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Home Buyers Survey in Pontefract

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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 Pontefract

    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 Pontefract

    The RICS Level 3 Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Pontefract) 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 Pontefract

    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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Home Buyers Survey in Pontefract

RICS Level 2 Survey

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a house in Pontefract and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is essentially the same.

If the Pontefract property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you intend to do any an extension, it would be better that you choose a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does give a thorough analysis of the Pontefract property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Pontefract Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we saw a sixties house we intend to purchase we think we noticed that there could be corrosion of the wiring. Does a Pontefract survey advise the general state of the electrical system?

When conducting a Pontefract RICS Level 3 Survey the RICS surveyor will report on the condition of the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a less than satisfactory condition. This will include a general look-over of open or exposed areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as potential areas for concern such as checking the state of repair of any fitted appliances, e.g. storage heaters or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of light fittings and switch gear. Inspecting any evidence of any recent PIR conducted by an electrician should usually form part of the survey in Pontefract. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring handled by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advocate a Periodic Inspection need be completed every ten years (5 if letting out).

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What negative impact does clay soil have on a property's foundations? Will the RICS Level 3 Survey consider this, and what defects will be reported on?

Clay soil can create a number of issues for property owners, with subsidence being a common example. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table, such as a difficult-to-open bedroom window. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Pontefract, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact can wet weather have on a Pontefract home? We're concerned about replacement costs.

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, this issue is rarely considered properly by house purchasers. If you have investigated the property you intend to purchase in warm weather, problems are unlikely to be visible.

Signs that drainage systems are a cause for concern include spalling masonry. Blocked rainwater goods can result in water damage.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to remedy, if not neglected, unless they are not cared for. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The vendor said that deteriorated flashing had been a concern, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What does the property surveyor investigate during the survey?

Pontefract property in otherwise fine condition can often hide roof maintenance problems, such as incorrectly applied waterproofing. All aspects of the roof should be reviewed, from the clay tiles to the parapet walls, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

The expense of a complete replacement, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe general structural problems. A Pontefract builder with professional accreditation should be able to assist with a quote. Call Booth Alan of 10 Skinner Lane, Pontefract, WF8 1HY on 01977 701980 for a quote.