We are buying a property built in 1963 in Warrington and noticed that, while there are no visible cracks in the brickwork outside, the sitting room floor dips quite noticeably. What are the risks of subsidence, and what issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?
Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence, even though they may exhibit some of the same symptoms. For example, in some older homes, cracks appear in summer that close in the winter when the materials absorb moisture.
A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. Collapsed drains can cause groundwater subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. Organic material in the subsoil, like peat, is normally stable when it is sitting below the water table, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this will decompose, causing the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is essential to defining the precise solution. Any further movement, or risk of it, must be halted as soon as possible. The only option in some cases is, unfortunately, underpinning, which is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. Structural brickwork may also need to be dismantled and rebuilt, while more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin-filling in the cracks. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
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If I am buying an abandoned, Victorian bungalow in Warrington, is it best to get a full structural survey?
Full Structural Surveys are now called RICS Level 3 Survey, having been superseded by the recent rebranded and upgraded version.
You should choose a RICS Level 3 Survey for the house you mention in the question, because the RICS Level 2 Survey is all you really need for a post-fifties, unmodified, Warrington house of normal construction materials and methods (i.e. brick walls and tiled roof).
Be aware that certain caveats exist with any residential survey, because a surveyor will not be able to open the structure of the property nor can they inspect a flat roof if there is no ladder available to get up there.
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What should we consider when buying a building constructed in 1720 in Warrington? What should be budgeted for its regular maintenance?
Some people would really love to buy an old, characterful home that has bags of charm and architectural charisma. For traditionally-built Warrington property, age, however, can create issues for homeowners, and Warrington structures built using traditional methods can be expensive to upkeep. This is because specialist expertise may be needed, and it could also be necessary to find materials suitable for the work, particularly if the building is listed or is in one of Warrington’s conservation areas.
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Are there any potential pitfalls I should look out for when buying a home in Warrington near Bewsey Street conservation area?
Bewsey Street is in a conservation area of Bewsey in Warrington, and it has been classed as fair by English Heritage, with high vulnerability, and a deteriorating trend. For more information, visit their website, or call Michael Bell on 01925 442795.
There are around ten thousand conservation areas throughout England and Wales that are designated and monitored by the local authorities. Bewsey Street is managed by Warrington Borough Council at Contact Warrington, 26-30 Horsemarket Street, Warrington, WA1 1XL (Tel: 01925 443322).
Surveyors in Warrington must have in-depth local knowledge and understand any factors that might affect the building being surveyed. Notwithstanding the assessment by English Heritage, the value of homes is usually enhanced if they are in a conservation area, which is down to the areas retaining their original character.
Surveyors will inform you whether the building is in a conservation area and Section I of the RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend further questions to be asked by your conveyancing solicitor. Unsympathetic changes to the property may also be noted in the survey, but these are the chief concern of the lawyer.
Willetts Marsden are a local firm of solicitors situated at 25 Bod Street, Warrington, WA1 1HQ (Tel: 01925 230020, and they may be prepared to advise you further. Or you might like to try an online conveyancer, like Homeward Legal or In-Deed.
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Does the surveyor check out the safety of the gas appliances in Warrington?
A qualified RICS surveyor will visually check any accessible parts of the gas system, which includes gas-related areas, such as the location of the meter, as well as gas-affiliated fixtures (e.g. fireplaces). The gas fittings won't be removed, nor will the gas system be tested at all, because your surveyor is neither qualified nor licensed to perform those functions.
Most people are aware that gas is potentially deadly, and, should there be any concerns relating to gas installations, or if you suspect a gas issue, call a Gas Safe engineer. Gas Safe firms in Warrington include:
- Aquila Heating & Plumbing Ltd., Riverside House, Howley Lane, Warrington, WA1 2DN (Tel: 01925 594803)
- Red Estates Heating and Gas, 29 Honeysuckle Avenue, Warrington, WA5 1BF (Tel: 01925 747627)
- If you smell gas, contact a Gas Safe engineer, or call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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How important is it that we consider guttering, and does our Warrington RICS Level 2 Survey mention it? Also, if there is necessary work, will it be costly to fix?
It is quite odd that the effect that wet conditions has on houses in Warrington is not given the attention it deserves, especially since this country is renowned for its regular wet weather. If you have visited the property you intend to purchase in dry conditions, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that downspouts are blocked, for example, include mildew in the attic, which can lead to a damp or flooded cellar. Fortunately, though, drainage problems are generally easy to remedy if they are caught early enough.
There is a terraced house in the WA2 postcode area priced at £150,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Norfolk?
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 Warrington.
This means the average price of completed transactions for terraced houses in Warrington in June 2018 was £146,916, which is £3,084 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Warrington were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 17 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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My partner spotted signs of an infestation in the bathroom of the cottage in Warrington; is a Property Survey advisable?
Homes are generally free of pest problems, but it is inadvisable to risk buying without more information if you have suspicions that there might be a problem.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real and can seriously reduce the value of a property. To complicate matters, evidence may not be easy to find. For example, cockroaches hide during the day, in light-fittings, beneath cracks in floor tiles or behind appliances, and you may not spot them until you have moved in. Treatment for pests may include use of insecticides or destruction of tainted materials.
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