We are buying a house on the Isle of Anglesey, and think we saw signs of insects in the shower room. What advice should we get?
Houses on the Isle of Anglesey will usually be free of major infestations; however, if you do have any specific concerns, you should seek advice from a surveyor or a pest control expert.
This concern should be taken seriously, because an affected house may not always be easy to identify. For example, mice are able to squeeze through even small gaps and holes, and quickly spread disease through their droppings. Treatment for bug or other pest issues may include removal or excision of affected timber, or the liberal use of pesticides and other chemicals.
The RICS guidelines on the issue of infestations are something of a 'grey area', so specific fears should be mentioned to your property surveyor, prior to them starting their assessment for the report.
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The property we plan to buy on the Isle of Anglesey is built on clay soil. Will the Building Survey look into this, and does the chartered surveyor provide any advice on maintenance?
Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with groundwater level variations and soil movement being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay-soil subsidence or heave. Expansive clay soil can also put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack, resulting in costly and even dangerous structural damage.
Consequently, there is a real benefit in booking an Isle of Anglesey surveyor to carry out your property survey, because they will be familiar with the composition of the local soil, and they will have witnessed the effects of the problems it causes first hand. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.
The majority of cases are caused by encroaching or poorly-managed plants and trees, which draw moisture out of the soil, thereby causing voids around the foundations. While judicious pruning or even removal of the plants might solve the problem, you should be aware that further problems might be created as the moisture in the soil increases causing expansion. Therefore, you should seek the advice of a professional arborist before undertaking any remedial action.
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There is a semi-detached house on the Isle of Anglesey priced at £160,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices on the Isle of Anglesey?
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 on the Isle of Anglesey.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses on the Isle of Anglesey in December 2018 was £153,050, which is £6,950 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month on the Isle of Anglesey were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 8 March 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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Are Isle of Anglesey properties at risk from flooding and does a HomeBuyer Report look for signs of water damage?
The Environment Agency estimates that around 5.2m properties (that’s 1 in 6) around the country are at a high risk of flood-damage, with over half of those from surface water alone. Because of the increasing scale and severity of flooding in recent years around the country, insurance companies have pushed up their premiums, meaning that affordable insurance is not necessarily a given in the future.
It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst, if there is a significant risk or considerable evidence of prior flooding. The Groundsure Flood Report is one of several risk-screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a house on the Isle of Anglesey lies within an area of potential or previous flood-risk.
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One of our future neighbours said that there is a possibility of asbestos fire-doors in the flat on the Isle of Anglesey. Why would there be asbestos?
Asbestos is the general name given to the group of six fibrous, silicate materials that are now known to be harmful to organisms, when the dust or fibrils are released into the environment (by any number of processes including abrasion).
Asbestos has been mined for hundreds of years, but it was only in the last century that it was found to be so detrimental to health, although it still took until 1999 for there to be an outright ban in the UK, as part of an EU-wide directive, even though restrictions were placed from 1985.
The most common type found in the UK is white asbestos (chrysotile), which was often used in roofs, floors, ceilings, walls and insulation, thereby appearing in all manner of construction materials. From 1986, it was only white asbestos that remained in use in the UK for construction purposes.
Commonly called asbestosis, the curly or needle-shaped fibres usually caused mesothelioma (attack on the lining of the lungs, causing cancer). However, breathing in a single fibre will not be injurious, nor will it risk death.
During a survey, your chartered surveyor will not be able to confirm the existence of asbestos, since they will not investigate further than visual inspection because of the dangers highlighted above. However, they will be experienced in looking for it and will report their suspicions in the survey, recommending that it be checked out thoroughly.
Although you are legally allowed to removed asbestos yourself, this practice is thoroughly resisted by experts because of the danger that amateur removals may incur on yourself and your neighbours. Therefore, it is recommended that you appoint an expert to confirm its presence and to safely remove it. The register of expert contractors can be found here: the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.
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When we were shown the unmodernised property we want to buy on the Isle of Anglesey, we noticed that there was an old fuse-board; will the surveyor report on any faults with the electrics?
One of the principal 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) and, for residential properties, these cover all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while also focusing on special areas such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment.
