If we are going to invest in a substantially-modified, Victorian bungalow in Scunthorpe, is it necessary to get a full structural survey?
For your interest, the Full Structural Survey was the original name for what has been renamed to the Building Survey by the RICS. If you are buying a modified Scunthorpe property, such as this tatty bungalow, a Building Survey is the best product to choose.
Shortly after a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings, the survey will provide comprehensive and critical insight into the property's construction materials in conjunction with any important technical details.
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My partner and I are buying a converted stable in Scunthorpe. What effect will the wooden structure have on repairs?
For traditionally-built Scunthorpe properties, age can create difficulties for an owner. Buildings constructed using traditional methods can be surprisingly expensive to repair, because it is likely that specialist expertise may be needed, especially for a Grade-II-listed house, and materials suitable for the work may be required. If you have doubts or questions, speak to the property surveyor for more detail.
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Will there be any potential pitfalls we would be advised of if we’re buying a home inside a conservation area in Scunthorpe, particularly with regards to property values?
There are nearly 10,000 conservation areas in England and Wales, all of which are overseen and managed by the local council.
A surveyor is required by the RICS to have the relevant knowledge of any local area issues and the effect may have on the house. Property prices will probably be significantly higher as a result of them being largely unspoilt.
Your property surveyor is expected to advise you whether the location is within a conservation area and Section I of your HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will highlight questions to be raised during the conveyancing process. Out-of-keeping adjustments that do not have Local Authority approval may be noted in the survey report, but these are the responsibility of your solicitor.
QualitySolicitors Bradbury, Roberts & Raby are a local firm of solicitors based at Wadsworth House, 30-40 Laneham Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6PB (Tel: 01724 854000), and they might be prepared to tell you what to look out for in a conservation area. Alternatively, you might prefer to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Will the Scunthorpe surveyor check the safety of the gas mains supply?
An RICS chartered surveyor will visually check any accessible parts of the gas system, such as whether the meter is in an escape route, as well as gas-associated fixtures (e.g. chimney breasts or flues). Should there be any external fittings, they won't be dislodged, and the system won't be tested because the surveyor is not licensed to carry out such functions. Most people are aware that gas is potentially dangerous, and, should you have any worries about gas, you must contact a Gas-Safe engineer.
Lincolnshire-based local companies include:
- Premier Plumbing and Maintenance Ltd., 36 Godnow Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 4EA (Tel: 07710 164273)
- Ceramick Gas and Property Care, 1a Meredith Avenue, Scunthorpe, DN17 1RH (Tel: 07888 760612)
- If you smell gas, then you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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Is rainfall an issue in Scunthorpe and can damaged guttering decrease our property's value?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather, rainfall and the effect it can have on Scunthorpe buildings are not given more appropriate thought. For instance, mildew or damp in the roof can often mean that the drainage systems are a cause for concern. If you have suspicions about the effects of damp or weather on the property, you should ask your surveyor for more information.
Fortunately, these defects are usually easy to resolve, if they are caught early. However, if the drains are untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and it could become increasingly harder to repair. In the worst-case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.
You should also be aware that the Environment Agency estimates that some 2.8m homes are susceptible to flooding problems from surface water alone, so it makes sense to get the rainwater management checked out at the house.
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There is a semi-detached house in the DN17 postcode area priced at £130,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Scunthorpe?
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 Scunthorpe.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Scunthorpe in June 2018 was £123,876, which is £6,124 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Scunthorpe were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 30 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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I've put in an offer for a brick-built cottage in Scunthorpe. What suggestions will the surveyor make, and does render make a difference?
Although brick has been the most common construction material for the last few centuries, brick structures in Scunthorpe will necessarily still experience a range of defects, from frost damage to cracks. A common defect is sulphate attack, which is caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, and it will eventually destroy the structural integrity of the wall. Render can protect the brick, but it, too, can suffer a range of defects. Defects like these will be highlighted by your surveyor in the survey, with directions for remedy.
The apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared to plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse. Seek advice before undertaking such work, and do not disregard your surveyor’s advice. It is always worth getting a selection of quotes from reputable builders, such as H&H Joiners and Builders, 43 Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7PN (Tel: 01724 701436).
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What should we be worried about if we go with buying a Scunthorpe flat close to the Brigg Road recycling centre?
Landfill sites and recycling centres, like the one at Brigg Road, are used for a variety of waste (e.g. commercial refuse disposal, or general recycling of household waste). There are many thousands of these types of sites that affect hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK including Scunthorpe. Risks might include leaking underground tanks from petrol stations, for example, while potential health problems, such as birth defects, have been associated with landfill sites.
HomeBuyer Reports in Scunthorpe will note any structural issues that can be linked to the landfill or recycling site. Your lawyer will perform environmental searches of the Landmark datasets in addition to talking to North Lincolnshire Local Authority, informing you of any issues and whether the searches fail, detailing these findings in their report on title.
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