When we visited the building that we are planning to buy in Mansfield, the agent said that there was an old-style fuse-board; will a Mansfield HomeBuyer Report highlight electrical defects?
When performing a Home-buyers’ Survey in Mansfield, a surveyor will report on the state of the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a hazardous state of repair. This will include a visual assessment of any uncovered parts of the wiring and fuse-box, as well as potential areas for concern such as whether there are miniature circuit breakers or verifying the condition of a representative sample of switch gear.
Verifying the existence of any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will form part of the survey, too. The IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) advises that a PIR is carried out every ten years (or every five, if you are letting the property out).
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In a Mansfield HomeBuyer Report, what will be detailed in the section entitled 'E1 - Chimney stacks'?
RICS HomeBuyer Reports are designed to be transparent, detailed surveys of residential property. As buyers in Mansfield are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 (also colour-coded green to red for visual impact) to show the impact on the property individual defects may have.
One example of a defect that would appear in this specific section would be a total chimney height which is too short. These would be checked thoroughly from the ground.
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There is a terraced house in the NG17 postcode area priced at £103,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Mansfield?
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 Mansfield.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Mansfield in June 2018 was £95,757, which is £7,243 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Mansfield were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 30 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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My wife spotted signs of an infestation in the basement of the house we want to buy in Mansfield. Should we get an RICS surveyor in to assess the problem?
Pests like cockroaches may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Mansfield, but it is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. As an example, carpet beetle larvae, or 'woolly bears' may be recognised by distinctive round bite-marks along seams of clothing. Able to survive months without food, there may initially be no obvious evidence of their presence.
Treatment for pest problems may include traps or use of chemical pesticides. As awareness of less common problems grows, more surveys will no doubt identify these and advise on remedies and other courses of action.
If you are still concerned, you can call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 to talk it through with one of our advisers, and they will be happy to set you up with an experienced chartered surveyor.
I am buying a stone-walled converted barn in Mansfield, but what issues should we consider with its maintenance?
Britain's geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Grey Catcastle Sandstone to Portland Fancy Beach Limestone. Problems which impact stone-built properties can vary greatly, with issues like penetrating damp being quote common.
Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Both regular and irregular stone can be mortared with a lime-based mortar, which may also require attention.
Homebuyers’ Surveys will usually offer guidance on these matters. For more details, you might want to consider contacting a stonemason or specialist in Mansfield. Or you can pay for the British Geological Survey to carry out their stone-matching service, of which is more detail here, which costs £500, including VAT (information correct as at 30 August 2018).
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The estate agent suggested there may be a danger of asbestos duct connectors being found in the ground floor flat we want to buy in Mansfield. What is asbestos, and why is it such a problem?
Asbestos was not completely banned until the late nineties in the UK, and houses constructed earlier than that date may have traces of asbestos to a lesser or greater degree. Asbestos is a carcinogenic, fibrous mineral formed from metamorphic rocks, with the three main types in use in Britain being chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue), and all these were commonly found in the building materials.
Before its disastrous effect on health was fully understood, asbestos was treated as a kind of miracle product because it has good heat-resistance properties, it has good sound-proofing properties and is resistant to chemical attack.
Technically speaking, all forms of asbestos are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. However, despite the commonly held belief to the contrary, breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.
Should you find asbestos, you must be careful on no account to displace or break it, and professional advice must be taken urgently. Getting rid of it can be dear but it absolutely must be conducted by experts, a list of whom can be found here.
Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a survey, but they will mention suspected asbestos and should advise accordingly.
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The estate agent said subsidence could be an issue affecting the bungalow in Mansfield. What subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report review?
Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations, destabilising its structure. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does happen in newly-constructed homes, but is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after six months in order to make repairs.
Subsidence results from a range of differing factors. The roots of trees and large shrubs and bushes, for example, can undermine foundations, particularly in clay-rich soil, as water is drawn out of the earth by roots. Inside the property, keep an eye out for new or growing cracks in plasterwork.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is essential for diagnosing the correct remedy. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin-filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, costly, and inconvenient. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.
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I am buying a ‘doer-upper’, Edwardian, mid-terrace property, so do I need to get a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey was the original name for what has been renamed the Building Survey. You should opt for a Building Survey if you are thinking of buying the house outlined in the question. The HomeBuyer Report is enough for a 60-year-old (or less) Mansfield house built out of standard construction materials (i.e. brick and tile).
Be aware that certain provisos exist with a Building Survey insofar as a local Mansfield surveyor will not be able to force or open up the structure of the house, nor will they comment on the regulatory compliance of heating systems.
Our chartered surveyors at Surveyor Local are all accredited and very experienced in all aspects of the survey, so you should really choose us to carry out your survey. Get an appointment now by calling us on 0800 038 6667.