The brick chimney on this Edwardian terrace in Ashford has deteriorated; what should we do?
One of the most common building materials in properties in the UK for many a century is brick, which is why there are so many different styles and designs employed by bricklayers in the building design.
Brick-built houses feature several advantages over those constructed from other materials, but, equally, they can also suffer from many specific diverse problems, from horizontal cracking through frost damage to patchwork cracks caused by wall-tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface and should be taken very seriously. This is why it makes so much sense for you to book a survey inspection with one of the best chartered surveyors in the country at Surveyor Local.
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When I saw the building I am hoping to lease in Ashford, I saw that there are doubts as to the safety of the electrical system; will the surveyor advise on the electrical system?
During a HomeBuyer Report assessment in Ashford, the surveyor will make a note of the electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in a poor state of repair.
All new electrical work needs to be covered under the British standard regulations (BS 7671), covering domestic, commercial and industrial properties. For residential properties, it covers all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while also focusing on special areas such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment.
As part of the building regulations approval in an extension or new-build, or where the electrical circuits have been updated, an electrical certificate, signed off by a qualified electrician, needs to be supplied to comply with the requirements. This document will be sought and checked by your Surveyor Local surveyor.
In addition, the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommends that a periodic inspection be completed every 10 years on private residential property, or every 5 years if you are renting out the property to tenants, or you own a commercial building. Again, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will identify the Periodic Inspection Review document’s existence and confirm its validity and status.
When preparing an Ashford Building Survey, an RICS surveyor will inspect all accessible parts of the electrical system, noting the location and likely age of the fuse-board, and includes a visual assessment of the superficial parts of the wiring, without taking anything apart for safety reasons. In addition to verifying areas connected to the mains (e.g. the whereabouts of the meter or consumer unit), the surveyor will also choose a selection of sockets and light-switches to ensure they are operating normally.
In the survey report, the surveyor will highlight all of the findings, including identifying those areas that they are unable to access, which might need further investigation by a qualified electrician. Where there are areas of concern, particularly where the electrical circuits and wiring don’t conform to the British standard, the surveyor will recommend that immediate action be taken. It is wise to obtain a couple of quotes for any major rewiring activities, as this can be used to enter into renegotiations over the asking price with the seller.
Local highly-rated electricians in the area include:
- Terry Baker Electrical Contractors Ltd., 130a Godinton Road, Ashford, TN23 1LJ (Tel: 01233 665107)
- Earthed ElectricX, 4 Jupiter Lane, Kingsnorth, Ashford, TN23 3RL (Tel: 07908 766865)
- Ashford Electrical Services, Lime Close, Godinton Park, Ashford TN23 3 DX (Tel: 01233 333878)
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How will we know what effect heavy rain can have on our new property in Ashford? Will the RICS surveyor report on this, and, where there is damage, what should we do?
It is distinctly odd that rainfall and the effect it can have on homes are rarely considered properly during the purchasing process, particularly when considering the weather is a major topic of conversation for Britons.
If you have only visited the house in dry weather, problems are unlikely to be visible, so it may a sensible idea, if practical, to view the property in wet weather to see if there are any worrying symptoms. Other ideas for checking out the flood-risk in the vicinity of your proposed purchase include:
- use the Environment Agency’s flood information service for the current situation
- search for your location on the Environment Agency’s flood map for planning service to establish the level of risk of flooding (based on historical and geographical information)
- appoint a specialist search provider to identify the position in more detail (you can talk to your conveyancing solicitor about this option and costs)
- check with the sellers to confirm anecdotal evidence of prior flooding issues
Poor drainage can lead to penetrating damp within the property, for example, but that is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve. If untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to resolve successfully.
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Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey for a property in Ashford, and which is cheaper?
If the Ashford property is a flat or maisonette the RICS advise you to opt for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
However, the RICS recommends that a Building Survey is most suitable for the following types of property:
- Listed buildings and some properties in conservation areas
- Properties that were built more than 50 years ago
- Properties that you want to extend, change significantly, or update in an integral way
- Buildings that have been recently subjected to such change
- Properties of an unusual construction, or built with unusual materials, irrespective of their age
Because the Building Survey goes into more detail and is far more comprehensive, the price for the service will naturally be more than for the HomeBuyer Report.
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Should I get a separate valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of professional fees such as legal fees) for my flat in Ashford?
A HomeBuyer Report on an Ashford property will contain an independent valuation and a cost of reinstatement as a standard offering, although you should mention this when booking up your appointment with Surveyor Local.
To estimate the correct valuation, your surveyor will combine experience of the property market in Ashford and other factors, such as the square metres of its footprint, or the number and size of bedrooms. Your Ashford surveyor will also consider construction methods and other assumptions such as there being no major problems with the building.
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) might be your best option, depending on what else you want from a survey. It will also be assumed that there is an absence of any compromising legal issues, (for example, rights of access and egress over all communal areas), and it will include any significant environmental concerns (like the area being prone to flooding). Advice should be sought from your legal representative.
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Does the qualified surveyor advise on the condition of the gas supply at the bungalow in Ashford?
Everyone is aware that the volatility and the highly inflammable nature of natural gas make it a very dangerous substance if not regulated and checked by qualified experts. It is also for this reason that, where there is a gas supply to a property, your chartered surveyor will inspect the system.
All work on gas appliances and connection to the mains must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, while any new heat-producing gas appliance installed (e.g. a cooker hob, or gas fire) requires the Local Authority to be informed so that it will comply with building regulations in order to gain the requisite approval.
A certificate of works will be provided by a qualified Gas Safe engineer, and this will be sought and checked for validity and status by the surveyor during the inspection. Regulations legally require landlords to complete appliance and installation inspections annually. Non-compliance penalties include heavy fines and possible criminal records.
As part of the survey, the chartered surveyor will visually check all the accessible parts of the gas system, such as the meter location and position and any gas-connected fixtures like chimney breasts or flues. However, if there are any fittings, they won't be dislodged for inspection, and neither will they remove covers or piping since they are not qualified to do so.
Where the surveyor identifies any area for potential concern, they will note this in the survey report, with recommendations for any remedial action to be taken, alongside a measure of severity. Where a problem is deemed critical, if only for a qualified engineer to check and assess the situation, any significant cost can be used to open up conversations with the seller about the possibility of offsetting such a cost by reducing the asking price.
Gas is potentially hazardous and, should you have any concerns about it, call a Gas Safe engineer. If you smell gas, call the free national Gas Emergency Services number immediately on 0800 111 999.
Local highly-rated Gas Safe engineers in the area can be identified or located at the official Gas Safe Register site.
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We are wanting to buy a detached property in the centre of TN24, which is being marketed for £470,000. What issues will your qualified surveyor evaluate when estimating house prices in Ashford?
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 Ashford.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Ashford in December 2018 was £456,889, which is £13,111 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Ashford were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 22 February 2019
An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, 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 purchasing an 1810s property in Ashford with stone walls. Are there specific problems to bear in mind? Does the surveyor give advice on this?
Britain's geology has understandably encouraged the diverse use of many varieties of stone over the centuries, from Wroxton Limestone to Spynie Sandstone. Defects affecting stone-built properties can vary, with erosion being relatively common.
Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. In addition, lime mortar may feature in the building's construction, which is susceptible to wearing. Maintenance tips include removal of invasive plants, such as ivy.
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