What will a Chartered Surveyor consider on a stucco-coated, Regency home in Walthamstow?
Stucco is just a form of solid render that is typically layered over brick, drying to a hard, attractive, smooth appearance that resembles stone, the effect of which is very beautiful, and is found on many Regency and Victorian homes.
However, stucco, like many other building products, is often prone to defect and Walthamstow surveyors frequently focus on potentially expensive-to-remedy problems, such as dampness trapped beneath paint (assuming it is painted), or when moisture below windows causes the render to detach. Re-covering problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting harder to find.
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I am looking for guidelines on the upkeep of Flemish Diagonal bond brick walls; can a property surveyor in Walthamstow assist in this?
Brick has been the principal building choice for residences for many centuries and it has many advantages over other products. In that time, too, builders have developed any number of techniques, methods and styles in laying the courses. For buyers with an eye for detail, less-used styles of brick-course include shiner bond (bricks are laid horizontally as with more common bonds, but with the wider face parallel to the wall).
Brick-built houses in Walthamstow can be affected by a range of defects, including signs of movement, frost damage, and sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, which will destroy the structural integrity of the wall.
If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work. You can try contacting a local reputable builder, such as Higham Hill Builders, 78 St. Andrew’s Road, Walthamstow, E17 6BD (Tel: 020 3026 9503), or Cioanca L Ltd., 192 High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JH (Tel: 07405 427518).
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The seller in Walthamstow mentioned that subsidence could be worth checking. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor consider?
Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, although some degree of movement will always occur in buildings, which is known as settlement. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight.
Subsidence can occur in areas that are rich in soil with a high sand, gravel or chalk content, as this is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also undermine the foundations, causing the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution, which needs not be expensive. Removing or even pruning any trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, although this might also exacerbate the problem, so expert guidance should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required, but, 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 surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.
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Should we conduct the full structural survey, if we are buying a ‘doer-upper’, Regency property in Walthamstow, as opposed to the RICS Level 2 Survey?
Still often called the Full Structural Survey by some, it is now defunct and has actually been replaced by the RICS with the RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is essentially the same product. If you are buying an unconventional Walthamstow property, such as the dilapidated house you cite in the question, the RICS Level 3 Survey is the appropriate choice. The survey gives comprehensive and often serious professional advice on the home’s condition along with any needs for future maintenance after a thorough inspection.
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There is a flat in the E17 postcode area priced at £365,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Walthamstow?
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 Walthamstow.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Walthamstow in June 2018 was £355,801, which is £9,199 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Walthamstow were:
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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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Are there any considerations we would need to check if we’re buying a home in Walthamstow in the vicinity of a conservation area?
There are over 9,000 designated conservation areas in England and Wales, the responsibility for which lies with the local councils.
Surveyors in Walthamstow need to possess sufficient knowledge of local issues and factors, and any relation these may have on the building and its value. Property prices in a conservation area are generally higher due to the locations being largely unspoilt. However, many of them are falling into a state of neglect (e.g. because of the increasing numbers of scruffy green spaces).
Surveyors will tell you if the house is located in a conservation area and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of your RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend further questions to be conducted by your conveyancer. Unapproved developments to the building may also be commented on in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your lawyer to investigate.
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Will a surveyor examine the safety of the gas flues at the terraced house in Walthamstow?
The chartered surveyor will locate and visually check any easily-accessible parts of the gas system, including the routing of any gas pipes, and any gas-connected appliances (such as fireplaces). Your Walthamstow RICS surveyor won't remove fittings, and they also won’t run any tests of any kind on the system, because they are neither authorised nor licensed to do so.
Of course, gas is potentially hazardous, so, if you have any worries relating to gas installations of any type, call a gas engineer.
The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 stipulate that landlords are obligated to commission appliance and installation inspections every year, and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment.
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How will we know what effect wet weather will have on our new home in Walthamstow, and does our homebuyer’s survey mention it? And could it affect the property value?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather, the impact rain can have on buildings in Walthamstow is usually overlooked by purchasers, desperate to get moving. For example, one indication that rainwater goods are blocked is spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts. Poor drainage can lead to warped floorboards or beams and other structural issues.
That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider your purchase, because they are usually a simple matter to repair fairly cheaply. But, if they remain untreated or poorly maintained, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.
It’s also worth noting that the Environment Agency estimates that almost 1 in 10 properties in the UK is susceptible from flooding from surface water alone, so it makes sense to get the integrity of the rainwater management checked out.
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