Worcester Home Buyers Survey Quote - RICS Surveyors in Worcester
Relevant local surveying knowledge will help your surveyor appraise how the local can influence the market value and condition of a house. We give you expert building surveyors in Worcester leading to a significantly more detailed house buying survey for clients.
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Walling Materials in Worcester - Stone
From North to South, buildings have been built both with local materials and those from much farther afield, consisting of two main categories, frame and mass construction. Stone walling covers a wide assortment of different methods, materials and styles. Types include millstone grit blocks, faced in quarries such as those in the Pennines, or slate from Wales and the Lake District. The fabric of a building's walls is a major determining factor in its overall character. It is the responsibility of the RICS chartered surveyor to provide a detailed assessment of the issues this choice of stone has caused, or will cause. The RICS chartered surveyor will consider likely upkeep responsibilities and problems the building's new owners will face, including efflorescence (white staining caused by moisture). If you suspect dampness may be an issue for a Worcester property, speak to your surveyor. Though many different issues can affect the myriad materials used in stone walls, where render is used on a stone wall, moisture is often unable to escape. This leads to deterioration of the stone which can become costly to resolve.
Worcester Walling Materials - Brick
Modern methods has made brick manufacture far more efficient that in earlier centuries, yet the material has always been popular. In addition to being more weather-resistant than stone, brick is far cheaper. Mortar composition should also be considered when considering the quality of a wall. Cement mortars, for example, are suitable for damp areas, or where the wall will be under greater stress, such as an archway. Brick walls may be less susceptible to some conditions than timber or stone, but they nevertheless can succumb to a broad spectrum of defects. Particularly old or poor quality bricks will degrade, but the appropriate resolution will vary. If the home is a listed building, matching materials and even construction methods usually must be used.
Arranging a Home Buyers Survey in Worcester early in the house-buying process will give you time to negotiate with the seller either to perform necessary repairs, or lower the asking price.
Listed buildings found throughout Hereford and Worcester can be prestigious, historically significant, or beautiful
. Outbuildings, boundary walls and other external elements may also be protected by a property's listed status, which may impact an owner's plans. If there is any doubt whatsoever as to whether works can be undertaken, the local Planning Officer should be consulted. Due to the requirement that the materials and methods used to make repairs must match the original construction, maintenance can be much more expensive than equivalent work on a non-listed property. Concerns which should be addressed by a thorough survey include identification of the materials used in its construction, an assessment of its structural stability, and the condition of wiring, plumbing and heating. Finally, there are risks to consider buying a listed building, if it has been altered without consent:
- As the new owner you inherit the legal obligations, and may be forced to reverse unlawful work - no matter how expensive or drastic this is.
- You lose the value from the house by removing unlawful additions.
- Your lender withdraws their offer if lack of consent is discovered during the legal work.
Flooding in Worcester
Flooding could seriously affect both the value and your enjoyment of your home. Hillside run-off from sudden rain, for example, can be a totally unexpected cause of flooding. Even for homes far removed from a major waterway or coastline, flooding can still seriously affect you. The causes of flooding in Worcester may include:
- Groundwater flooding often occurs where there is a high concentration of permeable rocks, called aquifers, such as chalk, gravel in river valleys, or sandstone.
- 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.