The seller in Bournemouth said that damage to the parapet had been a concern. Which issues relating to the structure's roof will be checked during the survey?
Questions about the roof are among the most frequently asked because some house-buyers know that homes may be exposed to difficulties with the roof, such as mould or bowing, regardless of the state of the rest of the building.
From collar ties to fascias, inside and out, the whole roof will be considered during the survey. After the examination, your surveyor may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.
The surveyor may find, during the inspection, a number of relatively minor issues that, without remedial work, may become a more serious – and expensive – problem to resolve. These include missing, loose or cracked tiles, blocked gullies and gutters, worn or cracked flashing, mould and rot, and timber pests and rot, amongst several other issues.
Most roofing work, unless you are planning a major extension, won’t require planning permission, but may require building regulations certification. Your surveyor will be happy to advise. Since most roofing work, other than simple maintenance tasks, will likely cost a lot of money to resolve, obtaining a number of quotes for any work might be a useful bargaining tool to renegotiate the agreed price with the seller.
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Will the survey for my intended purchase in Bournemouth give a property valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes?
A RICS Level 2 Survey in Bournemouth will include an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as an integral part of the report (which covers permanent outbuildings as well as the main structure), although any specifics should be mentioned to your Surveyor Local adviser when setting up the appointment for the chartered surveyor inspection.
To ascertain the property's value, your chartered surveyor will use their broad and deep experience of property in Bournemouth and other factors pertinent to it:
- details of the house itself (e.g. the number of bedrooms, or the size of garden)
- materials used in its construction
- key assumptions (e.g. that no damaging building techniques have been employed)
- access to services and amenities
- environmental problems like local industry
A RICS Level 3 Survey, however, does not include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be performed if you are solely interested in the valuation aspect of the survey.
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There is a detached house in the BH1 postcode area priced at £445,000. What does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Bournemouth?
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 Bournemouth.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Bournemouth in December 2018 was £434,868, which is £10,132 more than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Bournemouth were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 26 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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I am worried about an infestation in the building we plan to buy in Bournemouth. How do we investigate further?
Be aware that your conveyancing solicitor's forms will probably not ask the seller about this issue, because it is not a legal requirement for vendors to admit to infestations in the property they are trying to sell.
So, when purchasing a house, this matter should be borne in mind, as it is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
The threat of many pests is very real and, with certain examples, will have a risk to the occupants’ health or destroy the fabric and structure of a building. In addition, evidence of an infestation of pests is not always easy to find. Some obvious examples of common pests include cockroaches, rodents, death-watch beetle, and woodworm.
Your chartered surveyor will look out for evidence of the common problems, such as droppings or holes in wood, and make recommendations based on the severity of the problem and how recent the infestation appears to be. Solutions and remedies to eradicate pests may include the use of poisons, insecticides and traps, but more humane ways of removing pests are available. It’s always worth obtaining a number of quotes from companies qualified to handle such issues so that you can request a reduction in the asking price from the seller.
Because there are so many different pests, the chartered surveyor will not be able to test and check for every single type other than the common instances. If you suspect that a specific issue with pests exists, then you should bring it to your surveyor’s attention and they will be able to focus on finding the particular evidence, should it exist.
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Could clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems for a Bournemouth house? Will a home survey examine this?
If it’s not monitored appropriately, the composition of the soil that surrounds a property's foundations can create considerable difficulties, with subsidence being a common example of the type of issue that is found during a survey inspection. And the consequences of these problems may take months – even years – to be noticed or could be felt suddenly.
If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Bournemouth property's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. Steps, like ensuring that rainwater goods and drainage all function efficiently, can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If soil water-levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.
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We believe this house near Bournemouth is located by a brook. Is there a major flood-risk and would our house surveyor search for any flooding?
It is estimated by the Environment Agency that over five million properties in England and Wales are in danger of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water flooding alone.
House-buyers also cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available in the future, because the insurance companies have regularly increased their premiums making it unaffordable.
The risk of floods therefore needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.
There are many causes of flooding, and, even if your home is not anywhere near a body of water, this is no reason for complacency. The sources of flooding include surface water from prolonged, heavy downpours, groundwater from heavy rain, rivers breaking their banks, abnormally high tides in coastal areas, burst water mains, and burst water tanks, radiators and other plumbing issues.
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.
The chartered surveyor will check the likely impact of any flooding on the property and its contents, providing recommendations to reduce or even eliminate the effects should it occur.
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The vendor has mentioned that there is a concern that asbestos boards around the windows have been used. What is asbestos, is it dangerous and does the home survey report on it?
Asbestos has been mined for hundreds of years, but it was only in the last century that it was found to be so detrimental to health, although it still took until 1999 for there to be an outright ban in the UK, as part of an EU-wide directive, even though restrictions were placed from 1985.
