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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a RICS Level 2 Survey

    RICS Level 2 Survey in Bradford

    The RICS Level 2 Survey is the best choice if planning to purchase a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years. Find out more

  • Property suitable for a RICS Level 3 Survey

    RICS Level 3 Survey in Bradford

    The RICS Level 3 Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Bradford) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched or older homes. Find out more

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bradford

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute. Find out more

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House prices

There is a detached house in the BD2 postcode area priced at £235,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Bradford?

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 Bradford.

This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Bradford in June 2018 was £238,873, which is £3,873 more than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Bradford were:

PriceProperty type
£135,081All properties
£98,644Flats/maisonettes
£110,839Terraced
£141,942Semi-detached
£238,873Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 16 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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RICS Level 3 Survey on flats

Is it right to upgrade to a full structural survey prior to investing in a converted, seventies, penthouse flat in Bradford?

For your information, the Full Structural Survey was the original name for what has been renamed by the RICS to the RICS Level 3 Survey.

This is the correct choice of home survey when buying an unconventional property, such as the structurally-modified flat in Bradford mentioned in your question. Shortly after a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the main building, the survey will provide in-depth and far-reaching insights into the building’s construction, in addition to any important technical details.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that surveying flats frequently means access to parts of the building might be prevented, so the surveyor will only give details on the flat itself. However, where possible, they will comment on any communal parts of the property (e.g. security systems, or hallways).

For more details and a comparison of survey types, see Surveyor Local’s comparisons.

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Shocking electrics

When we saw a property we want to buy in Bradford, it looked like there is an unsafe electrical system; does a Bradford RICS Level 2 Survey provide details on the state of the electrical system?

When performing a RICS Level 3 Survey in Bradford, the surveyor will comment on the condition of the electrics if it is suspected that they are in an unsatisfactory or dangerous condition. This assessment will include a visual check of any revealed sections of the wiring as well as reviewing specific electrical items (e.g. reporting on the condition of the fitted electrical appliances, like storage heaters, or verifying the condition of a sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear). Because of safety issues, the surveyor will not touch any wires, nor will they remove any housings of appliances.

Establishing the location of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical connections conducted by a qualified electrician will also form part of the survey in Bradford. For information, the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommends that a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) be completed at least every ten years (or every five, if you are letting the property out).

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Traditionally-built property

I am buying an older, renovated farmhouse in Bradford, but what impact will the house's construction have on the cost and time of its upkeep?

When looking to buy a property, there are many buyers who would love to own a house with bags of personality and character, like an old farmstead.

But, for houses in Bradford built before the 20th century, age can be a worry, and property constructed using traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to maintain. You should bear in mind that specialist knowledge may be needed in any renovations or updates, while sympathetic materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of the property being in a conservation area.

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Landfill site near home

What should I be concerned about when buying a house close to Bolton Woods Quarry on Bolton Hall Road, and landfill sites generally?

Landfill sites and quarries come in many shapes and sizes (e.g. industrial waste disposal, open stone quarries, or recycling facilities). There are several thousands of such sites that affect hundreds of thousands of people in the UK including around Bradford. Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane being released into the atmosphere, or chemicals leeching into the subsoil and water table.

RICS Level 3 Survey and valuations in Bradford will examine all structural problems that can be directly attributed to the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will also conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency datasets as well as questioning the Bradford Local Authority, advising you of their findings and any issues arising in the report on title.

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Conservation area

What considerations need I check for when purchasing an extended house in Bradford inside the St. Paul’s conservation area?

St. Paul’s is in a conservation area and has been classified as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and deteriorating. For more information on the current state, visit their website.

There are around ten thousand designated conservation areas in the UK, all of which are overseen by the local council. In this case, St. Paul’s is handled by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford, BD1 1HX (Tel: 01274 432111).

Surveyors in Bradford must possess in-depth knowledge of such local sensitivities, and the relation that they may have on the building being surveyed and its value. Prices in a conservation area are usually significantly higher than those outside, due to them resisting change.

Surveyors are expected to identify whether the house is in a designated conservation area or not, and, if so, Section I Issues for Your Legal Advisers of your Bradford RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend additional questions to be raised during the conveyancing process. Out-of-keeping changes to the property may also be advised in your survey, but these are firmly the responsibility of your legal adviser.

Needhams Solicitors are a local firm of lawyers situated at City Hub, 9-11 Peckover Street, Bradford, BD1 5BD (Tel: 01274 371088), and they might be prepared to advise on specifics to do with local conservation areas. Alternatively, you might be more interested in contacting an online conveyancing service, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.

Damaged render

What defects will my Bradford Surveyor be focused on when assessing a stucco-coated, Victorian, detached house in Bradford that I am thinking of purchasing?

Stucco is a sort of flat-finish, solid render that is typically layered over underlying red brick to form an even appearance. Stucco is highly appealing and aesthetic to look at, and it is found on several Regency and Victorian properties.

As with many construction methods, stucco can be prone to defect, and surveyors in Bradford frequently highlight any number of problems (like trapped water leading to problems with damp, or sulphate attack from salts sucked out of brickwork). Re-coating stucco problems can be expensive as the skills are becoming harder to find.

For local stucco advice, contact a reputable local company such as Cemplast Preservation, Mount Grove, Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 2JL (Tel: 0800 158 3583).

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Gas flame

Will a local surveyor in Bradford advise on the state of repair of the gas installations?

Your surveyor will visually inspect the accessible parts of the gas system. This will include gas heaters (incorporating LPG, oil, and electric heaters, too), as well as any gas-related installations (e.g. the condition of gas piping in loft spaces). Any fittings won't be opened or undone because of gas safety protocols. Gas is potentially deadly, and, if there are any concerns about gas, you must call a gas engineer.

Gas-Safe-certified local companies include:

  • NI Gas and Plumbing Services Ltd., Unit 2d, Hockney Road, Bradford, BD8 9HQ (Tel: 01274 214666)
  • St. Michael’s Plumbing and Heating, 24, St. Michael’s Road, Bradford, BD8 8HE (Tel: 07976 661474)
  • If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999

The regulations require that all landlords have to commission appliance and installation inspections annually, and punishments for failure to comply are criminal and costly.

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Deteriorated timber

On a Bradford RICS Level 2 Survey, what might 'E8' cover?

The format of the RICS Level 2 Survey is clear and easy to read. As buyers in Bradford are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Problems impacting the roof are checked here. These are inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. Fascias, soffits and eaves will be investigated. Bulging stucco render is an example of a Section E defect.

Stone block wall damage

Can stone-built properties be problematic. What matters should we be aware of, and what does the survey cover?

Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Lees Endcliffe Sandstone to Grey Dunhouse Sandstone. Issues including weathered stone affect many stone-walled property in Bradford. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Bradford are regular and irregular. Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Maintenance tips include.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Bolton Woods Quarry, Bolton Hall Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD2 1BQ, which quarries Sandstone, for details. Call 01274 595534 for more information.

To find a specific quarried stone, consider a stonemason or specialist in Bradford, such as Russell C Stone Merchants (York) Ltd, Ripley Rd, Bradford, BD4 7EX (Phone: 01274 727200).