Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a house in Yardley and which would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is effectively the same survey.
If the Yardley property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS recommend the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to carry out any alterations, RICS recommend you opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey. The RICS Level 3 Survey is not as cheap as a RICS Level 2 Survey but it does offer comprehensive details of the Yardley property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .
For more details get a Yardley Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.
I want to purchase a house in Yardley, B25. The asking price is £154, 055. What things does the Yardley surveyor evaluate when conducting a property valuation report ?
There are a great number of factors which could have a bearing on property values ranging from the amount of service charges payable to whether there is a flying freehold. As an indicator, one can try to consider house values achieved in Yardley at the same time for similar houses.
This means house prices registered at the Land Registry between Jul and Oct 2012 was £140, 155, which is £13, 900 less than the price you are intending to pay. The average for houses and flats was £136, 060. 3, Damson Grove, Solihull, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 9EN a detached property was sold in the last 3 months for £350, 000 .
The best way for home buyers to get an independent home valuation is with a RICS Level 2 Survey which includes a professional valuation as a core component.
What will the RICS Surveyor be looking for on a stucco rendered Victorian home in Yardley which we wish to buy.
Stucco is actually just a sort of flat finish solid render. Typically stucco render is layered over brick hardens to a smooth flat finish. The effect is highly aesthetic and is often found on Victorian properties for example. It is almost exactly the same as plaster or mortar to work with. It can have lime in it as well as plant fibres to help prevent cracks. Stucco is often problematic and Yardley surveyors can report any number of problems e.g. when stucco is exposed to driving rain which gets saturated prone to damage from frost
Another example of problems associated with stucco may result from the difficulty in diagnosing damp underneath. Re-applying Stucco problems can be difficult as renderers are getting rarer.
We are buying in Yardley and are looking for buildings built from Diagonal bond walls. What input does a surveyor in Yardley give? Does the age of the property matter?
Brick-walled Yardley conversions can show signs of diverse problems. These issues will be mentioned in the report. A serious concern is wall tie failure. This occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and eternal leaves of the wall. Cruse Alan may be able to give an estimate for any necessary upkeep. Contact them at 1 Bridge Villas/Station Rd, Queensferry, Deeside, CH5 2TA or 01244 812006.
For example, English bond or sailor bond are both used in Yardley conversions.
Will the surveyor check the condition or the safety of the gas supply?
Your RICS chartered surveyor will visually check any accessible parts of the system. A surveyor will want to inspect gas heaters where relevant, as well as gas affiliated appliances or installations for example - balanced flues (where immediately extended from appliance/external element).. External fittings or housings however, won't be removed. The gas system will not be tested. Of course, gas can be fatal, should there be any worries about gas, call a gas safe engineer.
Gas Safe Register firms in Yardley include M J Bull Plumbing and Heating Limited of 76, Manor House Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands Tel. 07971 435768 and Heatflo Mechanical of 68, Sheldonfield Road, Birmingham, West Midlands Tel. 07852 307822.
What should I be wary of when purchasing a maisonette near to a rubbish landfill
Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. industrial waste disposal. No one wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Concerns include methane gas generation. Health issues such as birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .
Yardley surveyors will notice structural problems linked to the landfill. Your conveyancer will conduct conveyancing and environmental searches of the British Geological database in addition to Birmingham Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .