The estate agent stated there could be asbestos-textured coatings at the property in Basingstoke. Which types of asbestos are a concern, and can it be removed easily?
Asbestos is a potentially deadly, fibrous substance that was mined primarily in South Africa. Of the sixty types of asbestos, only three were commonly used in building materials (blue, brown and white) in the UK. After 1985, only white asbestos was allowed in construction until an outright ban was legislated in 1999, which means any construction prior to the new millennium could incorporate some asbestos.
Because it has very good resistance to electrical damage, and has great fire-retardant and soundproofing properties, it is unsurprising that it was treated as a miracle substance, turning up in fuse boxes, soil pipes, roof insulation, ceiling tiles, paint and all manner of other construction materials.
Technically, all forms of asbestos are dangerous, and, if inhaled over sustained periods, can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung; however, against the popular misconception, inhaling just one fibre is not deadly.
Should you find asbestos, you must be careful on no account to move or dislodge it, and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Getting rid of asbestos is an expensive but very necessary undertaking that absolutely must be carried out by experts. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Basingstoke home survey, but they will note suspected asbestos risks and should recommend professional testing.
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Do I need to go for the more comprehensive Building Survey before investing in a shabby, run-down, forties house near Basingstoke?
The Building Survey is, according to the RICS recommendation, the best survey to choose when purchasing an unconventional home, like the period house in Basingstoke in the question.
After a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings, a Building Survey sets out in-depth and often crucial insight concerning the house’s state of repair in conjunction with any technical details. To read more about homebuyers’ surveys and the different products on offer from Surveyor Local in Basingstoke visit here.
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Do we need to investigate drainage at the maisonette in Basingstoke we want to buy?
Regular rainfall is common in Basingstoke and across the country, but the effect that damp weather has on houses in Basingstoke is not given the attention it deserves.
If you have only seen the Basingstoke house you are buying on a clear day, obvious defects may be harder to find, so it might be an idea, if practical, to visit it in different weathers. Signs that gutters are damaged include rusted iron elements, and evidence that water has been pouring down the walls. Overall, poor drainage can lead to hazardous mould forming on the inside walls of the property.
In most cases, guttering issues are quite easy to fix, and it is also relatively inexpensive. If disregarded, though, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.
Because of the increasing likelihood of flooding in the UK and the problems it causes, it becomes an essential part of looking for a new home to establish its history with flooding and the risk to the local area. There are several steps that can be taken:
- use the Environment Agency’s flood information service for the current situation
- search for your location on the Environment Agency’s flood map for planning service to establish the level of risk of flooding (based on historical and geographical information)
- appoint a specialist search provider to identify the position in more detail (you can talk to your conveyancing solicitor about this option and costs)
- check with the sellers to confirm anecdotal evidence of prior flooding issues
- If practical to do so, it is also worth looking at the house in both wet and dry weather to see if there are any obvious differences.
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What will a property surveyor focus on for a spar-dash-rendered, Victorian home in Basingstoke?
Stucco is simply a kind of smooth plaster render that is applied to brick or masonry, where it hardens to form a smooth, flat finish, or it might be used in making decorative mouldings to complement the rendered finish.
Comprising aggregates and binder to harden the mixture and water, stucco is durable, weather-resistant and is applied in thin layers, and is common on some Regency-period, Georgian and Victorian properties.
However, it can be problematic, and Basingstoke Building Surveys focus on issues such as lateral hairline cracking revealing the underlying mortar joints, or where dampness below flashings or where the render has been applied to ground level has resulted in detachment or delamination from the brick or underlying substrate. Problems need to be sorted out as soon as they are identified because they will worsen quickly the longer they are left. Wire mesh is often used, but this is not advised since it can hasten deterioration should the metal rust. And the damp-proof course may be left inoperative should the render be applied over the top of it and below its level.
Remedying significant problems with stucco may be expensive as the skills are becoming harder to find, but it is not recommended for the homeowner to attempt repairs themselves. Hairline cracks or other minor issues may be solved by applying another layer of stucco, or even simply a coat of paint.
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The seller has suggested that subsidence might be a problem affecting the house in Basingstoke. What subsidence information does the Basingstoke home survey include?
Subsidence is defined as the movement of a building’s foundations, which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings will experience cracking at some stage and these are usually benign. New buildings in Basingstoke and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. Less common than subsidence, heave describes the movement of earth upwards as the soil expands as it takes on water, forcing the foundations upwards.
Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues, such as water leaking from broken pipes, which removes layers of soil from around the foundations. This reduces the volume of the subsoil, allowing the weight of the property to distort the supporting ground. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.
