Do I need to commission a full structural survey prior to purchasing an unloved, purpose-built, Regency maisonette in Stafford?
The Full Structural Survey was the precursor to what has been renamed by the RICS to the RICS Level 3 Survey.
While the RICS Level 2 Survey is all you really need for a post-1950s, Stafford maisonette of standard construction materials (i.e. brick and tile), for the property you are talking about, the RICS Level 3 Survey is the one you should choose.
There are some caveats that exist with any residential survey because an RICS surveyor is not in a position to open up the fabric of the maisonette, for example, or survey where hatches are over 3m above ground.
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There is a semi-detached house in the ST16 postcode area priced at £190,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Stafford?
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 Stafford.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Stafford in June 2018 was £180,774, which is £9,226 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Stafford were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 17 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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Will there be anything we should know if we are intending to buy a flat in Stafford in the Trentham conservation area?
Trentham is in a conservation area and has been classified as 'very bad' by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and no significant change. There are around ten thousand conservation areas in the UK, the responsibility for which lies with the local authorities. Trentham is handled by Stafford Borough Council at Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford, ST16 3AQ (Tel: 01785 619000).
Stafford surveyors need to have sufficient knowledge of the relevant local factors and the relation that these may have on the building and its value. House prices are usually more than those outside the conservation area as a result of the them retaining their original character and being resistant to change (notwithstanding the review comments by English Heritage).
RICS surveyors will inform you whether the property is one of these areas or not, and Section I of your RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will suggest further questions to be asked by your legal representative. Unauthorised extensions to the property will also be reported in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your conveyancer to investigate.
Nowell Meller Solicitors are a local firm of conveyancers based in 7-8 St. Marys Grove, Stafford, ST16 2AT (Tel: 01785 252377), and they may be prepared to advise you on Stafford conservation areas. Or you might want to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Will the surveyor examine the condition of the gas appliances in our mid-terrace house in Stafford?
Your chartered surveyor will visually check the easily-accessible parts of the gas system, and they will look at whether the mains are connected at the property, as well as checking over gas-related fixtures (like the possibility of asbestos in the chimney). External fittings or housings won't be undone, and no test of the system will be performed, because the surveyor is neither authorised nor licensed to carry out such functions.
Needless to say, gas is potentially dangerous, and, if there are any worries about gas, you must call a gas engineer. Stafford-based Gas-Safe-registered companies include:
- A. C. O. Gas Services, 20 The Lawn, Poplar Way, Stafford, ST17 9LN (Tel: 01785 748930)
- A & D Gas Services, 27 Hatherton Street, Stafford, ST16 3TP (Tel: 01785 256765)
- If you smell gas, call a Gas Safe engineer, or contact the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations stipulate that landlords are legally required to commission appliance and installation inspections annually. Non-compliance penalties include heavy fines and a possible criminal record.
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Are high levels of rainfall an issue in Stafford? Can damaged rainwater goods decrease our property's value?
It does seem strange that wet weather and the effect it can have on a residence are usually overlooked by purchasers, because our climate ensures that it rains regularly. As an example of problems, flaking or efflorescence on external walls may indicate that the rainwater goods are blocked, which could then result in staining of wallpaper and damp inside.
Fortunately, drainage problems are usually easy to resolve, if they are caught early, but, if they are not cleared out regularly, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property, and it will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.
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The English bond walls on this Tudor house in Stafford have deteriorated badly. What are the possible consequences and are brick walls hard to repair?
For centuries, brick has been the construction product of choice, which means that there are several different designs and methods for laying the brick courses. This being the case, upkeep may not always be straightforward, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.
Brick-walled homes in Stafford can be subject to several common problems, ranging from horizontal cracking through erosion to diagonal cracking caused by ground movement, and these all may require immediate attention. It would be worth obtaining a number of quotes from local builders so that you know what your financial outlay will be, or you can use the information to renegotiate the price with the vendor prior to exchange.
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We are purchasing a property in Stafford, but will the age of the structure be an issue?
Some purchasers would love to own a unique or characterful property that has stacks of charm and beauty, but vernacular (or traditional) architecture can create difficulties for an owner, because homes showcasing traditional methods can be a chore to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, while specific materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced.
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What should concern us about buying a flat close to a landfill site in Stafford?
Sites operated for landfill are used for a variety of waste (for example, domestic waste material, or chemical extraction). Thousands of these sites affect hundreds of thousands of people in England, including Stafford, with concerns including heavy metals or toxic chemicals being released into the environment.
Surveyors in Stafford will examine any structural defects attributable to the site, and your solicitor will commission conveyancing searches of the Landmark databases and Stafford Local Authority to give you the results of the search in their report on title.
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