Is it best to have a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a property in Malpas and which one would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the Malpas property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to carry out any major works, you should you select a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the Malpas property's general condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more information why not get an instant Malpas Home Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.
The home I am purchasing is built on clay soil. What should we expect a Malpas House Survey to include?
The content of soil around the foundations of a home in Malpas can have unwanted consequences. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content, such as warped window frames in the bedroom.
Taking precautions, such as immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.
What impact should heavy rainfall have on a property in Malpas? Will the RICS surveyor in Malpas report on this? Also, where there [var10], what should we do?
Climate change is regularly in the news. However the impact wet weather can have on properties is not given the attention it deserves. One indication that drainage are blocked is leaves or other vegetation causing a blockage. This could then result in cracked foundations and subsidence.
These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to remedy. If disregarded, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.
I am worried about an infestation in the house we plan to buy. What should we do?
Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. Regrettably, infestations can be costly to fix and affect the health of residents. Evidence may not be easy to find, woodworm, or larvae of the common furniture beetle, may be identified after finding neat small holes in wood, accompanied by piles of wood dust beneath. Treatment for bug or other pest issues may include insecticides. The home surveyor may include notes on any signs of vermin or other pests in their report. It is, however, advisable that specific worries you may have be raised ASAP.
We're intending to purchase in Malpas. Is there a flood risk, and will the residential surveyor consider water damage, or whether flooding has affected the garden?
Last year was the second wettest year on record (source: The Times), and home purchasers and owners are understandably concerned. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the home in Malpas in question is in danger.
Flood water can enter a Malpas property through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls.
Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect Malpas property enables the RICS Level 3 Surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.
Another resident of the building said that the had been a problem with mould, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What aspects of the roof of the house will be investigated?
This often causes anxiety for home buyers with a roofing 'horror story' from a previous home. Many residential properties could unfortunately be experiencing damage to the roof. From roof battens to decking, every element of the roof will be considered. The property surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.
High estimates for roofing jobs (such as wholesale replacement) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal. Speak to Bellevue Roofing Supplies Ltd of 427 Road Rd North, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham, LL13 9UH on 01978 660443 for a quote.
When we saw a property we are intending to acquire it looked like there could be corrosion of the wiring; does the Malpas surveyor advise on the electrical system?
When carrying out a Malpas RICS Level 3 Survey a qualified surveyor will typically make a note on the electrical system if it is obvious that they are in a dangerous state of repair. A professional surveyor will also report back on issues like verifying the condition of any fitted appliances e.g. water heaters or checking the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings and switch gear. Inspecting the documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical installations handled by an electrician will usually form part of the survey.
The IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) advocate a PIR should be carried out every ten years (5 if renting out).