We are buying a house built in the mid-60s in Bognor Regis on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the source of maintenance problems and will the chartered surveyor consider this?
Without due care and attention, and the associated budget for maintenance, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer a number of adverse effects. Issues range from subsoil shrinkage to soil-swelling, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain.
Symptoms of the defects can be obvious to the naked eye or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. For example, if it’s present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Bognor Regis house's foundations, forcing them inward. Small areas of wet and dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.
More often than not, judicious pruning of trees and other plants in the vicinity of the house may be enough to stem the effects of subsidence. However, over-pruning or total removal may result in the soil becoming too wet, creating other problems along the line. Therefore, before undertaking any work in this area, you should take the advice of your chartered surveyor or an expert arborist or structural engineer, depending on the severity of the subsidence problem identified.
A Bognor Regis surveyor will consider any clay-soil-related concerns and advise you accordingly in their survey report. If you want more advice and to receive your Bognor Regis home survey quote, call one of Surveyor Local’s friendly advisers on 0800 038 6667; we’re open 7 days a week for your convenience.
I want to buy a flat near the seafront in Bognor Regis, and the vendor is asking £175,000. What will a Bognor Regis surveyor consider when carrying out a professional valuation?
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 Bognor Regis (in the Arun local authority area).
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Bognor Regis in December 2018 was £171,242, which is £3,758 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Bognor Regis were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 26 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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Do stone-walled properties create more problems for purchasers? What should we look in to in Bognor Regis, and will the surveyor offer any advice?
Britain's rich and varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone in the construction of homes across the centuries, from Waddington Sandstone to Cromwell Sandstone.
Issues that are likely to impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention than regular, brick-like stone walls due to the greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Stone will also decay at different rates as a result of environmental conditions (for example, granite is more water resistant that most other stones). Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as monitoring of natural wear, and watching for signs of sudden or severe change.
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We think this residence in Bognor Regis is located near a river. Is there a major flood-risk? Would our residential surveyor search for evidence of water damage, or if the garden has been affected?
Heavy rain, overflowing waterways, tidal activity and poor drainage could all cause major flooding damage. You should be aware that proximity to bodies of water and the height of the property above sea level are not guarantees to avoid flooding.
Flood water can enter a residence through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly-fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. If you are planning to buy in a flood-affected area, a HomeBuyer Report will inform your decision. A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable.
The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.
Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect residence enables the chartered surveyor to surmise whether flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before.
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The seller's agent said there might be asbestos boards around windows at the building in Bognor Regis. Which types of asbestos are a concern, will this be a hazard and does the building survey report on it?
The most common type found in the UK is white asbestos (chrysotile), which was often used in roofs, floors, ceilings, walls and insulation, thereby appearing in all manner of construction materials. From 1986, it was only white asbestos that remained in use in the UK for construction purposes until the outright ban enforced from 1999 onwards.
Technically all forms of asbestos are potentially deadly and can lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. However, finding asbestos does not necessarily pose a risk to health.
During a survey, your chartered surveyor will not be able to confirm the existence of asbestos, since they will not investigate further than visual inspection because of the dangers highlighted above. However, they will be experienced in looking for it and will report their suspicions in the survey, recommending that it be checked out thoroughly.
Although you are legally allowed to removed asbestos yourself, this practice is thoroughly resisted by experts because of the danger that amateur removals may incur on yourself and your neighbours. Therefore, it is recommended that you appoint an expert to confirm its presence and to safely remove it. The register of expert contractors can be found here: the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.
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When we visited the mid-century home we are intending to lease in Bognor Regis, it appeared that there is an old fuse-board; does the HomeBuyer Report go into detail on the general state of the electrical system?
One of the areas that your chartered surveyor will look into when they’re inspecting the property you are considering buying is the electrics, reporting on any findings where they suspect any part of the system to be in hazardous condition.
All new electrical work needs to be covered under the British standard regulations (BS 7671), which are properly called the Electrical Installation and Wiring Safety Regulations and cover domestic, commercial and industrial properties, as well as marinas, fairgrounds, external public swimming pools, caravan parks, and other areas where electricity may create a potential hazard for any occupants.
