The Dutch bond brick on this property in Shrewsbury looks in bad shape; what should we do? Are brick walls hard to repair?
Brick has been used as the main constituent of building houses for centuries, so it’s unsurprising that so many designs and methods for laying the courses have been developed over the years, many of which can be seen around Shrewsbury.
This being the case, upkeep may not always be straightforward. Brick conversions in Shrewsbury will be subject to both minor and serious issues, and where relevant, these will be discussed in the survey report, with repair advice also supplied. A defect often found is rapidly-deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack, and this may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered.
For more information and quotes, contact local reputable builders, such as:
- LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd., 10 Henry Close, Shrewsbury, SY1 3TJ (Tel: 01743 445555), or
- Acorn Building contractors, Shotton Lane, Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury, SY4 3DN (Tel: 01743 293249.
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What is subsidence? What can be done to fix it if it is found during the Shrewsbury property survey?
Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house that impacts the structural integrity of the building, but this should be distinguished from settlement (which is usually benign), because some degree of movement will always occur within a building. New properties, for example, will need to settle under their own weight.
A relatively small number of issues are found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that on flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and begin to slide downward. Signs of potential subsidence include doors and windows that are more difficult to open.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step to identifying the specific solution. Removing or even pruning the trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, although that can exacerbate the problem, so seeking professional advice might be wise. Trees and shrubs must be well-managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property (including your neighbours’ houses). Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis of subsidence can take months.
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Should I order a full structural survey prior to acquiring an abandoned, eighties, garden maisonette in Shrewsbury?
The full structural survey was the original name for what is now known as the RICS Level 3 Survey, although the two reports have effectively the same purpose with improvements applied to the RICS Level 3 Survey.
While a RICS Level 2 Survey is appropriate for a mid-century (or later), unmodified maisonette built out of standard building materials (i.e. brick and tile), you would be best advised to choose a RICS Level 3 Survey in relation to the property you are contemplating.
Bear in mind that some caveats exist with any residential survey: Your local Shrewsbury surveyor will not be able to open the fabric of the building or comment on the efficiency of gas installations.
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What do I need to consider when purchasing an old building in Shrewsbury, and what consequences will the architecture have on regular maintenance?
Many buyers in Shrewsbury have considered buying property with real personality and charm, such as a barn conversion or a gatekeeper’s cottage. For houses in Shrewsbury built before the 20th century, age can sometimes be an issue. Houses built with traditional or ‘vernacular’ techniques can be unexpectedly hard to maintain, because specialist expertise may be needed, especially for listed property, and construction materials, such as matching tiles, may also be required. Mention this to your Shrewsbury surveyor so that they will be able to investigate your concerns in more detail and provide you with the requisite information.
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Will there be any issues I would need to consider if I’m planning to buy a converted flat in Shrewsbury inside a conservation area, particularly with regards to property values?
There are around 9,300 designated conservation areas throughout the country, which are managed by local councils. English Heritage review the state of these areas on an annual basis, so it is worth looking up the information about the specific conservation area on their website.
Surveyors in Shrewsbury are required by the RICS to possess knowledge of any relevant local issues and any connection they might have on the property. Property prices will probably be greater as a result of the areas retaining their original features and being resistant to change. However, a growing number have been neglected and are in a poor state (e.g. the unsightly effect of billboard advertising, or poorly maintained potholes in pavements and roads).
Property surveyors can be expected to tell you if the planned purchase is located in a conservation area, and Section I of your RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend additional questions to be asked during the conveyancing process. Unauthorised modifications to the property will be noted in the survey, but these should be investigated by your lawyer.
Hooper Burrowes Legal are a local firm situated at Unit 1, Yeomanry Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 3EH (Tel: 01743 292444), and they will be prepared to advise further. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Will a qualified surveyor inspect the condition or the safety of the gas heaters at the terraced house we are buying in Shrewsbury?
The RICS surveyor will visually survey any accessible parts of the gas system, including the meter location and position, and any gas-affiliated fittings (e.g. ventilation of the flue if it’s blocked). The fittings will not be removed for inspection and no test will be carried out on the system, since the surveyor is neither qualified nor licensed to perform such functions.
Of course, gas is potentially dangerous, so, should there be any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas engineer. Shrewsbury- based local companies include:
- KV Bishton Plumbers, 67 The Mount, Shrewsbury, SY3 8PL (Tel: 01743 343764)
- Quote Beating Plumbing and Heating, 50 Trinity Street, Shrewsbury, SY3 7PQ (Tel: 01743 353899)
- If you smell gas, then call a Gas Safe engineer, or contact the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
Gas regulations require landlords to carry out appliance and installation inspections annually. Non-compliance penalties are harsh, costly and may result in a criminal record.
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Is rain an issue in Shrewsbury? Will the Shrewsbury homebuyers’ survey report on this, and could it affect the property value?
Regular rainfall is as common in Shrewsbury as it is across the country, yet the impact rain can have on property is not given more thought when considering a purchase.
One indication that drainage systems are damaged is mildew in the attic. Luckily, guttering issues are quite easy to remedy, if they are not neglected. If they are, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.
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There is a flat in the SY3 postcode area priced at £125,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in the Shropshire area?
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 Shropshire.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Shropshire in June 2018 was £119,211, which is £5,789 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Shropshire were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 20 August 2018
An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a RICS Level 2 Survey, 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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