The estate agent mentioned that there had been leaks in the roof in the Stevenage maisonette we are buying. What advice would the surveyor give in their report?
Stevenage houses that are otherwise ideal can often hide incorrectly-applied waterproofing, among a range of other roofing issues. From tie beams to trusses, the whole roof will be considered in the survey and, any defects highlighted in the survey report. Where access is not safe or possible, your surveyor will go somewhere where it can be inspected through binoculars and using other tools.
There are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Stevenage, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the property surveyors will look for a range of signs, including whether they are literally flat, because an incline of at least twelve degrees is recommended for rain to run off efficiently.
In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards', but this practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange.
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There is a semi-detached house in the SG2 postcode area priced at £360,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Stevenage?
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 Stevenage.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Stevenage in June 2018 was £349,389, which is £10,611 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Stevenage 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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We are planning to buy a Stevenage property and the current owner has told us that it’s built with Doulting stone. Are there specific related issues to bear in mind, and will the surveyor offer any advice?
The cost of repairs for stone-built Stevenage homes can be higher than for those constructed from more standard materials. Problems which impact stone-built Stevenage homes can vary greatly, with issues like displacement being quite common. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular- or irregularly-cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyor’s expertise to identify the source of the problem.
Different stone-types will also decay at different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade.
Upkeep advice is often given in a survey, and includes cautious removal of nearby trees and plants, but you should be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage.
Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source. Contact a local mine or quarry for more information, advice and any quotes for work identified in the survey.
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I suspect there might be asbestos coatings sprayed on beams at the house we are buying in Stevenage. What is asbestos, and can it be easily removed?
Asbestos is a dangerous, fibrous material of several naturally occurring ingredients. Chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue) are often found in building materials, such as lagging, paint, or roof tiles, among several others. Asbestos was used as it has good heat-resistance and sound-proofing qualities and was treated as a miracle substance until its health concerns were fully appreciated.
Technically, all forms of asbestos are potentially deadly, and might lead to lung cancer, asbestosis or other pleural complications if inhaled over sustained periods. However, contrary to popular myth, breathing in a solitary fibre is not fatal.
Special care should be taken if asbestos is discovered, but in no circumstances should you disturb or break it, seeking professional advice without delay. Professional removal of asbestos can be costly, but you should not be tempted to carry out the work yourself, as it absolutely must be completed by experts.
Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Stevenage home survey, but they will report on the risk of asbestos, and should recommend the relevant tests.
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What is subsidence? How could this affect the property in Stevenage, and what issues will the surveyor look into?
Movement of a home on a structural level is what is known as subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence, both of which may exhibit exactly the same symptoms.
Most homes in Stevenage are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage. Many houses develop superficial cracks in a wall surface, due to settlement. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations, causing the subsoil to be compacted by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above, as its volume is reduced.
The root cause of any subsidence must be found before specific repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, although this may exacerbate the problem further, so expert advice must be sought. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.
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Is it necessary to spend a bit more on full structural survey before purchasing a derelict, sixties cottage near Stevenage?
So you’re aware, Full Structural Surveys are now known as Building Surveys, and we would recommend choosing a Building Survey in relation to the house you are contemplating buying, because the HomeBuyer Report only goes into enough detail for a post-fifties, unmodified property of standard construction materials (i.e. brick and tile) and methods.
There are certain caveats are integral with a property survey as the Stevenage based surveyor is not in a position to force or open up the structure of the Stevenage house, and nor can they inspect any part that could risk personal injury.
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Will my Stevenage survey give a property valuation and reinstatement cost estimate, and how does the surveyor calculate it?
A HomeBuyer Report on a Stevenage building will include a property valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as part of the survey, and this will include the cost of rebuilding permanent outbuildings, retaining walls and anything else structurally important at the property.
In order to determine the value of the property, your chartered surveyor will combine their knowledge of the Stevenage property market with other factors about the property (e.g. whether it’s overlooked, or the general state of repair), the architecture and construction methods, proximity to amenities and transport links, connection to mains utilities, key assumptions (such as there not being any major structural issue like asbestos-removal, or complex legal issues likely to cause problems with the sale), and environmental status (like being close to a major arterial road).
A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. For more information, try Surveyor Local’s instant Stevenage Home Survey Quote generator (scroll to the top of this page to fill in the short form), or call 0800 038 6667 to talk to one of our advisers about which option best fits your needs.
Will the RICS surveyor in Stevenage check the state of the gas appliances?
Your surveyor will locate and visually assess any easily-accessible parts of the gas system, including gas-heaters (also including LPG, oil, and electric) and gas-related fixtures (e.g. prefabricated flues). Fittings or covers will not be undone and the system will not be tested, because your surveyor is not licensed or registered to perform such a function.
Most people are aware that gas is potentially unsafe, and, if you have any worries about gas fittings, call a gas engineer. If you smell gas, you should call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999. The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations stipulate that all landlords are legally required to conduct appliance and installation inspections every year. Non-compliance penalties are harsh, expensive, and may result in a criminal record.
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