The brick on this Victorian house in Chesterfield looks in bad shape; what should we do?
Brick-built Chesterfield buildings feature several advantages; unfortunately, they also experience distinct issues. One defect that surveyors commonly report on brick buildings is rapidly-deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack, or spalling, where the brick begins to flake away, undermining its stability. In the worst-case scenario, this may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered.
Contact S & P Hewitt (Construction) Ltd. for a repairs estimate on 01246 559094 or at 66 Broomfield Avenue, Hasland, Chesterfield, S41 0ND, as this will give you a bargaining advantage with the seller.
Your chartered surveyor will cover these issues in the survey report along with any remedial recommendations. Try Surveyor Local’s online instant Chesterfield survey quote generator (fill in the form with a few short details at the top of this page) or call our team on 0800 038 6667 to speak to an adviser.
Are there any considerations I would need to be aware of when buying a property in Chesterfield in the vicinity of a conservation area, particularly with regards to property values?
Conservation areas were first conceived by Act of Parliament in 1967, and they are designed to designate areas deemed to be worth preservation for historical or architectural interest reasons. This ensures that they are managed and protected from inappropriate or unsympathetic change.
According to the Historic England website (retrieved on 30 January 2019), conservation areas are typically so designated for these types of locations (not an exhaustive list):
- centres of historic villages, towns and cities
- fishing and mining villages
- 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century suburbs
- model housing estates up to the late 20th century
- country houses set in their historic parks
- historic transport links (sections of canals, railways, and airfields)
- industrial heritage sites
Historic England also review and assess the state of the conservation areas on an annual basis, creating the Heritage at Risk register, which can be viewed online to assess whether the council’s management plan is effective, and what is happening to remove the conservation area if it appears on the register. In 2018, 502 conservation areas (of around 9,300) were added to the list.
Conservation areas, by their nature of being protected from significant change and managing conformity, are an attractive location in which to buy a house, but the owner should be aware of their responsibilities and, before buying a house, being aware of any changes that don’t have planning consent since this may require expense to reverse them. This information is highlighted in the survey and will also be directed to your legal representative for further investigation and analysis with the local council. The responsibilities incumbent upon any owner underlines the importance of appointing a focused and thorough surveyor like those we have at Surveyor Local.
This also means that houses in designated conservation areas naturally come at a premium, so potential buyers should be aware that properties will likely be more expensive than similar homes located outside the boundary of the conservation area.
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How will we know what effect wet conditions may have on our new Chesterfield building?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather, the effect that heavy rain has on a property is often overlooked. As an example, mildew or damp in the roof strongly suggests that the drainage systems are worth a closer look. Poor drainage can lead to staining of wallpaper and damp.
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.
Because of the increasing likelihood of flooding in the UK and the problems it causes, it becomes an essential part of looking for a new home to establish its history with flooding and the risk to the local area. There are several steps that can be taken:
- 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
The chartered surveyor will check the likely impact of any flooding on the property and its contents, providing recommendations to reduce or even eliminate the effects should it occur.
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The seller said that there had been a problem with a leak at the house in Chesterfield; what aspects of the attic will be looked into?
If the roof at a property you are buying has a major issue that needs to be resolved, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will easily identify it and its cause, providing recommendations for remedial courses of actions.
Because of the importance of the roof to the long life of the property, the surveyor will thoroughly inspect all aspects of the construction (assuming they are readily and safely accessible):
- soffits: the visible underside of the eaves
- downspout: any vertical drainpipe down the side of the property, there to transport rainwater away from the guttering
- chimney: ventilating hot air and gases from within the home
- flashing: protection from rainwater and often seen where there is a perpendicular joint, such as chimney to roof
- guttering: channels rainwater from the roof surface to the downspout
- cladding: the material used to cover and protect the roof structure
- fascias: the vertical boards under the eaves along the roofline onto which the soffits are attached
- barge boards: a type of fascia found on the gable end of a roof
- purlins: horizontal beams on the trusses to support the roof structure and give it rigidity
- trusses: the (usually A-shape) support beams that form the basic shape of the roof
- rafters: the beams that form the support for roofs
- collar beams: the horizontal beam in the trusses to provide rigidity and strength
- ridgeboard: the horizontal board the runs along the apex of the trusses
The surveyor may find, during the inspection, a number of relatively minor issues that, without remedial work, may become a more serious – and expensive – problem to resolve, including missing, loose or cracked tiles, blocked gullies and gutters, worn or cracked flashing, mould and rot (internally and externally), timber pests and rot, and roof sag.
