Are there any issues I need to check on when buying an extended house in Luton inside the High Town Road conservation area, particularly with regards to house prices?
High Town Road is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and improving significantly. For further information, visit their website, or contact the conservation area administrator (Gemma Davies on 01582 564548).
There are almost ten thousand official conservation areas in England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with local authorities. High Town Road is managed by Luton Borough Council at Town Hall, George Street, Luton, LU1 2BQ.
Luton surveyors must have the necessary knowledge of relevant local area issues and the effect they have on the home and its value. The prices of homes will likely be inflated in a conservation area due to them resisting change (notwithstanding the comments in the latest assessment by English Heritage).
Surveyors are trained to identify whether the house could be located in such a designated area, and Section I of a HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will provide additional questions to be carried out by your legal adviser. Unauthorised developments that do not have Local Authority approval may also be advised in the survey report but should be investigated in detail by your lawyer.
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Will a local surveyor report on the condition or the safety of the gas mains supply in the maisonette in Luton?
Your RICS surveyor will locate and visually survey any accessible parts of the gas system and will want to inspect the condition of the meter at the property, as well as any gas-affiliated appliances (for instance, the ventilation of the flue if it is blocked). External fittings or housings won't actually be detached, and neither will the gas system be tested since your surveyor is not authorised or licensed to perform such functions.
Of course, gas is potentially dangerous, and, should there be any worries about gas fittings or if you smell gas, call a gas engineer. Gas Safe firms in Luton include Blue Planet Heating, 32 Eynsford Road, Luton, LU4 9FH (Tel: 07956 881147), and ASR Property Maintenance Ltd., 88 Dane Road, Luton, LU3 1JP (Tel: 07887 638273).
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What impact can rainfall have on a Luton building, and does our HomeBuyer Report mention it? Could damaged guttering lower the property value?
It seems distinctly odd that the impact rainfall can have on homes is rarely considered properly during the buying process, particularly as it’s a strong topic of conversation for many Britons. If you have only been to the house on a dry day, of course, issues may have been hidden. Signs that drainage is damaged include corroded downspouts, or moss gathering down the walls behind gutters, which could then result in warped floorboards or beams.
These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve, if they are caught early, but, if left untreated, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.
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There is a detached house in the LU3 postcode area priced at £410,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Luton?
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 Luton.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Luton in June 2018 was £400,699, which is £9,301 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Luton were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 21 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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Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Luton, and which one is the cheapest?
For your interest and information, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed the Building Survey, although it is basically the same product, evolved to be easier to read and understand.
If the Luton property is a flat, or was built before 1900, has been substantially modified, or is of non-standard construction, then the RICS recommends a cheaper HomeBuyer Report, but if you are planning to carry out significant alterations on the Luton property, you should opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as the other report, but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Luton property's state of repair, in addition to an opinion on defects and the maintenance options.
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What should we be aware of when purchasing a house proximate to Sundon Landfill in Luton, and landfill sites generally?
Sites used for landfill take many forms, including managing hazardous refuse and gas extraction (such as the one at Sundon Landfill Site). Thousands of these sites affect hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales including Luton. Risks include methane gas generation and chemicals leaching into the environment, and potential health concerns (like spina bifida) have been associated with them.
Surveyors will make note of any structural problems resulting directly from the proximity of the landfill. It is your conveyancer’s responsibility, however, to conduct environmental searches of the British Geological databases and to talk to the Luton Local Authority; they will advise you accordingly of their findings and concerns in their report on title.
The chartered surveyors who work with Surveyor Local all have a great deal of experience and local knowledge so will be able to do the best job for you when it comes to sorting out issues with landfill sites and any other issues arising from the survey. Want to have one of the best surveyors assigned to your property? Call Surveyor Local now on 0800 038 6667.
What will the surveyor look for on a stucco-coated house in Luton that I wish to buy?
Stucco is just smooth type of render that is very like mortar or plaster in its nature, and is typically layered over brick, hardening to a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. Stucco is very attractive and is common on some Regency and Victorian properties, and it can contain lime in addition to a grid underneath to help stop cracks.
As with all building materials, stucco can be prone to defect, and surveyors in Luton frequently highlight potentially expensive-to-remedy problems (for instance, trapped water leading to the surface breaking, or where the stucco has been taken down to ground level short-circuiting the damp-proof course). Resolving problems with stucco may be difficult as the skills are getting rarer. However, it is still worth contacting a reputable local renderer for advice and a quote.
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We are buying in Luton and are looking for a 50s residence built from brick walls. What warnings would a surveyor give, and what impact do Luton environmental conditions have?
Brick has been the construction product of choice for many centuries, and, over that time, a variety of different designs and methods for laying the brick courses have been developed. Many of these styles can be seen on buildings across Luton. For buyers with an eye for detail, less used styles of brick course include basket weave bonds, with its alternating groups of vertically and horizontally arranged bricks.
Brick-built properties do benefit from many advantages over those constructed from other materials, but they will also be affected by considerable issues, such as vertical cracking, or rapidly deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack, which may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered. Your Luton surveyor will mention all these types of defects, with directions for suitable remedy. Based on the results of the survey, you should consider renegotiating the price of the Luton property, because work to remedy even some superficial brick wall defects can be both expensive and disruptive.
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