Familiar symptoms of subsidence are:
- the appearance of new cracks more than 3mm wide in the walls; however, not all cracks are an indication of subsidence and may be natural settlement. This is why it’s so important to get a chartered surveyor, like those available from Surveyor Local, involved to check it out and give you their expert opinion and advice
- cracks forming in obvious weak spots, such as the corners of window- and door-frames
- windows and doors beginning to stick where they haven’t before
- new extension parting company with the rest of the property
- sinking of patios and other hard structures in the garden
The Institution of Structural Engineers don’t recommend underpinning for the large majority of subsidence issues; rather this is treated as a last resort, where piles are dug and filled with concrete to support the existing foundations. Since the biggest percentage of subsidence issues are caused by trees and other plants in the vicinity draining the soil, judicious pruning or evening removal may be enough to rectify the problem (but note that such activity may also create other issues, so an expert’s advice should be sought). And, of course, if the drains are broken, then these should be repaired as soon as possible.
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Which Basingstoke surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a retaining wall) and how is it estimated?
A Property Valuation Report is not a survey per se, although it is an associated product that chartered surveyors can offer, on the proviso that they are also a registered valuer. This is something that Surveyor Local can add to your choice of survey, and, if required, you only need to pick up the phone to us on 0800 038 6667 to discuss your particular needs and we’ll get the right service set up for you with the minimum of fuss.
A Property Valuation Report is requested when a definitive answer on the value of a property is required. Note that it’s not the same as a market appraisal, which is a guide or estimate to the property price that has absolutely no legal standing. Typically, a Property Valuation Report will be required in the following circumstances:
- loans and mortgage applications, to verify the true value of the property to guarantee sufficient equity remains in the building to pay off the mortgage or loan should the buyer default on payments
- probate and wills in order to establish the amount of inheritance tax owing from the legacy
- Help to Buy to establish a loan redemption figure
- buying or selling a property to ensure that the price being asked is a fair one
- shared ownership to confirm the share of equity figures
- matrimonial ownership, which follows the same design as that for shared ownership
- Capital Gains Tax to confirm the tax amounts due to HMRC
- Buy-to-Let rental value confirmation and assessment of loan or mortgage affordability
- dispute resolution to assess the financial share in the property
- immigration for the valuation of any immovable assets
The Basingstoke report looks at the location of the property, its features, size and age, while it considers the identified problems and issues within its boundaries. The approach that the registered valuer will adopt is:
- Research: market research to identify similar properties of age, condition and size in the near environs and check how much they were sold for most recently
- Inspection: an assessment of the actual property across its boundaries, inside and out, where accessible and safe to do so
- Analysis: a translation of all the findings into a meaningful report, always written in plain English, for the client with the headline valuation
This is where Surveyor Local’s chartered surveyors in Basingstoke excel. To get one of the best assigned to examining your planned purchase, call us today on 0800 038 6667.
There is a detached house in the RG21 postcode area priced at £530,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Basingstoke?
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 Basingstoke (Basingstoke and Deane local authority area).
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Basingstoke in December 2018 was £518,211, which is £11,789 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Basingstoke were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 18 February 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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Are there any issues I would need to look into when purchasing a building in Basingstoke in the vicinity of conservation area?
There are many thousands of designated conservation areas in the UK, which are overseen by local councils.
Historic England also review and assess the state of the conservation areas on an annual basis, creating the Heritage at Risk register, which can be viewed online to assess whether the council’s management plan is effective, and what is happening to remove the conservation area if it appears on the register. In 2018, 502 conservation areas (of around 9,300) were added to the list.
Conservation areas, by their nature of being protected from significant change and managing conformity, are an attractive location in which to buy a house, but the owner should be aware of their responsibilities and, before buying a house, being aware of any changes that don’t have planning consent since this may require expense to reverse them. This information is highlighted in the survey and will also be directed to your legal representative for further investigation and analysis with the local council. The responsibilities incumbent upon any owner underlines the importance of appointing a focused and thorough surveyor like those we have at Surveyor Local.
This also means that houses in designated conservation areas naturally come at a premium, so potential buyers should be aware that properties will likely be more expensive than similar homes located outside the boundary of the conservation area.
RICS surveyors are trained to advise whether the home is possibly within a conservation area, and Section I of a Basingstoke HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will highlight the proper questions to be asked by your legal representation. Out-of-keeping adjustments to the property will also be reported; however, these are within the remit of the conveyancing solicitor’s responsibilities. Morgan & Co. are a solicitor’s firm based at 6a London Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NU (Tel: 01256 329888), and they will be able to advise further. Or you could try an online option, such as a company with a ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee like In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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