In a Somerset HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a an ‘amber-light’ rating have on 'E5 - 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 RICS advises that the HomeBuyer Report should be adopted for what is described as “conventional properties in reasonable condition”. Specifically, this means:
- properties built less than 50 years ago (including new-builds, which are just as susceptible to minor issues as an established home)
- properties with no significant change made to them in recent years
- properties with no plans for significant change in the next few years
- properties of a standard construction (i.e. not of an unusual construction or built with non-standard materials)
The HomeBuyer Report has twelve sections with Section E covering the external aspects of the property. The fifth of nine subdivisions focuses solely on the windows. Where practicable, all windows will be opened and closed by the surveyor, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas will also be closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms and other openings satisfactorily. Blocked (or missing) drain holes is one defect applicable to this section. Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or ‘condition rating 2’, although fixing this may not be urgent.
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We are buying a modified, Regency, terraced home; will it be necessary to order the more comprehensive Building Survey?
The Building Survey is a comprehensive inspection by a chartered surveyor, and it provides:
- An inspection of the building(s) at the property
- A full survey report of the findings, both good and bad
- A property valuation (if specifically requested and carries an additional cost)
The customer can choose this type of survey for any property that they are 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
Be aware that some restrictions are integral with a property survey insofar as a qualified surveyor is not authorised (unless safe to do so or with the owner’s permission) to force or open up the structure of the building or advise whether drainage meets appropriate regulations.
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A future neighbour warned us about vermin in the area of the terraced house in Somerset. What advice should we get?
Scare stories about building infestations are plentiful, but it is very tempting to treat signs of pests such as wasps as minor annoyances. Regrettably, infestations can be very expensive to resolve and put your health in danger.
Evidence may not be easy to find: For example, cockroaches are nocturnal, and they are challenging to eradicate, because species common to the UK, such as the German cockroach, are small, and breed rapidly in moist conditions, making them both hard to spot and to treat successfully.
Treatment for pests may include removal of infected furniture, or excision of affected structures. If the investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange, or if they’d be prepared to renegotiate the price to cover the cost. Note that there are so many different pests of all sizes and impact so your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor, while they will seek out the obvious issues, will not look for all of them. If you suspect an infestation or a pest problem, then let your adviser know when you book the survey.
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My partner and I are purchasing a 17th-century cottage in Somerset. What impact will the age of the building have on regular maintenance?
There are many buyers who would really love to own an old, characterful home purely because of that character and the romanticism of its charm and appeal, particularly if it’s coupled with a great location.
With such a dream, though, comes the consideration of the construction and what it means in terms of ongoing maintenance and remedying any existing problems as part of its purchase. This is because such properties are likely to have been built employing the older construction methods and materials, and this might occasionally give buyers second thoughts as a result of the stress and worry about its upkeep.
The obvious traditional (or ‘vernacular’) techniques in the construction include cob (a mixture of clay soil, straw, and sand), wattle and daub (limestone and horse-hair), straw bales, timber beams for wall construction, thatched roofs, adobe, and hemp, all of which can be very challenging to maintain.
You should be aware that expert knowledge may also be needed before buying so that the condition of the materials and structure can be fully checked out and estimates provided for any remedial work. In addition, certain materials suitable for the work may be required to be sourced, particularly if the building is listed or is in a conservation area, which might be expensive.
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What should I be aware of when purchasing a maisonette near to a recycling centre in Somerset, and landfill sites generally?
A ‘landfill site’ is the generic term given for specialist locations licensed by the government (and the Environment Agency) for any material that won’t be recycled or reused to be dumped, buried or collected in one place. Because of the shortage of new locations for landfill, and the reduction in available space at existing ones, this explains the drive for better recycling options.
However, be aware that recycling areas can present as much of a hazard as the familiar dumping sites, with noxious chemicals spilling into the environment, either in the ground, through the water-table, the drains or airborne, especially where waste is burnt.
Whether it’s a local authority tip, a recycling centre, or a true landfill site, no-one would willingly wish to live in close proximity to one (although the large majority of the British population do). For this reason, it makes complete sense for your surveyor to check out the environmental and structural impact of such necessary waste management sites on the property you are wishing to buy in Somerset, not only from the environmental side of things but also from the traffic passing in and out of the site and how the vibrations might be impacting the foundations and the environs.
Where there is cause for concern, or if there appears to contamination that is attributable directly to such sites, your surveyor will note this in the report and highlight the severity for remedial action, often placing it in the section for consideration by your conveyancing solicitor to look into with the appropriate authorities.
Your Surveyor Local surveyor will have a deep knowledge of the local area and will therefore be aware of where landfill sites have been closed and built over. In some instances, movement in what has been buried may be a cause or start of subsidence, and they will be able to advise accordingly.
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Will there be any issues we would need to guard against if we are planning to buy a converted flat in Somerset inside a conservation area, particularly with regards to house prices?
There are around ten thousand conservation areas throughout England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with local councils.
Somerset surveyors need to possess in-depth knowledge of local area issues and the connection they might have on the building and its value. The price of homes is usually greater in a conservation area owing to them being more preserved. However, many have been neglected and are in shoddy condition (e.g. out-of-keeping extensions).
Surveyors are expected tell you if the planned purchase looks like it may be in a conservation area and the Section I Issues for Your Legal Advisers of the HomeBuyer Report will recommend any further enquiries to be conducted by your solicitor. Unconsented adjustments to the property may also be reported in the survey, but these are within the remit of your legal adviser’s responsibilities.
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Does the chartered surveyor look at the state of the gas installations at the bungalow in Somerset?
Everyone is aware that the volatility and the highly inflammable nature of natural gas make it a very dangerous substance if not regulated and checked by qualified experts. It is also for this reason that, where there is a gas supply to a property, your chartered surveyor will inspect the system.
All work on gas appliances and connection to the mains must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, while any new heat-producing gas appliance installed (e.g. a cooker hob, or gas fire) requires the Local Authority to be informed so that it will comply with building regulations in order to gain the requisite approval.
A certificate of works will be provided by a qualified Gas Safe engineer, and this will be sought and checked for validity and status by the surveyor during the inspection. Regulations legally require landlords to complete appliance and installation inspections annually. Non-compliance penalties include heavy fines and possible criminal records.
As part of the survey, the chartered surveyor will visually check all the accessible parts of the gas system, such as the meter location and position and any gas-connected fixtures like chimney breasts or flues. However, if there are any fittings, they won't be dislodged for inspection, and neither will they remove covers or piping since they are not qualified to do so.
Where the surveyor identifies any area for potential concern, they will note this in the survey report, with recommendations for any remedial action to be taken, alongside a measure of severity. Where a problem is deemed critical, if only for a qualified engineer to check and assess the situation, any significant cost can be used to open up conversations with the seller about the possibility of offsetting such a cost by reducing the asking price.
Gas is potentially hazardous and, should you have any concerns about it, call a Gas Safe engineer. If you smell gas, call the free national Gas Emergency Services number immediately on 0800 111 999.
Local highly-rated Gas Safe engineers in the area can be identified or located at the official Gas Safe Register site.
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I want to buy a detached house in Somerset, and the vendor is asking £380,000. What will a Somerset surveyor consider when carrying out a professional valuation?
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 the county of Somerset.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Somerset in December 2018 was £362,981, which is £17,019 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Somerset 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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