Is it best to get a full structural survey before purchasing a neglected, forties house close to Reading?
The Full Structural Survey was recently renamed to the Building Survey, which is essentially the same product, but improved so that is easier to read and understand. It is the most appropriate choice of survey if you are planning to buy a house like your unloved building in Reading. This non-prescribed format of report details information on the building's standard of construction and repair, as well as any maintenance needs. Shortly after a thorough visual inspection of the accessible areas inside and outside the property, your surveyor will send you a copy of their report.
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I am buying a 19th-century barn conversion in Reading. What should be budgeted for maintenance?
Some buyers in Reading long to own a house with bags of personality and charm, like a barn conversion. However, it should be noted that, for houses built before the 20th century, their age can be quite problematic.
Buildings constructed using traditional methods can be costly to upkeep, because it is often the case that specialist expertise is required, and it could also be necessary to find traditional or sympathetic building materials, particularly if the building in question is listed or is in a conservation area. Mention this to your building surveyor if you want more information.
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Will there be anything we need to be aware of if we are intending to buy a property in Reading in a conservation area?
There are nearly 10,000 official conservation areas throughout England and Wales that are designated as such and monitored by the local councils.
Surveyors in Reading are required by the RICS to possess knowledge of the relevant local issues and any connection they might have with the property and the effect they have on its value. Property prices will likely be higher in a conservation area as a result of the location being resistant to change. However, it’s worth pointing out that many of them are falling into neglect and are in disrepair (for example, because of badly-maintained and potholed roads and pavements).
Property surveyors can be expected to advise whether the home is in a designated area, and Section I of a Reading HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will provide additional questions for your conveyancing solicitor to follow up. Unauthorised modifications to the building should be commented on, but these are the responsibility of your legal representative to investigate.
Caversham Solicitors Ltd. are a local firm situated at 51a Church Street, Reading, RG4 8AX (Tel: 0118 947 8638) will be prepared to advise. Or you might like to try an online conveyancing firm, such as Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Will a surveyor examine the safety of the gas installations at the cottage in Reading?
Your surveyor will locate and visually inspect the easily-accessible parts of the gas system, looking look at gas (and oil) heaters, as well as gas-related fittings (like balanced flues where they immediately extend from the appliance or external element). If there are any gas fittings, they won't be taken apart and the overall system will not be tested by the surveyor as they are not authorised or licensed to do so.
Of course, gas can be hazardous, and, if there are any concerns about gas fittings, or if you suspect a gas issue, contact a Gas Safe engineer to get it checked.
Reading-based gas engineers include:
- Elite Heating and Plumbing Services, Henley Road, Reading, RG4 6LJ (Tel: 0118 907 9447)
- F&R Gas Services, 8 Radcot House, Portman Way, Reading, RG30 1DR (Tel: 07455 655500)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999 immediately
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Should I investigate downspouts at the bungalow in Reading and does our house surveyor mention it in the report?
Despite England's reputation and propensity for wet weather, the effect that heavy rainfall has on a house is, surprisingly, not given more thought when it comes to buying a new home. If you have visited the property on a sunny day, obvious defects may be harder to detect. Persistent heavy rainfall could result ultimately in cracked foundations and subsidence.
Fortunately, these defects are generally easy to resolve if maintenance is taken seriously, but, where this is disregarded, the damage becomes increasingly costly to remedy.
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There is a flat in the RG4 postcode area priced at £230,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Reading?
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 Reading.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Reading in June 2018 was £226,201, which is £3,799 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Reading 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 we get repair advice for Scottish bond brick for the property in Reading we're purchasing?
Several popular courses, designs and methods of brick-building can be found across Reading, having been developed over the centuries. Although brick maintenance looks a simple job, it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.
Brick-built Reading properties do benefit from many advantages over those constructed using other materials. Unfortunately, they also suffer from a number of issues, ranging from horizontal cracking through weathering to brick rot, resulting from decades of exposure to condensation or damp at ground level. It is worth sourcing a few quotes from local reputable builders so that you are aware of your financial commitments.
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What should we be wary of when buying a property next to recycling centre in Reading, and landfill sites generally?
Landfill sites take many forms (including processing inert rubbish, or recycling household detritus). Thousands of these places affect hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK including Reading. Concerns include tars and other hazardous materials leaking into the environment, and health issues (such as gut problems) have been associated with landfill sites.
Reading RICS surveyors will examine any structural defects that can be directly linked to the landfill. Your conveyancing solicitor will perform conveyancing and environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases, and contact the Reading Local Authority, informing you of any issues they find and letting you know if the searches fail in their report on title.
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