If we want to purchase in Hastings, what advice would the surveyor give for a 50s home with a brick chimney?
Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like Dutch bond, which is similar to English bond, to the rare, such as English garden wall bond, which is a mix of Flemish and Monk bonds. Just looking around the properties in Hastings, it’s easy to see the many and varied styles and designs that have been used.
Brick-walled Hastings homes can be affected by both minor and serious issues, such as sulphate attack, which is a major concern because it results from a cement-mortared-wall suffering a prolonged period of damp and is effectively impossible to treat. Other problems can be weathering (particularly from the salty sea air in Hastings), spalling and wall-tie failure among a number of others. A local builder should be able to assist with a quote for remedial work, which you can then use to renegotiate with your vendor before exchange of contracts. The advice of a brickwork specialist should be sought before attempting repairs yourself. Local experts include:
- Downton Builders Ltd., Unit 1, 5 Harold Place, Hastings, TN34 1JA (Tel: 01424 532920)
- MDJ Construction, 45 Madeira Drive, Hastings, TN34 2NH (Tel: 07904 379144)
- SDS Builders and Decorators Ltd., 15 Foxcote, St. Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7HJ (Tel: 07768 800318)
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Can clay soil foundations be an issue for our planned house in Hastings? Will my Hastings Building Survey consider this, and does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?
Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Hastings property. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including compression of layers of the subsoil and heave (which has the opposite effect of subsidence). The composition of clay soil varies greatly around the country, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar.
If it is present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a property's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. Taking steps, like checking for standing water around the building after flooding or heavy rain, can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a buyer should discuss any specifics with the surveyor to understand if extensive upkeep is warranted. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases, but your surveyor will be able to confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy and costly process.
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I have put in an offer on a Hastings property with a loft conversion, but I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What does the surveyor consider during the survey?
Issues and defects with the roof are common concerns for buyers, because, even if the rest of the building seems pretty sound, houses across Hastings can often hide problems with the roof. Every element will be checked in the survey (e.g. sheathing, fascias, ridge tiles, chimneys, insulation, etc.). Your property surveyor may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention and highlight these in the report that they are preparing for you.
Costly quotes for roofing jobs in Hastings (such as replacement of a rotten dormer) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work previously. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. If an estimate for roofing work is required, a Hastings builder can provide one.
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What kind of problems will your property surveyor look out for on a stucco-coated house in Hastings?
Stucco 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 Hastings 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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Will the RICS surveyor consider signs of flooding, or if nearby homes have been affected, for my property in Hastings?
The impact of flooding, both in the region of Hastings (particularly since it is a coastal town) and nationwide, is a serious concern for residents, and the value of a property can decrease if it is located in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded before. Contrary to popular understanding, a building may be at risk from flooding even if it is nowhere near the sea or a river, or it is on top of a hill. In fact, 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.
A surveyor has a number of options in assessing whether a property is vulnerable to flooding. The survey report will outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep, should the level of risk be deemed significant. Broad and deep familiarity with the characteristics of the local area likely to affect the house enables the building surveyor to surmise the level of flood-risk, and any issues will only be raised in Section J of a survey report (Risks, if the building surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the house is at risk.
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My partner and I are purchasing a farmstead in Hastings. Will the residence's age be a concern?
There are many buyers who would really love to own an old, characterful home purely because of that character and the romanticism of its charm and appeal, particularly if it’s coupled with a great location.
With such a dream, though, comes the consideration of the construction and what it means in terms of ongoing maintenance and remedying any existing problems as part of its purchase. This is because such properties are likely to have been built employing the older construction methods and materials, and this might occasionally give buyers second thoughts as a result of the stress and worry about its upkeep.
The obvious traditional (or ‘vernacular’) techniques in the construction include cob (a mixture of clay soil, straw, and sand), wattle and daub (limestone and horse-hair), straw bales, timber beams for wall construction, thatched roofs, adobe, and hemp, all of which can be very challenging to maintain.
You should be aware that expert knowledge may also be needed before buying so that the condition of the materials and structure can be fully checked out and estimates provided for any remedial work. In addition, certain materials suitable for the work may be required to be sourced, particularly if the building is listed or is in a conservation area, which might be expensive.
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There is a detached property in TN34 in Hastings for £415,000. What things will a chartered surveyor allow for when calculating house prices in Hastings?
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 Hastings.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Hastings in December 2018 was £392,084, which is £22,916 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Hastings 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 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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When we went to see the building we intend to purchase in Hastings, it appeared that there is deterioration in the wiring and the residual current device (RCD) unit; does the Hastings HomeBuyer Report advise about electrical defects?
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. For the residential properties, it covers all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while special areas, which may be more open to moisture, such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets, electric showers), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment, will be particularly intensely inspected.
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 Hastings 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:
- CB Electrical Contractors Ltd., Chameleon House, Drury Lane, Hastings, TN38 9BA (Tel: 01424 203535)
- Bright Sparks Electricians, 110 St. Helen’s Road, Hastings, TN34 2EL (Tel: 01424 401999)
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