Will the surveyor in Barnsley provide details on the safety of the gas appliances?
The chartered surveyor will locate and visually check the easily-accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the routing of any gas pipes throughout the building, as well as gas-related appliances (for example, heaters and boilers), and the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. The fittings however, won't be taken off or opened, because the surveyor is not qualified nor are they licensed to perform such actions. Gas can be fatal, so should you have any worries relating to gas installations, call a gas engineer immediately.
Barnsley-based gas engineers include:
- M. Greaves Building & Plumbing of 111 Swanee Road, Barnsley, S70 3DE (Tel: 07980 111631)
- Morgan Gas Services of 33 Hawthorne Street, Barnsley, S70 1QQ (Tel: 07974 251480)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
Gas regulations legally require all landlords to commission gas appliance and installation inspections every twelve months. Non-compliance or failure to do so can result in tough penalties that include heavy fines or imprisonment.
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We are buying in Barnsley and are looking for a 30s house built with Sussex bond brick. What warnings would a Barnsley property surveyor give? Are brick walls hard to repair?
Brick is the construction industry’s most common method of building houses, as it has been for centuries. As a consequence, many different designs and ways of bricklaying have been implemented. Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include ‘diapering' (using contrasting and varied colours of bricks to enliven a plain surface). The consequences of amateur repairs, though, can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice should be sought to reduce this risk.
Brick-built properties in Barnsley feature several advantages over other methods, but they can also be subject to a number of issues, such as erosion, spalling (flaking of the brick), or diagonal cracking caused by ground movement, which should be taken very seriously. For more information, contact a local builder, like B. Brown Roofing and Building Contractors, 1-3 Eastgate, Barnsley, S70 2EP (Tel: 0800 024 8085.
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What effect could heavy rainfall have on a property in Barnsley? Where there is work that needs to be done, what should we do?
Climate change is regularly in the news, along with distressing stories of major floods, and yet the impact that wet conditions can have on a residence is not given the attention it deserves by house-purchasers. Signs that rainwater goods are damaged include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts, while blocked rainwater goods can result in damp and mould.
Fortunately, problems with drains are generally easy to remedy. However, if the drains are left untreated, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.
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Is there anything we need to be aware of if we are intending to buy a flat in Barnsley inside Worsbrough conservation area, particularly with regards to property values?
Worsbrough is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and deteriorating. For more information, see their website.
There are thousands of conservation areas in England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with the local authority. Worsbrough is looked after by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council at Wellington House, Wellington Street, Barnsley, S70 1WA (Tel: 01226 770770).
A surveyor needs to have detailed knowledge of local issues and any relation they have on the property and its value. Prices for homes in a conservation area are, more often than not, higher than non-conservation-area equivalents, which is down to them retaining their original character.
Surveyors are trained to identify whether your purchase is in a protected area, and they will advise you of the position. Section I of a RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will advise of any additional enquiries to be handled by the conveyancing solicitor in this case. Unauthorised modifications that do not have Local Authority approval may also be commented on in the survey, but these are really in the remit to be investigated by your conveyancing solicitor.
Mason Palmer is a Barnsley firm of solicitors who are based at 7 Station Road, Barnsley, S71 4EW (Tel: 01226 709100), and they should be able to tell you what to look out for. Alternatively, you might like to try an online conveyancing firm like In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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There is a terraced house in the S70 postcode area priced at £99,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Barnsley?
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 Barnsley.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Barnsley in June 2018 was £92,414, which is £6,586 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Barnsley 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 RICS Level 2 Survey, 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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Do I need to opt for a full structural survey prior to investing in a defective, thirties, live-work apartment in Barnsley?
Full Structural Surveys were the original name for what the RICS now calls the RICS Level 3 Survey; essentially, they are the same report but with some improvements and modifications.
It is the correct home survey to choose if you are buying an unusual property (for example, a dilapidated apartment in Barnsley, like the one cited in the question). This type of survey summarises in-depth and crucial information in relation to the property's construction along with any needs for future maintenance after a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the house.
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Will pests affect the purchase price of a property in Barnsley. What should we do?
Pests like mice may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying a home in Barnsley, but this matter should be taken seriously.
An affected building may not always be easy to identify (for example, often introduced to a home via luggage after a trip abroad, bed bugs can be extremely hard to remove). Treatment for an infestation of pests may include professional cleaning or the removal of the affected part of the structure. RICS guidelines on the issue of pests are something of a 'grey area', so specific fears should be mentioned to your RICS surveyor.
Contact a specialist, e.g. Pro-Pest Environmental Services Ltd, Mount Osborne Business Centre, Oakwell View, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1HH, (Tel: 01226 287427), to discuss remedial options and to obtain a quote.
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We are buying in Barnsley. What will we need to consider when buying older property? Will repairs costs be higher?
Vernacular architecture can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Barnsley property employing traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be costly to maintain, because it is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary, and traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Barnsley listed buildings. Mention this to your surveyor for more information.
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