In a Manchester HomeBuyer Report, what could a ‘Condition Rating 1’ mean for outside doors?
The HomeBuyer Report is intended to be easy to read and to understand, unlike other, less prescriptive surveys, which may offer more complex detail, but are less useful for property purchasers deciding whether to purchase a Manchester house.
The HomeBuyer Report uses colour-coded condition ratings to give property-purchasers a clear visual understanding of the impact on the property that individual defects may have. Aspects of the property in good or excellent condition are marked as 'green' with a condition rating of 1.
This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance will be required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate, or even necessary. Outside doors will be opened and closed, where keys are available and if they don’t need to be forced open.
In general, the type and condition of the property's doors are included in the report. An example of a defect found in this section would be a rotted, damp, wooden doorframe.
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We have made an offer on a house with a converted attic in Manchester, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does a surveyor consider during their examination?
Property in Manchester in otherwise good condition may be exposed to roof maintenance problems, some of which will not be immediately obvious. From rafters to parapet walls, the whole roof will be taken into account during the survey. Flat roofs are particularly known for the trouble they can cause, often as the result of poor and amateur repairs, or simply because there is insufficient gradient for rain run-off.
It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Manchester, but it is a health and safety necessity. You might need to contact the local council for advice if it is likely to impede the traffic flow. For a quote on any remedial work identified in the survey, you could contact a reputable local roofing contractor, like:
- D. W. Roofing, 9 Smedley Avenue, Manchester, M8 0LN (Tel: 0161 244 8867)
- Renown Roofing, 68 Davyhulme Road, Manchester, M41 7DN (Tel: 0161 748 7874)
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We are concerned about a possible pest infestation at the maisonette we would like to buy in Manchester; is a HomeBuyer Report therefore advisable?
Infestations can range from the mild and benign, to the seriously harmful. Unfortunately, the impact to a house and its inhabitants can affect their health and the value of the property.
An affected building may not always be easy to identify. For example, house longhorn beetles can be identified by evidence of small tunnels through beams and floorboards, burrowed by the larvae, but are not easy to see unless you know what to look for, and if the location is easily accessible.
Treatment for bug or other pest issues may include insecticides, or removal of infected furniture or structures within the building. Rather than pulling out of your transaction because of the effort of putting it right, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price with your vendor to cover the cost of remedy.
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Will a converted barn with stone walls in Manchester create maintenance problems, what are the issues should we consider, and what will the survey reveal?
If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by various factors including weathering. The properties of a stone can affect its wear as much as its upkeep or construction.
Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to Manchester buildings, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used around doors and window-frames. The choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure (for example, slate and granite are more damp-resistant than many other forms of stone, so will be more hard-wearing over time).
Advice for better upkeep will vary according to the needs of individual property, such as cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.
The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Manchester should be able to supply local stone. Or you could purchase a stone assessment report from the British Geological Survey here, which is available at a cost of £500, including VAT (correct as at 9 August 2018).
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A builder friend noted that there may be asbestos ceilings at the apartment we are planning to buy in Manchester. Should this be a major concern to us?
Asbestos is a noxious, deleterious, fibrous material, of which there are over sixty types, with six of them being used in the UK prior to its ban in the mid-eighties. Because of its almost miraculous properties of high-tensile strength, being a retardant to fire, resistant to chemical attack, and being a good sound-proofer, it is hardly surprising that it found its way into so many construction materials, from soil-pipes to ceiling tiles, from paint to loft insulation.
Technically speaking, all forms of asbestos – including the three principal types used in Britain’s construction industry (white, blue and brown) – are hazardous, and may lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if it is inhaled over sustained periods. However, the long-held myth that breathing in a single fibre is fatal is simply not true.
Should you find asbestos, you must be very careful not to damage or dislodge it, seeking professional advice immediately. Getting rid of it will unfortunately be costly, and this may inspire you to try to carry out the work yourself. This must not happen, and it must always be conducted by trained experts in asbestos-removal, a list of whom can be located here.
Manchester surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Manchester HomeBuyer report, but they will mention any possible asbestos, and will recommend relevant tests.
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I have read that subsidence in the Manchester cottage we are interested in buying might be worth checking. What are the risks, and what solutions are available to fix this?
Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations, which then jeopardises its structural integrity.
Homebuyers can often confuse subsidence with settlement; settlement will often occur in newer homes and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months.
In areas where clay soil is common, and if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This dries out and shrinks the clay, putting a strain on the foundations, causing subsidence. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to worse problems. However, such extremes are not usually a concern in England and Wales.
In contrast to subsidence, heave can occur when, for example, a tree has been removed and water builds up in the soil (no longer being drawn out by the tree’s roots), which may result in the soil swelling, forcing the foundations upwards, and this can be as destructive as subsidence.
Identifying the cause of subsidence (or heave) is the first step to identifying its specific solution. Repairing leaking drains, water mains, or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. In some more serious situations, though, underpinning might be the only option. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters.
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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We are acquiring an abandoned, period, semi-detached property on the outskirts of Manchester; is it best to spend a bit more on a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey was the original name for what has been rebranded as the Building Survey.
If you are buying an unusual Manchester property - such as an unloved or abandoned house like this one – the Building Survey is the most appropriate choice to make. It gives in-depth and relevant details concerning the building’s condition along with any defects.
The hard-copy and soft-copy versions of the report will be made available to you two or three days after a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building, in addition to the permanent outbuildings.
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As well as reporting on the condition of the bungalow in Manchester, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate, and how is it calculated?
A HomeBuyer Report in Manchester will include an independent valuation, and a reinstatement cost as a standard part of the survey (which will include the cost of rebuilding any permanent structures such as a garage). When calculating the valuation, the valuer will consider several things:
- their awareness of the Manchester property market
- aspects relating directly to the property (e.g. the number of bedrooms, or size of garden)
- proximity to transport links and amenities
- the construction and architecture
- basic assumptions (like there being no major defects, or there being no complex legal issues with the sale)
- environmental issues (e.g. noise and smells, or nearness of a rowdy pub)
A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out if you are not interested in the structural assessment by the surveyor.
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