What problems will the Surveyor consider on a stucco-coated, Regency house in West Yorkshire?
Stucco is a sort of flat-finish render that is similar to plaster or mortar in consistency, and usually contains lime with a metal under-mesh to prevent cracking. Typically stucco is layered over brick, setting to a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. Stucco is very attractive and is found on Regency and Victorian properties.
However, like most building products, stucco is often problematic and surveyors in West Yorkshire frequently discover potentially expensive-to-remedy problems with it (for instance, when it is exposed to on-going weathering that then becomes saturated and prone to frost damage or discovering damp underneath). Re-covering problems may be expensive as the skills are becoming harder to find.
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We need guidance on the upkeep of Sussex bond brick walls; can a West Yorkshire surveyor help?
For centuries, bricklayers have developed any number of designs and techniques for laying down the courses. As an example, English bond or Scottish bond are both used in West Yorkshire residential properties.
However, brick-built West Yorkshire residential properties will suffer from considerable issues, including frost-damage and vertical cracking. One defect surveyors frequently address is thermal or other movement, where vertical cracks appear above the level of the damp-proof course, running the full height of the wall, when this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs. It may be appropriate to renegotiate the price of a property if a survey reveals even superficial brick wall problems, because remedial work can be expensive.
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I have read that subsidence in West Yorkshire may be a concern. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor look into?
Movement of the foundations of a structure is what is known as subsidence, but there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. The builder will likely return to a new structure within a few months in order to repair any settlement damage.
Subsidence-related cracks are, on average, wider at the top, and, in severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to establishing its solution. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately.
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. 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 a defective, Regency apartment in West Yorkshire, is it necessary to commission a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey is been superseded by the RICS Level 3 Survey, and it is the appropriate survey if you are buying an unconventional property, such as a period apartment in West Yorkshire. The formal report will typically give comprehensive and far-reaching professional advice on the property's construction materials along with any needs for future maintenance, following a thorough visual inspection of the accessible parts.
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There is a semi-detached house in the West Yorkshire area priced at £170,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in West Yorkshire?
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 West Yorkshire.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in West Yorkshire in June 2018 was £161,357, which is £8,643 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in West Yorkshire 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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Will there be any issues we need to be aware of if we’re intending to buy a property in West Yorkshire in the Akroydon conservation area?
Akroydon is in a conservation area near Halifax, and it has been classified as 'poor' by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and in a deteriorating trend. For more information, visit their website. There are around ten thousand conservation areas in England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with the local council.
Surveyors in West Yorkshire must possess sufficient knowledge of local factors and any relation these may have on the building and their value. Prices tend to be higher than the non-conservation-area equivalents due to them resisting change (notwithstanding any comments made in the English Heritage review).
Surveyors are expected to identify whether the location of the house is in a conservation area or not, and Section I of your West Yorkshire RICS Level 2 Survey (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend additional questions to be carried out by your solicitor. Unconsented adjustments that do not have Local Authority approval may be noted in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your lawyer to investigate.
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Does the RICS chartered surveyor in West Yorkshire inspect the state of the gas flues?
Your RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually check the accessible parts of the gas system. The surveyor will look at the location of the meter, where relevant, in addition to gas-connected fixtures (like the condition of gas piping in loft spaces). The external fittings won't be taken off nor will the system be tested by the surveyor, because they are neither authorised nor licensed to carry out such duties.
Gas is potentially unsafe, and, should you have any concerns about gas, contact a Gas Safe engineer. If you smell gas, you should also call a Gas Safe engineer, or, particularly if you’re outside, contact the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999.
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How important is it that we look into rainwater goods on the property in West Yorkshire? If there are problems, will they be a hassle to fix?
Climate change is regularly in the news and Britons love to talk about the weather, yet the impact rain can have on houses is often overlooked by purchasers keen to get on with the moving process. Signs that drainage systems are underperforming, for example, include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts, which could then result in rising damp.
In most cases, drainage problems are generally easy to remedy, but, if the drains are not maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasingly harder to repair.
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