What directions can the surveyor offer for a residence in Dartford with brick walls?
Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like English bond, featuring alternating rows of long and short faces of bricks, to the rare, such sailor bond, which is a decorative bond that has vertically-oriented bricks with their widest faces parallel to the wall, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.
Brick-built conversions have several advantages over houses constructed from other materials, but, equally, they are also subject to both minor and serious issues. One defect surveyors of brick property frequently address is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement. Highly recommended builders, who can give you a quote for any remedial work that you can then use as a potential bargaining tool to reduce the asking price, include:
- ABC Building Contractors, The Brent, Dartford, DA1 1YH (Tel: 07852 127281)
- ERBS Elite Builders, 3 Chatsworth Road, Dartford, DA1 5AT (Tel: 07920 001545)
- R. D. Builders, 18 Carrington Roads, Dartford, DA1 1XW (Tel: 01322 293613)
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I want to buy a semi-detached house in Dartford (DA1 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £375,000. What will a Dartford 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 Dartford.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Dartford in December 2018 was £364,849, which is £10,151 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Dartford were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 25 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 effect will heavy rainfall have on a house in Dartford, because we're concerned about replacement costs?
Both in Dartford and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it, which made even more unusual by it being a familiar topic of conversation for most Britons. Unfortunately, the impact wet weather can have on Dartford buildings is not given enough thought in the purchasing process. If you have only visited the property on a clear day, issues may have been hidden. For example, signs that drainage are blocked include a waterlogged garden, and this could then result in lasting damage to the fabric of a home.
That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to fix if dealt with quickly. However, the damage caused, where not maintained, will be expensive to remedy and the resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.
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What will your surveyor consider on a roughcast-rendered (stucco), Regency home in Dartford?
Stucco is simply a kind of smooth plaster render that is applied to brick or masonry, where it hardens to form a smooth, flat finish, or it might be used in making decorative mouldings to complement the rendered finish.
Comprising aggregates and binder to harden the mixture and water, stucco is durable, weather-resistant and is applied in thin layers, and is common on some Regency-period, Georgian and Victorian properties.
However, it can be problematic, and Dartford RICS Level 3 Survey focus on issues such as lateral hairline cracking revealing the underlying mortar joints, or where dampness below flashings or where the render has been applied to ground level has resulted in detachment or delamination from the brick or underlying substrate. Problems need to be sorted out as soon as they are identified because they will worsen quickly the longer they are left. Wire mesh is often used, but this is not advised since it can hasten deterioration should the metal rust. And the damp-proof course may be left inoperative should the render be applied over the top of it and below its level.
Remedying significant problems with stucco may be expensive as the skills are becoming harder to find, but it is not recommended for the homeowner to attempt repairs themselves. Hairline cracks or other minor issues may be solved by applying another layer of stucco, or even simply a coat of paint.
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Can I get an independent, professional valuation, and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes for my Dartford maisonette, and what will it include?
The RICS Level 2 Survey includes a valuation in addition to a reinstatement cost estimate as standard, although you might wish to mention your precise needs when booking your chartered surveyor with Surveyor Local.
To properly appraise an accurate value estimate, the valuer will consider local Dartford property market factors, as well as details of the property (for instance, the desirability of the location, or how overlooked it is). Surveyors also examine certain fixtures and fittings and make certain key assumptions (for example, there being no major problems). They also incorporate environmental factors such as whether the area is prone to flooding or is under a flightpath.
A RICS Level 3 Survey won't include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be commissioned. Have a look at our survey comparison to help you understand what each type of report provides.
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We believe the property we want to buy in Dartford is located in a low-lying area. Is there a major flood-risk? Would our RICS Level 2 Survey inquire into flood damage, or whether flooding has affected other properties?
The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.
There are many causes of flooding, and, even if your home is not anywhere near a body of water, this is no reason for complacency. 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.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via seepage through walls, air-bricks or around doorframes. Section J of the survey report (Risks) contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the property or on adjacent sites. The data used to compile third-party flood assessments also considers flood-defences and any historic claims.
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Does an RICS chartered surveyor give details on the condition or the safety of the gas heaters at our Dartford property?
Everyone is aware that the volatility and the highly inflammable nature of natural gas make it a very dangerous substance if not regulated and checked by qualified experts. It is also for this reason that, where there is a gas supply to a property, your chartered surveyor will inspect the system.
All work on gas appliances and connection to the mains must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, while any new heat-producing gas appliance installed (e.g. a cooker hob, or gas fire) requires the Local Authority to be informed so that it will comply with building regulations in order to gain the requisite approval.
A certificate of works will be provided by a qualified Gas Safe engineer, and this will be sought and checked for validity and status by the surveyor during the inspection. Regulations legally require landlords to complete appliance and installation inspections annually. Non-compliance penalties include heavy fines and possible criminal records.
As part of the survey, the chartered surveyor will visually check all the accessible parts of the gas system, such as the meter location and position and any gas-connected fixtures like chimney breasts or flues. However, if there are any fittings, they won't be dislodged for inspection, and neither will they remove covers or piping since they are not qualified to do so.
Where the surveyor identifies any area for potential concern, they will note this in the survey report, with recommendations for any remedial action to be taken, alongside a measure of severity. Where a problem is deemed critical, if only for a qualified engineer to check and assess the situation, any significant cost can be used to open up conversations with the seller about the possibility of offsetting such a cost by reducing the asking price.
Gas is potentially hazardous and, should you have any concerns about it, call a Gas Safe engineer. If you smell gas, call the free national Gas Emergency Services number immediately on 0800 111 999.
Local highly-rated Gas Safe engineers in the area can be identified or located at the official Gas Safe Register site.
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What should I be aware of when purchasing a flat in Dartford in the region of a refuse landfill site?
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 in Dartford, 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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The estate agent has mentioned subsidence may be worth checking. What solutions are to available to remedy this?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a house which compromises its structural integrity. Most houses experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure, particularly new-build properties or those with a recent extension Less common than subsidence, heave occurs when the ground is forced up rather than down.
Superficial cracks not caused by subsidence can be filled and repainted. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
Is damp weather an issue in Dartford? Will the surveyor report on this?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which rainfall has on property is not given more thought by purchasers. Signs that drainage systems are under performing include leaves or other vegetation causing a blockage. Blocked rainwater goods can result in damp and mould.
In most cases, problems with drains are usually easy to remedy, if not neglected.However, the damage caused, where untreated or poorly maintained, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.
We're purchasing a home in Dartford , and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does the surveyor look into during the survey?
This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Many properties can be hiding serious roofing problems, such as. From the sheeting to the tie beams, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The RICS surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.
Roof maintenance can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a roofing contractor in Dartford a quote for any suggested work.