What should I be worried about when buying a maisonette in the region a refuse landfill site in Worthing?
Landfill sites are operated for a variety of waste (e.g. hazardous refuse, or industrial heavy metal extraction). Of course, nobody wants to live near these places (even though most people have a home within 1.5m of one!). Concerns include complex organic chemicals leaching into the environment, and health issues, like spina bifida, have been linked to landfill sites.
Worthing surveyors will examine any structural problems that can be linked to the site. Your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency datasets, as well as contacting the Worthing Local Authority, advising you accordingly in their report on title.
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What will my Chartered Surveyor consider on a stucco-coated house in Worthing that I wish to buy?
Stucco (sometimes also called pargetting) is a kind of dense render made up from aggregate, lime and animal hair (in its original form), and it has the consistency of standard mortar or plaster. Usually, stucco is layered over brick to form an even finish, which is very beautiful and is common on some Regency and Victorian houses, for example.
However, as with nearly all construction products, it is prone to defect and Surveyors in Worthing have found a number of issues with it, such as trapped moisture resulting in internal damp problems, or where the application is taken down to ground level bypassing the damp-proof course. Remedying problems can be dear as the skills are becoming rarer.
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The Flemish bond walls on this home in Worthing are in very poor condition. What are the possible consequences, and what will show up in my survey?
Over the centuries, brick has become the favoured building product, and, over that time, builders have developed any number of techniques and designs in laying down the courses. For instance, buyers interested in less common uses of brick, you might like ornate Della Robbia bond paving.
Brick-constructed residences in Worthing have several advantages over structures built with irregular stone, but they can also experience a set of diverse problems, such as erosion, spalling (flaking). One defect surveyors commonly report on brick buildings is sulphate attack, which is caused by cement-mortared-wall suffering a prolonged period of damp. It is effectively impossible to treat. The house surveyor can investigate these as part of their report. Consider renegotiating the price of the Worthing property, based on the results of your survey, because works to remedy even some superficial brick wall defects can be both expensive and disruptive.
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There is a flat in the BN14 postcode area priced at £190,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Worthing?
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 Worthing.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Worthing in June 2018 was £185,069, which is £4,931 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Worthing were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 29 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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Is it best to opt for a full structural survey prior to buying a derelict, Victorian house in Worthing?
For your interest, the Full Structural Survey has a new name having been superseded by the Building Survey, following a rebranding exercise by the RICS.
We would suggest that you have a RICS Building Survey for the house you are contemplating, because the HomeBuyer Report is only appropriate if you are investigating a mid-20th-century (or later), Worthing house of standard construction materials and methods (i.e. brick and tile). You should be aware that a few limitations exist with any survey, because the surveyor cannot force or open up the structure of the building, unless the owner’s consent is sought and provided, and they can’t inspect flat roofs if no ladder is provided.
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I am buying an older farmstead in Worthing, so will the house's age be a problem?
Use of traditional methods can occasionally give buyers second thoughts, because properties built in this way can be costly to repair. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, while traditional building materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of property in a conservation area, or the building is listed. This may be a good opportunity to discuss lowering the purchase price to cover repair costs and the maintenance regime.
Mention this to your Worthing surveyor for more information or call us at Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 to talk to one of our survey advisers.
Are there any things we would need to look into when buying an extended house in Worthing near a conservation area?
There are many thousands of conservation areas throughout England and Wales, all of which are overseen by the local authorities. Surveyors in Worthing need to possess knowledge of all local issues and the connection that they may have with the property. House prices are generally higher than in non-conservation-area equivalents, which is down to conservation areas being in their original state.
RICS surveyors are trained to identify and report whether the property is within a conservation area and Section I of your Worthing HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend any additional due diligence and enquiries to be conducted by your legal representation. Unsympathetic adjustments that do not have Local Authority approval will also be reported in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your lawyer to investigate.
Miller Parris Solicitors are a local law firm situated at 3 Cricketers Parade, Worthing, BN14 8JB (Tel: 01903 205771), and they will be happy to give you some pointers. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Does a qualified RICS surveyor examine the condition or the safety of the gas mains supply at the bungalow in Worthing?
A surveyor will locate and visually assess any easily-accessible parts of the gas system. This includes gas heaters, and gas-associated fixtures such as balanced flues (where immediately extended from appliance or external element). External fittings or housings won't actually be detached, and the system will not be tested, because your surveyor is neither qualified nor authorised to carry out such functions.
Needless to say, gas can be dangerous, so, if you have any worries about it, contact a Gas Safe engineer. Worthing-based Gas Safe registered companies include Ward Gas Services Ltd., 29 Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1PN (Tel: 01903 239709), and Worthing Gas Services, 34a Forest Road, Worthing, BN14 9NB (Tel: 01903 253686).
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