I've put in an offer on a brick-built maisonette in Clacton-on-Sea. What surveying advice would you give?
Across the centuries in the UK, by far the most popular building material, and proven to be the most durable, has been the use of brick. Brick is made of a variety of constituents, and it comes in different shapes, sizes and colours.
Because brick has been so widely used for constructing homes and other buildings, 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 styles, which are understandably rarer.
Some of the more typical issues with bricks are:
- frost attack and damage, where water gets into the brick’s pores and expands as it freezes
- spalling, where the brick flakes and crumbles, usually precipitated by other problems or the poor original construction of the brick
- efflorescence or staining, where salts, metals or other impurities are brought to the surface as the wall dries out
- sulphate attack, which is a serious issue causing instability, where the bricks are subjected to long-term water saturation causing the mortar to cease bonding
- wall-tie failure, where the wall-tie either rusts or wasn’t embedded in the mortar properly, resulting in the walls pulling apart
- weathering and disintegration, a particular problem where the brick is open to the harsher elements and weather
- mortar deterioration, where the bond between bricks breaks down; repointing will fix the problem if caught early enough
In all cases, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor 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.
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If I’m investing in an extended, period, detached home in Clacton-on-Sea, is it best to opt for a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by the RICS as the RICS Level 3 Survey. This is the best choice of survey when planning to buy an unusual house, like an older one in Clacton-on-Sea. Following a thorough inspection of the accessible areas of the house, the formal report summarises the full assessment and insights by the surveyor concerning the building's condition, in addition to any defects.
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When I visited the unmodernised property I intend to lease in Clacton, it appeared that there is an old fuse-board; will the surveyor go into detail on the wiring and fuse-box?
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 special areas such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment will have particular focus.
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 Clacton-on-Sea 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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We are planning to buy a 1983-built apartment in Clacton-on-Sea and saw evidence of a 26mm crack above the windows in the living-room. What subsidence-related matters will the surveyor inspect?
One of the principal defects that a chartered surveyor will look for during the inspection of a property is the dreaded subsidence, which conjures up images of sagging walls, large cracks along the property and even collapse.
Subsidence is defined as sudden or gradual shrinkage in the soil that surrounds foundations of a building, forcing a downward settling of the building as the weight becomes too much for the subsoil to support as it once did, and it usually occurs with little or no movement along the horizontal.
Because of the severity of these issues, it is imperative that an expert chartered surveyor from Surveyor Local looks at the property in order to report on the condition, the diagnosis and recommendations for any immediate action to be taken to resolve the situation.
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Does the chartered surveyor look at the condition or the safety of the gas heaters in a bungalow in Clacton-on-Sea?
The RICS surveyor will locate and visually inspect any easily accessible parts of the system. This will include the routing of any gas-pipes as part of the Clacton-on-Sea survey, in addition to any gas-affiliated fittings in the home (for instance, chimney breasts). The external fittings will not be taken off because of safety reasons. You should never attempt to fix gas-fittings yourself as it is potentially fatal; should there be any concerns relating to gas installations, contact a Gas Safe engineer.
If you smell gas, you should ring the National Grid’s emergency number on 0800 111999 to report it.
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There is a maisonette in the CO15 postcode area priced at £138,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Clacton-on-Sea?
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 Clacton-on-Sea and the Tendring local authority area.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats and maisonettes in the Tendring area in December 2018 was £130,214, which is £7,786 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in the Tendring area were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 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 I be worried about if buying a property near to a rubbish dump in Clacton-on-Sea
A ‘landfill site’ is the generic term given for specialist locations licensed by the government (and the Environment Agency) for any material that won’t be recycled or reused to be dumped, buried or collected in one place. Because of the shortage of new locations for landfill, and the reduction in available space at existing ones, this explains the drive for better recycling options.
However, be aware that recycling areas can present as much of a hazard as the familiar dumping sites, with noxious chemicals spilling into the environment, either in the ground, through the water-table, the drains or airborne, especially where waste is burnt.
Specialist licenses are required for those companies operating such sites, and these are inspected to ensure that all legal measures are being correctly enforced and complied with.
Whether it’s a local authority tip, a recycling centre, or a true landfill site, no-one would willingly wish to live in close proximity to one (although the large majority of the British population do). For this reason, it makes complete sense for your surveyor to check out the environmental and structural impact of such necessary waste management sites on the property you are wishing to buy, not only from the environmental side of things but also from the traffic passing in and out of the site and how the vibrations might be impacting the foundations and the environs.
Where there is cause for concern, or if there appears to contamination that is attributable directly to such sites, your surveyor will note this in the report and highlight the severity for remedial action, often placing it in the section for consideration by your conveyancing solicitor to look into with the appropriate authorities.
Your Surveyor Local surveyor will have a deep knowledge of the local area and will therefore be aware of where landfill sites have been closed and built over. In some instances, movement in what has been buried may be a cause or start of subsidence, and they will be able to advise accordingly.
An interactive map of the location of UK’s current operational landfill sites can be found online, such as this one by Anyjunk.
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Is it best to get a RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a property in Holland-on-Sea, and which would be the cheapest?
If the Holland-on-Sea property is a flat, or is an older property, has been structurally altered, or is of non-standard construction, you should go for a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to do any major works, RICS recommends you opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is not as cheap; however, it does offer an in-depth analysis of the property's state of repair in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options.
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