Which Plymouth Surveys include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for professional fees like legal costs)?
A HomeBuyer Report on a Plymouth property will contain a professional valuation and will also include a reinstatement cost as an integral part of the report, which will cover the cost of rebuilding any permanent outhouses and retaining walls.
To ascertain the property's value, your independent surveyor will take into account their knowledge of the Plymouth property market, as well as other factors about the property (e.g. the number of bedrooms, or size of garden), construction methods, access to amenities and public transport links, key assumptions (such as there being no hazardous materials to be removed, and there being no complex legal issues connected with the sale), connection to utilities, and environmental issues such as the proximity of busy thoroughfares.
A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a small additional fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
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What effect does clay soil have on a home's foundations? What should we expect a Plymouth survey to include, and what defects will be reported?
The content of soil around the foundations of a home will have an impact, with shrinking or swelling of clay soil being relatively common. Given that the moisture content has such a great effect on clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise whenever environmental conditions change considerably.
If it is present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a Plymouth surveyor to carry out your survey, because they are familiar with the composition of the local soil, and they will have witnessed the effects first-hand.
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Will the Plymouth home surveyor check for possible flood-damage, or if neighbouring property have been affected?
Burst dams, poor drainage and tidal activity could all cause major flood damage to any property. If you are planning to buy in a flood-affected area, a HomeBuyer Report will help to inform your decision. The Environment Agency maintains a flood-alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a residential property, such as via loose patio doors, or ill-fitting windows. Less expensive preventative measures include door-guards, or air-brick covers. Flooding issues will only be raised in Section J of a HomeBuyer Report if the surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the residential property is at risk.
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When we were shown the period property we want to lease in Plymouth, the agent said that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses; will a survey report on the state of the wiring?
When conducting a Plymouth HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor will add details on the electrics if it is suspected that they are in an unsafe state of repair. This should include an overview or examination of any revealed areas of the wiring, fuse-box, etc. as well as inspecting the condition of fitted appliances, like water heaters, and reviewing a sample of the light fittings, switches and sockets. Verifying the location of the test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably-qualified electrician should be part of the survey.
Always seek advice on electrical systems, if you have any concerns, from reputable local electricians like SSI Electrical Services Ltd., Unit 28, Plympton Park, Bell Close, Newnham Industrial Estate, Plymouth, PL7 4JH (Tel: 01579 551408), or RC Electrical, 5 Forest Avenue, Plymouth, PL2 3QD (Tel: 07813 195943).
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For the Plymouth HomeBuyer Report, can you provide some examples of red-light rated defects impacting the section 'E6 - Outside doors'?
The HomeBuyer Report uses a system of traffic light indicators to show the severity of all the parts that have been inspected.
For the section highlighted in the question, all doors leading outside are checked by the surveyor, but will not be forced open without keys, or if they are stuck closed. In general, glazing and safety glass issues are also checked. A damaged doorframe is an example of a Section E6 defect. A red rating will indicate that these issues could risk the health and safety of residents.
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I have put in an offer on a Plymouth house with a loft conversion, so what aspects of the attic will be checked?
Plymouth properties in otherwise fine condition could, unfortunately, experience damage to the roof, including bowed trusses, or cracked soffits. From dormers to wind-braces, the whole roof will be investigated as part of the survey, and your surveyor may suggest that any critical defects be addressed as soon as possible.
Given the high cost of major roof repairs like replacement of a failed dormer, some homeowners may defer its maintenance indefinitely. This makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. If an estimate for roofing work is required, a roofing contractor in the local area can provide one.
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There is a detached house in the PL6 postcode area priced at £320,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Plymouth?
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 Plymouth.
This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Plymouth in June 2018 was £311,295, which is £8,705 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Plymouth were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 16 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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Can Doulting stone-built structures be a challenge. Which related issues should we consider, and will the Plymouth surveyor offer any advice?
From Farmington Stone to Golconda Dolomitic Limestone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country, helped by its geological richness.
Problems which impact stone-built houses can vary greatly, with issues like staining being quote common. Irregular stone walls are not unusual in the construction of houses, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used for the more decorative elements. Maintenance tips include using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings.
If you are planning to renovate, consider that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail, which costs £500, including VAT (information correct as at 16 August 2018). Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.
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