Most roofing work, unless you are planning a major extension, won’t require planning permission, but may require building regulations certification. Your surveyor will be happy to advise. Since most roofing work, other than simple maintenance tasks, will likely cost a lot of money to resolve, obtaining a number of quotes for any work might be a useful bargaining tool to renegotiate the agreed price with the seller.
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Which Chesterfield surveys include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a boundary wall) and what does it encompass?
A HomeBuyer Report in Chesterfield will incorporate a surveyor valuation as well as a cost of reinstatement, although you’ll need to specifically request your need when setting a date for the surveyor to visit the property.
When calculating the value of the property, your independent surveyor will consider knowledge of Chesterfield and the local area, and other things relating to the property (for instance, the general condition of the building inside and out). The surveyor will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and draw upon key assumptions (e.g. the ground is not land-filled, the situation with water and drainage connectivity, concerns like busy roads, etc.).
A Property Valuation Report is requested when a definitive answer on the value of a property is required. Note that it’s not the same as a market appraisal, which is a guide or estimate to the property price that has absolutely no legal standing. The report looks at the location of the property, its features, size and age, while it considers the identified problems and issues within its boundaries.
The price of a Property Valuation Report starts from £249, which includes VAT and is fixed), dependent on the size of the property being valued. If you would like a Property Valuation Report added to either your Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report, please contact one of our team of friendly advisers on 0800 038 6667 and they will be happy to get things set up for you so that you are ready to get going today!
Will the local surveyor check the condition or the safety of the gas heaters at a terraced house we want to buy in Chesterfield?
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.
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 include:
- Edward Serrell Plumbing and Heating Services, 189 Walton Road, Chesterfield, S40 3BT (Tel: 07966 884368)
- Ted Duszczak Low Profile Plumbing of 26 Brookside Bar, Brookside, Chesterfield, S40 3PJ (Tel: 0800 066 2660).
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There is a terraced house in the S40 postcode area priced at £122,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Chesterfield?
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 Chesterfield.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Chesterfield in November 2018 was £119,985, which is £2,015 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Chesterfield were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 8 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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What should we be concerned about when buying a flat close to landfill sites?
A ‘landfill site’ is the generic term given for specialist locations licensed by the government (and the Environment Agency) for any material that won’t be recycled or reused to be dumped, buried or collected in one place. Because of the shortage of new locations for landfill, and the reduction in available space at existing ones, this explains the drive for better recycling options.
Specialist licenses are required for those companies operating such sites, and these are inspected to ensure that all legal measures are being correctly enforced and complied with.
Whether it’s a local authority tip, a recycling centre, or a true landfill site, no-one would willingly wish to live in close proximity to one (although the large majority of the British population do). For this reason, it makes complete sense for your surveyor to check out the environmental and structural impact of such necessary waste management sites on the property you are wishing to buy, not only from the environmental side of things but also from the traffic passing in and out of the site and how the vibrations might be impacting the foundations and the environs.
Where there is cause for concern, or if there appears to be contamination that is attributable directly to such sites, your surveyor will note this in the report and highlight the severity for remedial action, often placing it in the section for consideration by your conveyancing solicitor to look into with the appropriate authorities.
Your Surveyor Local surveyor will have a deep knowledge of the local area and will therefore be aware of where landfill sites have been closed and built over. In some instances, movement in what has been buried may be a cause or start of subsidence, and they will be able to advise accordingly.
An interactive map of the location of UK’s current operational landfill sites can be found online, such as this one by Anyjunk.
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