Should I book a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Saltash and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a RICS Level 3 Survey but is essentially the same level of survey.
If the Saltash property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to carry out alterations on the Saltash property, RICS recommend you go for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Saltash property's state of repair as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .
If in doubt why not obtain an instant Saltash Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
I am planning to buy a detached house in PL12, being marketed for £181, 737. What factors will Saltash qualified surveyor allow for during a valuation ?
There are a huge number of issues which could positively or negatively affect house prices ranging from kerb appeal to general regional pricing. It is useful to set against prices recorded in Saltash for comparable properties.
This means house prices recorded between July and October in 2012 was £172, 537, which is £9, 200 less than the amount you are intending to pay. The average factoring in houses and flats was £167, 424. 14, The Brook, Saltash, Caradon, Cornwall, PL12 6UL a detached property sold for £104, 950 .
The most cost effective way for you to get an accurate house valued is to commission a RICS Level 2 Survey which includes a Property Valuation Report as part of the service. A qualified surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.
A surveyor will always visit the house in addition to considering the wealth of location related influences that have a bearing on property values.
The property we plan to buy is built on clay soil. Will my Home Buyers Survey look into this?
The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including uneven soil compaction. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable widening cracks, to complete structural failure. There is a real benefit in booking a Saltash surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. 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.
A builder has mentioned subsidence has been a problem. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the home survey?
Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does occur in more modern structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, but this should settle after a short while. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water accumulates in soil. This causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.
Subsidence results from a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a collapsed drainage will clear away soil supporting the building structure. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. In severe weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.
Will my survey give a property valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a garage) and how is it calculated?
Saltash RICS Level 2 Surveys a RICS qualified surveyor valuation and a cost of reinstatement as a standard part of the survey. To estimate an accurate estimate of the value of the building your chartered surveyor will call upon awareness of the Saltash property market and other factors about the property for instance: general condition The surveyor will also consider style of architecture and will draw upon key assumptions e.g. there would be no cause to alter the valuation revealed by inspecting parts not inspected.
A RICS Level 3 Survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee ; call for more info. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
Additional local Saltash area assumptions, like services, are made as well as any significant local environmental concerns like the property being underneath a flight path, also being considered.