I am buying a barn conversion in Torquay, but what effect will the property's rafter roof have on the cost of maintenance?
Many buyers would like to own a unique or characterful property filled with stacks of charm. A building's age, however, can sometimes be an issue, because property that was built using traditional methods can be a chore to repair. You should bear in mind that specialist expertise may be required, and traditional building materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of a home in one of Torquay's conservation areas. This may mean it is a good idea to discuss current upkeep needs with the seller, and to contact your surveyor for further advice.
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Will there be any concerns I need to consider when buying a period property in Torquay inside the Torquay Harbour conservation area, particularly in respect of property values?
Torquay Harbour is certainly in a conservation area and is handled by Torbay Council at Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR (Tel: 01803 201201).
Surveyors in Torquay must possess knowledge of any relevant local factors and any bearing that these may have on the property being assessed and its value. The value of homes is generally higher due to conservation areas retaining original features.
Surveyors are expected advise whether the house might be in a conservation area or not, and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of a RICS Level 2 Survey will identify additional questions to be followed up by your conveyancer. Unconsented changes to the property might be reported in the Torquay survey, but these are the responsibility of your legal adviser to investigate.
Wollen Michelmore Solicitors are a local law firm situated at 30 The Terrace, Torquay, TQ1 1BS (Tel: 01803 213251), and they might be prepared help you with further information. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, such as Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Will the RICS surveyor check the serviceability of the gas supply at the bungalow in Torquay?
A chartered surveyor will visually check the easily-accessible parts of the gas system, which will include gas heaters, where relevant, as well as gas-associated sections (e.g. chimney linings). If there are any fittings, they will not be taken off and neither will the system be tested, because your surveyor is not authorised or licensed to carry out those functions.
Gas, by its very nature, is potentially dangerous, and, should there be any worries about gas fittings, contact a Gas Safe engineer.
Local firms include:
- Advanced Gas Services, 97 Fore Street, Torquay, TQ1 4PZ (Tel: 01803 220782)
- S & A Heating Ltd., 7 Chatto Way, Torquay, TQ1 4UE (Tel: 01803 22233)
- If you smell gas, contact a Gas Safe engineer, or call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
Regulations stipulate that landlords must conduct appliance and installation inspections every year. Punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment.
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Is rain an issue in Torquay? Will the RICS Level 3 Survey report on this, and, if there is work that needs to be done, will they be expensive and disruptive to fix?
Both in Torquay, and throughout the country, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it, and certainly not when they are going through the process of moving home. For instance, water pooling below gutters will likely suggest that the downspouts are blocked, and this may lead to penetrating damp. In most cases, drainage problems are usually easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive, if dealt with early.
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There is a terraced house in the TQ1 postcode area priced at £173,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Torquay?
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 the Torbay area (which covers Torquay).
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Torbay in June 2018 was £167,544, which is £5,456 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Torbay were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 21 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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Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey, or RICS Level 2 Survey on a home in Torquay, and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to the RICS Level 3 Survey but is basically the same comprehensive survey evolved to be easier to understand.
If the Torquay property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, has been extended or modified, or is of non-standard construction, the RICS advise you to opt for the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, you should choose the RICS Level 3 Survey, which is not as cheap, but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Torquay property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options.
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What should we be wary of when buying a building in Torquay in the region a rubbish landfill?
Landfill sites are operated for a variety of waste uses, including hazardous rubbish disposal or household recycling. Understandably, no one ideally wants to live near such a place (although around 80% of people live under two kilometres away from one). Worries include potential leeching of toxic chemicals into the environment, while potential health issues (like abdominal wall problems) have been associated with landfill sites.
RICS Level 2 Survey in Torquay will examine any structural issues resulting from the proximity of the site. Your solicitor will perform conveyancing searches of the British Geological database, and will contact the Torbay Local Authority, advise you of any findings in the report on title for the property.
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What will the RICS Surveyor examine on a stipple-rendered (stucco), detached house in Torquay that I wish to buy?
Stucco (also sometimes called pargetting) is a sort of flat-finish render that is usually layered over brick (and occasionally ceilings), setting to a very smooth surface. Stucco render is highly aesthetic and is frequently found on Georgian and Victorian properties.
However, stucco is prone to defect and surveyors identify issues such as trapped moisture resulting in problems with damp, or sulphate attack from sulphates and salts sucked out of bricks. Fixing problems with stucco can be difficult and costly as skilled tradesmen are getting more difficult to find.
For advice on render repair, contact a local expert such as Paul Nunn Plastering Services, Little Spinney, Cary Castle Drive, Torquay, TQ1 4QZ (Tel: 01803 325684), or A J Plastering Flat 7, Villa Paradiso, Higher Warberry Road, Torquay, TQ1 1RY (Tel: 07508 115399).
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