Do I need to choose a full structural survey before purchasing a substantially-modified, Regency home close to Southport?
Full structural surveys have been renamed by the RICS to RICS Level 3 Survey, but they are essentially the same product, evolved to be easier to read and understand. You should select a RICS Level 3 Survey for the house mentioned in the question. A RICS Level 2 Survey is enough if you are buying a mid-century (or later), unmodified Southport house made out of typical building materials (i.e. brick and tile).
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Should I get a separate valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of site clearance) for the cottage in Southport, and what does it include?
A RICS Level 2 Survey on a Southport building will include a valuation by a surveyor who is a registered valuer, and also a cost of reinstatement as a standard part of the package which includes outbuildings and retaining walls and anything else important to the main building.
To calculate the valuation, your chartered surveyor will take into account their knowledge of the local property market knowledge, combined with other factors relating to the property (e.g. square metres, or whether the garden is overlooked), construction type and architecture, access to amenities and transport links, connection to mains utilities (drainage, water, electricity, and gas), key assumptions (e.g. that there are no significant defects at the property, or that there are no major legal issues associated with the sale), and environmental issues, like being under a flightpath.
A RICS Level 3 Survey won't include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. Give Surveyor Local a call on 0800 022 4428 to establish which option meets your needs best and to get your chartered surveyor assigned to your move.
The property we plan to purchase in Southport is built on clay soil. What should we expect a Property Survey to include in this respect?
Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse effects, with subsidence being the most obvious and common example. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a house's foundations, forcing them inward, and, where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. A Southport surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.
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Will the home surveyor check for possible flood damage at the property in Southport?
A wide variety of factors can cause water damage created by flooding, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and housebuyers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available as insurance companies inflate the premiums in response to the frequency and severity of the claims.
The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.
A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable, but they will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst, if the risk is deemed sufficient enough. Details relating to signs of flooding may be reported in Section J of the RICS Level 2 Survey, with the data that is used to compile third-party flood assessments also considering flood defences and historic claims.
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When we visited a property we expect to lease in Southport, we saw that there might be an overload of the fuses or the fuse-box; does the surveyor advise on the electrical system condition?
During a Southport RICS Level 2 Survey assessment, a qualified surveyor will report on the state of the electrics if it appears that they are in a poor condition, which will include a visual inspection (without removing any fittings) of the accessible parts of the wiring or fuse-box and verifying the state of repair of any fitted appliances (such as storage radiators). Examining the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a qualified electrician on the building will also be part of the survey.
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On a Southport RICS Level 2 Survey, what does a ‘Condition Rating 1’ mean for the section entitled 'E5 - Windows'?
The RICS Level 2 Survey is divided into twelve sections covering all aspects of the property being surveyed, both inside and out. Section E covers the external parts of the structure and any permanent outbuildings, and is further subdivided into nine sections, with the fifth one focusing on windows.
Each element of the property is reviewed and given a condition rating from 1 to 3, where a condition rating of 1 confirms that no repairs are required, but maintenance may still be necessary. The same defects and inspections are given a colour-coding for visual immediacy, from green to red (respectively). Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrespective of standardised format of the report, your surveyor will provide a bespoke report, tailored to your particular concerns.
Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor will make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms and openings satisfactorily. Excess condensation or vapour occlusions in a double-glazed window, for example, would be reported here.
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There is a semi-detached house in the PR8 postcode area priced at £178,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Southport?
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 Sefton local authority area (which covers Southport).
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Southport in June 2018 was £170,738, which is £7,262 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Sefton area were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 30 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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There may be a pest infestation at the house in Southport we're buying, but we’re not certain. What advice should we get from the surveyor?
Scare stories about property vermin are plentiful, but it is tempting to treat signs of pests, such as ants, as minor annoyances. Unfortunately, the impact to a house and its inhabitants can put your health in danger and affect its value.
Evidence of pests or infestation may not be easy to find: For example, small tunnels in wooded beams may indicate the presence of house longhorn beetles, but only if you know what to look for. Remedies to pests can include insecticides, or the complete removal or replacement of affected parts of the structure. If you believe ants, or any pest, may be present, request that your surveyor pay close attention during the survey.
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