Should we get a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a property in St Bees and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the St Bees property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension on the property, RICS recommend you commission a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is less cheap, but it will give exhaustive analysis of the St Bees property's general condition as well as including information on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more information you can get an instant St Bees Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
The Flemish bond walls on this Victorian property is in poor condition - what should we do?
Brick-built structures demonstrate several benefits, but they will also experience a range of defects. These can include moisture damage or spalling. Any such issues ought to be reported on. One particularly serious issue is rapidly deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack. This may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered. Build Pro at 23 Kenry St, Tonypandy, CF40 1DE should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 07851 437032.
A number of popular courses and methods of brick building may be found throughout England and Wales. For example, Scottish bond, featuring five courses (rows) of long-oriented bricks then one row of short faced bricks, before repeating the pattern.
What will the St Bees Surveyor be looking for on a smooth stucco coated home in St Bees that I wish to buy.
Stucco is really just a kind of render. Typically it is applied to brick hardens to a smooth stone like surface. It is highly attractive and is found on Victorian and Georgian properties. It is very similar to mortar. It may have lime in it as well as a wire under mesh. to help prevent cracks. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors in St Bees sometimes discover issues for instance trapped water resulting in damp problems. Other issues may be when the application is taken down to ground level bypassing the DPC. Resolving problems may be costly as skilled tradesmen are becoming harder to find.
Do stone-walled properties create more problems for purchasers? What should we look in to?
External wall maintenance is essential to the health of homes in St Bees. Problems which impact stone-built homes in St Bees can vary greatly, with issues like delaminated or cracked paintwork being quote common. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to homes in St Bees, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used in the construction of doors and windows. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material.
Home Buyers Surveys will usually offer guidance on these matters. An example would be replacing missing or badly worn stones.
Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. J & M Casson, Brisco Bank, Moresby, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6NG, quarrying Sandstone, for details. Call 01946 694922 for more information.
Does a St Bees surveyor examine the state of repair of the gas heaters?
The RICS surveyor will locate and visually check out the accessible parts of the gas system. The surveyor will look at the mains gas installation at the home, as well as gas related fixtures such as chimney linings. External covers however, won't be detached. Most people are aware that gas can be dangerous, should you have any concerns about gas fittings, contact a gas safe engineer.
Gas Safe Register firms in St Bees include Messrs G Hodgson of 9 Abbotts Way, St. Bees Tel. 01946821303 and Jeff Carter of 19, Abbey Vale, St. Bees, Cumbria Tel. 01946 822962.
Are there any potential pitfalls we would be advised to be aware of when purchasing a flat in St Bees near a conservation area ?
There are nearly 10, 000 official conservation areas throughout the country which are designated by local councils. Surveyors in St Bees must have knowledge of relevant local area factors and any bearing may have on the home. Property values tends to be higher due to them retaining original features. However many areas are falling into a poor state for example - out of keeping extensions
RICS surveyors will tell you whether the property could be in a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal
advisers of the St Bees RICS Level 2 Survey will suggest the proper questions are carried out as part of the legal process. Unauthorised changes that do not have Local Authority approval will also be advised, however these should be concern for the solicitor. Bleasdale & Co are based in 14 Scotch Street, Copeland, Cumbria, CA28 7NQ and may be able to tell you what to look out for. Tel: 01946 692165