If we are purchasing in Bolton, what warnings would a surveyor in Bolton give for a residence with Dutch bond brick?
Of all the building materials used across the centuries in Bolton and elsewhere in the UK, by far the most popular, and the most durable, has been the use of brick. Brick is made of a variety of ingredients, come in different shapes and sizes and colours, and are made for specific purposes from being resistant to acid or chemicals to simple building projects, as well as being either solid or having a variety of hollows deliberately built into their structure, depending on the purpose to which they’ll be put, the budget for the construction and a number of other factors which will come into play.
Because brick has been used for constructing homes and other buildings for so many centuries, bricklayers and designers have devised a wide variety of designs for how the bricks are placed together, from the common and simple stretcher, Flemish and English bonds to the more complex Della Robbia Weave bond.
In all cases of any problems being found, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor in Bolton will inspect the condition of the walls (where the brick is visible) and check for issues, highlighting the state in the report, and making recommendations for remedial action (long-term or immediate) depending on what has been found. It is always worth getting a selection of quotes from accredited and recommended builders for any of the work that has been identified. To get a quote, you could try a reputable local builder such as Tonge Builders Ltd., 15 Hawekstone Close, Bolton, BL2 3NY (Tel: 07746 897045).
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I am purchasing a Regency, end-of-terrace property in poor condition in Bolton; should I consider the more detailed RICS Level 3 Survey?
The RICS Level 3 Survey is a comprehensive inspection by a chartered surveyor, and it is best 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
The chartered surveyor will investigate and inspect all accessible parts of the structure, as well as those areas visible by other means (e.g. through binoculars). This includes:
- Roofs, walls and floors
- Chimneys (inside and outside)
- Cellars and attic spaces
- Garages and other outbuildings and permanent structures
- Retaining walls
- Fixed or in-built cupboards and manholes
- Services coming into the property (but without removing covers, etc. for safety reasons)
- But not any concealed or enclosed areas that cannot be accessed safely or without the permission of the owner
The price of the RICS Level 3 Survey is dependent on the location, size and construction of the property, but the cost usually comes in between £500 and £1,300.
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When we viewed the period property we are intending to buy in Bolton, it looked like there is an old fuse-board; will our surveyor report on the general state of the electrical system?
One of the primary areas that your chartered surveyor will look into when they’re inspecting the property you are considering buying in Bolton is the electrics, reporting on any findings where they suspect any part of the system to be in hazardous condition.
For the residential properties, it covers all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while making sure to inspect special areas such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment.
As part of the building regulations approval in an extension or new-build, or where the electrical circuits have been updated, an electrical certificate, signed off by a qualified electrician, needs to be supplied to comply with the requirements. This document will be sought and checked by your Surveyor Local surveyor.
In addition, the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommends that a periodic inspection be completed every 10 years on private residential property, or every 5 years if you are renting out the property to tenants, or you own a commercial building. Again, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will identify the Periodic Inspection Review document’s existence and confirm its validity and status.
When preparing a Bolton RICS Level 3 Survey, an RICS surveyor will inspect all accessible parts of the electrical system, noting the location and likely age of the fuse-board, and includes a visual assessment of the superficial parts of the wiring, without taking anything apart for safety reasons. In addition to verifying areas connected to the mains (e.g. the whereabouts of the meter or consumer unit), the surveyor will also choose a selection of sockets and light-switches to ensure they are operating normally.
In the survey report, the surveyor will highlight all of the findings, including identifying those areas that they are unable to access, which might need further investigation by a qualified electrician. Where there are areas of concern, particularly where the electrical circuits and wiring don’t conform to the British standard, the surveyor will recommend that immediate action be taken. It is wise to obtain a couple of quotes for any major rewiring activities, as this can be used to enter into renegotiations over the asking price with the seller.
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There is a terraced house in the BL2 postcode area priced at £115,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Bolton?
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 Bolton.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Bolton in December 2018 was £108,907, which is £6,093 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Bolton were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 15 February 2019
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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What should we take notice of when buying an old building in Bolton? Will the age of the structure be an issue?
There are many buyers in Bolton 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 in Bolton and elsewhere in the country 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.
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 we be worried about when buying a home next to Harwood Quarry Landfill Site in Bolton, and landfill sites generally?
Sites used for landfill are operated for a variety of waste, including non-hazardous waste-material disposal (such as the one at the Harwood Quarry Landfill Site), while others include industrial waste-management, or general household waste landfill. Thousands of sites affect many thousands of people throughout the UK including Bolton. Worries include complex organic chemicals, leeching into the soil, water table or atmosphere, while health concerns, such as congenital birth defects, have been associated to landfill sites.
Surveyors in Bolton will examine structural issues at your property directly related to the proximity of the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases and the Bolton Local Authority, advising you of the results in the report on title.
The chartered surveyors who work with Surveyor Local have many years of residential surveying including an impact assessment of landfill sites, so you should choose us for your survey. Call us now on 0800 022 4428 and our advisers will get your survey under way today.
For a RICS Level 2 Survey on a Bolton home, what are some common defects with a red-light rating impacting a conservatory and porch?
The RICS Level 2 Survey 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 RICS Level 3 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
In some cases, an element covered under Section E (Outside the Property) may be marked as ‘NI’, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the RICS Level 2 Survey is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any homebuyer. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property.
With respect to conservatories and porches, an example defect is rotten railings. Any signs of inappropriate use, such as using a conservatory as a bedroom or kitchen will be considered in the report, too.
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