A builder has mentioned that subsidence might be an issue at the Ipswich home. What information does the HomeBuyer Report include?
Movement of a house on a structural level is what is known as subsidence, and cracks are an obvious sign of it, but, fortunately, in many cases, these are benign.
Organic material in the subsoil can also create issues, because a high water-table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose; but, if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable, causing the subsoil to be compacted by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to establishing its precise solution. Removing or even pruning the trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, but equally it may exacerbate the problem, so you should consult your surveyor or an arboreal expert before starting any work. Damaged but non-structural elements can be filled and re-weatherproofed. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.
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I am investing in an abandoned, Victorian, semi-detached home in Ipswich; is it necessary to spend a bit more on a full structural survey?
For your information and interest, the Full Structural Survey have been renamed by the RICS as Building Surveys, although it is basically the same product but made easier to read and understand. The HomeBuyer Report has enough detail for a non-period, unmodified Ipswich home of conventional construction materials (i.e. brick and tile). The Building Survey, though, would be the most suitable survey to choose in relation to the house described in the question.
Typically, a couple of days after an exhaustive inspection of all accessible areas of the property, a written report will be forwarded to you, which runs through any crucial advice on the condition of the house. There will be certain limitations with a property survey to bear in mind because an RICS surveyor will not be able to open up the fabric of the of the Ipswich building (such as moving heavy furniture).
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Do all Ipswich surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a garage), and how is it calculated?
Ipswich HomeBuyer Reports include an impartial valuation and a cost of reinstatement as part of the survey, which incorporates all outbuildings, retaining walls, etc.
To work out the correct valuation, your chartered surveyor will combine their knowledge of the Ipswich property market with other things about the property (e.g. the state of repair, or the number of bedrooms), the architecture and construction type, key assumptions (such as there being no damaging materials, or there being no complex legal issues with its sale), proximity to transport links and amenities, connection to utilities (water, drainage, electricity, etc.), and environmental issues (like intrusive noise and smells).
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but Surveyor Local can add one for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be performed. Give our team of advisers a call on 0800 038 6667 to find out which survey is most suitable to your needs.
What effect could heavy rain have on an Ipswich property, and could it affect its value?
Climate change is regularly in the news, and the weather is a favourite topic for most Britons. Yet wet conditions and the effect they can have on houses in Ipswich are not given enough thought when it comes to buying the property. For example, rotten wooden gutters strongly suggest that the drainage systems are blocked.
That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve, but, if they are left untreated, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property, and it will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.
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Would our building survey investigate any flood damage at the house in Ipswich?
The last few years have been some of the wettest years on record, and the value of a property can decrease if it is in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded before.
A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable. In addition, the HomeBuyer Report may offer advice to limit damage in the event of flooding. The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk-screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a house lies within an area of potential or previous flood-risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the estate agent, but this information may not be accurate.
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There is a flat in the IP4 postcode area priced at £147,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Ipswich?
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 Ipswich.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Ipswich in June 2018 was £140,045, which is £6,955 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Ipswich were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 20 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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On the HomeBuyer Report in Ipswich, what might the 'E3 - Rainwater pipes and gutters' section include?
RICS HomeBuyer Reports are designed to be transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike some more complex survey reports that are available. Red, amber and green ratings give buyers a visual representation as to what extent any problems or notable points may negatively impact the property. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific home being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any buyer. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property.
The report is divided into twelve sections, with Section E being concerned with the external aspects of the property, including any permanent outbuildings. This is further subdivided into nine subsections, with E3 focusing on the rainwater pipes and gutters. These are inspected by eye, where access is possible. Buyers should be aware that although drainage is reported on in this section, other aspects of the water system are referred to elsewhere (e.g. suspected issues relating to a combined heating and water system). Clogged downspouts are examples of a defect that would be reported in this section.
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I am going to put in an offer in on a building in Ipswich, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What should we do about roof maintenance?
This is a problem that is frequently addressed by chartered surveyors. Many residential properties can still be subject to issues with the roof, even if the rest of the structure is proven to be sound. Every element will be checked (e.g. sheathing, soffits, beams, tiles, flashings, etc.). Flat roofs can also be a nuisance, caused by factors like amateur repairs, or holes in the waterproof fabric covering.
Roof upkeep need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing contractor in Ipswich, like K. C. Ellis Roofing, 701 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5TB (Tel: 01473 808120), or P. J. Smith Roofing Ltd., 32 Meadow Crescent, Ipswich, IP3 8GD (Tel: 01473 728896).
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