Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a home in Sandy and which one would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a RICS Level 3 Survey and is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.
If the Sandy property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to do any alterations, RICS recommend you choose a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a RICS Level 2 Survey however it does give comprehensive details of the Sandy property's condition as well as including advice on defects and maintenance options .
For more detailed advice why not obtain a Sandy Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
Does a RICS chartered surveyor inspect the condition of the gas supply?
A RICS surveyor will visually check any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include gas heaters (also LPG/oil/electric) as part of the survey, as well as gas affiliated installations e.g. associated asbestos. The gas fittings will not however be dislodged. Gas can be fatal, if you have any worries about gas, call a gas safe engineer.
Bedfordshire based local firms include Jeffrey Gibbs of 50, Fairfield Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire Tel. 07973721169 and Gold Plumbing of 15 Toryuay Close, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire Tel. 07874 266440.
Can Hopton Wood stone-built structures be hard to upkeep. What should we look in to, and what will the survey reveal?
From Grey Dunhouse Sandstone to Naylor Hill Sandstone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably.
Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns.
Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls. Repair advice often includes clearing of ivy-like plant life and weeds.
Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Kier Minerals Ltd, Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2BD for details. Call 01767 640111 for more information.
My partner and I are purchasing a 18th Century renovated farmhouse in Sandy. What should be budgeted for maintenance?
Many buyers in Sandy have considered buying property with real personality. A property's age, however, can often be problematic. Homes built using traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to upkeep. You should consider that specialist expertise may be needed. Especially for Sandy listed buildings, Traditional materials may be required.
I've put in an offer in Sandy. What directions can a property surveyor in Sandy offer? Are brick walls hard to repair?
Brick residential property be affected by both minor and serious issues, such as inadequate damp-proofing. One frequently reported defect is frost damage, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely. For more information, contact a local builder, Handyman Services of 88 Canada Rd, Cardiff, CF14 3BY on 029 2062 7477.
For buyers with an eye for detail, less used styles of brick course include herringbone bond, which has a distinctive L-shaped pattern. .
The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
We are concerned about pests. Do we need a house surveyor?
Homes in Sandy are generally free of infestations, but it is inadvisable to risk buying without more information if you have suspicions. When purchasing a building, this matter should be borne in mind. It may not be obvious that a building is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked. As an example, sliverfish (lepisma saccharina), are rarely visible during the day. They will digest paper and wallpaper paste, but are more a symptom of damp than a serious problem themselves. Remedies to vermin can include insecticides and removal of infected furniture. If you believe moths, or any pest, may be present, request that your surveyor pay close attention during the survey.