I suspect said there may be a risk of brown asbestos ceiling-boards in the flat in Pembrokeshire. What is asbestos, and how is it remedied?
Asbestos is a pernicious, fibrous, silicate material that, prior to the determination of its deleterious effects on peoples’ health, was lauded as a miracle product, particularly in the construction industry. Its high-tensile strength, resistance to chemical degradation, and its famous fire-retardant and sound-proofing properties mean that the three main types of asbestos:
- chrysotile (white asbestos)
- amosite (brown asbestos)
- crocidolite (blue asbestos)
are often found in everything from soffit boards to soil-pipes, from paint to sealant.
All forms of asbestos are ultimately dangerous and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease following prolonged exposure. However, inhaling a solitary fibre is not deadly, despite common perception to the contrary.
During a survey, your chartered surveyor will not be able to confirm the existence of asbestos, since they will not investigate further than visual inspection because of the dangers highlighted above. However, they will be experienced in looking for it and will report their suspicions in the survey, recommending that it be checked out thoroughly.
Although you are legally allowed to removed asbestos yourself, this practice is thoroughly resisted by experts because of the danger that amateur removals may incur on yourself and your neighbours. Therefore, it is recommended that you appoint an expert to confirm its presence and to safely remove it. The register of expert contractors can be found here: the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.
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When I saw the period property I expect to move into in Pembrokeshire, it appeared that there is deterioration in the wiring and residual current device (RCD); does the surveyor advise on the state of the electrics?
One of the principal areas that your chartered surveyor will look into when they’re inspecting the property you are considering buying is the electrics, reporting on any findings where they suspect any part of the system to be in hazardous condition.
All new electrical work needs to be covered under the British standard regulations (BS 7671), which are properly called the Electrical Installation and Wiring Safety regulations and cover domestic, commercial and industrial properties, as well as marinas, fairgrounds, external public swimming pools, caravan parks, and other areas where electricity may create a potential hazard for any occupants.
For the residential properties, it covers all wiring, the circuit-breakers, residual current devices (RCDs), sockets, and so on, while also focusing on special areas such as bathrooms (e.g. heating or shaving sockets), swimming pools (internal or external), ponds, or portable outdoor equipment.
As part of the building regulations approval in an extension or new-build, or where the electrical circuits have been updated, an electrical certificate, signed off by a qualified electrician, needs to be supplied to comply with the requirements. This document will be sought and checked by your Surveyor Local surveyor.
In addition, the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommends that a periodic inspection be completed every 10 years on private residential property, or every 5 years if you are renting out the property to tenants, or you own a commercial building. Again, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will identify the Periodic Inspection Review document’s existence and confirm its validity and status.
When preparing a Pembrokeshire Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report, an RICS surveyor will inspect all accessible parts of the electrical system, noting the location and likely age of the fuse-board, and includes a visual assessment of the superficial parts of the wiring, without taking anything apart for safety reasons. In addition to verifying areas connected to the mains (e.g. the whereabouts of the meter or consumer unit), the surveyor will also choose a selection of sockets and light-switches to ensure they are operating normally.
In the survey report, the surveyor will highlight all of the findings, including identifying those areas that they are unable to access, which might need further investigation by a qualified electrician. Where there are areas of concern, particularly where the electrical circuits and wiring don’t conform to the British standard, the surveyor will recommend that immediate action be taken. It is wise to obtain a couple of quotes for any major rewiring activities, as this can be used to enter into renegotiations over the asking price with the seller.
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We are buying an apartment in Pembrokeshire, and we noticed that there is a 21mm crack just above the windows in the lounge. What are the risks, and what subsidence information does the Pembrokeshire home survey include?
Subsidence is defined as the movement of a home’s foundations that threatens its structural integrity, although some degree of movement will always occur in every building. Recently-built homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the structure's own weight.
In areas where clay soil is common, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop, and when this dries out, it causes the clay to contract, pulling on the homes foundations and causing movement. Inside the property, keep an eye out for doors and windows that suddenly stick.
