How will we know what effect heavy rain can have on our new house in Coventry?
Climate change is regularly in the news, along with stories about flooding after heavy rainfall. Surprisingly, though, wet weather and the effect it can have on Coventry buildings are not given more thought.
If you have only seen the house in dry conditions, issues may have been hidden that would be more obvious in inclement weather. Signs that there might be blockages in the drainage, for example, include gushing gutters.
Whether buying in Coventry or elsewhere, having difficult gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out of the transaction. Such matters are often simple to fix, unless they are poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.
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A neighbour has suggested subsidence could be worth checking at the end-of-terrace house in Coventry. What subsidence-related defects will my surveyor assess?
Subsidence is defined as the movement in a home's foundations that impacts the structural integrity of the building. In most cases, subsidence can be set right without too much difficulty or major expense.
There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. The roots of trees and bushes, for example, can damage the structure, particularly in clay-rich soil, as water is removed from the soil by the plants, and is the culprit in almost 70% of subsidence cases. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to establishing its most appropriate solution. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action, if trees or other plant-life is the suspected cause.
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There is a terraced house in the CV1 postcode area priced at £165,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Coventry?
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 Coventry.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Coventry in May 2018 was £158,842, which is £6,158 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Coventry were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 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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What are the benefits of getting a full structural survey instead of a RICS Level 2 Survey for a semi-detached house in Coventry?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey does not technically exist any more because it has now been superseded by the RICS Level 3 Survey.
Surveyor Local recommends that you get a RICS Level 3 Survey for the house you are thinking of buying. The RICS Level 2 Survey is only detailed enough for a post-1950's house in Coventry that is built out of typical construction materials (i.e. brick and tile).
You should be aware of several restrictions that exist with any residential survey insofar as an RICS surveyor will not be able to open the structure of the Coventry house (without the owner’s permission) or advise whether drainage meets appropriate regulations.
To discuss your survey needs further, give Surveyor Local a call on 0800 022 4428 to talk to one of our advisers.
I've put in an offer in Coventry. What warnings would a surveyor give me? Will it make a difference if render is applied?
For centuries, brick has been the preferred construction method in this country, and, as such, it means that there are several designs and methods of bricklaying that have been used in Coventry and across the country.
For homebuyers in Coventry seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like Scottish bond, which features five courses (rows) of long-oriented bricks then one row of short faced bricks, before repeating the pattern.
Brick-walled buildings can experience a range of defects, such as moisture damage (for example, damp and water damage resulting from gaps in uneven brickwork), and these may require immediate attention. If render is applied, and there is an underlying moisture problem (e.g. it has been taken down below the damp-proof course), the covering will crack and fall off.
The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Seeking professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
Surveyor Local’s surveyors have years of experience with this sort of thing, so it makes sense for you to choose us for your survey. Get your instant quote by filling in the form at the top of this page. If you’re ready to set up an appointment, call us now on 0800 022 4428 to talk to one of our friendly advisers.
We are buying a property conversion in Coventry. What will we need to bear in mind when purchasing an older building, and what impact will the house's box-frame structure have on upkeep?
It is often the dream of many buyers in Coventry to purchase a unique or characterful property, with bags of personality. Use of traditional methods, however, can create difficulties for an owner, and buildings constructed using traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to maintain.
It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary, and repairs could require traditional building materials to be sourced. If you plan to make alterations to a period home, discuss options with the surveyor for more detail.
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What should we be aware of when buying a home close to a waste recycling site in Coventry?
Landfill and waste disposal sites come in many shapes and sizes (for example, non-hazardous waste or industrial waste recycling). A huge number of sites affect many thousands of people in England including Coventry, and concerns include structurally instability, with potential health concerns, like congenital birth defects, having been associated to landfill sites.
Surveyors in Coventry will flag up any structural issues directly resulting from the landfill site, while your legal representative will perform conveyancing searches of the Landmark database, in addition to questioning the Coventry Local Authority. They will advise you accordingly of any issues arising in the property report on title.
Your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will know precisely what to look for when it comes to properties located near one of these sites, so we are your best choice for peace of mind delivered in a cost-effective way. Call us now on 0800 022 4428 to talk to one of our friendly advisers.
Are there any considerations we need to be conscious of if planning to buy a converted house in Coventry inside a conservation area?
There are over 9,000 conservation areas in England and Wales, which are governed by the local council. English Heritage independently maintains an index of the state of buildings, monuments and conservation areas. More information can be found on both the council’s and English Heritage’s websites.
Surveyors are required by the RICS to have in-depth local knowledge of relevant area issues and any bearing that these have on the home and therefore its value. The prices of houses in a conservation area are typically more than those outside because of the area being largely preserved (notwithstanding any comments in the English Heritage report on the state of the conservation area).
Surveyors can be expected to advise if the property is within a conservation area and Section I of a Coventry RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will advise additional suitable questions to be raised during the conveyancing process. Unauthorised adjustments to the property will also be noted, but these are more a concern for your legal adviser to investigate.
BHB Law are a local solicitor’s firm based at 145-147 New Union Street, Coventry, CV1 2NT (Tel: 024 7655 5191), and they may be prepared help you with further information. Or you might prefer to try an online conveyancing company, like In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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