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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 Wolverhampton

    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 Wolverhampton

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

    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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Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Wolverhampton? Can we expect the survey to mention this?

Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects within a property. Specific issues, and one of the most common, include soil movement, and buyers should be vigilant for evidence of clay soil subsidence or heave when they visit the property. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable separation of the skirting board from the floor, to complete structural failure.

A Wolverhampton surveyor will consider all clay-soil-related concerns and advise you accordingly in their report. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor will also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

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Damage resulting from flooding

We are intending to buy a maisonette in Wolverhampton; does the RICS Level 3 Survey investigate flood damage?

The Environment Agency estimates that some 5.6m homes are in danger of flood damage (that’s around one in six), and the value of a home in an at-risk area may therefore be impacted. And over half of those are affected by surface water flooding alone.

The Environment Agency also maintains a flood-alert service, with regular updated risk assessments, and they also publish information regarding bodies of water that are likely to flood. Your surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst should the risk be deemed to be significant enough, and the home survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, making general comment about the area's propensity to flood. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the current owner, but this information may not be accurate or authoritative.

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Shocking electrics

When we visited the unmodernised property we want to buy in Wolverhampton, the agent said that there might be an overload of the fuses and the fuse-box; will the surveyor report any defects in electrical system and its condition?

When preparing a Wolverhampton Homebuyer’s Survey, a surveyor will provide detail on the state of the electrics if it is clear that they are in a hazardous state. This will include a non-invasive examination (i.e. without removing covers, etc.) of any uncovered parts of the wiring, fuse-box, etc., and other concerns such as verifying the condition of the fixed electrical appliances (like storage radiators), or checking the state of the visible wiring. Verifying the existence of any documentation from any recent Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) (created by an electrician) on the building will also be part of the survey in Wolverhampton.

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Overgrown flat roof with weeds

On a RICS Level 2 Survey carried out in Wolverhampton, what will section 'E2' cover?

The format of the RICS Level 2 Survey is clear and easy to read with as little technical jargon as possible. Three colour-coded ratings (from green to red, in traffic-light formation) give an indication of the extent to which any problems or notable points may negatively impact the property. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected', because, if a house or flat does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.

Section E of the report is concerned with the external aspects of the property (including any permanent outbuildings), while the second subsection is focused on the roof coverings. Flat and sloping roofs are comprehensively checked, if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access, and with binoculars if appropriate. If access cannot be arranged, e.g. the property is a flat, the surveyor will be unable to include this in the report. One example of a significant defect found in this section would be oil or detritus detected on a rubber EPDM roof.

Surveyor Local has a number of sample reports on their website, which might provide greater insight, including the one for the RICS Level 2 Survey, or you could call our team of survey experts on 0800 022 4428 to discuss any of your concerns further.

House prices

There is a semi-detached house in the WV1 postcode area priced at £160,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Wolverhampton?

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 Wolverhampton.

This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Wolverhampton in June 2018 was £149,435, which is £10,565 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Wolverhampton were:

PriceProperty type
£148,570All properties

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 21 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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Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying in Wolverhampton, and think we saw signs of vermin in the loft. Will the surveyor investigate this?

Be aware that your solicitor's forms may not ask about this issue because it is not a legal requirement for the vendor to confess to any knowledge of an infestation.

Pests quite literally come in all shapes and sizes and can be more difficult to treat than many buyers realise. To complicate the issue further, an affected home may not always be easy to identify. For example, damage to stored clothes or carpets is a sign of a moth infestation but may not be spotted for months.

Treatment for vermin may include professional cleaning or use of strong chemical pesticides. Rather than pulling out of the transaction, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.

If you at all worried about your survey and what to do should it find some serious issues, call Surveyor Local now on 0800 022 4428 and our friendly advisers will be happy to walk through the process and help with your concerns.

Stone-block wall damage

Can Kentish Rag stone-built property be hard to maintain, and are there specific potential issues to consider?

The sturdy appearance of stone walls may unfortunately hide some serious concerns. Defects such as delaminated render affect many stone-walled Wolverhampton properties. Bear in mind, too, that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyor’s expertise to identify.

Different stone-types will also decay at different rates based on environmental conditions (for example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones). You can request advice from the surveyor on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified. Common guidance may include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, in order to slow decay.

For assistance on sourcing new stones, contact a local mine or quarry (e.g. Archibald Bathgate Group Ltd., which quarries silica sand) for details.

To request additional information, consider a stonemason or other knowledgeable contractor in the area.

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Asbestos roof-tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be loose blue asbestos roof-tiles at the bungalow in Wolverhampton. What is asbestos, and what are the remedial options?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly, silicate material that, prior to understanding its deleterious health effects (causing asbestosis, lung cancer and other critical pulmonary illnesses), was used widely in the construction industry because of its high-tensile strength and famous fire-retardant properties. Chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue) were the three main types that were used in British construction prior to its outright ban in 1999.

If asbestos is discovered, you must be careful to on no account displace or break it, and professional advice must be taken urgently. You should never endeavour to remove it yourself, however much the financial impetus and temptation might be. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey, but they will report their suspicions, and will recommend professional testing.

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Gas flame

Does a RICS chartered surveyor go into detail on the condition of the gas mains supply?

The surveyor will locate and visually survey the accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the location of the meter for example, as well as gas related appliances or installations, for instance chimney breasts. Your Wolverhampton RICS surveyor will not remove the external fittings or housings and surveyors are not qualified to conduct any tests whatsoever on the gas system. Gas is potentially fatal and if there are any worries about gas or if you smell gas, contact a gas safe engineer.

Conservation area

Will there be any potential pitfalls we need to be aware of if buying an extended house in Wolverhampton in the vicinity of a conservation area?

There are thousands of designated conservation areas in England and Wales which are overseen by the local authority.

Home Buyers Surveys in Wolverhampton need to have sufficient knowledge of relevant local factors and the connection they have with the home. The value of homes tends to be higher than non conservation area equivalents which is down to conservation areas retaining their original character. However many have been neglected and are in shoddy condition e.g. the removal front garden walls

RICS surveyors will note whether the property looks to be classified as such and Section I of the RICS Level 2 Survey will advise suitable questions are raised by the solicitor or conveyancer. Unconsented changes to the property may also be reported, however these should be concern for your legal representative.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a converted barn and the vendor has stated that it has been built with West Cornwall granite. What should we be particularly aware of?

The sturdy appearance of stone walls may hide serious concerns. Defects affecting stone-built homes in Wolverhampton can vary, displacement being relatively common. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Wolverhampton are regular and irregular.

Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure, for example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include repointing of loose or crumbling mortar.

To find a specific quarried stone, speak to a Wolverhampton specialist. For example, Topclass Fire Surrounds, 173 Bushbury Rd, Wolverhampton, WV10 0LZ.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited the unmodernised property we are meaning to acquire, the agent said that there might be an overload of the fuses/fusebox, does a the surveyor write anything on electrical system condition?

When preparing a Wolverhampton Home Buyers Survey a surveyor should add detail on the state of the electrics if it is clear that the electrics are in a hazardous state.

This will include a non invasive examination of any uncovered parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. and other concerns such as verifying the condition of the fixed electrical appliances like storage radiators or verifying the state of the visible wiring.

Verifying the existence of any documentation from any recent PIR handled by an electrician on the building should be part of the survey in Wolverhampton.