Should I spend a bit more on a full structural survey prior to investing in a forties, penthouse apartment in poor condition in Telford?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey was the original name for what is now known as the RICS Level 3 Survey, but they are essentially the same product, evolved to be easier to understand.
If you are buying an unusual Telford home such as a period house, the RICS Level 3 Survey is the most appropriate survey to choose. The report (set out in the surveyor's individual format) will outline comprehensive and often critical insights on the home’s construction and uses, in addition to any maintenance needs, shortly after a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings. External sports facilities (the buildings not the amenities themselves) will also be surveyed.
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As well as reporting on the condition of the house in Telford, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate, and what will it include?
The RICS Level 2 Survey includes a surveyor valuation and a reinstatement cost as part of the report and covers permanent outbuildings and retaining walls as well as the main building.
To estimate the value of the building accurately, your independent surveyor will combine their knowledge of the Telford property market with other aspects relating to the property (e.g. size of the garden, or number of bedrooms), its architecture and construction, connection to mains utilities, key assumptions (such as there being no hazardous materials to be removed, or there being no knotty legal issues affecting the sale), proximity to amenities and transport links, and environmental issues (such as being under a busy flightpath).
A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
To establish which type of survey you would like to commission, you can discuss it with one of Surveyor Local’s survey experts on 0800 022 4428.
Do clay soil foundations cause problems for Telford homes? Will a RICS Level 2 Survey investigate this, and does the surveyor give advice on maintenance?
Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects. Subsidence is a common and major concern, but there are others, including soil compaction or compression. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome, because expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content.
Signs like a hard-to-open kitchen door or minor wall cracks in the sitting room can be early indications of very serious structural issues, or they might be benign indicators of minor settlement.
When performing your Homebuyers’ Survey in Telford, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have in the future, on the property. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases, but your surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy and expensive process.
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We think this residence in Telford is located on a flood-plain. Is there a major flood-risk, and will our surveyor check for signs of flood damage, or if neighbouring properties have been affected?
Heavy rain, clogged drains and overflowing streams can cause flood damage, and, with insurance companies boosting their premiums to cope with the increase and severity of recent claims, it is not clear that reasonably-priced flood insurance will be available in years to come.
In addition to the information provided by your surveyor and conveyancer, there is a flood-alert service, with regular updates, operated by the Environment Agency, which also includes information about the bodies of water close by, which are liable to flood.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a Telford home, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property. The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk-screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a Telford home lies within an area of potential or previous flood-risk.
The surveyor may also ask the seller about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.
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When we went to see the home we are hoping to buy in Telford, it looked like there were damaged electrical sockets; does the RICS Level 2 Survey go into detail on any faults with the electrics?
When performing a Telford RICS Level 2 Survey assessment, the surveyor will highlight the condition of the electrics if it is suspected that they are in an unsatisfactory state. This assessment will also include any concerns with the condition of the fixed electrical appliances (for example, water heaters), and a representative sample of light fittings and sockets.
A check for the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) documentation (which is a test on the condition of the electrical installations carried out by a suitably qualified electrician) will also form part of the survey in Telford. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) strongly recommends that an electrical system check be completed every ten years on residential properties (or every five, if you are letting the property out).
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For the Telford RICS Level 2 Survey, what does the section 'E4 - Main walls' refer to?
The RICS Level 2 Survey is divided into twelve sections, with the fifth one dealing with all aspects outside the property (including permanent outbuildings). This is further subdivided into nine subsections, with the fourth one focusing on the external facets of the walls.
One example of a defect that might be included here would be the foundations of non-structural walls that are weak or completely missing. The surveyor's report on the condition of the external walls will consider all visible defects, including the damp-proof course.
The format of the RICS Level 2 Survey is clear and easy to read, with a minimum of technical jargon. Red, amber and green ratings give house-buyers in Telford an indication of how serious the issues that the surveyor has discovered actually are. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.
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There is a semi-detached house in the TF4 postcode area priced at £140,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Telford?
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 Telford.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Telford in May 2018 was £144,021, which is £4,021 more than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Telford were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 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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We are concerned about pest infestation at the Telford house we want to buy: What should we do?
Properties in Telford are not usually impacted by serious cases of pests but buying without any professional advice on the issue is not recommended. Regrettably, pests can impact a home's worth and carry serious health risks, so it is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
Signs may not be evident for weeks or months, because, for example, the smell of ammonia in or behind cupboards may indicate mice, even if no droppings are found. Remedies to insect infestation can include professional cleaning, or the use of strong insecticides. Your surveyor may report on signs of infestation, but you should be aware that it is not a legal requirement for the vendor to confirm the existence of pests in the house.
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