One of our future neighbours told us that there may be an asbestos fireplace at the house we are buying in Gosport. Which types of asbestos are a concern, will this be a hazard, and does the Gosport RICS Level 3 Survey report on it?
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).
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.
Of the other types:
- brown asbestos (amosite) was used in in cement sheets, ceiling tiles and pipe insulation
- blue asbestos (crocidolite) was used in spray-on ceilings, insulation, and plastic and cement products
- green asbestos (anthophyllite), although limited, was used in insulation and general construction, and
- tremolite and actinolite were not used commercially
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.
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Should I go for a RICS Level 3 Survey before purchasing an extended, Regency house close to Gosport?
The RICS Level 3 Survey is a comprehensive inspection by a chartered surveyor, and it provides:
- An inspection of the building(s) at the property
- A full survey report of the findings, both good and bad
- A property valuation (if specifically requested and carries an additional cost)
The customer can choose this type of survey for any property that they are buying, but the RICS recommends that it is most suitable for:
- Listed buildings and some properties in conservation areas
- Properties that were built more than 50 years ago
- Properties that you want to extend, change significantly, or update in an integral way
- Buildings that have been recently subjected to such change
- Properties of an unusual construction, or built with unusual materials, irrespective of their age
The RICS Level 3 Survey report itself covers the following details:
- Any defects, their criticality and what they mean (structurally and financially)
- The results of the tests for the presence of radon gas
- Evidence of subsidence or heave
- Proximity of any large trees that might impact the foundations
- Evidence of the presence of any hazardous materials (such as asbestos)
- The impact of any changes to supporting walls
- Specific damage to any masonry (inside and out)
- The results of the tests carried out for damp
- Any renovations, extensions and changes without the requisite planning consents
- Specific damage to the roof and chimney stacks
- Condition of the damp-proof course (DPC) and state of the insulation
- Damage to timbers (particularly in the roof-space)
- Evidence of woodworm, dry or wet rot in timber
- Advice on drainage that hasn’t been tested
- Details of materials and construction methods used at the property
- Recommendations and advice for any further investigations that might be required, in addition recommendations for immediate remedial action
- specific matters in relation to planning and control for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor
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What effect will wet weather have on a property in Gosport, and will the house surveyor report on this? Could damaged rainwater goods lower the property value?
Climate change is regularly in the news, along with constant reports of devastating floods from around the country. However, strangely, rain and the effect it can have on a property are rarely paid due attention during the purchase process. If you have visited the home in the summer, issues may have been hidden that surface in colder, wetter weather, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail.
Whether you are buying in Gosport or elsewhere, significant problems with the gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out of the transaction, although you might wish to renegotiate with the vendor prior to exchange of contracts. Such structural matters are often simple to fix if dealt with quickly.
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What will the RICS Surveyor investigate on a roughcast, rendered (stucco), semi-detached home in Gosport that I intend to purchase?
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 Gosport 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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I have read that subsidence in Gosport has been an issue. Is this an urgent risk, and what remedial actions can be taken if it is found during the RICS Level 2 Survey assessment?
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.
The opposite, but rarer, condition is known as ground heave, where the subsoil surrounding the foundations expands and, because it usually can’t move sideways, it is forced upwards. Note that the symptoms are quite similar to subsidence in terms of cracking or sticking windows and doors, but there will probably be other symptoms such as raising of patio slabs or lifting of decking.
Because of the severity of these issues, it is very important that an expert chartered surveyor from Surveyor Local checks over the property in Gosport 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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Is there a risk of flooding in Gosport and does a Gosport RICS Level 2 Survey consider the effects of flooding?
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 – and that includes properties in Gosport.
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. The sources of flooding include surface water from prolonged and heavy downpours, rising groundwater from heavy and prolonged rain, rivers breaking their banks, unusually high tides in coastal areas, burst water mains, or even broken water tanks, radiators and other plumbing issues.
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 chartered surveyor will check the likely impact of any flooding on the property and its contents, providing recommendations to reduce or even eliminate the effects should it occur.
A surveyor has a number of options to evaluate whether a property is vulnerable. Flood-water can enter a home through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly-fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. Section J of the survey report (Risks) contains details, where applicable, of flood-risks found within the boundaries of the home or on adjacent sites. The house surveyor may ask the occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.
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I am going to purchase a semi-detached property in Gosport (PO12) for around £268,000. What issues will your Gosport qualified RICS surveyor consider when conducting 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 Gosport.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Gosport in December 2018 was £258,855, which is £9,145 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Gosport were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 18 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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Are there any issues we would need to consider if planning to buy a flat in Gosport near a conservation area?
There are now over 10,000 official conservation areas throughout the country that are designated and monitored by the local council – with 500 being added in 2018 alone. A conservation area is described as being a location that is of historical or architectural significance, such as Regency town centres, or mining and fishing villages.
Surveyors in Gosport must possess in-depth, relevant knowledge of the area and the factors that affect the building and its value. The price of property is generally greater in a conservation area because of them being in good order. However, a growing number have been neglected and are in poor condition (e.g. from increasing numbers of scruffy green spaces).
Property surveyors are trained to identify whether the planned purchase is within a conservation area. Section I of your Gosport RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will suggest further enquiries to be raised by your solicitor or conveyancer. Unauthorised modifications to the property may be advised but these are really more a concern for the lawyer.
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