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Home Buyers Survey in Southampton

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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 Southampton

    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 Southampton

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

    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 home in Southampton 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.

If the Southampton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, RICS recommend you commission a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Southampton property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Southampton House Survey Quote online or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are buying a converted stable. What should be budgeted for upkeep?

Vernacular architecture can create difficulties for an owner, and Structures showcasing traditional methods can be challenging to upkeep. It is often the case that expert knowledge is necessary. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced. This can mean that it is all the more vital that you get a RICS Level 3 Survey prior to exchanging.

Speak to the property surveyor for more detail. Built in around 1544, 4-5 St Michael's Square in Southampton is an example of a traditional Post Medieval-period urban house.

Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of when purchasing a property proximate to Esso Refinery Landfill, Windy Corner and landfill sites generally

Sites used for landfill are used for a variety of waste for example: inert waste disposal. A huge number of sites affect 100, 000's people throughout the UK including Southampton. Concerns might include hazardous chemicals. Health problems like spina bifida have been associated to landfill sites .

Surveyors in Southampton will find any structural defects resulting from the landfill. Your conveyancer will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases in addition to Southampton Local Authority and give you the results of the search .

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will the Surveyor take into account on a stucco coated Victorian house in Southampton that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is in fact just smooth type of solid render. Normally stucco is layered over red brick that dries to a smooth and attractive finish. The coating is highly aesthetic and is often found on Victorian properties. It used to contain lime (to make it workable) in it as well as a wire under mesh. to stop cracks.

Stucco is often problematic and Southampton surveyors sometimes focus on defects such as trapped moisture leading to the surface falling away. Other issues may involve sulphate attack from sulphates or salts absorbed from bricks. Remedying problems with stucco can be difficult as renderers are getting more difficult to find.

For a local stucco advice contact Premise Property Maintenance Ltd, 1 Leyton Road, Southampton, SO14 0PX Tel. 01962 671236 or 02380 017555

RICS Level 3 Survey on houses

Is it best to choose a full structural survey before acquiring a poor condition period cottage in Southampton?

Structural surveys have a new title and are now named RICS Level 3 Survey. Select the RICS Level 3 Survey for the property you describe. A RICS Level 2 Survey is sufficient if buying a post fifties unmodified house of normal construction materials and methods. There are several limitations exist with any survey as your surveyor will not be able to (unless safe to do so) open up the structure of the property nor can they inspect under floor (unless accessible).

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Southampton home and am quite worried that the building might be in danger of movement. Can a Home Buyers Survey investigate this, and what defects will be reported on?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including soil compaction or compression.

Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Visible results may be anything from widening cracks to sticking doors. There is a real benefit in booking a Southampton surveyor to carry out your RICS Level 3 Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand.