What should I be aware of if I’m planning to buy a house next to Bongs Farm Landfill Site (off Marple Road), and landfill sites generally?
Landfill sites are used for a variety of purposes (e.g. hazardous refuse or taking what is described as ‘other waste’, like the one at Bongs Farm). A huge number of these affect hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales including Stockport. Worries might include chemicals and toxins being released into the environment.
Surveys in Stockport will identify any structural defects that can be connected with the landfill, while your lawyer will perform environmental searches of the Landmark databases and talk to the Stockport Local Authority, advising you of their findings in the report on title for the property.
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What defects will a Stockport Surveyor look out for on a stucco, Regency home in Stockport?
Stucco (sometimes also called pargetting) is simply a form of render, very similar in consistency to plaster, that is typically layered over brick, setting to a smooth and even finish. The effect is highly beautiful and was often found on Regency properties, and sometimes it contains lime to make it workable, and a grid underneath to help stop cracks.
Stucco is often problematic, and Stockport RICS Level 2 Surveys will detail any problems found (for example, when stucco is exposed to on-going weathering and rain, becoming saturated and thus prone to frost damage, or the difficulty of diagnosing damp underneath). Fixing problems with stucco can be costly as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.
For a local rendering expert, try Stockport Renderers Plasterers, Chantry Road, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2BG (Tel: 07929 122586).
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There is a semi-detached house in the SK12 postcode area priced at £240,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Stockport?
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 Stockport.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Stockport in June 2018 was £233,120, which is £6,880 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Stockport 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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We are purchasing a house in Stockport, and while there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, the cellar floor dips noticeably. Is this a serious risk, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is found during the survey?
Subsidence is defined as the movement in a structure's foundations, affecting its stability and integrity. In most cases, though, subsidence can be resolved straightforwardly.
New cracks wider than 3mm to the bricks or render outside the property, or cracks which were stable but are now showing signs of fresh movement may indicate subsidence. In serious environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. However, such extreme problems are not usually a concern in England and Wales.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found, so that the solution can be perfectly tailored. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or the risk of it. In serious cases, underpinning may be required.
As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.
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I am acquiring a ‘doer-upper’ period apartment in Stockport; do I need to go for a full structural survey?
For your interest and information, the old Full Structural Survey is now called the RICS Level 3 Survey, but it is essentially the same product enhanced to be made easier to read and understand.
And it is the best selection of survey when you are buying an unconventional home (e.g. that unloved apartment in Stockport). It will detail comprehensive and significant professional advice concerning the property's standard of construction and repair, in conjunction with any important technical details. After a thorough inspection of any accessible parts of the house, both inside and out, the surveyor will issue the report a couple of days later to the client.
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My partner and I are purchasing a warehouse conversion in Stockport. What impact will the property's slate roof have on upkeep?
For houses in Stockport built before the 20th century, age can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Structures showcasing traditional methods can be a drain to maintain, because it is likely that specialist knowledge may be needed in any remedial work, and traditional or sympathetic materials may be required, particularly in the case of a listed property or a house that is in a conservation area. This may increase the importance of getting a comprehensive RICS Level 3 Survey so that you understand what you need to budget for your maintenance costs before you go ahead with the purchase.
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Will there be any problems we should guard against if we’re planning to buy a converted flat in Stockport in the Hillgate conservation area?
Hillgate is in a conservation area within Stockport and has been classified as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and deteriorating. For further information visit their website. There are many thousands of designated conservation areas in the UK that are overseen and managed by the local authorities. Hillgate is controlled by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council at Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3UR (Tel: 0161 480 4949).
Surveyors in Stockport are required by the RICS to have knowledge of all local factors and the effect that they have on the building and how it affects the price. Generally, values will be significantly higher in a conservation area because they are unspoilt (notwithstanding the specific comments made by English Heritage).
Surveyors are trained to identify whether the building is location in one of these special areas and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of your Stockport RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend additional enquiries to be carried out by your legal adviser. Out-of-keeping modifications that do not have Local Authority approval may be noted in your survey, but these are the responsibility of your solicitor to check.
Higgins Miller Solicitors Ltd. are a local firm based at 49 Middle Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 3DL (Tel: 0161 429 7251), and they might be happy to advise further. Or you might prefer to try an online conveyancer like In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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Does the surveyor advise on the serviceability of the gas installations in the maisonette in Stockport?
Your qualified surveyor will locate and visually examine any easily-accessible parts of the gas system, which will include gas (and oil) heaters, in addition to checking gas-related fixtures, like chimney linings. Any external fittings will not be removed, because the surveyor is not licensed to perform that function.
Gas can be fatal, and, if you have any worries about gas fittings, you must call a Gas Safe engineer. Stockport-based gas engineers include:
- Alan Baxter Gas Services, 47 Cheltenham Road, Stockport, SK3 0SL (Tel: 07702 346904)
- Ian Watts, 223 Bramhall Moor Lane, Stockport, SK7 5JL (Tel: 0161 217 9714)
- If you smell gas, you must call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
The regulations stipulate that all landlords are legally required to complete appliance and installation inspections on an annual basis. Non-compliance penalties are harsh, costly and may result in a criminal record.
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