I've put in an offer on a brick-built house in Weston-super-Mare. What directions can a surveyor in Weston-super-Mare offer? Does brick decay faster in Weston-super-Mare weather?
For many centuries, brick has been the choice product with which to build houses. Over that time, bricklayers have developed many different methods, techniques and designs for laying the courses in the walls. A number of popular courses and methods of brick building may be found throughout England and Wales, and particularly in Weymouth.
Brick-built Weston-super-Mare buildings have several advantages over those properties built with other materials, but, unfortunately, they also experience their own variety of issues and defects. An especially severe issue is sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, and it will destroy the structural integrity of the wall. The surveyor will mention all of these in the survey, with feedback on maintenance and general upkeep, and advice on remedial actions to be taken.
Unfortunately, maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costlier than you assume, while the apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared with, say, plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse. Seek advice before undertaking such work, and don’t disregard your surveyor’s advice. Quotes should be sought from reputable builders so that you know how much your financial outlay is likely to be, or so that you can renegotiate your asking price.
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The vendor has suggested subsidence might be an issue in the Weston-super-Mare house. What are the risks, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?
Subsidence is defined as the movement of the foundations of a house, which then compromises its structural integrity. However, most houses will experience cracking at some stage, but these are usually benign as a result of settlement. New buildings and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. In general, homes in Weston-super-Mare are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.
Cracks that appear quickly could be an early indication of subsidence. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.
The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning any trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, although such drastic action may make the situation worse, so expert advice should be sought. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal. As a last resort, the only option in some cases could be underpinning, unfortunately.
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Is it the right choice to opt for a full structural survey prior to investing in a shabby, fifties, top-floor apartment close to Weston-super-Mare?
For information, structural surveys are now known as RICS Level 3 Survey, but are essentially the same product. When buying an unconventional Weston-super-Mare apartment such as the neglected house, or the flat you cite in the question, the RICS Level 3 Survey is the most suitable choice. A RICS Level 3 Survey will typically give in-depth and often critical insight into the house's construction and any technical details, after a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings. Boundary walls and fences will also be inspected.
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I am buying an older, converted barn in Weston-super-Mare. What impact will the construction and its age have on regular maintenance?
A building's age can be problematic, and properties that have used traditional methods in their construction can be a drain to repair. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, and traditional, or sympathetic, materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed property, or one that is located in a conservation area. This may end up costing more than initially budgeted, so it might be worth talking to the current owners to get a feel for what they have previously budgeted for the building’s annual upkeep.
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Is there anything we need to be wary of when planning to buy a flat in Weston-super-Mare inside a conservation area?
There are nearly 10,000 official conservation areas throughout the country, all of which are designated and overseen by the local authorities.
Your surveyor is required by the RICS to possess knowledge of all local issues and the impact thy have on the home being assessed and its value. House prices will probably be greater in a conservation area due to them retaining their original character. However, note that many of them are falling into a state of neglect (for example, because of out-of-keeping extensions, or excessive road furniture). English Heritage maintain a register of the state of each important area, so it’s worth having a look at their site.
Surveyors will advise you if the planned purchase is in a conservation area, and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of the RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend a number of additional due diligence and enquiries to be carried out by your conveyancer. Unsympathetic extensions to the building should be commented on in the survey, but these are really the responsibility of your legal representative to investigate.
Berry Redmond Gordon & Penney are a local law firm situated at 50 Boulevard, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1NF (Tel: 01934 414161), and they should be able to tell you what to look out for. Or you might prefer to try an online conveyancer, such as In-Deed or Homeward Legal.
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Will a chartered surveyor in Weston-super-Mare look into the safety of the gas mains supply?
The qualified RICS surveyor will locate and visually check any easily-accessible parts of the gas system. The survey will include an assessment of the gas pipe route, where relevant, throughout the property, in addition to checking gas-affiliated installations (for example, prefabricated flues). The external fittings will not, however, be detached, and neither will the gas system be tested, since the surveyor is neither licensed nor authorised to carry out such work.
You should never attempt to fix gas-fittings yourself as it is potentially hazardous, so, if you have any concerns relating to gas installations, call a gas engineer. Weston-super-Mare-based gas engineers include Green Plumbing & Heating Solutions, 7 Seabrook Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 8JE (Tel: 07889 697894), and Peter Stacey Plumbing & Heating Ltd., 20 All Saints Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2NN (Tel: 01934 311351).
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Are wet conditions an issue in Weston-super-Mare, and does our Homebuyer’s Survey mention it? Are repairs going to be expensive?
Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, yet heavy rain and the effect it can have on your property are not given the attention it deserves by purchasers. If you have investigated the residence in warm weather, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that downspouts are at risk, for example, include water pooling below gutters. Blocked rainwater goods can result in collapsed drains or overflowing septic tank. Fortunately, if they are caught and managed early, guttering issues are generally easy to remedy.
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There is a semi-detached house in the BS22 postcode area priced at £275,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Weston-super-Mare?
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 North Somerset area (including Weston-super-Mare).
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in North Somerset in June 2018 was £263,719, which is £11,281 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in North Somerset were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 29 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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