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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a RICS Level 2 Survey

    RICS Level 2 Survey in Ouston

    The RICS Level 2 Survey is the best choice if planning to purchase a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years. Find out more

  • Property suitable for a RICS Level 3 Survey

    RICS Level 3 Survey in Ouston

    The RICS Level 3 Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Ouston) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched or older homes. Find out more

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ouston

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute. Find out more


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RICS Level 2 Survey

Is it best to choose a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Ouston and of the 3, which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey but is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Ouston property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, you should you book a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Ouston property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Ouston Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.

RICS Level 2 Survey valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as rebuilding permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

A RICS Level 2 Survey in Ouston will include an independent valuation and a cost of reinstatement included in the cost of the survey. To estimate an accurate value estimate the valuer will relate to in depth understanding of the Ouston market and other factors relating to the property for instance: general condition.

Surveyors also reflect on construction methods and draw upon key assumptions, for example it is connected to mains services.

A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Further area conjectures, like connection to sewers, are made in addition to any Ouston environmental problems like flightpaths, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Substandard guttering

On a Ouston RICS Level 2 Survey what are common defects an amber light rating impacting 'E3 - Rainwater pipes and gutters' ?

External areas covered by E3 are inspected visually. This section does not include any defects in a combined system. Leaking or clogged gutters is an example of this.

Amber, or condition rating 2, defects will need to be repaired or replaced at some point. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. The RICS Level 2 Survey is intended to be easy to read and understand, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Red, amber and green ratings give property buyers indicate the seriousness of any issues included in the survey.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed a property I intend to acquire it looked like there was evidence of an overload of the fuses; does the Ouston surveyor write anything on the electrical system?

When preparing a Ouston RICS Level 2 Survey your RICS surveyor will typically report on the state of the electrics if it is clear that they are in a less than satisfactory state of repair. A Surveyor is expected to report back on things like reporting on the category of the electrical fittings in bathrooms or verifying the condition of a sample of switch gear.

Verifying the existence of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by an electrician on the building will form part of the survey in Ouston.

The IEE strongly advise that a Periodic Inspection Report is carried out at least every 10 years (5 if letting). For expert nearby Ouston help from a qualified electrician - CLS Electrical Co Ltd , 1/The Old Rectory/Mains Pk Rd, Chester Le Street, DH3 3PU .

Gas flame

Does a RICS surveyor check the state of the gas heaters?

The surveyor will visually examine any accessible parts of the system. This means things like the meter location/position for instance, as well as gas related fittings for example - ventilation of flue (if blocked). Fittings won't actually be taken off. The system won't be tested at all. Most people are aware that gas is potentially deadly, should there be any worries about gas fittings, call a gas safe engineer.

The regulations require that all landlords have to complete appliance and installation inspections annually. Non compliance penalties are severe .

Traditionally built property

We are purchasing a 15th Century dovecot. What impact will the rafter roof have on regular maintenance?

For houses in Ouston built before the 20th Century, age can create difficulties for an owner. Ouston structures constructed with traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find Materials suitable for the work. If the home you are buying may require specialist maintenance, contact your chartered surveyor for more information.