Are there any things I would be advised to consider if I’m planning to buy a flat in Northampton in a conservation area?
There are almost ten thousand designated conservation areas throughout England and Wales, which are governed by the local councils, with a number in Northampton and the county of Northamptonshire.
Northampton surveyors must have the relevant knowledge of local factors and the relation they have with the home being assessed. Property prices will be inflated in conservation areas because of them being better preserved than the non-conservation-area equivalents.
Your surveyor will advise you if the home you are looking to buy looks like it may be in one of these designated areas and Section I of the HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend any additional enquiries to be conducted during the conveyancing process. Unapproved modifications to the building may be noted in your survey report but these are more of a concern for your lawyer to look after.
Alan Buthee & Co are a local firm of solicitors based at 9 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD (Tel: 01604 622301), and they might be able to advise you further. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, such as In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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Will the RICS chartered surveyor assess the serviceability of the gas flues at the cottage in Northampton?
Your local surveyor will locate and visually inspect any accessible parts of the system, including the location and position of the meter, as well as any gas-connected fittings (for instance flue and chimney maintenance). However, with any gas fittings, they won't be detached or opened, and the system won’t be tested in any way, as your surveyor is not licensed to carry out such functions.
Most people are aware that gas is potentially fatal, and, should there be any worries about gas fittings, you must call a Gas-Safe engineer. Northampton-based gas engineers include:
- KLM Heating, 9 Cox's Close, Long Buckby, Northampton, NN6 7GH (Tel: 07967 464008)
- RIG Plumbing and Heating Ltd., The Nurseries, Tilbury Road, East Haddon, Northampton, NN6 8BX (Tel: 01604 770024)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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Is it recommended that we get a surveyor to examine the rainwater goods? Will the Northampton building survey report on this?
Regular rainfall is obviously common in Northampton and across the country, particularly in the autumn and winter months, but the impact rainfall can have on a home is often overlooked by house-buyers for exactly the reason of familiarity.
One indication that the drainage is damaged is a waterlogged garden, which can lead to damp and mould.
Fortunately, issues with rainwater goods are quite easy to resolve for a reasonable cost, especially if they are caught early. Where this is not cleared out regularly, though, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.
Your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will assess all parts of the drainage system to ensure there is no evidence of problems. If there are, or if they identify the possibility of a future issue, they will highlight it in the survey report, with advice and recommendations for any remedial work.
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There is a semi-detached house in the NN2 postcode area priced at £225,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Northampton?
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 Northampton.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Northampton in May 2018 was £221,952, which is £3,048 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Northampton were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 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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Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Northampton, and which one would be cheaper?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey was the original name for what is now known as the Building Survey; they are effectively the same level of survey, but the rebranded product is easier to read and understand for clients who are unlikely to understand jargon used by some surveyors.
If the Northampton property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, has been structurally modified, or is of non-standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then the RICS recommends the cheaper HomeBuyer Report. However, if you intend to make alterations, then the RICS advises that you choose a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Northampton property's state of repair as well as advice on defects and maintenance options.
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Should I be worried about my plans to buy a property close to Boughton Quarry near Brampton Lane, and proximity to landfill sites generally?
Landfill sites and recycling come in many shapes and sizes (e.g. industrial waste management, or lime recycling for concrete, like the one at Boughton Quarry), and thousands of these areas affect many thousands of people in the UK including Northampton. Worries might include complex organic chemicals leeching into the topsoil and water table.
Northampton surveyors will flag up any structural problems that can relate to the landfill or recycling site. Your conveyancer will be responsible for conducting environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases as well as talking to the Northampton Local Authority, and they will advise you accordingly in the report on title.
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What sort of issues will the property surveyor examine on a stucco, Victorian, detached house in Northampton that we intend to purchase?
Stucco is in fact just a form of render that can be worked like plaster, and it is commonly applied to underlying red brick, hardening to form a smooth surface that is sometimes scored with a trowel to resemble stone. Stucco is highly aesthetic and is often found on Victorian and Georgian homes.
Stucco used to contain lime (to make it workable) in addition to having a plastic under-mesh to help stop cracks. Like many building materials, stucco render can be prone to defect and surveyors in Northampton can identify defects like trapped water leading to problems with damp, or sulphate attack from sulphates absorbed from bricks. Re-covering problems with stucco may be difficult as craftsmen are becoming rarer.
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I am looking for Scottish bond maintenance tips; will a Northampton property surveyor assist in providing this, and is age a factor?
For home-buyers in Northampton seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like shiner bond (bricks are laid horizontally as with more common bonds, but the with the wider face parallel to the wall).
Although brick has been the most common construction material for centuries, Northampton brick-walled buildings can experience considerable issues, including frost-damaged pointing, horizontal cracking, or thermal movement, caused by more extreme temperature variation, and resulting in vertical cracks.
Your surveyor will detail all these issues as they are found, regardless of the style that has been adopted in the construction and will include advice on how they might be remedied in their report.
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