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 an Isle of Anglesey HomeBuyer Report or 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:
- Livingstone Electrical, 31 Nant Y Mynydd, Llanfechell, Amlwch, LL68 0SS (Tel: 07825 667181)
- T. Owen Electrical Contractor, Maenllwyd, Rhostrehwfa, Llangefni, LL77 7YR (Tel: 07810 825535)
- Elecni Electricians, Cae Ysgawen, Brynteg, LL78 8JR (Tel: 07546 711840)
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How will we know what effect rain could have on our new house on the Isle of Anglesey? Will the surveyor report on this, and where there are problems, what should we do?
On the Isle of Anglesey, as is the case throughout the country, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it, even though it forms a regular topic of conversation for Britons. It’s curious, therefore, that unfortunately the effect that such wet conditions has on Isle of Anglesey buildings is not given enough thought by house purchasers. If you have only been to the house in on a dry day, problems are unlikely to be visible. Unmaintained rainwear goods can lead to a number of problems from mould to a damp or flooded cellar.
That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase, because they are usually a simple matter to fix if caught and managed early enough.
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On an Isle of Anglesey HomeBuyer Report, what impact can a ‘red-light’ rating have on 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes'?
Section E8 of the HomeBuyer Report covers the more decorative aspects of the property's exterior, which will be inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. Ornamental joinery such as finials or mock-Tudor panelling will be covered in this subsection, as would ageing wood sidings.
The HomeBuyer Report is specifically designed and laid out so that clients can find what they want easily and, more importantly, understand what the report is saying. In summary, the product provides:
- a clearer layout, so that the information within it is obvious and can be found easily and swiftly
- an energy performance rating, bringing it in line with current legislation
- modern design broken down into the clear areas of the inspection (e.g. about the property, inside, outside, services, etc.)
- colour-coded condition ratings using a traffic-light system (1 (green) – no repairs required; 2 (amber) – needs repair or replacement but not immediately urgent; 3 (red) – needs urgent repair, replacement or financial investment)
- performed by a skilled chartered surveyor, such as the thorough and focused surveyors we have available at Surveyor Local
- less comprehensive and detailed (and therefore cheaper) than the Building Survey, but significantly more detailed than the Condition Report
- written in plain English with no technical or jargon terminology for easy understanding of the condition of the building
Green, orange and red ratings are an impactful display of the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Severe defects impacting the house are indicated with a 'red' condition rating of 3. They can include defects which compromise the structural integrity of an Isle of Anglesey home.
In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.
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If purchasing a modified regency flat home in Isle Of Anglesey, should I commission a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as the Building Survey. When buying an altered flat, for example a dilapidated flat, it is now the correct property survey. The HomeBuyer Report is enough for a mid 20th century of later unmodified Isle Of Anglesey flat made out of conventional building materials. Approximately 3 days after an exhaustive survey of the accessible parts a written report (pdf and written copy) will be sent to the purchaser setting out in depth and important insight about the materials used for the construction of the flat.
There will be one or two provisos with any residential survey to be aware of as a surveyor wont be able to open up the fabric of the of the Isle Of Anglesey flat for example removing loft contents. Also flats often mean access to the building can be prevented. A surveyor is only authorised check the area within identifiable boundary of the flat, although he/she provide an opinion other tenant shared parts of the property such as the roof. For a more detailed survey comparison see here.
There is a house in LL71 - Isle Of Anglesey priced at £213, 825. What considerations will a qualified surveyor take into account when valuing house prices in Isle Of Anglesey ?
There are many factors that can add to or subtract from house prices like the state of the roof or whether there are any original features. One method is to look at the prices of house recorded in the same area for comparable properties.
The means house prices recorded between July and October in 2012 was £197, 125, which is £16, 700 less than the asking price. Glan Gors, Mynydd Bodafon, Llanerchymedd, Isle Of Anglesey, Isle Of Anglesey, LL71 8BG a detached home sold for £233, 000 .
The most reliable way to get an accurate and professional property valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report in Isle Of Anglesey which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as an inclusive part. A RICS chartered surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme.
Our agent warned us that access to the house's roof could be a problem, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What will our Isle Of Anglesey property surveyor keep an eye out for during the investigation?
This is often asked by buyers who know that homes will suffer roofing problems, such as. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from wind braces to sheeting, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.
Replacement of tiles and other roof repairs need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. If a estimate for roofing work is required, a Isle Of Anglesey roofing contractor can provide one. Contact Roofix of 1 Countess St, Saltcoats, KA21 5HP on 01294 602112 for a quote.
The property we plan to buy is built on clay soil. Will the Isle Of Anglesey Building Survey look into this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?
Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with groundwater level variations and soil movement being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a Isle Of Anglesey surveyor to carry out your Property Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.