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Home Buyers Survey in Shortlands

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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 Shortlands

    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 Shortlands

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

    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 we select a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a home in Shortlands and which is cheaper?

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

If the Shortlands property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you intend to make any major works, RICS recommend you book a RICS Level 3 Survey. The RICS Level 3 Survey is less cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Shortlands property's general condition along with advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Shortlands Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.

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Does the qualified surveyor advise on the safety of the gas supply?

Your will locate and visually look at any accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the gas pipe route as part of the Shortlands survey, as well as gas connected installations, for instance ventilation of flue (if blocked). Should there be any external fittings they will not be removed. Gas can be unsafe and if there are any concerns about gas, contact a gas safe engineer.

Kent based local firms include R P R Plumbing & Heating of 156, Turpington Lane, Bromley, Kent Tel. 07768516999 and Stevenson Heating Ltd of 34 West Common Road, Hayes, Bromley, Kent Tel. 04402084628822.

The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations stipulate landlords are obligated to commission appliance and installation inspections annually and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We found there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but kitchen floor dips noticeably when we last viewed the property. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related defects will my RICS Level 2 Survey reveal?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does happen in new buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with an above-average concentration of gravel, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. Signs of potential subsidence include new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Shortlands surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Surveyor look out for on a stucco house in Shortlands.

Stucco is really just smooth type of solid render. Normally it is layered over brick (sometimes also ceilings) that sets to a smooth flat finish. The effect is very appealing and is found on Regency buildings. Stucco is similar to plaster in its constituency. it can be prone to defect and Shortlands surveyors sometimes show potentially expensive to remedy problems e.g. when it is faced with on-going weathering which gets perma-saturated and prone to frost damage

Another example of problems might result from the burden of heavy load such as cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water. Re-coating Stucco problems can be difficult and costly as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are getting harder to find.