My partner and I are buying a converted stable in Wigan, but what should be budgeted for repairs?
For traditionally-built Wigan property, age can sometimes be an issue, because structures built using traditional methods can be a drain to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, especially for Grade-I-listed properties, and sympathetic or replacement materials suitable for the work may need to be sourced.
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Are there any potential pitfalls I should look into if I’m buying a home in Wigan near Tyldesley Town Centre conservation area ?
Tyldesley Town Centre is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and a deteriorating trend. For more information, see their website, or contact the conservation area administrator (Ian Rowan on 01942 489251).
There are around 9,300 official conservation areas throughout England and Wales that are designated and monitored by local councils. Tyldesley Town Centre is administered by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council at Civic Centre, Millgate, Wigan, WN1 1AZ (Tel: 01942 244991).
Your surveyor must possess knowledge of all relevant local factors and the relation these may have with the building and its value. The price of property is generally enhanced as a result of the conservation areas being in good order, although note should be taken of the review comments by English Heritage.
Surveyors will advise you if the house is in a conservation area and the Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of a Wigan RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend a list of further enquiries for your legal representative to raise. Unauthorised extensions to the property may be commented on in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your conveyancer to investigate.
All chartered surveyors working with Surveyor Local have many years of experience in working with issues arising from conservation areas and many other points that come up in a survey. So, along with our competitive rates and high-quality service, you should choose us to look after your survey. Call us on 0800 022 4428 to get started.
Does the chartered surveyor in Wigan inspect the safety of the gas supply?
A local surveyor will only visually examine the accessible parts of the gas system as part of the survey, which means elements such as gas heaters, and gas-related installations (such as chimney breasts or flues). External fittings won't be taken off, nor will the surveyor test the gas system, because they are neither qualified, nor authorised to do so.
You should never attempt to fix gas fittings yourself as it is potentially fatal, and, if there are any worries about gas fittings, call a gas engineer. Gas-Safe-certified local companies include:
- LPS Lee Plumbing Services, 15 St. James Grove, Wigan, WN3 5BX (Tel: 07516 614354)
- F. G. Welch Central Heating & Gas services, 23a Parkbrook Lane, Wigan, WN6 8AF (Tel: 01257 440679)
- If you smell gas, contact a Gas Safe engineer, or call the National Grid emergency helpline on 0800 111999
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What impact will damp weather have on a house in Wigan? We're concerned about replacement costs.
Even though climate change is regularly in the news, and there are several stories of flooding across the media, along with the UK being notorious for its wet weather, it seems odd that the subject of its impact on houses is rarely considered properly by house-purchasers. For example, "gushing" gutters indicate that the drains are underperforming, which can lead to rotten roof timbers.
Whether buying in Wigan or elsewhere, difficult drainage does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out of the transaction, because such matters are often simple to fix if they are dealt with quickly.
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There is a flat in the WN6 postcode area priced at £80,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Wigan?
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 Wigan.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Wigan in June 2018 was £75,713, which is £4,287 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Wigan were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 21 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 we select a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey for a house in Wigan, and which one is cheaper?
For your interest and information, the Full Structural Survey is now called the RICS Level 3 Survey, although it is basically the same survey, evolved to be more comprehensive.
If the Wigan property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, the RICS recommends the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey, but if you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, you should you select a RICS Level 3 Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Wigan property's general condition, along with advice on defects and maintenance options.
For more detailed advice, why not get a Wigan Homebuyer’s Survey quote from Surveyor Local (scroll to the top of this page to fill in a few short details in the form located there), or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team?
What should we be wary of when buying a home near to North Quarry near Skull House Lane, and landfill sites generally
Sites operated for landfill take many forms, such as hazardous rubbish, or other waste (like the one at North Quarry). A huge number of these sites affect many thousands of people in England, and that includes Wigan, with worries including toxic chemicals, noxious smells, and a number of other environmental issues. Health concerns like cancer have also been linked to landfill sites.
RICS Level 2 Surveys in Wigan will highlight any structural issues that can be linked to the site. Your solicitor will conduct searches of the Environmental Agency database, and they will talk to Wigan Local Authority, advise you of their findings in the report on title.
Your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will have a lot of local knowledge and will understand the implications of any landfill sites and how they might affect the property you are planning to buy. Want to know more? Call our waiting advisers on 0800 022 4428.
What will the RICS Surveyor consider on a stucco-coated, Victorian home in Wigan?
Stucco is a kind of smooth render that was typically mixed with lime to help it harden and animal hair to prevent cracking. Stucco is layered over brick to form a smooth stone-like surface, the effect of which is very aesthetic and is often found on Regency and Victorian buildings.
As with all types of building materials, stucco it can be prone to defect, and Wigan Homebuyer’s Surveys might show several defects, including, for example, when it is faced with on-going weathering that gets perma-saturated and thus prone to frost-damage, or problems resulting from the difficulty in testing for damp underneath. Re-coating problems with stucco can be difficult as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.
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