Should we get the Building Survey before purchasing a converted, Victorian cottage in Herne Bay?
You can choose this type of survey for any type of property that you’re 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
After an exhaustive inspection of the accessible parts of the house, the chartered surveyors report will be emailed (pdf file) and posted (hard-copy) to the prospective purchaser summarising comprehensive and crucial insight about the materials used for the construction of the home. The survey will also cover any permanent outbuildings associated with the property.
There are certain limitations exist with any residential survey; a Herne Bay surveyor will not be able to open up the structure of the building, nor will they inspect flat roofs without a suitable ladder or other safe access.
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Mould brings up bad memories for us when it comes to problems with roofs; what should we investigate as part of the survey on our Herne Bay bungalow?
The subject of roofing problems often causes anxiety for many purchasers with a roofing 'horror story' that they recall from a previous home. Homes throughout Herne Bay that are otherwise in sound condition, can, to the disappointment of their would-be owners, still suffer roof maintenance problems, such as mould, sagging, or rotting timbers.
All parts of the roof and loft, such as tie beams, rafters, and slates, will be checked as part of the survey. Factors for flat roofs, like literally being flat rather than being on a suitable incline of at least twelve degrees to allow rainwater to run off, will also be checked where they are present.
Fixing a leaking roof can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. You could try a reputable roofing specialist, such as:
- Ballman Roofing Contractors Ltd., 2 Nightingale Road, Herne Common, Herne Bay, CT6 7LZ (Tel: 07920 875998)
- Invicta Roofing Ltd., Mounts Yard, Essex Avenue, Herne Bay, CT6 8AA (Tel: 01227 372513)
- kentroof.com, 227 Sea Street, Herne Bay, CT6 8LF (Tel: 01227 741094)
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Does a Building Survey in Herne Bay include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a boundary wall), and how is it calculated?
The HomeBuyer Report includes a professional valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as an integral part of the document. To properly appraise the correct valuation, the surveyor will combine their detailed local knowledge of the Herne Bay property market with other factors pertinent to the property:
- specifics about the house or flat, such as square meterage, or number and size of bedrooms
- certain fixtures and fittings (e.g. the age of a central heating boiler, or a range cooker)
- certain key assumptions (e.g. there being no serious defects)
- additional local area considerations (e.g. what services the house is linked to)
- environmental concerns like brine-mining activity
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but one can, however, be added for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be requested. Have a look at our survey comparison to see what each product provides and what’s best for your needs.
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A future next-door neighbour warned us about pests affecting properties nearby to our property in Herne Bay. Should we get a chartered surveyor to assess the situation?
The issue of pests in and around the home is often seen as a small or minor, even irrelevant, inconvenience or annoyance that simply needs to be accepted and managed. However, the threat of many pests is very real and, with certain examples, will have a risk to the occupants’ health or destroy the fabric and structure of a building.
In addition, evidence of an infestation of pests is not always easy to find. Some obvious examples of common pests include death-watch beetle, moth larvae, woodworm, rodents, and woodworm, among many others.
Your chartered surveyor will look out for evidence of the common problems, such as droppings or holes in wood, and make recommendations based on the severity of the problem and how recent the infestation appears to be. Solutions and remedies to eradicate pests may include the use of poisons, insecticides and traps, but more humane ways of removing pests are available. It’s always worth obtaining a number of quotes from companies qualified to handle such issues so that you can request a reduction in the asking price from the seller.
Because there are so many different pests, the chartered surveyor will not be able to test and check for every single type other than the common instances. If you suspect that a specific issue with pests exists, then you should bring it to your surveyor’s attention and they will be able to focus on finding the particular evidence, should it exist.
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We are buying a house built in the mid-40s on very clay-rich soil in Herne Bay. Is this going to cause difficulties? Can my surveyor investigate this, and advise on upkeep?
The adverse impact clay soil might have on a house can be significant. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the level of the water table. Given that the moisture content does have such a significant effect on clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a house's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack, which can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage.
Taking precautions, such as immediately acting to remove standing water from heavy rainfall or flooding from around a property, will keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.
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I want to buy a detached house in Herne Bay (CT6 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £466,000. What will a Herne Bay 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 Herne Bay (in the Canterbury local authority area.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Herne Bay in December 2018 was £451,987, which is £14,013 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Herne Bay were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 25 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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Will the residential surveyor inquire into possible flood damage at the maisonette we are buying in Herne Bay?
A wide variety of factors can cause floods, from inadequate drainage, through broken drainage goods to tidal activity. And, unfortunately, the risk of flooding has little to do with the proximity of bodies of water or the height above sea level. Because of the increasing disastrous floods in recent years, insurance companies have reacted by bumping up the premiums, and it is not clear whether reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come.
Note, too, that the governmental Environment Agency has estimated that at least 1 in 6 properties in England and Wales is at risk from some kind of flooding, with around a half of those susceptible to surface water flooding alone.
It is possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any number of routes. The Building Survey may also, where appropriate, offer advice to limit damage in the event of flooding. Section J of the survey report (Risks) contains details, where applicable, of the potential for flooding found within the boundaries of the property in Herne Bay or on adjacent sites. Flooding issues will only be raised in Section J of a Building Survey if the building surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the property in Herne Bay is at risk.
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The seller has mentioned that there could be powdery asbestos wallpaper in the bungalow in Herne Bay. What is asbestos, is it dangerous and will the HomeBuyer Report go into it in detail?
There are over sixty types of asbestos, six of which were regularly used in the UK before the complete ban was imposed in 1999. As a result, houses built prior to that date may have at least some small elements of asbestos around it.
Asbestos is a dangerous silicate material that has fire-retardant, sound-proofing and high tensile strength qualities that made it a highly attractive miracle material until its hazardous nature was understood. Because of this prevailing attitude, asbestos can be found in all manner of construction materials, from roof-tiles to boiler-cupboard insulation, from gutters to paint.
All forms of asbestos are ultimately hazardous and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods, although simply finding asbestos does not necessarily pose a risk to health.
Should you find any at your home, you should be careful not to remove or dislodge it, seeking professional advice urgently. You should never try to disturb it yourself. Approved experts can be found by clicking asbestos experts.
Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Herne Bay home survey. However, they will note potential asbestos during the survey and should offer advice.
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