Is it best to select a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Sanderstead and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.
If the Sanderstead property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), then RICS recommend a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to do any major works, RICS recommend you opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap, but it will give a thorough analysis of the Sanderstead property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .
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We noticed cracks along the lounge ceiling when we last viewed the home. What subsidence-related defects will my RICS Level 3 Survey investigate?
Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. The builder will likely return to a new house after six months to make good any settlement cracks.
Cracks to a ceiling are a plain suggestion of subsidence, but they may be harmless. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.
The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.
When we were shown the building we are hoping to lease, the agent said that there could be corrosion of the wiring; does the surveyor report on the electrical system?
When carrying out a RICS Level 2 Survey in Sanderstead your surveyor will remark on the electrics if it is clear that they are in a dangerous state. A professional surveyor is required to potential areas for concern such as ascertaining the condition of any fitted electrical appliances like heaters or checking the condition of a sample of switch gear. Inspecting any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will form part of the survey.
The IEE advocate an electrical check be conducted at least every 10 years (5 if letting out).
The vendor has mentioned there are asbestos flooring materials being found in property. What is asbestos and will this be a hazard?
Asbestos is a potentially deadly material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example patching compounds. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent fire retarding properties, it may be found in vinyl flooring. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If discovered, one must be careful never to displace the asbestos and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible.
Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos as part of the survey. However, surveyors will note the risk of asbestos during the survey and will suggest further investigation.
What will the Chartered Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco regency home in Sanderstead.
Stucco is in fact just a specific type of solid render. Typically stucco is layered over brick that sets to a smooth and attractive finish. The coating is highly attractive and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian houses. it can be prone to defect and Sanderstead Home Buyers Suveys commonly report any number of problems for instance horizontal pattern like cracking revealing the mortar joints underneath.
Another example of problems associated with stucco might be when water gets in beneath sills which causes detachment. Fixing problems with stucco can be costly as skilled tradesmen are getting rarer.
Does a qualified surveyor advise on the state of the gas supply?
A RICS surveyor will visually examine the easily accessible parts of the gas system. The survey will include the routing of any gas pipes at the building, in addition to gas affiliated installations, for instance chimney breasts. A Sanderstead RICS chartered surveyor will not remove the external fittings or housings and he or she won't run any tests on the gas system. Gas is potentially deadly, should you have any concerns about gas fittings, contact a gas safe engineer.
Can Cotswold stone-built houses in Sanderstead be a challenge. Are there specific matters to consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?
Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Orton Scar Limestone to Portland Fancy Beach Limestone. The properties of a stone can affect wear as much as upkeep or construction. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Sanderstead are regular and irregular.
Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, granite is more water resistant that most other stones. You can request advice on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified.
Common guidance may include monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change. Purchasers renovating houses in Sanderstead should be aware that stone matching services are available, which may be necessary for listed buildings. To source stone quarried in Sanderstead, you can contact local suppliers.