I know that subsidence may be worth checking at the bungalow in Huddersfield, but what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is found during the survey?
Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence, but there is a difference between this and benign settlement, both of which may exhibit similar symptoms. In addition, some homes are erected with a variety of materials, each having a different shrinkage rate.
Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. Collapsed mains pipes can create groundwater subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. Organic material in the subsoil, like peat, is usually stable if it’s kept moist by the water level, but, if the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the subsoil from above.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to establishing its most appropriate solution. For example, removing or even pruning the trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, although this may also exacerbate the problem, so expert advice should be sought. Unfortunately, underpinning could be the only option in some cases, which involves digging holes 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Damaged but non-structural elements can easily be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, what is causing it, and provide advice as the next steps.
For guidance on repairs and to get a selection of quotes, try contacting Paul Brook Quality Builder, Almondbury, 161 Farfield Road, Huddersfield, HD5 8TF (Tel: 07805 267478), or M & P Builders, 15 Balk Lane, Huddersfield, HD8 8NZ (Tel: 07885 640424).
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Do I need to choose a full structural survey prior to investing in an unloved, eighties, loft apartment in Huddersfield?
For your interest, the Full Structural Survey was recently renamed to the Building Surveys by the RICS.
You should select the Building Survey for the apartment referred to in your question, because a HomeBuyer Report only goes into enough detail if you are looking at buying a mid-century (or later), Huddersfield apartment built from normal construction materials (i.e. brick). You should also be aware of several caveats that are integral with the survey, because a local surveyor will not be able to open up the fabric of the Huddersfield apartment or assess the function of heating installations.
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What should we investigate when purchasing an older property in Huddersfield? What should be budgeted for regular maintenance?
A building's age can often be problematic for the people responsible for its upkeep. Houses constructed using traditional or ‘vernacular’ techniques can be difficult to repair, because it is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary, while construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed buildings or those located in a conservation area.
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What do we need to be wary of when planning to buy a terraced house in the Birkby conservation area in Huddersfield?
Birkby is in a conservation area and has been classed as poor in the annual assessment by English Heritage, with high vulnerability and deteriorating. For further information visit their website or call the administrator.
There are nearly 10,000 official conservation areas throughout the country, all of which are governed by the local authority. Edgerton is monitored by Kirklees Council based at Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2YZ (Tel: 01484 221000).
Huddersfield surveyors are required by the RICS to possess in-depth knowledge of all local area factors and any connection may have with the building being assessed and its value. The value of homes will be higher than in non-conservation-area equivalents, because of them retaining original features and resisting change (notwithstanding the comments made by English Heritage in their review). Surveyors are trained to identify whether the building is in one of these locations, and Section I of the Huddersfield HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will list any further enquiries to be conducted by your legal representation. Unapproved adjustments to the building may be commented on in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your solicitor to investigate.
Ramsden Solicitors LLP are a local law firm situated at Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TH (Tel: 01484 821500), and they will be happy to advise further. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, like In-Deed or Homeward Legal. To be assigned one of the best chartered surveyors in the country with Surveyor Local, give our friendly advisers a quick call on 0800 038 6667.
Will the RICS surveyor check out the condition of the gas appliances at the cottage in Huddersfield?
An RICS chartered surveyor will visually check any accessible parts of the system, which will include ascertaining whether the property is mains-connected where relevant, as well as reviewing any gas-affiliated appliances (like fixed external ventilation hearths). Any external fittings or housings will not be taken off, nor will the gas system be tested, because the surveyor is neither qualified nor licensed to do so.
Anything related to gas should be handled with care as it is potentially unsafe, and, if there are any worries about gas fittings, you must call a Gas Safe engineer. Registered firms in Huddersfield include:
- Union Plumbing and Heating Ltd., 51 New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4AL (Tel: 01484 509191)
- John Beaumont Plumbers and Electricians Ltd., 126 Swallow Lane, Huddersfield, HD7 4NB (Tel: 01484 520172)
- If you smell gas, then call a Gas Safe engineer urgently, or contact the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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Is it advisable to check the guttering on the maisonette in Huddersfield and could damaged guttering lower the property value?
Rainfall is very much a fact of life in the UK, yet the impact wet weather can have on houses in Huddersfield is frequently overlooked by would-be purchasers. Signs that the drainage is damaged, for example, include spalling (flaking) masonry, which can lead to damage to the building’s foundations.
Whether you are buying in Huddersfield or elsewhere, problematic drainage does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out of the transaction, because such matters are often simple to resolve. But, where this is disregarded, the damage will become increasingly costly to remedy.
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There is a semi-detached house in the HD4 postcode area priced at £156,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Huddersfield?
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 Kirklees (covering Huddersfield).
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Kirklees in June 2018 was £149,266, which is £6,734 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Kirklees were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 29 August 2018
An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, 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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The Fletton brick on this Huddersfield residence appears to have several cracks. What are the possible consequences?
Although brick has been the main choice of construction material for houses and flats for a number of centuries, brick unfortunately suffers from its own list of likely defects. Over the years, too, different designs and methods for laying the brick have been developed (for instance, stretcher bond is the most ubiquitous across England and Wales), and some are more prone to problems than others.
The apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared to, for example, plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse, so you should seek advice before undertaking this type of work, and you must not disregard your surveyor’s advice.
Brick-built Huddersfield buildings feature several advantages over stone-built property, but they also show up a number of issues, including erosion, cracks, or specific issues like rusted ties (this decay can be accelerated by black ash mortar often found in older properties), because this expansion of the ties as they rust causes horizontal cracks leading to structural issues and should be taken very seriously. It is worth getting a number of quotes for any work from local reputable builders.
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