Penwortham Home Buyers Survey Quote - RICS Surveyors in Penwortham
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.
Walling Materials in Penwortham - Brick
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.
Flooding in Penwortham
Flooding is more widespread in Penwortham and across Lancashire than many homebuyers appreciate, and can be caused by anything from river flooding to burst dams and reservoirs. Even if a home is located far from a river or coastline, it may be the case that other, less visible causes of flooding are putting you at risk. Flooding may be caused by:
- River flooding - This can be caused when the water draining into a river or water course exceeds the volume it can handle. Heavy rain falling on an already waterlogged area is a common cause.
- Surface water - Heavy rainfall can overwhelm the local drainage system. This is usually much less predictable than coastal or river flooding.
Is my planned purchase likely to flood?Flood risk does reduce the value of a property, compared with a similar home without the same exposure.
Areas of Penwortham which may be susceptible to flooding include Properties in Lower Penwortham off Leyland Road, Talbot Road, the Riverside Road and Stricklands Lane; premises on Leyland Road and Factory Lane Industrial Estates; mobile homes on Penwortham Residential Park; and properties near Oaks Wood in Valley Road,, Properties in Penwortham on Leyland Road close to the River Ribble, including Penwortham Methodist Church, and Ribble Estuary.
Walling Materials in Penwortham - Stone
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 occurring 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.
Walling Methods and Materials - Timber
Cruck and box-frame are the most frequently occurring examples of timber walling in Penwortham. Early box-frame timber buildings found in Lancashire may feature wattle and daub panels, but tile cladding is more common. In addition to identifying issues, our surveyor can advise on the likely costs of upkeep and repair of the property's timbers. As supplies of native oak diminished, softwoods imported from Europe were used. Modern timber built homes may be subject to as many issues as a Tudor or even Medieval property. These include damp, black mould and termite rot, often requiring urgent attention. There are a number of advantages to timber-walled homes, compared with other construction methods, which include -
- Low thermal mass, homes can be heated faster than stone or brick
- Effectively carbon neutral
- Timber can be recycled
- Higher thermal insulation
- High-quality craftsmanship and precision engineering
- Potentially lower overall maintenance costs
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.
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