Are there any issues we should be conscious of when buying a period property in Kent in the vicinity of the Royal Tunbridge Wells conservation area?
Royal Tunbridge Wells is in a conservation area and has been classified as at risk by English Heritage, with unknown vulnerability and improving. For more information, visit their website, or call the administrator.
There are many thousands of official conservation areas in the UK, which are designated and governed by the local councils. Royal Tunbridge Wells is handled by Tunbridge Wells Council at the Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS (Tel: 01892 526121).
Kent surveyors must possess in-depth knowledge of all local factors and the relation they have on the building being examined and how that impacts its value. House prices will likely be greater in a conservation area owing to them being resistant to change. In addition, maintenance costs may be higher as there are specific responsibilities for home-owners.
RICS surveyors are trained to identify whether the location of your house is within a conservation area, and the Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of the HomeBuyer Report will advise any questions to be asked by your solicitor or conveyancer. Out-of-keeping adjustments that do not have Local Authority approval will be noted in the survey, but these are really within the remit of your legal representative’s responsibility.
CooperBurnett Solicitors are a local firm situated at Napier House, 14-16 Mount Ephraim Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1EE (Tel: 01892 515022) will be able to help with issues relating to the conservation area. Or you might prefer to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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What sort of issues will a Kent Surveyor look out for on a roughcast-rendered, Victorian home in Kent that I wish to buy?
Stucco is a form of render that is layered over brick, hardening to form a smooth, flat finish. Sometimes, the surface is also trowelled so that the result resembles laid stone. The stucco coating is highly beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian properties.
However, stucco is often problematic, and surveyors commonly discover issues with it, such as when movement of the wall results in cracks or supporting heavy roof loads causes cracking under the eaves. Fixing stucco problems can be expensive because expert renderers are becoming more difficult to find.
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Will a chartered surveyor report on the state of repair of the gas heaters in the end-of-terrace cottage in Kent on which we’ve put an offer?
A local surveyor will visually inspect the easily-accessible parts of the gas system, including gas heaters and other gas-related fixtures (e.g. chimney linings). The external fittings or housings won't be undone as the surveyor is not licensed to perform such an operation.
Gas is potentially deadly, and, should you have any worries about gas fittings, you must call a gas engineer to check it over.
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We need advice on the upkeep of brick chimneys at our detached property in Kent; can a surveyor help?
Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include alternating courses of brick and stone, such as flint, and is one of many that exist throughout Kent.
The apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared with, for example, plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse. You should seek advice from a professional before undertaking such work, and do not disregard your surveyor’s advice.
Kent brick-walled houses can experience several common problems, from horizontal cracking to erosion. A defect often found is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away.
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Is wet weather an issue in Kent? If there is necessary work, will it be a hassle to fix?
In Kent, as is the story throughout the country, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it, and it is unfortunate that the impact wet conditions can have on a residence is not given more thought during the buying process.
If you have only been to the property you intend to purchase in warm weather, obvious defects may be harder to identify. If it’s practical to do so, you might wish to visit again when the weather is inclement.
Signs that drainage systems are worth a closer look include rotten roofing elements, or cracked gutters. Fortunately, problems with drains are generally easy to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously, but the longer they are left, the more difficult and costly they will be to remedy.
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We are planning to buy a home in Kent and spotted that the driveway surface is broken and uneven in places; could this be evidence of subsidence?
Movement of a building on a structural level is what is defined as subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence and the symptoms of each should be distinguished since settlement is usually benign. Less common than subsidence, heave describes the movement of earth upwards, pushing the foundations of a house up.
Organic material in the subsoil can also create issues: For example, peat is normally stable when sitting below the water table, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose, allowing the weight of the foundations to compress the subsoil.
Finding the absolute cause of any subsidence is key to establishing the appropriate remedy, and this need not be as expensive as some buyers fear. Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant-life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought before embarking on the work. All trees and large shrubs must be well-managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse-chestnut trees, for example, should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself (and taking care not to impinge on neighbouring properties, too). Damaged but non-structural elements should 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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There is a detached house in Kent priced at £495,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in the county?
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 Kent.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Kent in May 2018 was £487,870, which is £7,130 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Kent were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 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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I am buying a shabby, Regency converted flat in Kent; is it necessary to upgrade to a full structural survey?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey is now known as the Building Survey, but it is essentially the same product, although it is laid out more clearly and is easier to read and understand.
When you are buying an altered Kent flat (such as the structurally-modified flat mentioned in your question), the Building Survey is the right choice of product. A Building Survey will give comprehensive and often serious insight in relation to the home's construction on top of any important technical details after a thorough visual inspection.
Also worth noting is that flats typically complicate the survey, and your appointed surveyor will only be able look at the flat itself, since external access may not be viable. However, they may comment on other parts (e.g. the drains, or any communal areas like hallways).
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