Coronavirus (Covid-19) and RICS Level 3 Survey FAQs

All areas of England* will enter a new lockdown from November 5 to deal with the rising number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases with new, stricter regulations in place until December 2. This time, unlike in the first national lockdown introduced in March, buying and selling of property will continue within tight public health guidelines. At […]

Surveyor Local’s holiday opening hours

This article refers to a recent Home Buyers Survey. Got Christmas all wrapped up but still need to arrange one last thing when buying your new home? Surveyor Local makes it easy to sort out a RICS Level 3 Survey because we’re open across the festive period. Our team are standing by to help you […]

Minimise flood risk with help of RICS Level 3 Survey

Communities across the north of England have been badly affected by flood with severe warnings in place in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. More than 30 flood warnings are in place as the Environment Agency and rescue services work to reduce the risk of more flooding and keep communities safe. A month’s worth of rain […]

Don't ignore structural issues when buying a home

A RICS Level 3 Survey can often reveal unpalatable truths about a property we are keen on buying. But would you go ahead with a property purchase knowing there are issues with a home’s structure? According to new research, a third of us (32 percent) would do exactly that. Failed to take action Atom Bank […]

Network Rail under fire over failure to stop spread of Japanese knotweed

More than 11,000 complaints have been made to Network Rail about the spread of Japanese knotweed since 2011. The company, which owns and runs the UK’s network of rail lines, have received more than 6,000 complaints that the invasive plant, non-native to the UK, is spreading on to private property from Network Rail sites. The […]

RICS Level 3 Survey can spot the handiwork of the botched DIY-er

Anyone looking to buy a home from a keen DIY-er should beware. Research shows that fewer than half of us (43 percent) would employ a professional tradesperson to carry out maintenance on their home, while almost a third (29 percent) would try their hand at plumbing, a quarter (24 percent) would be keen to get […]

A survey provides peace of mind on historic problems

Commissioning a RICS Level 3 Survey when you are about to embark on a property purchase is definitely one of the soundest financial decisions a home buyer can make. That’s why you need the expertise of a chartered surveyor who is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to call upon. At […]

Surveyors offered specialist training on identifying Japanese knotweed

Specialist training is now available for chartered surveyors who want to improve their expertise in identifying the presence of Japanese knotweed and other invasive garden species. The Property Care Association (PCA), the trade body for the industry, has developed the training to help professionals deal with the garden invaders. Examining non-native species The one-day Invasive […]

Why a RICS Level 3 Survey is essential on a new-build

Buying a new-build home and convinced you don’t need a RICS Level 3 Survey? Think again. A recent story reported by ITV News highlights the importance of having an independent chartered surveyor look over even the most modern of properties. New home a ‘House of Horrors’ A family who had bought a brand-new detached home […]