I would like to buy a three-bedroomed, detached house in Swindon (SN1) for around £349,995. What will a surveyor consider on a valuation?
There is a vast array of things which could affect property values ranging from the length of lease to whether the property is listed or not. And it is useful to compare house values achieved in Swindon for comparable properties.
This means the average price of completed transactions on detached houses in Swindon in May 2018 was £371,735, which is £21,740 more than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Swindon were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 August 2018
The best way for homebuyers to get a formal property valuation is to commission a RICS Level 2 Survey, which includes a Property Valuation Report as standard. A professional chartered surveyor will attend the home as well as allowing for the countless area factors that can impact on values. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme.
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What should I be wary of when buying a building that’s located next to a landfill site in Swindon?
Landfill sites are operated for a variety of waste (for example, industrial waste management, or household recycling). A huge number of these sites affect many thousands of people throughout the UK (including areas in Swindon). Worries might include the existence of heavy metals and the possibility of toxins being released into the environment.
Surveyors in Swindon will examine structural issues directly resulting from the landfill, while your lawyer will commission environmental searches of specialist databases (such as those available from Landmark) and will talk to the Swindon Local Authority, giving you the results of the search in their report on title.
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Should I opt for a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey for a property in Swindon, and which is the cheapest?
For information, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed by the RICS to the RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey, evolved to be easier to understand.
If the Swindon property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, has been structurally modified, or is of non-standard construction, then the RICS recommends the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey, but if you intend to do any alterations, then the RICS advises you should choose a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is less cheap, but it will give you a thorough analysis of the Swindon property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.
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What sort of thing will the RICS Surveyor be looking for on a stucco-coated, semi-detached home in Swindon that I wish to buy?
Stucco is really a kind of render that is normally layered over red brick, drying to an attractive, smooth appearance that resembles stone. Stucco render is very appealing and is common on some Victorian and Georgian houses. It may have lime in it, to assist with hardening, as well as a metal or plastic under-mesh to help stop cracks from forming, all of which have their own specific issues to be aware of.
As with all building products, stucco has a set of common problems, and it can therefore be prone to defect. Surveyors in Swindon will report potentially expensive-to-remedy problems (e.g. trapped water leading to problems with damp, or sulphate attack from sulphates being sucked out of underlying brickwork). Re-applying Stucco problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.
For a local rendering expert, you can try contacting:
- A. P. Berrystone Building Contractors Ltd., Unit 3, 41-43 Belle Vue Road, Swindon, SN1 3HN (Tel: 01793 613300)
- Profinishes, 34 Branksome Road, Swindon, SN25 3HG (Tel: 07772 145723).
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The Fletton brick on this property in Swindon is badly worn; what are the possible consequences?
Several styles and designs for laying brick courses have been in use for centuries. This being the case, their upkeep may not always be straightforward. The advice of a brickwork specialist should be sought before attempting repairs yourself, as you are liable to cause more damage if you don’t possess the skills and experience.
Brick-built Swindon buildings have several benefits over property built from stone and other materials. Unfortunately, they are also prone to a few diverse problems, including inadequate damp-proofing, horizontal cracking, or patchwork cracks caused by tie failure (this may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface).
A local, reputable builder should be able to assist with providing quotes for any repairs, and you could try Godwin Construction, 20 Shrivenham Road, Swindon, SN6 7BZ (Tel: 01793 684839), or O’Leary Construction, 3 Barrington Close, Swindon, SN3 6HF (Tel: 01793 685602).
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A neighbour said subsidence could be worth checking on the house in Swindon. What information about this does the Swindon Homebuyers’ Survey include?
Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building, although some degree of movement will always occur and may turn out to be benign. New properties, for example, will need to settle beneath the structure's own weight. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new building after some months in order to make any necessary repairs. Cracks that appear suddenly or widen unexpectedly may be a strong indication of subsidence.
Finding the precise cause of any subsidence is key to understanding the exact remedy. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant-life are the suspected cause. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed as a matter of course for future protection.
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Are there any potential pitfalls we need to look out for if we are intending to buy an extended house in Swindon in a conservation area, particularly with regards to property values?
There are thousands of conservation areas in England and Wales, all of which are overseen by the local council. Your surveyor is required by the RICS to possess enough knowledge of all relevant local factors and any relation they might have with the property and its value, and that includes the requirements and impact on a property located in such an area.
Property prices are usually more than those outside the conservation area, which is down to the locations retaining their original features and being resistant to change. Similarly, for owners of homes in conservation areas, there will be certain responsibilities regarding maintenance, which will possibly be more than for a home located outside of a conservation area.
Surveyors are expected to tell you whether the property is in a conservation area or not, and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of your RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend any further enquiries to be carried out during the conveyancing process by your solicitor. Unapproved developments to the building may be noted in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your lawyer to investigate.
Henry and Company Solicitors are a local law firm situated at 31 Steeple View, Swindon, SN1 3FH (Tel: 01793 514874), and they might be happy to advise. Or you might want to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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My partner and I are buying an older, converted stable in Swindon, but what should be budgeted for its maintenance?
Some buyers in Swindon would love to own an old, characterful home one day, such as one of the many barn conversions that have been built. But vernacular (or traditional) architecture can often be problematic, and property employing traditional methods can be costly to upkeep, because expert knowledge may be needed.
In addition, construction materials (such as matching stone or wood) may be required, especially for listed houses or those located in a conservation area.
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