What are the benefits in commissioning the full structural survey as opposed to a HomeBuyer Report for a property in Swansea?
For your information, Full Structural Surveys have been superseded by Building Surveys as the new, more technical home survey.
The HomeBuyer Report will suffice if you are wanting an investigation into a post-fifties, unmodified house of typical building materials (i.e. brick and tile), but the Building Survey would be the optimal one for the house mentioned in the question.
Following a thorough inspection of any accessible parts of the house (both inside and out and including any permanent outbuildings), a report (set out in the surveyor's individual format) is sent to the client outlining any notable insight concerning the condition of the house. There are certain limitations with a property survey as a qualified RICS surveyor cannot open the fabric of the of the Swansea building, such as removing secured panels.
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Which Swansea Surveys include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate and how is it calculated?
A HomeBuyer Report on a Swansea property will contain an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as a standard part of the survey, which also covers any permanent outbuildings such as a garage.
To estimate the property's value, your independent surveyor will combine their experience of property and the market in Swansea with other aspects relating to the building (e.g. accommodation, or size of garden), key assumptions (such as there being no hazardous materials to be moved, or that there are no legal issues affecting the sale), access to transport links and local amenities, connection to mains utilities, and environmental considerations (like intrusive noises or smells).
A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. Give Surveyor Local a call on 0800 038 6667 to talk through your preferred option with one of our friendly advisers.
We are buying a home built in the mid-90s in Swansea on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the cause of any issues, and can we expect the surveyor to mention it?
The constituents of soil around the foundations of a Swansea home will have an impact, with shrinking of clay soil and movement of its layers resulting from changes in their water content being relatively common. Drought, for instance, can have a contracting effect on clay soil, putting pressure on the foundations and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property.
Signs like sticking window-frames or cracked plaster can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Even taking steps like minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property can help to maintain clay-rich soil, but a homebuyer should discuss the specifics with the surveyor if it looks like extensive upkeep is warranted. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including the options of underpinning or piling.
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Are Swansea properties at risk from flooding, and does a building survey investigate any water damage?
Flooding in Swansea can cause severe damage to both contents and property; sensible owners and house-buyers in Swansea are right to consider precautions to prevent it becoming a problem.
The Environment Agency maintains a flood-danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the Swansea property or on adjacent sites. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the current owner, but this information may not be accurate.
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When I saw the thirties house I am planning to acquire in Swansea, the agent said that there is an old fuse-board; will my surveyor report on the condition of the electrics?
When performing a Swansea HomeBuyer Report assessment, a surveyor will report the condition of the electrics if it appears that they are in an unsafe condition. This should include a visual check of open or exposed areas of the wiring and the fuse-box, in addition to checking whether there is an off-peak/on-peak electrical supply.
Inspecting the evidence of a test conducted by an electrician on the condition of the electrical installations will also form part of the HomeBuyer Report in Swansea. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advises a Periodic Inspection to be conducted every ten years on residential properties, or every five, if you are renting the property out.
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For the Swansea HomeBuyer Report, what does the section entitled 'E4 - Main walls' refer to?
The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, with a minimum of technical jargon, so that our clients can understand it without confusing text and information.
A 'traffic light' system of colour-coding is used to confirm the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected', because if a residence does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.
Section E of the HomeBuyer Report focuses on the external aspects of property being surveyed, including any permanent outbuildings. Section E4 concentrates on all the aspects of the walls of the buildings. Fairly common examples of defects listed here would be a sagging or undersized lintel, or problems with the damp-proof course. All visible issues relating to the outside elevations and foundations are checked. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised.
Surveyor Local has a few sample reports online, including the HomeBuyer Report, or you could call us on 0800 038 6667 to discuss your surveying options with one of our friendly experts.
Damp in the attic has created issues for us in the past, so what does a Swansea building surveyor look for?
Buildings in otherwise fine condition may be exposed to hidden roofing problems. Every element of the roof will be checked in the survey, from fascias to soffits. Flat roofs can also be a nuisance, caused by factors like holes or cracks in the waterproof layer, or being literally flat so that rainwater has nowhere to run off.
It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Swansea, but it is a health and safety necessity. It may be advisable to source a few estimates for any work prior to exchange by contacting local reputable roofers, such as Andy Tipuric Roofing & Building Contracts, 168 Swansea Road, Swansea, SA8 4BU (Tel: 07976 241586), or Acton Roofing, 164 Frederick Place, Swansea, SA7 9TX (Tel: 01639 501072).
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There is a terraced house in the SA3 postcode area priced at £120,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Swansea?
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 Swansea.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Swansea in May 2018 was £113,514, which is £6,486 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Swansea 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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