Should we have a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Newham and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a RICS Level 3 Survey but is basically the same the same survey.
If the Newham property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to carry out alterations, you should you go for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Newham property's general condition along with advice on structural defects and maintenance options .
For more details why not obtain a Newham Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
We are buying a apartment in Newham and found the driveway surface is broken and uneven, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor investigate?
Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. In some older houses cracks become apparent when temperatures rise , and in Winter these will close when the materials contract and draw in water.
This issue can occur in areas with soil with a greater-than-average concentration of sand, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. In extreme weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, 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.
We are concerned about pests. Will the RICS Level 2 Survey investigate this?
Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. When purchasing a house, this matter should be borne in mind. It may not be obvious that a house is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, house longhorn beetles can be identified by evidence of small tunnels through beams and floorboards, burrowed by the larvae. Treatment for pest problems may include chemical treatment or removal of infected furniture. Your property surveyor may report on signs of infestation, especially if you have raised your concerns beforehand.
The vendor has mentioned there is a risk of powdery brown asbestos wallpaper in the home. What is asbestos, are there any risks, can it be handled easily and Should I be concerned?
Concerns about asbestos are common. Asbestos is a deleterious substance. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials for example fire blankets.
Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent sound absorption qualities and it may be found in walls. It is found all over the world including South Africa. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are deadly and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to common perception, inhaling a one fibre will not kill you.
Should you find asbestos, you should be careful however, never to break asbestos. Professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Getting rid of it will probably be dear but must be conducted by experts.
Surveyors do not test for asbestos during a Newham RICS Level 3 Survey. Your surveyor will mention potential asbestos during the survey and will offer advice.
For further help on what steps to take with suspected asbestos, Domestic Asbestos Removal, 2a, Wanlip Rd, Newham, London, E13 8QP should be able to help - Telephone: 020 7055 5355
What problems will the Property Surveyor look for on a stucco Victorian period home in Newham.
Stucco is in fact just a form of render. Usually it is applied to red brick hardens to form a very smooth surface. The effect is very beautiful and is often found on Victorian and Regency homes for example. It is similar to mortar. It may contain lime in it as well as plant fibres to help stop cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors in Newham frequently discover issues which can include trapped moisture culminating in damp problems.
Another example of problems associated with stucco may include when the stucco has been taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Re-applying problems with stucco can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting more difficult to find.
For a local expert try NLP Plastering & Decorating, 79 Hollybush Street, London, E13 9ED Tel. 07944 683170
Will the qualified RICS surveyor give details on the serviceability of the gas appliances?
A RICS chartered surveyor will visually survey the easily accessible parts of the system. This will include whether the meter is in an escape route as part of the survey, as well as gas affiliated appliances or installations such as fireplaces. External fittings or housings won't actually be detached. Of course, gas is potentially deadly and if there are any concerns about gas at all, , call a gas engineer.