The Fletton brick on this Edwardian terrace in Rhondda Cynon Taf looks in bad shape; what should we do?
Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively familiar, like common bond, which is made up of stretchers long-faced bricks) with headers (the short face of the brick) every six courses or rows, to the rare, such basket-weave bonds, with alternating groups of vertically and horizontally arranged bricks. It is worth contacting a specialist for more information if this is of interest.
In all cases of HomeBuyer Report and Building Survey, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will inspect the condition of the walls (where the brick is visible) and check for issues, highlighting the state in the report, and making recommendations for remedial action (long-term or immediate) depending on what has been found. It is always worth getting a selection of quotes from accredited and recommended builders for any of the work that has been identified.
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What effect does heavy rainfall have on a house in Rhondda Cynon Taf? Also, if there is damage, will it be difficult to fix?
Despite Wales's reputation for wet weather, this issue is frequently overlooked by homebuyers. One indication that rainwater goods are at risk is evidence of corroded downspouts, which may lead to damp problems and mould.
The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.
Because of the increasing likelihood of flooding in the UK and the problems it causes, it becomes an essential part of looking for a new home to establish its history with flooding and the risk to the local area. There are several steps that can be taken:
- use the Environment Agency’s flood information service for the current situation
- search for your location on the Environment Agency’s flood map for planning service to establish the level of risk of flooding (based on historical and geographical information)
- appoint a specialist search provider to identify the position in more detail (you can talk to your conveyancing solicitor about this option and costs)
- check with the sellers to confirm anecdotal evidence of prior flooding issues
- If practical to do so, it is also worth looking at the house in both wet and dry weather to see if there are any obvious differences.
Whether you are buying in buying in Rhondda Cynon Taf or elsewhere, difficulty with rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out of your transaction. Such matters are often simple to fix, if they are dealt with quickly.
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We are planning to buy a home in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and noticed that, while there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, the living-room floor dips noticeably. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?
Movement of a building on a structural level is what is defined as subsidence, although this should be distinguished from the more benign symptoms of simple settlement. Often, homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf are built using a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rate from each other.
In areas of clay soil, a dry spell will lower the water table, and, if this dries out and shrinks the clay, it will pull on the building's structure and cause subsidence. In severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to problems with subsidence.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key to establishing the right solution to the problem. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or to mitigate the potential risk of movement, but without creating further issues (e.g. pruning or removal of trees may allow the soil moisture to increase applying pressure on the foundations in a different way). Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.
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When I went to see the house I expect to acquire in Rhondda Cynon Taf, it appeared that there is an unsafe electrical system; will a HomeBuyer Report specify anything about the electrical system?
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), and, for residential properties, these cover 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 Rhondda Cynon Taf 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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I am purchasing a ‘doer-upper’, Regency flat in Rhondda Cynon Taf; should I upgrade to 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
There will be one or two limitations with the survey to consider as a surveyor won't be able to open up the fabric of the of the Rhondda Cynon Taf flat (unless the owner’s consent is provided), such as removing secured panels. Also flat conversions, by their very nature, mean the whole building can't easily be inspected, so a surveyor can only report on the actual flat, although they might be able to give details of communal parts of the property, such as common hallways. For a table containing a comparison of the differences between surveys, see here.
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Will vermin affect the purchase price of a property in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and should we get a residential surveyor?
Rhondda Cynon Taf houses will often be free of major pests, but, if you do have specific concerns, you should seek advice from your surveyor or a pest control expert.
Evidence may not be easy to find, and pests are often introduced to a home via luggage after a trip abroad, with bedbugs being extremely hard to remove. As some pests can be very stubborn, knowing the risks, and chance of success before you buy is essential.
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My partner and I are buying an old converted cow-house in Rhondda Cynon Taf, so what should be budgeted for upkeep?
There are many buyers who would really love to own an old, characterful home purely because of that character and the romanticism of its charm and appeal, particularly if it’s coupled with a great location.
With such a dream, though, comes the consideration of the construction and what it means in terms of ongoing maintenance and remedying any existing problems as part of its purchase. This is because such properties are likely to have been built employing the older construction methods and materials, and this might occasionally give buyers second thoughts as a result of the stress and worry about its upkeep.
The obvious traditional (or ‘vernacular’) techniques in the construction include cob (a mixture of clay soil, straw, and sand), wattle and daub (limestone and horse-hair), straw bales, timber beams for wall construction, thatched roofs, adobe, and hemp, all of which can be very challenging to maintain.
You should be aware that expert knowledge may also be needed before buying so that the condition of the materials and structure can be fully checked out and estimates provided for any remedial work. In addition, certain materials suitable for the work may be required to be sourced, particularly if the building is listed or is in a conservation area, which might be expensive.
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I want to buy a flat in Rhondda Cynon Taf (in the CF37 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £80,000. What will a Rhondda Cynon Taf surveyor consider when carrying out a professional valuation?
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 Rhondda Cynon Taf.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Rhondda Cynon Taf in December 2018 was £73,808, which is £6,192 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Rhondda Cynon Taf 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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