The vendor in Loughborough has mentioned there is a concern that there might be asbestos boards around the windows. Why would there be asbestos, is it dangerous, can it be remedied, and what should I do?
There are three main types of asbestos that were regularly used in Britain before its outright ban in 1999: Blue, brown and white. Being a dangerous, fibrous mineral, most builders stopped using the material altogether in around 1985, but that means that homes constructed prior to then might include any number of asbestos-based construction items, including pipe insulation, boarding around doors and windows, and even paint.
Technically, all forms of asbestos are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer following any prolonged exposure. Contrary to common perception, though, inhaling just the one fibre is not deadly.
Although you are legally allowed to remove asbestos yourself, this practice is thoroughly resisted by experts because of the danger that amateur removals may incur on yourself and your neighbours. Therefore, it is recommended that you appoint an expert to confirm its presence and to safely remove it. The register of expert contractors can be found here: the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.
Surveyors do not test for asbestos on a survey; however, they will report on the risk of asbestos during the Loughborough survey and should recommend professional testing.
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We are planning to buy a home in Loughborough and have found cracks along the basement ceiling; could this be evidence of subsidence? What issues will be investigated during the Building Survey?
One of the principal defects that a chartered surveyor will look for during the inspection of a property is the dreaded subsidence, which conjures up images of sagging walls, large cracks along the property and even collapse.
Subsidence is defined as sudden or gradual shrinkage in the soil that surrounds foundations of a building, forcing a downward settling of the building as the weight becomes too much for the subsoil to support as it once did, and it usually occurs with little or no movement along the horizontal.
In clay soil regions, a long period of dry weather will allow the moisture level of the soil to fall, which will dry, contracting the soil around the property as it does so, pulling on the homes foundations and causing subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations by making the soil beneath and around the foundations collapse.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key to establishing the appropriate solution to the problem. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes where they are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. In some more serious situations, however, underpinning may be necessary. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.
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I am investing in a shabby, Victorian flat in the centre of Loughborough, so would it be wise to order the more comprehensive Building Survey?
Of course it’s entirely up to you whether you want to choose the Building Survey for any type of property that you’re planning on buying, but the RICS recommends that it is particularly 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 Building 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, both good and bad
- A property valuation (if specifically requested and carries an additional cost)
After a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the accessible parts of the main structure, a Building Survey will provide comprehensive and salient advice in relation to the flat’s construction and its uses, in addition to any maintenance needs. Flats, by their nature, can make the survey more complicated, and, as a result, the surveyor is only able to look at the flat itself. However, they may possibly be able to advise on other areas e.g. security, or communal halls and elevators.
For more information and a breakdown of Building Surveys and HomeBuyer Reports, compare the survey products.
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Does the Loughborough home survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for professional fees (e.g. for legal advice)), and what does it include?
The HomeBuyer Report contains an impartial valuation as well as a reinstatement cost estimate as a standard part of the report. A Property Valuation Report is requested when a definitive answer on the value of a property is required. Note that it’s not the same as a market appraisal, which is a guide or estimate to the property price that has absolutely no legal standing
To be able to determine the value of the property, your independent surveyor will take into account their knowledge of the Loughborough property market, and other factors about the property (e.g. the number of bedrooms, whether it’s overlooked, size of the kitchen), the style of architecture and its construction, a number of assumptions (such as there being no serious defects, nor there being any difficult legal issues to resolve, or that the building is insurable), proximity to public transport and amenities, and environmental issues (like brine mining activity).
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. For more information, call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers. If you want to see how low our prices are without compromising the quality of the service level, try our simple quote calculator by completing the form at the top of this page.
Our agent said that there had been a problem with bowing, so we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does a property surveyor in Loughborough look for during the investigation?
Questions like this are often asked of RICS surveyors by homebuyers who are aware that houses can, to the disappointment of their would-be owners, still suffer from roof-maintenance problems even if the rest of the building is basically sound. All parts of the roof will be considered during the survey, from collar ties to fascias, from rainwater goods to soffits. Factors like a slope of less than 12 to 15 degrees are particularly troublesome for flat-roofed property.
Roof maintenance can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. If an estimate for roofing work is required, a reputable roofing contractor can provide one. And, should the remedial work be particularly expensive, you might be able to use this to renegotiate the asking price to cover it.
Local recommended roofers and specialists in the area include:
- Academy Roofing, 18 Deanside Drive, Loughborough, LE11 5UP (Tel: 07743 715626)
- Loughborough Property Services, 19-23 Field Street, 2 Field House, Loughborough, LE12 9AL (Tel: 07584 087328)
- Hoyes Roofing & Cladding, 5R Sileby Road Industrial Estate, Barrow-upon-Soar, Loughborough, LE12 8LP (Tel: 01509 812487)
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I want to buy a maisonette in Loughborough (in the LE11 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £130,000. What will a Loughborough 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 Loughborough.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats and maisonettes in Loughborough (in the Charnwood local authority area) in December 2018 was £122,522, which is £7,478 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Loughborough were:
Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 8 March 2019
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 I saw the home I am hoping to buy in Loughborough, I saw that there was no residual current device (RCD) on the fuse-board; will the surveyor report anything in the survey about electrical defects?
One of the principal areas that your chartered surveyor will look into when they’re inspecting the property you are considering buying is the electrics, reporting on any findings where they suspect any part of the system to be in hazardous condition.
