Mould has created issues for us at our old property, and we completely expect to budget something for roof maintenance for our move to Peterborough. What should we do about roof repairs?
Questions like this are often asked of building surveyors in Peterborough by buyers who are aware that property can be blighted by roofing woes. Any part of the roof or loft, such as collar ties, beams, soffits and tiles, will be checked by the surveyor, and, where the matter is serious, they will recommend that it be rectified promptly.
It may be inconvenient to use scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Peterborough, but it is a health and safety stipulation. It may be necessary to contact the council if traffic flow is likely to be impeded, and it may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange.
However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal. Speak to Synergy Roofing, Unit 5, 1 Flag Business Exchange, Peterborough, PE1 5TX (Tel: 01733 711711), or First4Roofing Peterborough, 71 Birchtree Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 4HP (Tel: 01733 301087) for quotes.
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A neighbour in Peterborough warned us about pests affecting some homes. Do we therefore need a residential surveyor?
Homes in Peterborough are generally free from pest problems, but it is not advisable to risk buying without more information if you have any suspicions of an infestation. Unfortunately, evidence may not be easy to find: For example, cockroaches are nocturnal, and challenging to eradicate. Species common to the UK, such as the German cockroach, are small, and breed rapidly in moist conditions. This makes them both hard to spot, and to treat successfully. Treatment for a serious infestation may include removal or excision of affected timber.
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We are purchasing an 1880s house in Peterborough that is constructed with stone walls; what should we be particularly aware of before we exchange?
From Grinshill Sandstone to Hall Dale Sandstone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country. Defects affecting stone-built Peterborough properties can vary, mould being one of the more common. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to Peterborough property, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used for the framing of windows or doors. Different stone types will also decay at different rates based on environmental conditions (for example, slate is more damp-resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite).
Upkeep advice often given in a survey includes replacing missing or badly-worn stones. Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to the likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.
If you need more assistance, contact an expert local to Peterborough, such as Stamford Stone Co. Ltd., Swaddywell Quarry, Stamford Road, Peterborough, PE6 7EL (Tel: 01780 740970). If you need further advice regarding the survey process and the specifics with regards to checking the stone-built property, then call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 to talk to one of our survey advisers.
Our potential new neighbour in Peterborough commented that there may be asbestos ceiling material concealed in the property. Is this a major concern and are there any health risks?
Asbestos was not completely banned in the UK until 1999, and properties constructed before then may contain a certain amount of asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material, with over sixty types, six of which were used in the UK and were employed in building materials.
Asbestos was commonly used because it has excellent fire-retarding properties, as well as having high-tensile strength, good sound-proofing qualities, and being resistant to chemical attack. As such, before its deleterious health effects were understood, it’s hardly surprising that asbestos was treated as some kind of wonder material, finding its way into all manner of construction goods from gutters and soil-pipes to boiler cupboard housings, from loft insulation to paint.
Technically speaking, all forms of asbestos (including the most commonly used in the UK: white, blue and brown) are ultimately hazardous and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. However, in spite of the popular myth, inhaling just the one fibre will not kill you.
If it is discovered, you must be careful not to damage or dislodge asbestos, and professional advice must be sought as soon as possible. Removing it is likely to be expensive but absolutely must be carried out by trained experts, and you should not be tempted to perform the work yourself. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos on a survey, but they will report on the risk of asbestos being present and should advise accordingly.
If you are still concerned, you can find an authorised list of asbestos removal experts here, or you can talk to someone from our team of advisers on 0800 038 6667. Surveyor Local’s competitive, low-cost quotes are available by filling in the form located at the top of this page.
There is a semi-detached house in the PE8 postcode area priced at £210,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Peterborough?
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 Peterborough.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Peterborough in June 2018 was £194,574, which is £15,426 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Peterborough were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 17 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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We are investing in a defective, Regency cottage; is it best to go for a full structural survey?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed as the Building Survey, and you would be advised to select the Building Survey for the house referred to. A HomeBuyer Report is sufficient for a post-1950s Peterborough property made out of conventional construction materials and methods (i.e. brick and tile). Bear in mind that limitations exist with a property survey as a qualified RICS surveyor won’t be able to force or open up the structure of the property (unless owners consent provided), or comment on non-permanent out-buildings.
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Does a Building survey in Peterborough include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and how is it calculated?
The HomeBuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost estimate as an integral part of the report, which also incorporates the rebuild costs for any retaining walls or permanent outbuildings.
To ascertain the valuation, your RICS valuer will combine their experience of the Peterborough property market with other factors relating to the property (such as its general condition, or the amount of accommodation it provides), the architecture and construction materials used, other assumptions (for example, that there are no hazardous materials, and that there aren’t any significant legal issues (e.g. the status of a planning application)), the proximity of transport links and amenities, connection to mains utilities, and local environmental considerations (such as whether it is close to a recycling centre or under a flightpath).
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be performed. Why not call our advisers on 0800 038 6667 to find out more?
Does a qualified RICS surveyor look into the condition or the safety of the gas mains supply at our Peterborough house?
The surveyor will locate and visually inspect any easily-accessible parts of the gas system, as well as any gas heaters (where relevant), and other gas-associated appliances or installations (e.g. chimney breasts). Any external fittings or housings won't be detached, and neither will the system be tested in any way as the 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, you must contact a Gas Safe engineer without delay.
Cambridgeshire-based local companies include:
- Plumb Call Plumbing and Heating Ltd., 35 Lancaster Way, Yaxley, Peterborough, PE7 3EP (Tel: 01733 243047)
- Crown Heating, 23 Rock Road, Peterborough, PE1 3BU (Tel: 07851 474366)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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