Is clay soil an issue in Wolverhampton? Can we expect the survey to mention this?
Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects within a property. Specific issues, and one of the most common, include soil movement, and buyers should be vigilant for evidence of clay soil subsidence or heave when they visit the property. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable separation of the skirting board from the floor, to complete structural failure.
A Wolverhampton surveyor will consider all clay-soil-related concerns and advise you accordingly in their report. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor will also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.
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We are intending to buy a maisonette in Wolverhampton; does the RICS Level 3 Survey investigate flood damage?
The Environment Agency estimates that some 5.6m homes are in danger of flood damage (that’s around one in six), and the value of a home in an at-risk area may therefore be impacted. And over half of those are affected by surface water flooding alone.
The Environment Agency also maintains a flood-alert service, with regular updated risk assessments, and they also publish information regarding bodies of water that are likely to flood. Your surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst should the risk be deemed to be significant enough, and the home survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, making general comment about the area's propensity to flood. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the current owner, but this information may not be accurate or authoritative.
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When we visited the unmodernised property we want to buy in Wolverhampton, the agent said that there might be an overload of the fuses and the fuse-box; will the surveyor report any defects in electrical system and its condition?
When preparing a Wolverhampton Homebuyer’s Survey, a surveyor will provide detail on the state of the electrics if it is clear that they are in a hazardous state. This will include a non-invasive examination (i.e. without removing covers, etc.) of any uncovered parts of the wiring, fuse-box, etc., and other concerns such as verifying the condition of the fixed electrical appliances (like storage radiators), or checking the state of the visible wiring. Verifying the existence of any documentation from any recent Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) (created by an electrician) on the building will also be part of the survey in Wolverhampton.
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On a RICS Level 2 Survey carried out in Wolverhampton, what will section 'E2' cover?
The format of the RICS Level 2 Survey is clear and easy to read with as little technical jargon as possible. Three colour-coded ratings (from green to red, in traffic-light formation) give an indication of the extent to which any problems or notable points may negatively impact the property. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected', because, if a house or flat does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.
Section E of the report is concerned with the external aspects of the property (including any permanent outbuildings), while the second subsection is focused on the roof coverings. Flat and sloping roofs are comprehensively checked, if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access, and with binoculars if appropriate. If access cannot be arranged, e.g. the property is a flat, the surveyor will be unable to include this in the report. One example of a significant defect found in this section would be oil or detritus detected on a rubber EPDM roof.
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There is a semi-detached house in the WV1 postcode area priced at £160,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Wolverhampton?
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 Wolverhampton.
This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Wolverhampton in June 2018 was £149,435, which is £10,565 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Wolverhampton 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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We are buying in Wolverhampton, and think we saw signs of vermin in the loft. Will the surveyor investigate this?
Be aware that your solicitor's forms may not ask about this issue because it is not a legal requirement for the vendor to confess to any knowledge of an infestation.
Pests quite literally come in all shapes and sizes and can be more difficult to treat than many buyers realise. To complicate the issue further, an affected home may not always be easy to identify. For example, damage to stored clothes or carpets is a sign of a moth infestation but may not be spotted for months.
Treatment for vermin may include professional cleaning or use of strong chemical pesticides. Rather than pulling out of the transaction, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.
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Can Kentish Rag stone-built property be hard to maintain, and are there specific potential issues to consider?
The sturdy appearance of stone walls may unfortunately hide some serious concerns. Defects such as delaminated render affect many stone-walled Wolverhampton properties. Bear in mind, too, that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyor’s expertise to identify.
Different stone-types will also decay at different rates based on environmental conditions (for example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones). You can request advice from the surveyor on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified. Common guidance may include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, in order to slow decay.
For assistance on sourcing new stones, contact a local mine or quarry (e.g. Archibald Bathgate Group Ltd., which quarries silica sand) for details.
To request additional information, consider a stonemason or other knowledgeable contractor in the area.
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The vendor has mentioned there may be loose blue asbestos roof-tiles at the bungalow in Wolverhampton. What is asbestos, and what are the remedial options?
Asbestos is a potentially deadly, silicate material that, prior to understanding its deleterious health effects (causing asbestosis, lung cancer and other critical pulmonary illnesses), was used widely in the construction industry because of its high-tensile strength and famous fire-retardant properties. Chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue) were the three main types that were used in British construction prior to its outright ban in 1999.
If asbestos is discovered, you must be careful to on no account displace or break it, and professional advice must be taken urgently. You should never endeavour to remove it yourself, however much the financial impetus and temptation might be. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey, but they will report their suspicions, and will recommend professional testing.
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