Is it best to opt for a full structural survey prior to investing in a neglected, seventies, live-work apartment in Brighton?
The RICS Level 3 Survey is now the correct term for the Full Structural Survey, following its rebranding some time ago by the RICS.
For the apartment described, you should choose the RICS Level 3 Survey. The RICS Level 2 Survey is appropriate for a non-period, unmodified home built out of normal construction materials and methods (i.e. brick and tile).
There are some restrictions that exist with any survey as a qualified surveyor cannot force or open the fabric of the apartment; nor can they comment on the regulatory compliance of heating systems since they are not qualified engineers.
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How will we know what impact heavy will rainfall have on our new Brighton home? Where there are problems, what should we do?
In Brighton, as throughout the country, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it as being a problem while negotiating the purchase of a house. Unfortunately, wet weather and the effect it can have on a structure can have a significant impact.
For instance, if you have only seen the new home in warm weather, defects may not have been obvious, and may lead to penetrating damp, when the inclement weather becomes more persistent. That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously. However, if the drains are not unblocked on a regular basis, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.
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What will we need to investigate when purchasing a building in Brighton constructed in 1760? What impact will the house's structure have on the effort and cost of its upkeep?
Older construction methods and materials can be a worry for buyers. Houses built using traditional techniques can be challenging to maintain, because specialist expertise may be required, and traditional building materials might also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed buildings or those in a conservation area.
This would make asking the seller for more detail about their current maintenance regime a good idea, so that you know what you probably need to budget for. Speak to your chartered surveyor for more information.
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What should I be aware of when purchasing a flat in the region a refuse tip in Brighton?
Sites designated for landfill are used for a variety of waste, including industrial refuse disposal, or general household rubbish. Nobody would want to live near such a site (although four out of five people live under 2km away from one). Worries about the proximity to landfill sites or recycling centres might include complex organic chemicals being released into the environment, or toxic chemicals and metals leeching into the subsoil.
Brighton surveyors will flag up any structural defects that can be directly linked to the site, while your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Landmark datasets, as well as contacting the Brighton and Hove Local Authority. Your solicitor will then advise you accordingly of any concerns and findings in the report on title.
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Are there any issues I would be advised to check on if planning to buy a flat in Brighton in the Benfield Barn conservation area?
Benfield Barn is in a conservation area that was designated as such in 1989, although it has since been classed as poor by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and deteriorating in their annual review.
There are thousands of conservation areas throughout the country that are designated by the local council, and Benfield Barn is monitored by Brighton & Hove City Council. They can be contacted at Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ, and on Tel: 01273 290000.
Your surveyor must have enough in-depth knowledge of the relevant local issues and any relation that these may have with the building and its value. Values of property in a conservation area are usually higher than those non-conservation-area equivalents, due to them being in their original state (notwithstanding any comments by English Heritage).
Surveyors are trained to identify whether the building might be within a conservation area, and Section I of a Brighton RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend additional questions to be asked during the legal conveyancing process. Unapproved changes to the property may be noted; however, these should be investigated in detail by your conveyancer.
Martin Cray & Co are a local firm of solicitors situated at 177 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JB (Tel: 01273 673226), and they will be prepared to help with any of your questions and conveyancing needs. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer such as Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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What will a Chartered Surveyor assess on a stucco-rendered home in Brighton?
Stucco (sometimes also called pargetting) is really a smooth and flat render, similar in consistency to plaster, that is normally applied to brick, drying to an attractive smooth appearance that resembles stone. Stucco is very beautiful and is often found on Victorian and Regency buildings. However, like many building products, it can be prone to defect, and Brighton surveyors frequently report issues, such as trapped water resulting in problems with damp, or sulphate attack from salts sucked out of underlying brickwork. Re-coating Stucco problems may be expensive as the skills are getting harder to find.
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Does the Brighton surveyor report on the condition or the safety of the gas flues?
Yes. Your chartered surveyor will visually check all the accessible parts of the system. A surveyor will want to inspect the condition of the meter, as well as gas-associated appliances, like fireplaces. External fittings, however, will not be removed since the surveyor is not Gas-Safe-registered. Of course, gas is potentially deadly, and, should there be any concerns about gas, call a Gas-Safe engineer.
Local companies to Brighton include:
- Safe Gas and Plumbing, 20 Victoria Street, Hove, BN1 3FP (Tel: 07557 020471)
- DripDry Heating and Plumbing, 6 Herbert Road, Brighton, BN1 6PB (Tel: 07758 815959)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
Gas regulations require landlords to carry out appliance and installation inspections annually, and punishments for failure to comply are harsh, costly and could result in a criminal record.
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There is a semi-detached house in the BN3 postcode area priced at £430,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Brighton?
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 Brighton.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Brighton in May 2018 was £426,341, which is £3,659 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Brighton were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 15 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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