For the 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 a Bognor Regis Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report, 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:
- Bradley Electrical Ltd., 42 Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 2PN (Tel: 01243 842211)
- R. W. Electrical Southern Ltd., Ash Grove, Bognor Regis, PO22 9JT (Tel: 07540 706980)
- ATR Electrical Services Ltd., 47 Sunningdale Gardens, Bognor Regis, PO22 9LE (Tel: 01243 870876)
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What sort of thing will your Bognor Regis surveyor be focused on for a stucco-rendered house in Bognor Regis?
Stucco (sometimes also referred to as pargetting) is simply a kind of smooth plaster render that is applied to brick or masonry, where it hardens to form a smooth, flat finish, or it might be used in making decorative mouldings to complement the rendered finish.
Comprising aggregates and binder to harden the mixture and water, stucco is durable, weather-resistant and is applied in thin layers, and is common on some Regency-period, Georgian and Victorian properties.
However, it can be problematic, and Bognor Regis Building Surveys focus on issues such as lateral hairline cracking revealing the underlying mortar joints, or where dampness below flashings or where the render has been applied to ground level has resulted in detachment or delamination from the brick or underlying substrate. Problems need to be sorted out as soon as they are identified because they will worsen quickly the longer they are left. Wire mesh is often used, but this is not advised since it can hasten deterioration should the metal rust. And the damp-proof course may be left inoperative should the render be applied over the top of it and below its level.
Remedying significant problems with stucco may be expensive as the skills are becoming harder to find, but it is not recommended for the homeowner to attempt repairs themselves. Hairline cracks or other minor issues may be solved by applying another layer of stucco, or even simply a coat of paint.
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In a Bognor Regis HomeBuyer Report, what could a ‘Condition Rating 1’ mean for outside doors?
The HomeBuyer Report is specifically designed and laid out so that clients can find what they want easily and, more importantly, understand what the report is saying. In summary, the product provides:
- a clearer layout, so that the information within it is obvious and can be found easily and swiftly
- an energy performance rating, bringing it in line with current legislation
- modern design broken down into the clear areas of the inspection (e.g. about the property, inside, outside, services, etc.)
- colour-coded condition ratings using a traffic-light system for instant visual understanding (1 (green) – no repairs required; 2 (amber) – needs repair or replacement but not immediately urgent; 3 (red) – needs urgent repair, replacement or financial investment)
- performed by a skilled chartered surveyor, such as the thorough and focused surveyors we have available at Surveyor Local
- less comprehensive and detailed (and therefore cheaper) than the Building Survey, but significantly more detailed than the Condition Report
- written in plain English with no technical or jargon terminology for easy understanding of the condition of the building
The standard format of the HomeBuyer Report allows the surveyor will complete according to the nuances of the particular property, omitting sections as necessary, with some areas being marked as 'Not inspected'. External doors are checked where keys are available, but not forced open. Generally, draughts and damp penetration around the frames will be included. A doorframe which has been installed back-to-front is an example of what might appear in this section.
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The seller's agent said there might be asbestos boards around windows at the building. Which types of asbestos are a concern, will this be a hazard and does the Bognor Regis building survey report on it?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials such as pipe lagging. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good heat resistance properties, it may be found in pipe insulation. Technically all forms are ultimately potentially deadly and can lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Finding asbestos does not necessarily pose a risk to health.
If found, care should be taken not to remove asbestos. Professional advice should be sought urgently. You should not endeavour to handle it yourself. Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will mention suspected asbestos and will recommend professional testing.
When we visited the mid-century home we are intending to lease it appeared that there is an old fuse board ; does Bognor Regis Homebuyer Report go into detail on the general state of the electrical system?
When conducting a Bognor Regis Homebuyer Report a RICS surveyor will typically make a note on the electrics if it appears that they are in a less than satisfactory condition. This should include a general inspection of any uncovered sections of the wiring on top of issues like verifying the category of any electrical fittings in shower rooms. Verifying the location of the evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the Homebuyer report in Bognor Regis. Looking at any documentation from any recent PIR handled by an electrician on the property should form part of the survey.