Is rainfall an issue in Nottingham, and are any necessary repairs going to be expensive?
In spite of the fact that rain is one of the top topics for British discussions, curiously the effect it can have on Nottingham houses is not given the attention it deserves by homebuyers. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts, which can lead to warped floorboards and beams, or mould.
That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase, because they are usually a simple matter to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. However, if the drains are not cared for regularly, 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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There is a semi-detached house in the NG3 postcode area priced at £152,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Nottingham?
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 Nottingham.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Nottingham in June 2018 was £148,910, which is £3,090 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Nottingham were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 20 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 have a Full Structural Survey, a Building Survey, or a HomeBuyer Report for a house in Nottingham, and which one is the cheapest?
For your interest and information, the Full Structural Survey was the original name for what is now called the Building Survey, but it is essentially the same level of survey, only easier to read and understand because of the modifications and reduction in the use of jargon and technical terms.
If the Nottingham property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are thinking about whether to make any alterations, you should commission a Building Survey instead. This is a more detailed survey, which is not as cheap; however, it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Nottingham property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.
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What should I be aware of if buying a house near to a landfill site in Nottingham?
Landfill sites take many forms including domestic rubbish and recycling centres. There are thousands of sites across the country that affect hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales and, of course, including Nottingham. Concerns might include leaking underground tanks from petrol stations.
Surveyors will make a note of all structural defects that can be linked to the landfill. Your solicitor will conduct conveyancing searches of the Landmark database and talk to the Nottingham Local Authority, addressing any concerns you may have.
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What will my Surveyor consider on a stipple-rendered (stucco), Victorian home in Nottingham that I am thinking of purchasing?
Stucco is really a form of render that is similar in consistency to plaster, which is usually applied to brick, drying to an attractive smooth appearance that resembles stone. Stucco is highly appealing and is found on many Regency and Victorian properties. It can have lime in it as well as a plastic under-mesh to help stop cracks.
Stucco is often prone to problems and surveyors sometimes discover defects, including trapped water culminating in the surface breaking, or attack from salts sucked out of bricks. Fixing Stucco problems may be difficult and costly as the skills are becoming harder to find.
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Can the surveyor provide advice on repairing Flemish Diagonal bond on the Nottingham house I want to buy?
For buyers with an eye for detail, less-used styles of brick course include English garden wall bond, which is often a mix of Flemish and Monk bonds. There are, of course many different and varied styles that have been developed over the centuries, each with their own problems.
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. It may be advisable to get a number of quotes for any maintenance work as this will help in understanding your undertaking, while it also gives you a bargaining tool with the vendor should you wish to renegotiate prior to exchange.
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We are buying a 1989-built flat in Nottingham and found that windows in the kitchen did not line up. What subsidence issues will the house survey look into?
Movement of a house on a structural level is what is known as subsidence. Heave is less common and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth, allowing the soil to swell up and push the foundations upwards.
Many homes develop superficial cracks in the ceiling plaster or wall as a result of settlement, which is almost always benign. Inside the house, keep an eye out for doors and windows that have become more difficult to open.
Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant-life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought before starting work. All trees and shrubs must be well-managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence, and buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no nearer than 40m from a home (although your neighbour’s property should also be considered when planting large plants). Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.
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When I visited a sixties house I am intending to move into in Nottingham, the agent said that there is old wiring; will the surveyor report on the electrics?
When preparing a Building Survey in Nottingham, a surveyor will report on the electrics if it looks like they are in a dangerous state of repair. This should include a general visual inspection of exposed sections of the wiring and fuse-box as well as associated areas like the state of the fitted appliances (e.g. storage radiators) or checking the condition of any visible wiring and a sample of light fittings and switch gear.
Inspecting any documentation from any recent Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) conducted by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the survey in Nottingham. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advises that a PIR be conducted every ten years (or every five if you are letting the property out).
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