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Whether you intending to buy a listed property with possible subsidence problems or a one bed maisonette with shared common parts, Fridaysmove's highly experienced surveyors give home buyers in Penwortham a first rate survey..
Your surveyor will arrange access to the property with the agent or vendor and as soon as it is secured we will normally handle the survey within a couple of days.
Local area awareness can assist a Penwortham house surveyor to evaluate what can influence the value and condition of a residential property. We always recommend RICS house surveyors in Penwortham, which results in more relevant home condition survey for clients.
The cost of moving is constantly increasing and we endeavour to keep house survey costs in Penwortham as low as we can.
Updated: 16/04/14 by Mike McIntyre
There is a wide range of attractive listed buildings across Lancashire. If a property has listed status, the local council (in accordance with the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservatory Areas) Act 1981) dictates what you can and cannot alter, and you should be aware that restrictions imposed by South Ribble, or the local authority responsible in your case, may be severe. If there is any doubt whatsoever as to whether works can be undertaken, the Penwortham Planning Officer should be consulted. Maintenance work is usually more expensive than a similar job on a non-listed property, as the local council for Penwortham will expect original materials and construction methods to be used. A surveyor should be consulted for a clearer idea of the repairs are particularly urgent. A HomeBuyer Report on a Penwortham listed building will generally be less suitable that a full building survey. The building survey will investigate a number of factors which may serious affect the property's value. Lastly, there is a risk that the current owner has not complied with listed building requirements.
Note that regardless of whether the property you wish to buy is listed, located in a conservation area, or neither of these, a home buyers survey will arm you with the facts you need to assess the value of the home, budget for any future repairs, and make a final decision to buy.
The fabric of exterior and supporting walls in Penwortham homes varies considerably. Buyers in Penwortham will note that homes will generally be either frame construction or mass construction. Given the impact that stone walls have on a house's appearance, it is not surprising that home buyers are influenced by the choice of material, but it is the Penwortham surveyor's role to assess the maintenance and defects associated with this stone. The report will look at issues frequently occuring in stone-walled homes, including efflorescence (white staining caused by moisture). Property in Penwortham often features walls build with slate or similar hard rock. Where slate has been cladded with cement, deterioration to the slate itself will likely occur as the cement breaks down. Carboniferous limestone-built walls are visible throughout Lancashire. Due to their mineral content, mosses such as Orthotrichum anomalum will grow on the surface of the wall. This can be an issue for some, but many buyers prefer the overgrown effect this creates.
Brick walls are one of the oldest forms of construction, dating back to at least 7,000 BC. Being more resistant to weather and pollution, brick also has the benefit of being cheaper than cut stone, but some bricks are unfortunately quite porous, resulting in dampness when exposed to water. Uniform in shape, size and colour, facing brick styles vary widely. Types include Bullnose and Arch (Body, Cherry and hard varieties) brick. Lime, sand and cement are the main ingredients of mortar. This is graded in quality from 1 (the strongest) to 5 (the weakest); a good quality mortar is as vital as well made bricks. Your surveyor can confirm that the choice of mortar for the residence's walls is appropriate, and highlight any areas of concern.
Buyers of houses in the region may note that there are fewer brick-built houses compared to elsewhere in the country. Local houses built primarily with timber or stone will require specific maintenance advice. Speak to your surveyor for more details. For details of likely defects affecting brick-constructed houses, contact a surveyor in Penwortham.
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