What should we look for when buying an 18th-century house in Newcastle-upon-Tyne? How will the building's construction affect the cost and effort of regular maintenance?
Some buyers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne have considered buying a unique or characterful property that is packed with charm, purely for this reason.
Vernacular, or traditional, architecture, however, can be a worry to purchasers, and properties built using traditional methods can be expensive to maintain, because there is a possibility that expert knowledge might be needed, along with sourcing materials suitable for the work. This can make asking the seller for more detail about their current maintenance regime a good idea.
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Is there anything I need to know if I were to buy a converted house in Newcastle-upon-Tyne inside a conservation area?
There are over nine thousand official conservation areas throughout the country, the responsibility for which lies with the local authorities.
Surveyors in Newcastle-upon-Tyne must possess the knowledge of relevant local status and issues, and therefore any bearing they might have on the building. House prices are usually greater in a conservation area, which is down to the fact that too much change has been resisted. However, several are falling into a poor state (for example, because of the unsightly effect of billboard advertising).
Property surveyors are trained to identify whether the location could be designated as a conservation area and Section I of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend additional enquiries to be carried out during the conveyancing process. Unsympathetic modifications to the building will also be noted in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your legal adviser.
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Will the Newcastle-upon-Tyne surveyor inspect the serviceability of the gas mains supply?
The RICS chartered surveyor will visually examine any easily-accessible parts of the system, including gas heaters, and other gas-related appliances (e.g. balanced flues). However, they will not remove any external fittings or housings and will not run any tests on the gas system because they are not licensed to perform those functions.
Most people are aware that gas is potentially deadly, so if you have any worries about gas fittings of any type, contact a Gas Safe engineer. Local Gas-Safe-registered companies include:
- Eternal Flame Gas Services, 13 Cambo Green, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE5 3QJ (Tel: 07913 698055)
- Paul Godfrey, 77 Goldspink Lane, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1NQ (Tel: 0191 261 6935)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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How will we know what impact rain will have on our new home in Newcastle-upon-Tyne? Are repairs going to be expensive?
Climate change is regularly in the news, and everyone jokes about the amount of rainfall experienced in the UK. Yet the effect that wet conditions has on property in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is often overlooked by house-purchasers. For instance, one indication that downspouts are a cause for concern is "gushing" gutters, which can lead to cracked foundations and subsidence.
The good news is that issues with rainwater goods are quite easy to fix and is also relatively inexpensive. If it is poorly maintained, though, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.
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There is a flat in the NE2 postcode area priced at £115,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating prices in Newcastle-upon-Tyne?
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 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 Northampton.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in May 2018 was £113,160, which is £1,840 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Newcastle-upon-Tyne were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 August 2018
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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Is it best to have a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and which would be cheaper?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed by the RICS to the RICS Level 3 Survey; however, it is effectively the same report but easier to read and understand.
If the Newcastle-upon-Tyne property is a flat, or was built before 1900, has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, then the RICS recommends the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to carry out significant alterations, then the RICS recommends that you go for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects and maintenance options.
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What should we be aware of if we’re buying a home near to a recycling centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne?
Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes (for example, hazardous rubbish disposal, or household recycling). There are thousands of these sites that affect many thousands of people throughout the UK including Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Concerns include the possible leeching of toxic chemicals into the environment, while health problems (such as birth defects) have been associated with being in proximity to landfill sites.
RICS Level 3 Survey and valuations in Newcastle-upon-Tyne will report any structural problems that can be directly linked to the site. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database in addition to contacting Newcastle-upon-Tyne Local Authority, and they will then advise you of the findings in their report on title.
The chartered surveyors with Surveyor Local are accredited and have many years of experience dealing with all aspects of the survey process, including properties near a landfill site. This is but one reason for you to choose us, so why not get your quote now (scroll to the top of this page and fill in the details in the form) or call our team of advisers on 0800 022 4428.
What kind of problems will the Newcastle-upon-Tyne surveyor consider on a stucco-coated, Regency home in Newcastle-upon-Tyne?
Stucco is just a specific type of render, that is usually layered over brick, hardening to form a smooth, flat finish. Sometimes, it will have been trowelled to create the effect of being of stone-block construction.
Either way, the result is very aesthetic and is often found on Regency and Victorian houses. However, it can be problematic and Newcastle-upon-Tyne RICS Level 3 Survey sometimes report potentially expensive-to-remedy problems (e.g. trapped water resulting in internal damp problems, or attack from salts absorbed from underlying brickwork). Re-applying problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming rarer.
For a local rendering expert, who might be able to help with your queries, and provide a quote, try L M Plastering, 1 Osborne Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 2AA (Tel: 07845 272592), or R & P Plastering Service, 20 Lindfield Avenue, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE5 3PJ (Tel: 07889 205899).
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