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Home Buyers Survey in Shirley

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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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Download sample RICS Level 2 Survey  RICS Level 2 Survey sample
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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 Shirley

    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 Shirley

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

    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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RICS Level 2 Survey

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Shirley property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you are planning to do any major works on the Shirley property, RICS recommend you carry out a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap as a RICS Level 2 Survey but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Shirley property's general condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Shirley House Survey Quote online or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.

RICS Level 3 Survey on flats 1

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey prior to acquiring a poor condition seventies converted flat in Shirley?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey. If you are buying an altered property e.g. a poor condition flat - this is the most suitable RICS survey. A RICS Level 2 Survey is detailed enough for a post fifties unmodified Shirley flat of normal building materials. Around 3 days following a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building, a non prescribed format of report will be emailed (pdf format) and posted to you running through any critical advice in relation to the construction materials used on the flat. There are certain limitations with a RICS Level 3 Survey to consider as a qualified RICS surveyor will not be able to force or open up the fabric of the Shirley building for example removing loft contents. Over and above house surveys, flats typically complicate the survey. Although the surveyor will only inspect the area within identifiable boundary of the flat, although he/she comment on shared parts of the property e.g. any alarm system. For more information and a breakdown of RICS Level 3 Survey and RICS Level 2 Survey click here.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations be a source of difficulty? I am buying a house in Shirley. Can we expect the Shirley Property Survey to mention this, and what defects will be reported on?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Shirley property, with subsidence being a common example. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a structure. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! During the RICS Level 2 Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.