Does an RICS surveyor report on the condition of the gas installations on the Isle of Wight?
Yes. Your local surveyor will visually inspect any accessible parts of the system, including the routing of any gas pipes at the property, and gas-related appliances (e.g. determining the possibility of the existence of asbestos). External fittings or housings won't be dislodged, nor will they be taken apart as the surveyor is not licensed to perform this type of activity. Needless to say, gas is potentially fatal, and, should there be any concerns about gas at all, you must call a gas engineer to check it out.
Gas-Safe firms on the Isle of Wight include:
- Eco Gas and Plumbing Services, 17 King Edward Close, Shanklin, PO37 7DW (Tel: 01983 408724)
- Brockley Gas Services, 4 Weston Terrace, Broadway, Totland Bay, PO39 0BL (Tel: 07968 368328)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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We want to put in an offer on a place on the Isle of Wight. Are there any tips for repairing Scottish bond that we should be aware of? And are brick walls hard to repair?
Brick has been used in construction across the country for centuries, leading to a range of courses arrangements and colours. The variety of design and implementation can make maintenance somewhat difficult.
Brick Isle of Wight houses will be affected by numerous defects, including moisture damage, spalling (flaking of the bricks), or thermal movement, which is caused by more extreme temperature variations, resulting in vertical cracks and requiring immediate attention. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Dean Ottley Building Contractors Ltd., 15 Coronation Avenue, Cowes, PO31 8PN (Tel: 01983 292365).
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Is heavy rain an issue on the Isle of Wight? Will the surveyor report on this, and are repairs going to be expensive?
It is quite odd that the impact that wet conditions can have on homes on the Isle of Wight is rarely considered properly during the home-buying process, particularly since the weather is a favourite topic of British conversation. Signs that rainwater goods are obstructed, for example, include leaves or other vegetation causing a blockage, causing water to gush over the edges. If you have suspicions about the state of rainwater management at the property, consider asking the surveyor for more information.
Luckily, most problems of this nature are quite easy to remedy. But, where this is poorly maintained, the damage becomes increasingly costly to remedy.
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The vendor has mentioned subsidence could be an issue impacting the property in Cowes. What subsidence issues will the house survey reveal?
Movement of a home on a structural level is what is known as subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave describes the situation where the soil swells and pushes upwards.
Soil on ground that is on an incline is not as stable as that on flat ground, and this could then become unsteady and begin to slide downward. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because of poor construction, materials or existing damage.
Identifying the cause of any subsidence should be the priority to establish the precise remedial action to be taken. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought before work begins. All trees on your property must be well-managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property (ensuring they don’t impinge on your neighbours’ houses, too). Maple, lime and horse-chestnut trees, for example, should be planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, while more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin-filling in the cracks.
This can all be very time-consuming, expensive and inconvenient, particularly if specialist geological and drain surveys are also required, as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.
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There is a detached house on the Isle of Wight priced at £310,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Isle of Wight?
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 on the Isle of Wight.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses on the Isle of Wight in June 2018 was £308,287, which is £1,713 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month on the Isle of Wight were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 16 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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When purchasing a converted, Regency, detached home on the Isle of Wight, should I opt for a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed to the Building Survey, but it is essentially the same product, although it is clearer and easier to read and understand.
When buying an altered home on the Isle of Wight (e.g. a dilapidated house as you mention in the question), the Building Survey is the right choice. This non-prescribed format of report gives often critical insight concerning the building’s state of repair, in addition to any maintenance needs, following a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings.
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The estate agent said that there had been a problem with bowing in the roof on the maisonette in Ryde. Will access to the loft be time-consuming to arrange?
Isle of Wight residences in good condition will often suffer from problems with the roof, including missing tiles or broken soffits. From eaves to wind braces, all aspects of the roof will be assessed and reported by the surveyor, who could also suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.
Given the high cost of major roof repairs, like repairing a bowing truss, some homeowners may defer maintenance indefinitely. This makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. It is advisable to get a few quotes from reputable local roofers, so that you know what costs you are likely to need to lay out; these can also help with any renegotiations with your vendor prior to exchange.
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I am purchasing a 16th-century gatehouse on the Isle of Wight, so what concerns will the thatched roof have on the cost of repairs?
Vernacular architecture can often be problematic, because houses built with traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be costly to upkeep. You should bear in mind that specialist expertise may be needed, and traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of a home being in one of the Isle of Wight's conservation areas. Such issues may result in longer-term maintenance obligations. If you plan to make alterations to a period residence, you should discuss your options with your surveyor for further advice.
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