The Sussex bond brick on this Edwardian terrace in Liverpool might need repairs, so what should we do?
Brick as a construction medium is found in many homes built in this country and across Liverpool, leading to several popular courses and methods that have been adopted over the centuries.
Brick-walled Liverpool houses can experience numerous defects, such as badly-applied render, and an especially severe issue is sulphate attack, which results from a cement-mortared-wall suffering a prolonged period of damp, and this is effectively impossible to treat. A local builder, such as ADB Builders, 10 Rothbury Road, Liverpool, L14 4AD (Tel: 0151 203 7093), or Ashwater Construction, 58 Ashwater Road, Liverpool, L12 0RL (Tel: 0151 270 1661) should be able to assist with any enquiries, and in providing you with a quote for repair work that is identified in your quote.
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I know that Liverpool subsidence is a problem, but what issues will the Building Survey examine?
Subsidence is the movement in a building's foundations that impacts the structural integrity of the house; but it should be differentiated from settlement, which might exhibit similar symptoms. In most cases, subsidence can be resolved quite easily. Often, homes are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.
Subsidence can sometimes be hard to detect because some of the signs could easily be as the result of several factors. Organic material, like peat, in the subsoil can create issues; peat is normally stable when sitting below the water table, but, if the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable, causing the subsoil to be compacted by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above as its volume is reduced.
Diagnosing the cause of subsidence is the first step to identifying its specific solution. Removing or even pruning the trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, but equally that could exacerbate the problem, so you’d be wise to ask an expert for advice. You may need to monitor (and measure) the cracks for as much as a year before the picture becomes entirely clear.
A surveyor with Surveyor Local will have many years of experience dealing with such issues and providing clear advice on the options open to you. Why not call us on 0800 038 6667 to get your survey organised now?
Is it necessary to go for a full structural survey before investing in a defective thirties home in Liverpool?
Full Structural Surveys are now called Building Surveys, but they are essentially the same product, evolved to make the report easier to understand and read.
A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough for a non-period, unmodified Liverpool house assembled from standard construction materials (i.e. brick and tile) and methods, whereas the Building Survey is the right one to go for in relation to the house described in the question.
Following an exhaustive survey of the accessible areas of the house (both inside and out), a written report (digital and written versions) will be sent to the purchaser providing in-depth and salient information concerning the construction of the house. There will be a few restrictions with a Building Survey because your surveyor cannot, unless it is safe to do so and with consent from the owner, force or open the fabric of the Liverpool house (for example, removing secured panels).
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We are purchasing a barn conversion in Liverpool, but what consequences will the residence's unusual construction have on the cost of its upkeep?
A building's age can create quite a few difficulties for an owner, in terms of financing and time. Liverpool houses showcasing traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to maintain, because it is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary, especially for listed buildings and those in conservation areas, and traditional or sympathetic building materials may also be required. This may make the final cost hard to predict. If you have doubts, speak to the chartered surveyor for more detail.
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Will there be any problems to look out for when I buy a period property in Liverpool in the Duke Street conservation area?
Duke Street is in a conservation area and has been classified as 'very bad' by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and improving. For further information visit their website, or contact the conservation area administrator, Peter Hoey, on 0151 233 5623.
There are many thousands of conservation areas in the UK that are designated and monitored by the local authorities. Duke Street is looked after by Liverpool City Council.
Surveyors in Liverpool are required by the RICS to possess enough knowledge of the relevant local factors, and any relation they might have with the home and how it would affect its value. Property prices are typically inflated in conservation areas, which is down to them retaining their original character (notwithstanding the comments made by English Heritage in this specific case).
RICS surveyors can be expected to advise you whether the building is in a designated conservation area, and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of the HomeBuyer Report will recommend a list of further investigations to be carried out by your solicitor. Out-of-keeping adjustments to the building will also be highlighted in the survey report, these are the responsibility of your legal adviser to investigate.
E. Rex Makin & Co. are a local firm of solicitors situated in Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 1HQ (Tel: 0151 709 4491), and they should be prepared to help with any enquiries you might have. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal.
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Will our surveyor report on the state of the gas installations in Liverpool?
The RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually examine any easily-accessible parts of the gas system, which will include the routing of any gas pipes (where relevant), and any gas-associated appliances or installations, such as flue and chimney maintenance. The fittings won't be taken off, since the surveyor is not Gas-Safe-registered to do so.
Of course, gas is potentially fatal, and, should you have any concerns about gas fittings, contact a Gas Safe engineer. Merseyside-based firms include:
- Majestic Heating and Plumbing, 118 Campbell Drive, Huyton, Liverpool, L14 7QQ (Tel: 0151 203 3796)
- Hunts Cross Plumbing and Heating Services, 70 Barford Road, Liverpool, L25 0PR (Tel: 0151 559 7713)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
Gas regulations stipulate that all landlords must conduct appliance and installation inspections every twelve months, and punishments for failure to comply are costly and may result in a criminal record.
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How will we know what effect will high levels of rainfall have on our new building in Liverpool? Can damaged rainwater goods decrease our property's value?
The impact of climate change is widely and regularly reported, and yet, surprisingly, this issue is not given more thought by purchasers. One indication that rainwater goods are at risk is rotten roofing elements. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information, or you can call Surveyor Local’s advisers on 0800 038 6667.
Fortunately, drainage problems are generally easy to fix, if they are dealt with quickly. However, the damage caused, where it is not maintained, will be expensive to remedy, and the resulting damp and mould could become a health-risk.
There is a terraced house in the L12 postcode area priced at £115,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Liverpool?
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 Liverpool.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Liverpool in June 2018 was £110,811, which is £4,189 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Liverpool were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 16 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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