Should I book a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a house in Shelfield and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is effectively the same level of survey.
If the Shelfield property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, you should you select a RICS Level 3 Survey. The RICS Level 3 Survey is less cheap, but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Shelfield property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .
For further advice you can get an instant Shelfield Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
When I was shown a sixties house I want to acquire it looked like there is an unsafe electrical system - will the surveyor report on the general state of the electrical system?
When carrying out a Shelfield Home Buyers Survey the surveyor should report on the overall electrical system if it looks like they are in an unsafe state. A Home surveyor will also potential areas for concern such as whether there is an off-peak /on-peak mains supply. Reporting on any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical connections handled by an electrician on the building will usually be part of the survey.
Confirming the existence of any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the survey in Shelfield .
We're buying in Shelfield. Is there a flood risk, and will the RICS surveyor search for indications of flood damage?
The lives of many home owners in Shelfield and across the UK have suffered as a result of flooding damage. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. A flood risk alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the property or on adjacent sites. Also included on Environment Agency's flood risk alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.
How will we know what impact could high levels of rainfall have on our new Shelfield house, and does our RICS Level 2 Survey mention it? Can damaged gutters decrease our property's value?
The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet rain and the effect it can have on homes in Shelfield are rarely considered properly. If you have only seen the property you intend to purchase in good weather, problems are unlikely to be visible. Signs that drainage systems are worth a closer look include rotten wooden gutters.
Fortunately, issues with rainwater goods are generally easy to resolve. If untreated or poorly maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.
We are planning to buy a home in Shelfield and the estate agent has stated that it has been constructed with Forest of Dean stone. Are there any major problems that we should be aware of?
Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Grey Catcastle Sandstone to Farmington Stone. 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 Shelfield are regular and irregular. Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, slate is more damp resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite. Repair advice often includes monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.
Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.
Will the surveyor examine the safety of the gas heaters?
Your RICS surveyor will locate and visually check out any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will mean gas related areas such as the condition of the meter at the home, as well as gas connected fittings e.g. chimney linings. The Shelfield local surveyor will not remove the external fittings and he or she won't run any tests on the system or appliances. Needless to say, gas is potentially fatal and if there are any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.
West Midlands based local firms include Walsall Gascare of 8, Eastbourne Street, Walsall, West Midlands Tel. 07932 648101 and KF Plumbing and Heating of 52 Mob Lane, High Heath, Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands Tel. 07833581329.
The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations legally require landlords to conduct appliance and installation inspections annually and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines .
There may be pests at the property in Shelfield we're buying, but we are not certain - How do we investigate further?
Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can seriously reduce the value of a property. An affected property may not always be easy to identify.
For example, cluster, or swarming flies, are often found in lofts and can be a serious, seasonal annoyance if not treated. Remedies to a serious infestation can include destruction of tainted materials. The home surveyor may include notes on any signs of vermin or other pests in their report. It is, however, advisable that specific worries you may have be raised ASAP.