What is subsidence? Is this a serious risk, and what solutions are available to resolve this in our house in Lowestoft?
Subsidence is defined as the movement of the foundations of a home, which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, but this is usually benign and connected to settlement. New buildings in Lowestoft and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. In contrast to subsidence, 'heave' can occur when a tree has been removed and moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil swelling, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.
Cracks are a plain clue of subsidence, but, fortunately, these are nothing to worry about in many cases. However, in severe weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, so it needs to be closely watched.
The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence to ensure the remedy matches the cause. This is not always as costly as some buyers might 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 starting on any remedial work. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required to establish the extent of the issue and what options might be available to you.
Speak to reputable Lowestoft contractors for repair quotes, so that you can renegotiate the price of the house with your vendor should you want to.
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I am acquiring a substantially-modified, period, mid-terrace property in Lowestoft, so do I need to get a full structural survey?
For your interest and information, the full structural survey is now known as the Building Survey, which is essentially the same product, but now easier to read and understand. When looking into buying an altered Lowestoft house, such as the house you describe, this is the best choice of home survey. After a thorough visual inspection of the house and any permanent outbuildings, the formal report will spell out in-depth and crucial advice concerning the property's state of repair, along with any need for future maintenance.
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We are buying an 18th-century, converted cow-house in Lowestoft, but what consequences will the cruck frame have on the time and cost of its upkeep?
Vernacular (or traditional) architecture can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers, and buildings employing traditional methods can be costly to maintain. You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed, especially for a listed property or one that is located in a conservation area, and traditional materials may be required to be in keeping with those already in use. If the building you are buying requires specialist maintenance, contact the building surveyor for more detail.
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Are there any problems I would be advised to consider when buying a converted flat in Lowestoft in a conservation area, particularly with regards to the effect on house prices?
There are thousands of official conservation areas throughout the country, including in Lowestoft, which are overseen by the local council.
Surveyors in Lowestoft need to possess sufficient local knowledge and understand the bearing this might have on the home and its value. House prices tend to be greater in a conservation area because they are largely unspoilt.
Property surveyors are expected to inform you if the planned purchase looks to be in one of these specific locations and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of your Lowestoft HomeBuyer Report will highlight any additional enquiries to be conducted by your solicitor. Unsympathetic adjustments to the building will be reported, but these are firmly within the remit of your conveyancer to handle.
Lucas and Wyllys is a local solicitors’ firm based at 40 Alexandra Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1PJ (Tel: 01502 500123), and they should be happy help you with further information. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, such as In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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Does the local surveyor give details on the state of repair of the gas installations in the apartment I’m buying in Lowestoft?
Your surveyor will visually check the easily-accessible parts of the gas system, and they will want to inspect the routing of any gas pipes as part of the survey, in addition to assessing gas-connected appliances or installations (e.g. chimney linings). External covers won't be taken off, and neither will the system be tested.
Gas is potentially dangerous, and, if there are any worries about gas fittings, you must contact a Gas Safe engineer. Suffolk-based local firms include:
- Swains Gas Services, 21 Wollaston Road, Lowestoft, NR32 2PD (Tel: 01502 441164
- J. P. Robinson, 45 Bevan Street West, Lowestoft, NR32 2AD (Tel: 07522 381822)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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Are wet conditions an issue in Lowestoft and will our RICS surveyor in Lowestoft mention it?
Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, but, even so, the impact wet weather can have on property in Lowestoft is rarely considered properly by purchasers. If you have visited the residence in dry conditions, defects may not have been obvious. But that’s not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve for a reasonable cost. However, if the drains are not unblocked on a regular basis, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasingly harder to repair.
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There is a semi-detached house in the NR32 postcode area priced at £205,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Lowestoft?
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 Lowestoft.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Waveney District (covering Lowestoft) in June 2018 was £190,544, which is £14,456 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Waveney District 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 Victorian terrace in Lowestoft is badly worn; what should we do? Does brick decay faster in Lowestoft weather?
For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, you could consider adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. You should also deliberate on whether you could renegotiate the price of the Lowestoft property, based on the results of your survey, if the results show that there is a lot of work to be done. Works to remedy even some superficial brick wall defects can be both expensive and disruptive.
Brick buildings in Lowestoft will be affected by diverse problems, from vertical cracking to lack of a damp-proof course. A problem regularly identified is wall tie failure, which occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and external leaves of the wall.
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