Restoration work for subsidence cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found, since the solution is refined to that specific root cause. It has been estimated, for example, that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. You may need to monitor (and measure) the cracks for as much as a year before the picture becomes entirely clear.
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In the Pembrokeshire HomeBuyer Report, what might 'E4' refer to?
The HomeBuyer Report is specifically designed and laid out so that clients can find what they want easily and, more importantly, understand what the report is saying. In summary, the product provides:
- a clearer layout, so that the information within it is obvious and can be found easily and swiftly
- an energy performance rating, bringing it in line with current legislation
- modern design broken down into the clear areas of the inspection (e.g. about the property, inside, outside, services, etc.)
- colour-coded condition ratings using a traffic-light system for instant visual understanding (1 (green) – no repairs required; 2 (amber) – needs repair or replacement but not immediately urgent; 3 (red) – needs urgent repair, replacement or financial investment)
- performed by a skilled chartered surveyor, such as the thorough and focused surveyors we have available at Surveyor Local
- less comprehensive and detailed (and therefore cheaper) than the Building Survey, but significantly more detailed than the Condition Report
- written in plain English with no technical or jargon terminology for easy understanding of the condition of the building
Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E, which covers the external aspects of the house, with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific property being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. The RICS have mandated a specific format for the HomeBuyer Report to aid the creation of a useful and comprehensive report for both surveyors and homebuyers. As a result, some sections may not be relevant to every property, such as reporting on the condition of the roof of a ground floor flat.
All visible issues relating to the outside elevations and foundations are checked for this section of the report, with the damp-proofing, including the damp-proof course, also being included here, as would movement of non-structural brick walls.
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I am acquiring an un-loved, Victorian, semi-detached property in Pembrokeshire, so should I get the more comprehensive Building Survey?
The Building 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)
The customer can choose this type of survey for any property that they are buying, but the RICS recommends that it is 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
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Another resident of the building in Pembrokeshire warned us that access to the roofing could be hard to organise. What advice would the surveyor give in their report?
Properties in Pembrokeshire with no other major issues may be exposed to a number of roof maintenance problems. All parts of the roof will be assessed during the survey, including anything from parapet walls to concrete tiles. Flat roofs can also be a nuisance, caused by factors like literally being flat, thereby not allowing water to run off it effectively.
It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Pembrokeshire, but it is a health and safety necessity. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a local builder for the job itself.
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Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as professional fees (e.g. for legal advice) on my maisonette in Pembrokeshire?
The HomeBuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as part of the offering for the same fee. When calculating the property's value, your RICS valuer will take into account their knowledge of the Pembrokeshire property market, as well as other factors relating to the property (e.g. number of bedrooms, or size of the bathroom), the architecture and construction methods, key assumptions (such as the ground is not landfilled), connectivity to water, gas, electricity, drainage, etc., access to amenities and transport links, and environmental concerns (such as the proximity of busy roads), but they will disregard certain things like furnishings (e.g. carpets and curtains).
A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. Call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 for more information. Get your instant home survey quote by completing the form at the top of this page.
There is a terraced house in Pembrokeshire priced at £135,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Pembrokeshire?
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 Pembrokeshire.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Pembrokeshire in December 2018 was £130,627, which is £4,373 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Pembrokeshire 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 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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I suspect said there may be a risk of brown asbestos ceiling boards situated in the flat. What is asbestos and how is it remedied?
Property built prior to around 1985 will conceal any number of materials containing asbestos. Asbestos is a pernicious silicate material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. soffit boards. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in duct connectors. Most of it was sourced from the US.
All forms are ultimately dangerous and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease following prolonged exposure. In fact inhaling a solitary fibre is not deadly.
If discovered, one must be careful not to disturb the asbestos and expert advice should be sought without delay. Removing it will probably be costly but must be carried out by experts. Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos on a survey. They will note possible asbestos risks and should suggest experts are consulted.