All new electrical work needs to be covered under the British standard regulations (BS 7671), which, for residential properties, cover all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while also focusing on special areas such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment.
As part of the building regulations approval in an extension or new-build, or where the electrical circuits have been updated, an electrical certificate, signed off by a qualified electrician, needs to be supplied to comply with the requirements. This document will be sought and checked by your Surveyor Local surveyor.
In addition, the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommends that a periodic inspection be completed every 10 years on private residential property, or every 5 years if you are renting out the property to tenants, or you own a commercial building. Again, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will identify the Periodic Inspection Review document’s existence and confirm its validity and status.
When preparing a Loughborough HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, an RICS surveyor will inspect all accessible parts of the electrical system, noting the location and likely age of the fuse-board, and includes a visual assessment of the superficial parts of the wiring, without taking anything apart for safety reasons. In addition to verifying areas connected to the mains (e.g. the whereabouts of the meter or consumer unit), the surveyor will also choose a selection of sockets and light-switches to ensure they are operating normally.
In the survey report, the surveyor will highlight all of the findings, including identifying those areas that they are unable to access, which might need further investigation by a qualified electrician. Where there are areas of concern, particularly where the electrical circuits and wiring don’t conform to the British standard, the surveyor will recommend that immediate action be taken. It is wise to obtain a couple of quotes for any major rewiring activities, as this can be used to enter into renegotiations over the asking price with the seller.
Local highly-rated electricians in the area include:
- L. J. Electrical of Loughborough Ltd., 26 Edelin Road, Loughborough, LE11 2HP (Tel: 07770 788469)
- John Unwin Electrical Contractors Ltd., Contact House, 20 Jubilee Drive, Loughborough, LE11 5XS (Tel: 01509 236313)
- Swains Electrical Services Ltd., Quorn Lodge, Loughborough Road, Quorn, LE12 8UE (Tel: 07704 359914)
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On a Loughborough HomeBuyer Report, what could a green-light rating mean for windows?
The HomeBuyer Report is specifically designed and laid out so that clients can find what they want easily and, more importantly, understand what the report is saying. In summary, the product provides:
- a clearer layout, so that the information within it is obvious and can be found easily and swiftly
- an energy performance rating, bringing it in line with current legislation
- modern design broken down into the clear areas of the inspection (e.g. about the property, inside, outside, services, etc.)
- colour-coded condition ratings using a traffic-light system for instant visual understanding (1 (green) – no repairs required; 2 (amber) – needs repair or replacement but not immediately urgent; 3 (red) – needs urgent repair, replacement or financial investment)
- performed by a skilled chartered surveyor, such as the thorough and focused surveyors we have available at Surveyor Local
- less comprehensive and detailed (and therefore cheaper) than the Building Survey, but significantly more detailed than the Condition Report
- written in plain English with no technical or jargon terminology for easy understanding of the condition of the building
A rating of 1 (green) is the highest ranking, meaning that this aspect of the property being surveyed does not need urgent attention, although it does not suggest that there will be no future work required. Seasonal checks may still be appropriate to prevent deterioration.
The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read, unlike less prescriptive surveys, which may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for purchasers deciding whether or not to purchase a Loughborough property. The HomeBuyer Report employs a 'traffic light' system of ratings (red, amber and green) to visually highlight the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report.
In Loughborough, an example of something that would fall into this section may be a damp, rotten window-frame. Where practicable and safe to do so, all windows are opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms and openings satisfactorily.
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We are planning to buy a apartment in Loughborough and noticed that the basement door frame was skewed, could this be evidence of subsidence? What are the risks, and what subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor investigate?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience some minor cracking. A builder should return to a new home after six months to make good any settlement cracks.
Subsidence results from a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a cracked mains drainage pipe will clear away soil supporting the building structure. This reduces the volume of the subsoil, allowing the weight of the property to distort the supporting ground. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.
Can Kentish Rag stone-built houses in Loughborough be problematic. Are there specific issues to consider, and what will the survey reveal?
From Rockingstone Sandstone to Red St.Bees Sandstone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country. Defects affecting stone-built properties in Loughborough can vary, delamination being relatively common.
Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. If you are planning to renovate, consider that the British Geological Survey's GeoReport includes a stone matching service. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.
To source a specific stone material, contact a local stonemason or specialist - Collin Bros, 42-43 Baxter Gate, Loughborough, LE11 1TQ (Phone: 01509 240200) could help.
Does a surveyor inspect the condition or the safety of the gas appliances?
A qualified RICS surveyor will locate and visually look at any easily accessible parts of the system. The surveyor will look at the condition of the meter as part of the Loughborough survey, in addition to gas related fixtures, for instance associated asbestos. Your Loughborough local surveyor won't remove the gas fittings and won't do any tests on the appliances or system. Anything related to gas should be handled with care as it is potentially fatal, should you have any worries about gas fittings, call a gas safe engineer.
Leicestershire based local companies include Alpha Gas Ltd of Po Box 8961, ., Loughborough, Leicestershire Tel. 08700345553 and A A Plumbing Heating And Servicing of 100 Alan Moss Road, Charnwood Borough, Loughborough, Leicestershire Tel. 07986 181755.
The regulations stipulate landlords are legally required to complete appliance and installation inspections every year. Non compliance penalties include heavy fines or imprisonment .