On a Milton Keynes HomeBuyer Report, what could a ‘green light’ rating mean for windows?
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 for instant visual understanding (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
The colour-coded ratings give an understanding of the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A rating of 1 (or green) is the highest, meaning that this aspect of the residence being surveyed does not need urgent attention. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required, and regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary.
Where practicable, all windows will be opened and closed by the surveyor, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor will make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms and openings satisfactorily. Lintels above doors that are sagging or missing is an example of a defect that would be reported here.
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The estate agent warned us that access to the Milton Keynes home's roof could be time-consuming to arrange, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What advice would the surveyor give in their report?
This worrisome area of a building often causes anxiety for property purchasers who have a roofing 'horror story' from a previous home. Homes throughout Milton Keynes could feature roofing problems, even if the rest of the structure appears sound, such as cracked tiles, or rotten beams. All parts of the roof or loft will be checked by the surveyor, who may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.
High estimates for roofing jobs (such as laying tar-paper or felt) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may even be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A reputable roofing contractor can provide an estimate, which you can then use as a tool of renegotiation with your vendor, if the price of fixing the problem is significant. Recommended roofers in the Milton Keynes area include:
- Loughton Roofing Contractors, 314 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2UB (Tel: 01908 911763)
- M & J Roofing and Building Ltd., Luminous House, 300 South Row , Milton Keynes, MK9 2FR (Tel: 01908 871444)
- D. Haynes Roofing, 23 Coles Avenue, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes, MK6 5LE (Tel: 07443 578825)
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Does a Milton Keynes survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for professional fees (e.g. legal fees)?
The HomeBuyer Report contains a valuation and a reinstatement cost as part of the report, incorporated into the overall fee for the service, and it also covers the rebuild cost of other aspects of the property, such as retaining walls and outbuildings.
A Property Valuation Report is requested when a definitive answer on the value of a property is required. Note that it’s not the same as a market appraisal, which is a guide or estimate to the property price that has absolutely no legal standing.
When calculating the valuation, your surveyor will factor in their in-depth experience of property in Milton Keynes, along with other considerations relating to the property (for instance, the number of rooms or whether the garden is overlooked), the style of architecture and construction materials, certain fixtures and fittings (e.g. the inclusion of a sauna), key assumptions (such as the property not being on a landfill site), access to transport links and amenities, and environmental considerations (like being under a flightpath). Surveyors will ignore certain things like furnishings.
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out on its own. Call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 to discuss your plans further with one of our advisers. You can also get your instant home survey quote right now by filling in the simple form at the top of this page.
There is a semi-detached house in the MK1 postcode area priced at £275,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Milton Keynes?
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 Milton Keynes.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Milton Keynes in December 2018 was £267,001, which is £7,999 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Milton Keynes 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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Do clay soil foundations cause difficulties for Milton Keynes properties? Can a Building Survey investigate this, and will the surveyor advise on upkeep?
If it is not monitored appropriately, the composition of the soil surrounding a property's foundations can create difficulties.
Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary, but the real concern comes from the contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table, resulting in warped window-frames.
Steps you can take to help maintain clay-rich soil could include avoiding planting trees too near the house, and pruning where necessary, but a purchaser should discuss any specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.
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If I am investing in a substantially-modified, Edwardian cottage in Milton Keynes, should I go for the more comprehensive Building Survey?
You can choose the Building Survey for any property that you’re planning on 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
The HomeBuyer Report, on the other hand, would be sufficiently detailed for a post-1950s, unmodified Milton Keynes residence of standard construction materials (i.e. brick walls and tiled roof). Be aware that a few limitations exist with any residential survey because a surveyor will not be able to force or open up the structure of the house or comment on the regulatory compliance of heating systems, since they are neither qualified nor licensed to do so.
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Will a home in Milton Keynes with stone walls cause issues? What should we look in to, and does the surveyor give advice on this?
Britain's rich geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Ham Hill Middle Bed Limestone to Swaledale Fossil Limestone, to be used in construction. Defects affecting stone-built Milton Keynes homes can vary, with penetrating damp being relatively common.
Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone (called ashlar) and are often easier to maintain than irregularly-built walls because the stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. In addition, lime mortar may feature in the building's construction, which is susceptible to decay when exposed to the elements.
A survey will include a range of suggestions or requirements for maintenance, such as 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.
If you are planning to renovate, consider that services to match stone types are available. You should contact the British Geological Survey for more detail to purchase a Building Stone Assessment Report, which will cost £500, including VAT (information correct as at 11 March 2019).
For more advice, you could go to a local quarry or stonemason.
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What's the danger of flooding in Milton Keynes? Will a surveyor search for signs of flood-damage, or whether flooding has affected neighbour's houses?
Soil-clogged drainage, rain and overflowing streams could all cause major water damage from flooding. Because of the increased frequency and severity of insurance claims, the companies have regularly increased their premiums, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in the years to come. It is strongly recommended that the property is protected from water ingress, before flood damage starts.
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. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via poorly-installed doors and windows, or low external thresholds. An awareness of characteristics of the Milton Keynes area likely to affect the property enables the surveyor to advise whether flooding may be a risk. The surveyor may ask the seller if the property has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.
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