The most common type found in the UK is white asbestos (chrysotile), which was often used in roofs, floors, ceilings, walls and insulation, thereby appearing in all manner of construction materials. From 1986, it was only white asbestos that remained in use in the UK for construction purposes.
All forms of asbestos are ultimately hazardous, and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure, although its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.
During a survey, your chartered surveyor will not be able to confirm the existence of asbestos, since they will not investigate further than visual inspection because of the dangers highlighted above. However, they will be experienced in looking for it and will report their suspicions in the survey, recommending that it be checked out thoroughly.
Although you are legally allowed to removed asbestos yourself, this practice is thoroughly resisted by experts because of the danger that amateur removals may incur on yourself and your neighbours. Therefore, it is recommended that you appoint an expert to confirm its presence and to safely remove it. The register of expert contractors can be found here: the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.
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When I saw the thirties house I am hoping to acquire in Bournemouth, there was evidence of an overload of the fuses; does the RICS Level 2 Survey examine the wiring and electrical system?
When conducting a RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey in Bournemouth, a surveyor will mention the condition of the electrics if they are in a dangerous state of repair. This will include an overview or examination of any revealed areas of the wiring and the fuse-box, as well as checking the electrics in kitchens and bathrooms.
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 chartered 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 Bournemouth RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 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.
Local highly-rated electricians in the area include:
- Southern Electric Services UK Ltd., 17 William Road, Bournemouth, BH7 7BB (Tel: 07980 226003)
- Eden Electrical Installations Ltd., 26 Draycott Roads, Bournemouth, BH10 5AR (Tel: 01202 985066)
- Empire Electrical Services, 17 Meon Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6PN (Tel: 07814 024242)
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The vendor has mentioned there is a concern of asbestos boards around windows being found in the home. What is asbestos, is it dangerous and does the home survey in Bournemouth report on it?
Asbestos is a dangerous substance formed from metamorphic rocks. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials including duct connectors.
Asbestos was commonly used as it has very good heat resistance qualities and it may be found in pipe lagging insulation.
All forms are ultimately hazardous and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.
If found, care should be taken on no account to move the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken as soon as possible. You should not endeavour to handle it yourself. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos during the survey. Your surveyor will report on potential asbestos during the Bournemouth survey and should inform you of the options.
What should we be wary of when purchasing a house next to Throop House Closed on Throop and landfill sites generally
Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes including inert rubbish disposal. Thousands of sites affect many thousands of people in England including Bournemouth. Worries include structurally instability. Health concerns like congenital birth defects have been associated to landfill sites .
Surveyors will note structural issues resulting from the site. Your legal representative will carry out conveyancing and environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases in addition to Bournemouth Local Authority and give you the results of the search .
Does a RICS Level 3 Survey in Bournemouth include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a boundary wall) and how is it calculated?
A RICS Level 2 Survey on a Bournemouth property will contain a valuation and a Reinstatement Cost included in the cost of the survey. To work out the market value the valuer will pair awareness of the Bournemouth property market and other considerations about the property e.g. style of architecture Surveyors also reflect on style of architecture and will make certain other assumptions e.g. no contamination in or from ground.
A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
Further area assumptions like service connections, are made in addition to any environmental problems like nearby pubs, also being considered.
When I saw the thirties house I am hoping to acquire, it appeared that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses; does RICS Level 2 Survey in Bournemouth advise the wiring and electrical system?
When conducting a RICS Level 3 Survey in Bournemouth a surveyor should mention the condition of the electrics if it is clear that they are in a dangerous state of repair. This should include an overview or examination of any revealed areas of the wiring or fusebox as well as areas like checking the state of the visible wiring. A check for the documentation from any recent PIR carried out by an electrician should usually form part of the RICS Level 2 Survey in Bournemouth. A check for the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician will form part of the survey.
The Institute of Electrical Engineers recommend that an electrical system check is carried out at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).
Will the local surveyor check the condition or the safety of the gas installations?
Your qualified RICS surveyor will visually inspect any accessible parts of the gas system. A surveyor will want to inspect whether the mains is connected where relevant, as well as gas affiliated appliances/installations for example - balanced flues (where immediately extended from appliance/external element).. The fittings will not be taken off. Needless to say, gas is potentially unsafe and if there are any concerns relating to gas installations or if you smell the distinctive smell of gas, call a gas engineer.
Dorset based local Gas Safe registered companies include Robert Stevenson of 65, Maclean Road, Bournemouth, Dorset Tel. 07921 366342 and S M Art Gas And Plumbing Services Limited of 44, Broughton Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset Tel. 07833345004.
The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 legally require landlords to conduct appliance and installation inspections every year. Non compliance penalties are harsh .