than not, greater due to conservation areas retaining their original character (notwithstanding any assessment by English Heritage in its Heritage at Risk reports).
Property surveyors are trained to identify whether the property is in a designated location and Section I of the RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend any additional enquiries to be raised as part of the legal process. Unsympathetic adjustments to the building will also be reported in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your lawyer to investigate.
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