If we are purchasing in Cumbria, what input does the surveyor give for homes with rat-trap bond walls?
A good selection of methods and styles of brick building have been used across the country for centuries. As an example, Flemish bond, featuring alternating long and short faces of bricks.
Brick-built houses certainly benefits, but they can also experience various issues and defects, such as spalling (flaking and disintegration of the brick). Or you might witness diagonal cracks that widen as they move upwards; these may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away.
Such problems should be taken very seriously, and you should seek advice and a quote from a selection of reputable local builds, which will help you in your contract negotiations.
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We are buying a loft-conversion in Cumbria; what advice would the Cumbria surveyor give in their report?
Cumbria property in good condition can still be subject to roofing problems, such as rotting roof timbers or cracked soffits. From gables to collar-ties, all aspects of the roof will be taken into account by the surveyor, giving the roof a thorough inspection. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of holes or cracks in the waterproof layer, or because the slant is insufficient to let the rain run off freely.
Replacement of tiles and other roof repairs can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. A builder with a recommendation from a friend or family member should be able to assist with a quote, which you can then use in your negotiations with the seller.
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There is a detached house in the Cumbrian area priced at £265,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Cumbria?
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 the Cumbria area.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Cumbria in June 2018 was £255,736, which is £9,264 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Cumbria were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 30 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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Can property that is partially constructed with stone cause issues for owners? Are there any related issues that need to be investigated, and what will the survey reveal?
The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Cumbria are regular (geometrical shapes created by a stonemason) and irregular (the more rugged appearance). Dry-stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Ranging from Portland Hard Blue Limestone to Broadway Dark Cream Limestone, the stone used in a home's structure will have an impact on its maintenance. Issues that include staining affect many stone-walled buildings.
Maintenance tips include the use of traditional methods to maintain older walls. Stone walls can be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, because matching stone may be hard or costly to source. You can contact a local stone quarry or supplier for more assistance with the cost and availability of such materials.
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I am purchasing a 17th-Century cottage in Cumbria. What impact will the wooden structure have on maintenance?
Many buyers would like to own property with real character and personality. For traditionally-built Cumbria property, age, however, can also be a worry. Cumbria homes built with traditional or ‘vernacular’ techniques can be a drain on finances for the upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary, and it could also be a stipulation to find traditional materials.
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I am acquiring a neglected, regency, mid-terrace home in Cumbria; is it best to opt for a full structural survey?
For your interest and information, Full Structural Surveys have been rebranded to RICS Level 3 Survey but are essentially the same product. A RICS Level 2 Survey is detailed enough for a post-1950s unmodified home of typical construction materials and methods. A RICS Level 3 Survey is the proper one to go for in relation to the house you have mentioned. Approximately three days after a thorough site survey of the inside and outside of the main building, the surveyor's formal report is dispatched to the client detailing comprehensive and significant insight on the materials used for the construction of the home and any issues unearthed. There are certain limitations that exist with any survey insofar as an RICS surveyor is not authorised to open up the structure of the property, or comment on non-permanent out buildings. Permanent external structures or buildings that are part of the purchase will typically be reported on as part of the survey.
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What should we be wary of when buying a maisonette close to Golden Nook Dredging Landfill Site, and landfill sites in general?
Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes, including hazardous refuse or simple household rubbish storage. Thousands of sites affect hundreds of thousands of people around England, and that includes Cumbria. Risks from these locations include leaking underground tanks from petrol stations, or chemicals leaching into the soil and water-table.
Surveyors will note any structural problems at your property that can be linked to the landfill. Meanwhile, your conveyancing solicitor will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological database and the Local Authority to address any concerns you may have, compiling the information into the report on title.
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Does the surveyor check out the condition or the safety of the gas supply to our planned Cumbria home?
The qualified RICS surveyor will locate and visually check out all the accessible parts of the system. This will include the condition of the meter, for instance, as well as gas-connected fittings, such as flue and internal chimney maintenance. No fittings will be removed or opened for safety reasons.
Gas is potentially unsafe, so should you have any concerns about gas, call a gas engineer.
- If you smell gas, you should call the National Grid emergency line on 0800 111999
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