Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a house in Shoeburyness and of the 3, which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the Shoeburyness property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), then RICS recommend a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to make major works, it would be better that you choose a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Shoeburyness property's general condition and it includes information on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice get an instant Shoeburyness Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
How will we know what impact will high levels of rainfall have on our new property? Also, where there [var10], what should we do?
As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that wet weather and the effect it can have on property in Shoeburyness are rarely paid due attention by buyers. If you have only seen the property on a dry day, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that downspouts are blocked include "gushing" gutters. Blocked rainwater goods can result in damp and mould.
Whether buying in Shoeburyness or elsewhere, difficult downspouts does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive.However, the damage caused, where not cared for, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.
Are there any considerations we should consider when planning to buy a flat in Shoeburyness inside a conservation area?
There are many thousands official conservation areas in the UK which are governed by the local council. Surveyors in Shoeburyness are required by RICS to have knowledge of local issues and the bearing may have with the building and its value. The value of homes is generally greater which is down to them retaining their original character. However a large number have been neglected and are in a poor state for example - the huge increase in street clutter
RICS surveyors are trained to inform you whether the property might be within a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal
advisers of your Shoeburyness RICS Level 2 Survey will suggest further enquiries are raised by your legal representation. Unconsented developments to the building will also be advised in your survey but these are really more a concern for your legal representative. Robinsons are based in 61 Ness Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS3 9DB should be happy to help. Tel: 01702 298282
When we viewed the house we are planning to acquire, it looked like there is an unsafe electrical system; does the Shoeburyness surveyor go into detail on electrical system condition?
When performing a Shoeburyness Home Survey a surveyor will typically comment on the electrical system if it is clear that the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state.
This will include a visual (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection and examination of the superficial areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as areas e.g. verifying the state of repair of the fixed electrical appliances, for example water heaters or verifying the condition of any visible wiring a sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear.
Confirming the existence of any evidence of any recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the survey.
The IEE recommend a Periodic Inspection need be completed at least every 10 years (or every 5 if renting out).
We saw evidence of a gap below the skirting board in the garage when we last viewed the house. What subsidence issues will the home survey look into?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience some minor cracking. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and its roots cease absorbing moisture from the ground.
Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Shoeburyness. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and start to slip downhill. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise the structure. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.
Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. 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.
I've put in an offer in Shoeburyness. What suggestions can a Shoeburyness surveyor make? Is brick more susceptible to the weather?
Brick-built buildings feature several advantages, but they will also indicate a range of defects. These can include DPC failure or signs of movement.
A defect often found is thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs. Bliss M Ltd may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 01604 811122 or 1 Mallard Cl, Earls Barton, Northampton, NN6 0JF.
For home purchasers in Shoeburyness seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like sailor bond is a decorative bond featuring vertically oriented bricks with their widest faces parallel to the wall.
If the Shoeburyness surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.