The Flemish bond walls on this Melton Mowbray home are badly worn. What are the possible consequences?
Of all the building materials used across the centuries in the UK, by far the most popular, and the most durable, has been the use of brick. Brick is made of a variety of ingredients, come in different shapes and sizes and colours, and are made for specific purposes from being resistant to acid or chemicals to simple building projects, as well as being either solid or having a variety of hollows deliberately built into their structure, depending on the purpose to which they’ll be put, the budget for the construction and a number of other factors which will come into play.
Because brick has been used for constructing homes and other buildings for so many centuries, bricklayers and designers have devised a wide variety of designs for how the bricks are placed together, from the common and simple stretcher, Flemish and English bonds to the more complex Della Robbia Weave bond.
However, Melton Mowbray brick-walled apartments can experience a number of issues, from moisture damage through thermal movement to 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. Your property surveyor will assess the building for all these types of problems, and include them in the survey report.
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The agent said subsidence would be worth checking for on a property we want to buy in Melton Mowbray. What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?
Subsidence is defined as the movement of the foundations of a home that risks the structural integrity of the building. However, this should be distinguished from settlement, because some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property, while, in some older homes, cracks become apparent when temperatures rise in summer, closing again in winter when the materials soak up moisture.
Subsidence results from a range of factors, such as the roots of trees and large bushes damaging the structure, particularly in clay soil where moisture is taken up from the ground by the plants. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations, where the subsoil, as its volume is reduced, is compacted by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key to identifying the precise remedy to be implemented. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In the most serious cases, underpinning may be required, and, if the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building.
A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.
For quotes for any work or further advice regarding fixing subsidence problems, contact a reputable local builder, including:
- Apex Building Services, Sysonby Grange House, Melton Road, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray, LE14 3QU (Tel: 01664 814949)
- Burrough Property Services Ltd., 36A Pate Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0RG (Tel: 01664 481282)
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I am buying an extended, Victorian flat in Melton Mowbray, so do I need to opt for the more comprehensive RICS Level 3 Survey?
The RICS Level 3 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)
Of course, you can choose whichever survey you want for your property, but the RICS recommends that the RICS Level 3 Survey is the 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
There will be certain limitations with a property survey, because the RICS chartered surveyor will not be able to force or open up the fabric of the Melton Mowbray building (e.g. removing loft contents). Also flats usually make access more complicated, and your appointed surveyor can only investigate the area within the identifiable boundary of the flat, although they may advise on other parts of the property such as commonly accessible roof spaces. For more information and a comparison of survey types, look over the simple table.
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My partner and I are purchasing a converted barn near Melton Mowbray, but will the structure's age be an issue?
There are many buyers who would really love to own an old, characterful home purely because of that character and the romanticism of its charm and appeal, particularly if it’s coupled with a great location.
With such a dream, though, comes the consideration of the construction and what it means in terms of ongoing maintenance and remedying any existing problems as part of its purchase. This is because such properties are likely to have been built employing the older construction methods and materials, and this might occasionally give buyers second thoughts as a result of the stress and worry about its upkeep.
The obvious traditional (or ‘vernacular’) techniques in the construction include cob (a mixture of clay soil, straw, and sand), wattle and daub (limestone and horse-hair), straw bales, timber beams for wall construction, thatched roofs, adobe, and hemp, all of which can be very challenging to maintain.
You should be aware that expert knowledge may also be needed before buying so that the condition of the materials and structure can be fully checked out and estimates provided for any remedial work. In addition, certain materials suitable for the work may be required to be sourced, particularly if the building is listed or is in a conservation area, which might be expensive.
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Are there any concerns we would be advised to check if purchasing a flat in the Melton Mowbray conservation area?
Melton Mowbray is completely within a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and deteriorating in the latest assessment. For detailed information visit their website or call the council’s Conservation Officer (Tony Ebbs) on 01664 502313 (information retrieved from the English Heritage site on 12 March 2019).
There are thousands of conservation areas in England and Wales which are overseen by the relevant local council. Melton Mowbray is looked after by Melton Borough Council at Council Offices, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH (Tel: 01664 502502).
Conservation areas, by their nature of being protected from significant change and managing conformity, are an attractive location in which to buy a house, but the owner should be aware of their responsibilities and, before buying a house, being aware of any changes that don’t have planning consent since this may require expense to reverse them. This information is highlighted in the survey and will also be directed to your legal representative for further investigation and analysis with the local council. The responsibilities incumbent upon any owner underlines the importance of appointing a focused and thorough surveyor like those we have at Surveyor Local.
This also means that houses in designated conservation areas naturally come at a premium, so potential buyers should be aware that properties will likely be more expensive than similar homes located outside the boundary of the conservation area.
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Will a chartered surveyor give details on the condition of the gas heaters in the maisonette in Melton Mowbray?
Everyone is aware that the volatility and the highly inflammable nature of natural gas make it a very dangerous substance if not regulated and checked by qualified experts. It is also for this reason that, where there is a gas supply to a property, your chartered surveyor will inspect the system.
All work on gas appliances and connection to the mains must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, while any new heat-producing gas appliance installed (e.g. a cooker hob, or gas fire) requires the Local Authority to be informed so that it will comply with building regulations in order to gain the requisite approval.
A certificate of works will be provided by a qualified Gas Safe engineer, and this will be sought and checked for validity and status by the surveyor during the inspection. Regulations legally require landlords to complete appliance and installation inspections annually. Non-compliance penalties include heavy fines and possible criminal records.
As part of the survey, the chartered surveyor will visually check all the accessible parts of the gas system, such as the meter location and position and any gas-connected fixtures like chimney breasts or flues. However, if there are any fittings, they won't be dislodged for inspection, and neither will they remove covers or piping since they are not qualified to do so.
Where the surveyor identifies any area for potential concern, they will note this in the survey report, with recommendations for any remedial action to be taken, alongside a measure of severity. Where a problem is deemed critical, if only for a qualified engineer to check and assess the situation, any significant cost can be used to open up conversations with the seller about the possibility of offsetting such a cost by reducing the asking price.
Gas is potentially hazardous and, should you have any concerns about it, call a Gas Safe engineer. If you smell gas, call the free national Gas Emergency Services number immediately on 0800 111 999.
Local highly-rated Gas Safe engineers in the area can be identified or located at the official Gas Safe Register site.
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Is rain an issue in Melton Mowbray?
Both in Melton Mowbray, and throughout the country, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately, the effect that wet conditions has on a property is also ignored. For instance, spalling (flaking) masonry may indicate that the drainage system is worth a closer look. If you have doubts, consider asking your surveyor for more information.
These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve. If untreated or poorly maintained, though, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.
The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.
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Is £215,000 about the right price for a semi-detached house in the LE13 area of Melton Mowbray. What considerations will our Melton Mowbray surveyor evaluate when carrying out an RICS survey?
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 Melton Mowbray.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Melton Mowbray (in the Melton local authority area) in December 2018 was £202,602, which is £12,398 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Melton Mowbray 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 RICS Level 2 Survey, 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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