If we are purchasing in Gravesend, what is the property surveyor’s input for homes built from brick? Is age a factor?
A number of approaches and materials for the brick-building craft have been a feature of house construction in this country for hundreds of years and is now the most common construction method. However, maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costlier than you might assume.
Brick-built homes in Gravesend demonstrate several benefits over timber-built homes, but they can also be affected by several common problems, such as failure in the damp-proof course, defective mortar, or damp and water damage resulting from gaps in uneven brickwork. Defects like these ought to be referenced in the survey.
To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, such as recommended contractors like:
- J. A. Maxwell & Son, 370 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, DA11 7PE (Tel: 01474 358165)
- Letsbuild, 112 Armoury Drive, Gravesend, DA12 1NB (Tel: 01474 321419)
- Gravesend Builders, Colyer Road, Northfleet, Gravesend, DA11 8AY (Tel: 07852 591828)
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What impact might heavy rainfall have on a property in Gravesend?
Despite England's and Wales’s long-held reputation for wet weather, heavy rainfall and the effect it can have on houses in Gravesend are generally not considered by property buyers. One indication that gutters are at risk is a waterlogged garden, but that is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve if maintenance is taken seriously. Where gutters and clogged drains are not unblocked on a regular basis, the damage becomes increasing costly and time-consuming to remedy.
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We are purchasing a house in Gravesend and have found cracks along one external wall: Could this be evidence of subsidence? What can be done to resolve it if subsidence is identified as the cause?
Subsidence is the movement in a house's foundations. In most situations, subsidence can be set right without a great deal of stress. Most homes in Gravesend are constructed from a range of materials, which will contract at different rates.
There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence, but the roots of trees and bushes are the most common source of undermining foundations, estimated at around 70% of all cases. This is particularly widespread in clay-rich soil, as water is drawn out of it by the shrubs and trees. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. In serious cases, underpinning may be required, which uses a system of large concrete pins placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground. Underpinning is expensive, potentially running into many thousands of pounds, but, while it can be a very effective solution, the RICS don’t recommend it except in the worst-case scenarios. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, while more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin-filling in the cracks.
Identifying and resolving any subsidence can be time-consuming, and inconvenient, with you being forced to move out in extreme cases. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
For more advice on what the survey can provide for you in dealing with problems such as subsidence, call our advisers at Surveyor Local on 08000327649.
I want to buy a detached house in Gravesend (DA11 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £570,000. What will a Gravesend 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 Gravesend (in the Gravesham local authority area).
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Gravesend in December 2018 was £555,168, which is £14,832 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Cornwall 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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Do I need to upgrade to more comprehensive RICS Level 3 Survey before buying a substantially-modified, Edwardian cottage in Gravesend?
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, and 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 duration of the assessment of the property depends entirely on the type of construction, its location and its size, but generally, it will take about a day to carry out the inspection and up to two weeks to receive the report, although Surveyor Local works hard to minimise this time where possible without impacting the quality of the service provided.
The price of the RICS Level 3 Survey is dependent on the location, size and construction of the property, but the cost usually comes in between £500 and £1,300.
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What should we look out for when buying an old building in Gravesend? Will the property's age be a concern?
There are many buyers who would really love to own an old, characterful home in Gravesend purely because of that character and the romanticism of its charm and appeal, particularly if it’s coupled with a great location.
With such a dream, though, comes the consideration of the construction and what it means in terms of ongoing maintenance and remedying any existing problems as part of its purchase. This is because such properties are likely to have been built employing the older construction methods and materials, and this might occasionally give buyers second thoughts as a result of the stress and worry about its upkeep.
The obvious traditional (or ‘vernacular’) techniques in the construction include cob (a mixture of clay soil, straw, and sand), wattle and daub (limestone and horse-hair), straw bales, timber beams for wall construction, thatched roofs, adobe, and hemp, all of which can be very challenging to maintain.
You should be aware that expert knowledge may also be needed before buying so that the condition of the materials and structure can be fully checked out and estimates provided for any remedial work. In addition, certain materials suitable for the work may be required to be sourced, particularly if the building is listed or is in a conservation area, which might be expensive.
If you’re at all worried about your survey and what the chartered surveyor might reveal during the inspection, talk to one of Surveyor Local’s advisers on 08000327649. You can get your instant Gravesend home survey quote in moments by filling in the form at the top of this page.
What should we be aware of when buying a house near to a refuse tip in Gravesend?
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 Gravesend, 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.
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Should we opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a property in Gravesend, and which would be the cheapest?
If the Gravesend property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, has been structurally altered, or is of non-standard construction, the RICS advise the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to build an extension, RICS recommend you select a RICS Level 3 Survey. The RICS Level 3 Survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Gravesend property's general condition, as well as including advice on structural defects and maintenance options.
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