The estate agent has mentioned there may be white asbestos ceilings at the house in Harrow. Why would there be asbestos, are there any health risks, and will the building survey report on it?
Worries relating to asbestos are not uncommon, because it is now known to be a harmful, fibrous material. The three main types to be used in British construction prior to 1999, when it was completely banned, are blue, brown and white.
Asbestos was commonly used for building because it has good fire-retardant and sound-proofing properties, and, as such, it may be found in vinyl flooring and patching compounds among many other products.
Technically, all forms of asbestos (including the most familiar white) are ultimately dangerous and, if inhaled over sustained periods, can lead to lung cancer or pleural disease. Contrary to popular opinion, breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.
If asbestos is discovered at the house, you must be very careful never to displace it, and expert advice should be sought as soon as possible. Professional removal of asbestos will probably be quite costly, but it is an essential task that absolutely must be conducted by trained experts.
Surveyors do not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. However, surveyors will report on the potential for asbestos being present and will suggest options for further investigation.
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We are buying a derelict Edwardian apartment in Harrow; is it necessary to go for a full structural survey?
Structural surveys have a new name: Building Surveys. The Building Survey is the appropriate survey if you are buying an altered apartment (e.g. your dilapidated, period flat in Harrow). The formal survey report will typically give in-depth and critical professional advice about the building’s construction, as well as any important technical details after a thorough inspection of all accessible parts.
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Are there any issues I need to be wary of if purchasing a building in Harrow inside a conservation area?
There are around ten thousand official conservation areas throughout the country, which are governed by the local council, and these are locations designated to be of significant architectural or historical merit. Your surveyor must have enough knowledge of local considerations and any bearing they have upon the property and its value. Property prices will probably be greater in a conservation area because of them being in their original state, and because of the restrictions that have been placed upon them with respect to what owners can do to the outside structure and grounds.
Property surveyors are expected note whether the property might be so designated and Section I of a Harrow HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Legal Advisers) will recommend further investigations to be carried out as part of the legal process. Unsympathetic modifications to the property may also be reported; however, these should be investigated by your legal representative as part of the conveyancing remit.
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What sort of issues will the surveyor look for on a stucco-rendered home in Harrow that I intend to purchase?
Stucco is a smooth and flat render that is typically applied to brick, hardening to a smooth and attractive finish. Stucco is highly appealing and is often found on Victorian and Georgian houses, for example. Stucco is often prone to defect and Harrow HomeBuyer Reports sometimes discover issues, such as trapped water resulting in problems with damp, or attack from sulphates or salts absorbed from brickwork. Re-covering problems with stucco may be costly as the skills are becoming rarer.
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I am buying a dovecote on the southern outskirts of Harrow. Will maintenance costs be higher than for other properties?
Many purchasers have looked at purchasing property with real personality, because of their strong appeal. Older construction methods and materials, however, can be problematic, and buildings employing traditional methods can be challenging to maintain. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary, while traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of, for example, a Grade-II-listed house. Such an exercise may then turn out to be quite expensive.
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Will our Harrow chartered surveyor investigate possible flooding damage in the area?
Heavy rain, burst riverbanks and clogged drainage can all cause flooding damage, and house-buyers and -owners are understandably concerned about the impact, particularly after the publicity from news reports.
A surveyor has several options to assess whether a property is vulnerable, and they will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Details relating to signs of flooding will be reported in Section J of the HomeBuyer Report (Risks). Enquiries can sometimes be made of the estate agent, but this information may not be wholly accurate. While the surveyor will assess the structure for evidence of problems caused by flooding, it is within the remit of your conveyancing solicitor to establish the flood-risk level in Harrow by ordering a few environmental searches.
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On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Harrow, what could a ‘condition rating 3’ mean for the 'E1 – Chimney-stacks' section of the report?
Quite a common example of problems with the external side of chimney-stacks is loose, missing or deteriorated mortar. Chimney-stacks will be checked thoroughly, where appropriate, dependent on whether the property has them (for example, an apartment may not need such an inspection).
RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give homebuyers a clear and easy-to-read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of how concerning each aspect of the report is. A condition rating of three (or red) is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs and include defects which compromise the structural integrity of a house or flat. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as ‘NI’ (or 'Not inspected'). Irrespective of the standardised basic format of the report, your surveyor will provide a bespoke report, tailored to your particular concerns.
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There is a detached house in the HA3 postcode area priced at £1,090,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Harrow?
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 Harrow.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Harrow in June 2018 was £1,037,091, which is £52,909 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Harrow were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 29 August 2018
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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