What kind of problems will the surveyor look for on a stipple-rendered, Victorian home in Norwich that we intend to purchase?
Stucco is a specific type of render that is layered over brick, setting to a smooth stone-like appearance, and which may then be trowelled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco is very aesthetic and is often found on many Georgian and Victorian houses.
However, stucco is quite problematic and surveyors in Norwich often reveal several issues with it (e.g. when it is exposed to driving rain, becoming saturated and prone to frost damage, or testing for damp underneath). Re-coating stucco to overcome any problems can be quite difficult as the specific skills are getting more difficult to find.
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Will we get advice from the surveyor about maintenance for a brick wall at the Norwich home we're going to buy?
For buyers with an eye for detail, less used styles of brick course include shiner bond (where bricks are laid horizontally as with more common bonds, but with the wider face parallel to the wall). The variety of styles and designs for building brick walls means that there are a similar number of possible issues that need to be checked by the surveyor.
Brick-walled homes in Norwich can reveal a range of defects, such as spalling (the technical term for flaking), or rapidly deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack, which may require outright demolition of the wall. Such defects, if discovered, should be taken very seriously. If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work, such as:
- Rudd and Durrant Builders, 6 Longfields Road, Norwich, NR7 0NB (Tel: 01603 512927)
- BLC Builders, 10 Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2HU (Tel: 01603 625670)
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There is a semi-detached house in the NR2 postcode area priced at £230,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Norwich?
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 Norwich.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Norwich in May 2018 was £233,001, which is £3,001 more than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Norwich 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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If we go ahead with buying a dilapidated, period bungalow in Norwich, is it necessary to order a full structural survey?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed the Building Survey, and when planning to buy an unusual Norwich home, such as this tatty bungalow, this is the most suitable home survey to choose.
It highlights thorough and often serious insight about the property's construction, in addition to any technical details, and any out-buildings will also be included by the surveyor. Shortly after a thorough inspection of the accessible areas of the house, the client will be sent a hard- and soft-copy version of the report.
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What do I need to look out for when buying an older property in Norwich? Will the age of the property be a problem?
Many buyers would love to purchase a home that oozes character and charm, and these tend to be buildings that have been around for a long time.
Older construction methods and materials, however, can create difficulties for an owner, and Norwich homes built using traditional methods can be a chore and quite expensive to maintain and repair.
You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed, especially for listed properties or those residing in a conservation area, and materials suitable for the work may be required. This may result in longer-term maintenance obligations.
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Will there be anything we need to consider when buying a building in Norwich inside the Mile Cross conservation area?
Mile Cross is indeed in a conservation area and has been classed as poor by English Heritage, with low vulnerability, but deteriorating. For detailed information, see their website, or contact the Mile Cross conservation area administrator (Ben Webster) on 01603 212518.
There are many thousands of official conservation areas in England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with the local council. In this case, Mile Cross is administered by Norwich City Council at City Hall, St. Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH (Tel: 0344 980 3333).
Surveyors in Norwich must possess enough knowledge about the local factors and the effect they have on the building and its value. Property values are often inflated because of conservation areas being in good order, notwithstanding the assessment by English Heritage.
Surveyors will advise you whether the property could be in a conservation area and Section I - Issues for your legal advisers of a HomeBuyer Report will suggest a few appropriate questions to be conducted by your legal representative. Unapproved adjustments to the building may also be noted in the survey; however, these will be investigated by your legal adviser under their conveyancing remit.
Rodney Goodson is a firm of local solicitors based at 50 Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2RF (Tel: 01603 632832), and may be happy to advise further on this matter. Or perhaps you would like to try an online conveyancer, such as In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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Will an RICS surveyor assess the condition of the gas supply at the maisonette in Norwich?
Your surveyor will locate and visually examine all the accessible parts of the gas system, in addition to the gas pipe route (where relevant), and any gas-associated fittings (e.g. balanced flues). Should there be any external fittings, however, they will not be taken off, and neither will the gas system be tested in any way, because the surveyor is not licensed to perform these tasks.
Gas is potentially dangerous, and, should there be any worries about gas fittings of any type, call a Gas Safe engineer. Norwich-based gas engineers include:
- Heat Norfolk Ltd., 155 Reepham Road, Norwich, NR6 5PH (Tel: 01603 511691)
- Gas Care and Repair, Norwich Road, The Haven, Norwich, NR11 8ND (Tel: 07769 838517)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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How will we know what impact rain could have on our new home in Norwich? We're concerned about replacement costs.
Despite England's great reputation for wet weather, rain and the effect it can have on your home are almost always ignored by purchasers, purely because of the familiarity with this weather.
Signs that drainage and the rainwater goods are worth a closer look, include leaves or other vegetation causing a blockage, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail if you are concerned. Fortunately, these defects are quite easy to remedy; however, if the drains are not maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst-case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.
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