I am buying an older farmstead in Norfolk, but what impact will the home's box-frame structure have on regular maintenance?
Use of traditional methods can create financial issues for homeowners, because structures built using traditional or ‘vernacular’ techniques can be challenging to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find traditional building materials, which could create disruption for new owners.
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What should we be wary of when purchasing a maisonette close to British Sugar PLC Anzac Pit?
Landfill sites take many forms, including hazardous rubbish disposal, or non-biodegradable wastes like the Anzac Pit. There are thousands of such sites around the country, and they can affect hundreds of thousands of people in England, including Norfolk. Concerns include hazardous chemicals being released in the environment, while health concerns, like Down’s Syndrome, have been linked to landfill sites.
Surveyors will find and report any structural defects that can be linked to the site. Your lawyer will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency datasets, in addition to questioning the Local Authority, advising you accordingly of their findings in their report on title.
Your experienced Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will know what to look for and to expect with such issues, making them a great and cost-effective choice for your survey. If you want to set up an appointment, call our friendly advisers on 08000326420 today.
What do we need to be aware of if purchasing a house in Norfolk inside the Dereham conservation area?
Dereham is in a conservation area and has been classed as poor and therefore at risk by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and deteriorating (for the latest assessment, go to Heritage at Risk).
There are many thousands of conservation areas in the UK which are overseen by the local authority. Dereham is managed by Breckland District Council at Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1EE, and they can be contacted on 01362 695333.
Your surveyor must have detailed knowledge of all local factors and any bearing they may have with the building and its value. The price of property tends to be higher, which is down to them being in their original state. RICS surveyors are trained to identify whether the home looks to be in a conservation area, and Section I of your Norfolk RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will include any suitable and additional questions for your solicitor to ask. Out-of-keeping extensions to the property may be noted in the survey; however, these should be investigated by your lawyer.
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What will the Chartered Surveyor consider on a stucco, Regency house in Norfolk?
Stucco is a dense, solid render that is usually layered over brick, setting to a flat surface, which is often trowelled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very attractive and is common on some Victorian and Georgian buildings, but it is prone to defect and Norfolk RICS Level 3 Survey frequently highlight a number defects (e.g. when settlement of the wall can lead to cracks, or cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water). Resolving problems can be difficult as renderers are becoming harder to find.
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There is a semi-detached house in the county of Norfolk priced at £215,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Norfolk?
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 Norfolk.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Norfolk in June 2018 was £209,405, which is £5,595 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Norfolk were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 17 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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We are buying in Norfolk and are looking for houses with English bond walls. What advice would a Norfolk surveyor give?
Buyers in Norfolk may be aware that several popular brick courses, designs and methods can be found across the UK. This being the case, upkeep of the brickwork may not always be straightforward, and the consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
Brick residential property in Norfolk will show signs of several common problems, such as sulphate expansion, or rapidly deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack. This may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered, and should be taken very seriously, obtaining advice from a professional to ensure the appropriate course of action.
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Do I need to investigate drainage at the maisonette in Norfolk? And could it affect the property value?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather, the impact that high levels of rainfall can have on houses in Norfolk is curiously not given more thought by house-buyers.
If you have only been to the property in warm weather, obvious defects may be harder to find, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to repair, if identified early. If not maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.
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A Norfolk builder has mentioned subsidence could be worth checking at our new place in Norfolk. What subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?
Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building; however, this should be distinguished from standard settlement, because some degree of movement will always occur. Recently-built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to it after six months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.
In areas where clay soil is common, a dry spell will lower the water table. This dries out, causing the clay to contract, pulling on the building's structure, causing subsidence. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the important first step to establishing its solution. This is not always as costly as some buyers might fear. Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, but equally it may exacerbate the problem, so it would be advisable to contact an expert. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can, in rare cases, take months. A Norfolk surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.
For more help and advice, contact a local reputable builder, or talk to Surveyor Local’s advisers on 08000326420.