Will there be any potential pitfalls we should be aware of when buying a property in Wakefield inside a conservation area?
There are thousands of conservation areas in England and Wales, all of which are designated and monitored by the local council. Wakefield surveyors need to have knowledge of all the local factors, and any effect that they have on the building and its value. Property prices will likely be increased, owing to conservation areas being in good order; however, many of them have been neglected and are in a state of disrepair (e.g. because of the addition of PVC windows and doors).
Property surveyors are trained to identify whether the planned purchase looks to be located in a conservation area and Section I of a Wakefield RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend any further enquiries to be investigated by your legal adviser.
Unauthorised extensions to the property will also be noted in the survey,
but these should be responsibility of your conveyancing lawyer to explore.
Lawsons Solicitors are a local firm situated at 2nd Floor, Central Buildings,
13 The Bullring, Wakefield, WF1 1HB (Tel: 01924 202000), and they should be prepared to tell you what to look out for. Or, if you prefer to try an online conveyancer, you could visit
Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Will a qualified surveyor examine the safety of the gas flues in Wakefield?
The surveyor will locate and visually inspect any easily-accessible parts of the gas system, including gas (and oil) heaters, in addition to gas-associated fittings in the home. Should there be any external fittings or housings, they won't be removed, and the gas system will not be tested, because your surveyor is neither qualified nor licensed to do so.
Most people are aware that gas can be dangerous, and, if there are any worries relating to gas installations, or if you suspect a gas issue, you must contact a Gas Safe engineer, or, if you smell gas, you can call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999. Local firms include Smart Heating Control, Apex Bradford Street, Wakefield, WF3 2DJ (Tel: 0113 252 6330), and APM Plumbing Services, 3 New Hall Way, Wakefield, WF4 4AX (Tel: 07762 310657).
Regulations stipulate that landlords are legally required to carry out appliance and installation inspections every year on their letting properties, and punishments for failure to comply are criminal and expensive.
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What effect will high levels of rainfall have on a building, and will our chartered surveyor in Wakefield mention it? Can damaged drainage decrease our property's value?
Both in Wakefield, and throughout the country, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it, because they are largely inured to it. But, unfortunately, the impact that wet weather can have on your home is certainly overlooked by house purchasers when they are putting in an offer.
For example, one indication that rainwater goods are underperforming is a waterlogged garden, while blocked rainwater goods can result in collapsed drains or an overflowing septic tank. In most cases, though, these defects are generally easy to remedy, unless they are ignored, when the damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.
In addition, it is worth noting that the Environment Agency estimates that 2.8m homes are susceptible to flooding from surface water alone so getting your rainwater goods checked to stability and function makes complete sense.
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There is a terraced house in the WF4 postcode area priced at £90,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Wakefield?
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 Wakefield.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Wakefield in June 2018 was £84,488, which is £5,512 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Wakefield 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 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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Should I get a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Wakefield, and which one would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been superseded by the RICS Level 3 Survey, but it is effectively the same comprehensive survey that has evolved for better detail and comprehension.
If the Wakefield property is a flat, or was built before 1900, has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (such as having a thatched roof), you should go for a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey, but, if you intend to build an extension, it would be better for you choose the RICS Level 3 Survey. Although not as cheap as the RICS Level 2 Survey, the RICS Level 3 Survey does offer a more detailed analysis of the Wakefield property's state of repair, in addition to providing an opinion on defects and maintenance options.
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What should we be aware of if we’re buying a house near to Calder Vale Road Landfill, and landfill sites in general?
Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes (e.g. hazardous waste material disposal, or household, commercial, and industrial waste, like the site in Calder Vale Road).
There are thousands of these types of sites that affect hundreds of thousands of people in England including Wakefield. Worries include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane being released into the atmosphere.
Surveyors in Wakefield will report any structural defects resulting from the landfill, while your conveyancing solicitor will conduct searches of the Landmark databases, and they will contact the Wakefield Local Authority, advising you accordingly of their findings in their report on title.
All the chartered surveyors working with Surveyor Local have a wealth of experience in identifying issues connected to landfill sites and all aspects of the survey process, so we are your best choice. Get set with us on 0800 022 4428 where one of our advisers will happily talk you through the process.
What kind of problems will the Chartered Surveyor look for on a stucco-coated house in Wakefield that I intend to purchase?
Stucco is a specific type of render that is applied in a very similar consistency to plaster. Normally, stucco is applied to brick, hardening to form a smooth stone-like finish that is very appealing and is often found on Victorian and Regency homes.
Like most building products, though, stucco can be problematic, and Wakefield surveyors commonly reveal potentially expensive-to-remedy problems, such as trapped water resulting in the surface breaking, or attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet bricks. Re-applying problems with stucco can be difficult and costly as the skills are becoming harder to find.
For a local rendering expert, you could try Wakefield Plastering Services, 76 Queen Elizabeth Road, Wakefield, WF1 4RJ (Tel: 07584 662342).
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We need some tips on repairing brick walls; can a surveyor help? What impact do environmental conditions in Wakefield have?
For centuries, brick has been the primary choice of commodity for building houses. Over that time, builders have developed a number of designs, techniques and methods for laying the courses, such as decorative features like ‘diapering' (using contrasting and varied colours of bricks to enliven a plain surface).
Brick-built houses in Wakefield will inevitably show signs of a variety of issues and defects (e.g. vertical cracking, or damp-proof course failure). An issue often addressed by surveyors is diagonal cracks that widen as they move upwards, which could result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away.
The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall, so professional advice can reduce the risk of this. Where relevant, all these issues will be discussed in the survey report, with advice on the consequences if they were to go untreated.
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