Should I go for a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey on a property in Southend-on-Sea, and which one would be the cheapest?
For your information and interest, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed by the RICS as the RICS Level 3 Survey, but it is basically the same level of survey, made easier to read and understand.
If the Southend-on-Sea property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to make alterations, the RICS recommends that you choose a RICS Level 3 Survey, which is not as cheap, but will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Southend-on-Sea property's condition, as well as advice on structural defects and the maintenance options.
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There is a detached house in the SS2 postcode area priced at £523,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Southend-on-Sea?
A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Southend-on-Sea.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Southend-on-Sea in June 2018 was £512,719, which is £10,281 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Southend-on-Sea were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 29 August 2018
An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a RICS Level 2 Survey, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.
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What will your surveyor consider on a stipple-rendered house in Southend-on-Sea that I intend to purchase?
Stucco (also known as stipple-rendering or pargetting) is really a kind of smooth render that is usually layered over brick, hardening to form a smooth, flat finish. Stucco render is highly beautiful and is quite common on some Regency and Victorian homes.
Stucco is often problematic, though, and Southend-on-Sea RICS Level 3 Survey frequently focus on defects, such as when it is exposed to driving rain which then gets perma-saturated and prone to frost damage or discovering damp underneath. Remedying problems with stucco may be costly because, despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
For a local rendering expert, speak to Action Damp Proofing Ltd., 194 Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4BA (Tel: 01702 417427).
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We are buying in Southend-on-Sea and are looking for properties constructed with Dutch bond brick. What advice would you give in the survey?
Southend-on-Sea homebuyers should be aware that a selection of different courses and brick-making techniques can be found across the town. As an example, common bond, which is made up of stretchers (long-faced bricks) with headers (the short face of the brick) every six rows.
However, brick-walled properties can be subject to a considerable number of issues, ranging from vertical cracking through efflorescence to patchwork cracks caused by tie failure (this cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface). Your surveyor will include these defects in the survey, with directions for any appropriate remedy. It might be worth obtaining a number of quotes to help in any potential renegotiations prior to exchange of contracts.
Contact a few reputable local builders, who should be happy to provide assistance, such as J. Birch and Sons Builders, 9 Stanley Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2HB (Tel: 01702 611112), or Witchell Property and Landscapes, 19 Vermeer Crescent, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9TJ (Tel: 01702 417477).
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What is subsidence? What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is found during the survey on our maisonette in Southend-on-Sea?
Subsidence is defined movement in a house's foundations that threatens its structural integrity, although it should be differentiated from settling, which is usually benign. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be remedied in a straightforward way. In some older houses, cracks appear in summer that close up in the winter when the materials soak up moisture.
There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe or mains pipe will clear away soil which supports the structure. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. In serious conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally a major issue in the UK.
Importantly, identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to identifying its specific solution. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary, but it is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin-filling in the cracks.
This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.
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What effect may rainfall have on a Southend-on-Sea building, and could damaged rainwater goods lower the property value?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather, surprisingly, the effect it can have on a property is often overlooked. If you have only been to the residence on a clear day, obvious defects may be harder to find, and it might be worth returning on a wet day (if practicable).
Signs that drainage systems are worth a closer look, for example, include mildew in the attic or moss growing on the brickwork around the downpipe. Blocked rainwater goods can also result in rising damp. Fortunately, these types of defect are generally easy to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously. However, if the drains are not cleared out regularly, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst-case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.
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I am purchasing a barn conversion in Southend-on-Sea, but what should be budgeted for maintenance?
Buildings created using older construction methods and materials can worry purchasers. Property constructed with traditional or ‘vernacular’ techniques can be expensive to maintain, because specialist knowledge may be needed, and it could also be necessary to find traditional construction materials, particularly if the building is listed or is located in a conservation area.
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Are there any issues I should consider when purchasing a converted house in Southend-on-Sea in a conservation area?
There are almost ten thousand conservation areas in England and Wales that are designated and managed by the local councils.
Surveyors are required by the RICS to possess sufficient knowledge of the relevant local issues and the relation they might have on the building. The price of property will probably be higher than the non-conservation-area equivalents due to them being largely unspoilt.
Property surveyors will note whether the property looks like it may be classified as being in a conservation area, and Section I of the RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will advise any additional due diligence and enquiries to be raised by your conveyancing solicitor. Unauthorised modifications that do not have Local Authority approval will be highlighted in the Southend-on-Sea survey; however, these are firmly within the remit of your solicitor’s responsibilities.
Thomas Lindsey Brown & Co are a local firm of solicitors situated at 821 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2PP (Tel: 01702 466266), and they will be prepared to advise further. Or you might choose to try an online conveyancer, like In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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