Is it best to book a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey on a home in Mossley Hill and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.
If the Mossley Hill property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to make any major works, RICS advise you select a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Mossley Hill property's general condition as well as including information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .
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I am buying a stone-walled home in Mossley Hill. Which major defects should we consider, and what does the survey cover?
Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like delaminated or cracked paintwork will vary with the particular type of stone. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Mossley Hill are regular and irregular.
Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures.
Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. Advice for better upkeep will vary according to the needs of individual property, such as using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings.
The vendor has suggested subsidence is a concern affecting the house. What are the risks, and what subsidence information does the Mossley Hill home survey include?
Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In most situations, subsidence can be fixed. In addition, some homes are built with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.
Subsidence-related cracks are on average wider at the top than at the bottom. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.
I have heard that clay soil can be the source of maintenance problems for structures in Mossley Hill. Does the Home Buyers Survey cover this?
A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay. Issues range from sub-soil shrinkage to considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change, such as sticking window frames.
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. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.
Can we get brick wall advice for the Victorian property we're going to buy?
Brick-constructed conversions in Mossley Hill do benefit from many advantages over timber-built homes, but they can also be subject to diverse problems, ranging from defective mortar to inadequate damp-proofing. Your surveyor should report on these, with solutions or likely results if they are not resolved. One frequently reported defect is extensive damp where water has been drawn in through or between poorly fitted brickwork. Contact Ingleby Brickwork for a repairs estimate at 01759 377556 or 4 Wharton Rd, Stamford Bridge, York, YO41 1PN.
As an example, rowlock, which is often found at the top of a wall. If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.