Can I get an independent and professional valuation and cost of rebuild estimate for the cottage in Leeds, and how is it calculated?
Leeds HomeBuyer Reports include a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as a standard part of Surveyor Local’s survey fee, and it will also take into consideration the cost of rebuilding any permanent structures like garages or a stone wall.
To fully consider the value of the house, your Surveyor Local surveyor will combine their extensive knowledge of the local property market with other factors relating to the property (e.g. the size of the garden, state of repair, or number of bedrooms), key assumptions (like their being no hazardous materials to be removed, or there being no major legal issues connected with the sale), the construction and architecture, proximity to amenities and transport links, connection to mains utilities, and environmental considerations, such as nearness to a busy commuter rail-line.
A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out if you are not interested in the structural assessment.
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What impact does clay soil have on a house's foundations? Can we expect the Leeds Property Survey to detail any problems there might be?
Surveyors probably handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem.
Issues range from groundwater level variations to consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. The water content of clay soils determines its volume, pushing upward, or downward as the weather changes.
This may result in some minor visible defects, such as a sticking door in the kitchen, or cracks appearing around windows. Fortunately, there are steps that a home-owner can take, and your surveyor should refer to any maintenance options in their report, like keeping standing water on the property in check. Isolated patches of very wet soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.
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We are planning to buy a residence in Leeds but does the HomeBuyer Report check for possible flooding damage?
According to the Environment Agency, there are some 5.2m properties (or roughly one in every six in the country), which are susceptible to flooding, with almost 3m of those affected by surface water flooding alone.
Sensible owners and homebuyers in Leeds are right to consider the precautions that can be taken to prevent problems becoming insurmountable.
To assist in understanding the risk, a flood-warning service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, who also publishes details of previous flood warnings to assist in the research into afflicted areas.
The Building Survey may also, where appropriate, recommend maintenance regimes to help prevent problems. Section J of the survey report (Risks) contains details, where applicable, of flooding threats found within the boundaries of the residential property or on adjacent sites.
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We noticed that there might be an overload of the fuses and fuse-box at the period property we want to purchase in Leeds; will the surveyor advise of any issues with the electrics?
During a Leeds HomeBuyer’s Survey, your RICS surveyor will provide information on the electrical system if they are in a poor state. This will include a general assessment of any revealed sections of the wiring, fuse-box (or residual-current device (RCD)), etc., on top of potential areas for concern such as checking the condition of fitted electrical appliances (for example, heaters), or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of light fittings and switch gear.
Verifying the location of the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations that has been authenticated by a qualified electrician will also form part of the survey. For information, the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommends that an electrical system check needs to be completed at least every ten years for residential property, or every five years, if you are letting it out.
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In the Leeds HomeBuyer Report, what might a ‘Condition Rating 1’ mean for the section titled 'E7 -Conservatory and porches'?
The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, with a minimum of technical jargon, so that our clients can understand it easily.
A 'traffic light' system of colour-coding is used to confirm the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A rating of 'green', or 1, means that the element of the property being investigated is currently in good condition. But, even so, it might still require regular maintenance.
Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. RICS have mandated a specific format for the HomeBuyer Report to aid the creation of a useful and comprehensive report for both surveyors and home buyers. As a result, some sections may not be relevant to every property, such as reporting on the condition of the roof of a ground floor flat.
Section E of the Report covers all the external aspects of the property, including any permanent outbuildings, with conservatories and porches being included in the section for the purposes of the assessment. Quite a common example of a defect appearing here is masonry and concrete that is spalling or cracking, or inappropriate use of internal doors in doorways leading outside should also be reported on.
To find out more, Surveyor Local has a few sample reports available, such as the HomeBuyer Report, or, if you prefer to talk to someone, you could call us on 0800 038 6667 and talk to one of our friendly advisers.
I have put in an offer on a Leeds house with a loft conversion. What will a surveyor in Leeds investigate in this part of the house as part of the survey?
This aspect of a property is a common concern for homebuyers who know how costly roofing work can sometimes be, particularly as homes throughout Leeds and the rest of the country can often hide roof maintenance problems.
From dormers to wind braces, every element of the roof will be considered in the survey either by accessing it directly or using binoculars and other tools to identify issues. Depending on what has been found, your RICS surveyor could suggest that some of the faults be dealt with immediately.
Given the high cost of major roof repairs like loft insulation, some homeowners may defer maintenance indefinitely, which makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. To get assistance with your enquiries and a quote for any works necessary, which could be used for renegotiation of asking price if appropriate, you can contact a local contractor, like:
- Leeds and District Roofing Services Ltd., 5 Gledhow Towers, Leeds, LS8 1QJ (Tel: 0113 347 0889)
- Aspray, 20 The Drive, Leeds, LS17 7QA (Tel: 0113 3227455).
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We are concerned about vermin at the Leeds maisonette we are buying; will the Property Survey investigate this?
Scare stories about building pests are plentiful, unfortunately, and yet it is tempting to treat signs of pests such as mites as merely minor annoyances.
Regrettably, the threat posed by these to a property is very real and can seriously reduce its value. In addition, an affected building may not always be easy to identify. As an example, woodworm, or larvae of the common furniture beetle, may be recognised after finding neat small holes in wood, accompanied by piles of wood dust beneath.
Remedies to pests can include destruction of tainted materials, or the excision of the affected parts. To discuss remedial options, contact a specialist, e.g. Surekill Pest Control Services, Unit 6, 43a Cross Green Lane, Leeds, LS9 8LJ (Tel: 0800 068 4577).
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Can Cotswold-stone-built houses in Leeds be hard to maintain. What related issues should we be aware of, and will the surveyor offer any advice?
Incorrect use of cement-based mortar on a structure built with hydraulic lime can often cause problems for properties with stone walls.
Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the country, and can require more care and attention than regular, brick-like stone walls due to the greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar.
Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, employed as a decorative front, with brick or irregular walls. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage.
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