Should I get a separate valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including for rebuilding a garage) at the house in Burton-on-Trent?
The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation and a reinstatement (or rebuilding) cost estimate as a standard part of the survey. To be able to determine the market value of the house, your RICS valuer will match their in-depth knowledge of the local area and the property market with factors pertinent to the house you are intending to buy:
- the physical attributes (e.g. the size of the garden, or the number of bedrooms)
- the style of architecture and the construction materials used
- key assumptions (e.g. no significant problems that will affect the sale of the house)
- amenities and services (e.g. the access roads not being in private control, proximity to transport links, etc.)
- environmental concerns, like local mining issues, or being under a busy flightpath
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be performed, if you are solely interested in the valuation aspect of the property.
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Will bugs affect the purchase price of a building in Burton-on-Trent? What can we do?
Burton-on-Trent houses and flats are not usually impacted by serious cases of pests and infestations but buying without any professional advice on the issue is not a recommended course of action. Unfortunately, the threat posed by these annoying animals to property is very real and can impact a home's worth.
It may not be obvious that a home is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked. For instance, silverfish (lepisma saccharina), are rarely visible during the day, but they will digest paper and wallpaper paste, but are more of a symptom of damp than a serious problem themselves.
Remedies can take time to execute, so if you opt to proceed with the purchase, check with a specialist how long any treatment will take. If you strongly suspect an issue with rats, or any pest, speak to your surveyor, so that specific checks can be made.
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We have learnt that Burton-on-Trent houses built on clay soil can experience problems. Will the HomeBuyer Report consider this, and what defects will be reported on?
Whether a home was built in 1718 or 2018, factors as varied as snow or rising damp can create inconvenience for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in a range of problems, with subsidence being the most common example.
There are two terms used to describe clay soils that are likely to be problematic: 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs of issues. Some clay soils are prone to creep, where the topsoil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Small areas of waterlogged soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.
During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey inspection, the effect that the soil composition could have on the home will be considered by the surveyor. For more advice on your choice of survey from Surveyor Local, call our team of advisers on 0800 038 6667; we’re open 7 days a week for your convenience.
Can houses built with stone in Burton-on-Trent create more problems for purchasers? Which matters should we consider?
Roof and gutter issues can often cause problems for property in Burton-on-Trent built with stone walls. Issues that impact stone-built property can vary greatly, with problems like salt contamination of the mortar being quite common.
Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention than regular, brick-like, stone walls due to the greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions (for example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements). Guidelines and advice for better stone-wall upkeep include monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.
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Would our residential surveyor consider water damage on a maisonette in Burton-on-Trent?
The Environment Agency estimates that almost 20% of residences are in danger of flood damage, with over half of those from surface water. So, if you are planning to buy in a flood-affected area, a survey report will inform your decision by identifying any structural problems from any prior flooding, and an assessment of the likelihood of flooding, even if the property has not flooded before.
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 survey report may also, where appropriate, outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep. Less expensive preventative measures include air brick covers.
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I want to buy a flat in Burton-on-Trent (DE13 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £100,000. What will a Burton-on-Trent surveyor consider when carrying out a professional valuation?
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 Burton-on-Trent (within the East Staffordshire local authority area).
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Burton-on-Trent in December 2018 was £92,307, which is £7,693 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Burton-on-Trent were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 27 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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The neighbour in Burton-on-Trent told us there is a concern that there is asbestos sprayed on coatings concealed in the flat. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the general name given to the group of six fibrous, silicate materials that are now known to be harmful to organisms, when the dust or fibrils are released into the environment (by any number of processes including abrasion).
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.
Often considered to be a ‘miracle’ material before its deleterious effects were understood, asbestos was chosen for its resistance to fire and electricity, its tensile strength, and its sound-proofing qualities, coupled with its relative cheapness to produce.
Commonly called asbestosis, the curly or needle-shaped fibres usually caused mesothelioma (attack on the lining of the lungs, causing cancer). However, breathing in a single fibre will not be injurious, nor will it risk death.
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 we were shown the building we are interested to acquire, the agent said that there are doubts regarding the safety of the electrical system; will the Burton-on-Trent surveyor report on any faults with the electrics?
One of the areas that your chartered surveyor will look into when they’re inspecting the property you are considering buying is the electrics, reporting on any findings where they suspect any part of the system to be in hazardous condition.
All new electrical work needs to be covered under the British standard regulations (BS 7671), which are properly called the Electrical Installation and Wiring Safety Regulations and cover domestic, commercial and industrial properties, as well as marinas, fairgrounds, external public swimming pools, caravan parks, and other areas where electricity may create a potential hazard for any occupants.
For the residential properties, it covers all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while also focusing on 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 Burton-on-Trent HomeBuyer Report or Building 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:
- C. Leedham Electrical Ltd., 6 Furrows Drive, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0RH (Tel: 01283 354741)
- Woodward Group, Granary Wharf, Business Estate, Wetmore Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 1DU (Tel: 01283 819379)
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