The neighbour stated there is a possibility of asbestos fire doors in the flat in Eastbourne. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a potentially deadly, fibrous, structured mineral conglomerate of several naturally-occurring materials. Some types were commonly used in building materials as late as 1999 when the UK instituted an outright ban. Asbestos has good heat-resistance and sound-proofing properties and, as such, was deemed to be a miracle material ideal for construction purposes that has found its way into cooker insulation, boiler cupboards, ceiling tiles, gutters, paint and a huge number of other building materials.
All forms of asbestos are ultimately carcinogenic, and might lead to lung cancer with prolonged exposure, but, contrary to popular belief, breathing in a solitary fibre will not kill you.
If it is discovered, you must be careful on no account to remove asbestos, and professional advice must be taken as soon as possible. Getting rid of it may be expensive, but it is essential, and must always be conducted by professionals. Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos during an Eastbourne building survey, but they will mention the possible existence of it, making suggestions for further investigation.
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Should I order the more comprehensive Building Survey before buying an extended forties home near Eastbourne?
The customer can choose this type of survey for any property that they are buying, but the RICS recommends that it is most suitable for:
- 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
The Building Survey report itself covers the following details:
- Any defects, their criticality and what they mean (structurally and financially)
- The results of the tests for the presence of radon gas
- Evidence of subsidence or heave
- Proximity of any large trees that might impact the foundations
- Evidence of the presence of any hazardous materials (such as asbestos)
- The impact of any changes to supporting walls
- Specific damage to any masonry (inside and out)
- The results of the tests carried out for damp
- Any renovations, extensions and changes without the requisite planning consents
- Specific damage to the roof and chimney stacks
- Condition of the damp-proof course (DPC) and state of the insulation
- Damage to timbers (particularly in the roof-space)
- Evidence of woodworm, dry or wet rot in timber
- Advice on drainage that hasn’t been tested
- Details of materials and construction methods used at the property
- Recommendations and advice for any further investigations that might be required, in addition to recommendations for immediate remedial action
- specific matters in relation to planning and control for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor
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How will we know what effect rain will have on our new Eastbourne home?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather, the impact that high levels of rainfall can have on buildings is rarely considered by house-buyers. Signs that downspouts are worth a closer look include rotten wooden gutters, or evidence of water-staining down the walls underneath. Such issues can lead to staining of wallpaper and damp inside the building. 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.
Fortunately, drainage problems are quite easy to remedy, unless they are not maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to fix, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs. And, if practical to do so, it is also worth looking at the house in both wet and dry weather to see if there are any obvious differences.
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There is a semi-detached house in the BN21 postcode area priced at £305,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Eastbourne?
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 Eastbourne.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Eastbourne in December 2018 was £290,391, which is £14,609 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Eastbourne were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 18 February 2019
An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, which can include 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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Can I get an independent and professional valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes for my Eastbourne purchase, and how is it calculated?
A Property Valuation Report is not a survey per se, although it is an associated product that chartered surveyors can offer, on the proviso that they are also a registered valuer. This is something that Surveyor Local can add to your choice of survey, and, if required, you only need to pick up the phone to us on 0800 038 6667 to discuss your particular needs and we’ll get the right service set up for you with the minimum of fuss.
A Property Valuation Report is requested when a definitive answer on the value of a property is required. Not 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. Typically, a Property Valuation Report will be required in the following circumstances:
- loans and mortgage applications, to verify the true value of the property to guarantee sufficient equity remains in the building to pay off the mortgage or loan should the buyer default on payments
- probate and wills in order to establish the amount of inheritance tax owing from the legacy
- Help to Buy to establish a loan redemption figure
- buying or selling a property to ensure that the price being asked is a fair one
- shared ownership to confirm the share of equity figures
- matrimonial ownership, which follows the same design as that for shared ownership
- Capital Gains Tax to confirm the tax amounts due to HMRC
- Buy-to-Let rental value confirmation and assessment of loan or mortgage affordability
- dispute resolution to assess the financial share in the property
- immigration for the valuation of any immovable assets
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 approach that the registered valuer will adopt is:
- Research: market research to identify similar properties of age, condition and size in the near environs and check how much they were sold for most recently
- Inspection: an assessment of the actual property across its boundaries, inside and out, where accessible and safe to do so
- Analysis: a translation of all the findings into a meaningful report, always written in plain English, for the client with the headline valuation
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Will a qualified RICS surveyor go into detail on the state of the gas installations at the Eastbourne maisonette we are buying?
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.
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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A local warned us about pests affecting some homes in Eastbourne; is a Full Structural Survey advisable?
Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously detrimental. When purchasing a house, this matter should always be borne in mind, because it is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect of the property when making an offer.
Unfortunately, identification is frequently hampered because signs of infestation may not be evident for weeks or months and are often introduced to a home via luggage after a trip abroad: one obvious example being bed-bugs, which can be extremely hard to remove.
Remedies for a serious infestation can include chemical treatment or removal or replacement of the affected parts. The RICS are not completely clear on the issue of infestations, so you should instruct your surveyor if you have any specific concerns, so that they may be included in the Building Survey.
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The vendor said subsidence could be a problem in the end-of-terrace house in Eastbourne. What subsidence-related matters will the surveyor consider?
Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence; however, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In some older structures cracks become apparent when temperatures rise, but these should close up in winter when the materials draw in water, so these are generally benign.
Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil (otherwise known as groundwater subsidence), the location of nearby trees and other plants that might be removing water from the soil around the foundations, even tremors from nearby heavy traffic or major construction works in the vicinity. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house that is susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, shoddy materials or existing damage.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is essential to establishing the remedy. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which often are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. RICS generally steers away from underpinning as a solution except in extreme cases, and, where this is deemed necessary, this will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.
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