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Home Buyers Survey in West Haddon

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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 West Haddon

    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 West Haddon

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

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    Property Valuation Report in West Haddon

    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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Home Buyers Survey in West Haddon

RICS Level 2 Survey

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a house in West Haddon and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is effectively the same survey.

If the West Haddon property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you are planning to make an extension, it would be better that you commission a RICS Level 3 Survey. The RICS Level 3 Survey is less cheap however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the West Haddon property's state of repair in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a West Haddon House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations create problems? I am buying a home in West Haddon. What should we expect a West Haddon RICS Level 3 Survey to include?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a property. Issues range from uneven soil compaction to soil swelling, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. Drought, for instance, can have a significant shrinking effect on clay soil, squeezing the foundations and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property. Visible results may be anything from small cracks in the kitchen wall to sticking doors. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

RICS Level 3 Survey on houses

I don't quite see the justification to commission the full structural survey when looking into a extended terraced cottage in West Haddon over a RICS Level 2 Survey?

Albeit very often described as Full Structural Surveys, they are now defunct and have been renamed RICS Level 3 Survey Opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey in relation to the property mentioned. The RICS Level 2 Survey is detailed enough for a post fifties unmodified West Haddon house of standard construction materials.

There are several survey no go areas exist with a property survey as RICS chartered surveyor will not be able to open up the structure of the house for example, or assess the serviceability of energy sources.

Gas flame

Does a surveyor examine the state of repair of the gas mains supply?

The will locate and visually examine the easily accessible parts of the system. This will mean gas related areas such as the location of the meter as part of the survey, as well as gas connected fittings e.g. flue/chimney maintenance. A West Haddon chartered surveyor won't remove any gas fittings and won't do any tests on the appliances or system. Gas can be unsafe and if there are any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas safe engineer.

Regulations stipulate landlords are legally required to carry out appliance and installation inspections yearly and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in West Haddon and found that the sitting room floor dipped in one corner, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence issues will the house survey examine?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will occur in new structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact.

Many homes develop superficial cracks in a wall, as a result of settlement. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.