Buying a one or two bedroom Georgian
conversion property which is leasehold or
We are experienced in carrying out surveys on one or two bedroom converted properties
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Have your own independent survey
We are Independent Surveyors that deal with all types of property related work and are happy to help you with property problems. As Surveyors we have not only carried out surveys on Georgian properties we have lived in them too which can give a very unique viewpoint for you when buying a Georgian property.
The good, bad and ugly survey
We would also like to introduce to you what we call our good, bad and ugly survey which is a building survey which is sometimes known as a structural survey which we have developed over many years, in fact several decades. We have listened to feedback from our clients and amended and altered our surveys to make them easy to read and describe issues clearly. The key factor we believe is our surveys are easy to understand in plain English but do not take our word for it call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 and ask for an example of one of our surveys to be emailed to you.
We have normally carried out a building survey similar to the property you are considering buying and therefore we can show you an example of the type of structural survey you will be receiving. We would recommend that you do not just book a survey but with whoever you decide to have your independent building survey with you talk to them, receive an example survey as well as meet with the surveyor at the property.
What do the red ovals mean?
The red ovals are a system that we used within our structural surveys and building surveys to highlight problem areas so that you are not left wondering what the problem is. In addition to this if the photographs do not we believe explain the problem enough together with our survey report we also add in one of our own sketches such as the example that is shown here.
Caveat emptor means buyer beware and is why you need to have a building survey to find out if there are any problems within the property; the estate agent certainly will not advise you of any.
Remember the building Surveyor that you employ will be the only person working for you with your interests at heart.
For some of you this may be the first time you are buying a property
Without doubt buying your first property is a major step and also can feel like a never ending process and a very costly one also. We find most people are of course very enthusiastic at the start of their search for property but often once the reality of fitting house hunting in around a job or children is added into the equation it can become a very frustrating process. We would also add that without doubt most clients say that it is more expensive than they expected.
Know who is on your side
Get your own Independent Building Surveyor
As mentioned we are Independent Building Surveyors and are advertising our services but you do need to remember that if you book us or another Independent Surveyor that we are on your side. Executive Summaries within our building surveys make it very clear what the important issues are, our action required i.e. what you have to do to sort out the problems as well as the anticipated costs are what you need to have highlighted when your are negotiating the sale price. Remember although you have made an offer for the property this was assuming that the property was in average condition for its age, type and style if it is not in average condition it is normal practice to negotiate.
Converted older Georgian properties
You are also taking on the standards of the conversion to the one or two bedroom property which were carried out during boom years such as the 1970s, 1980s and 2000s. Often conversions were carried out to very different standards and of course it does depend upon the builder or developer.
Remember you are looking at a building several hundred years old
Georgian converted properties
This article looks at Georgian conversions that you may see and typical items that Surveyors will spot for you although we do have to say that nothing is as good as getting your own structural survey and meeting your own Surveyor at the property. We are of course promoting our services 1stAssociated.co.uk call us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424.
Converting buildings to one or two bedroom properties
We believe the original dividing of the property was carried out in the 1960s and has since been upgraded. We also believe that original dividing up of properties can be gauged by when property booms take place for example in the early 1970s many larger properties were split into smaller one or two bedroom properties. This also took place in the 2000s as well when property was booming again and people were buying almost anything with many people wishing to be on the property ladder. Equally at such times of rapid property purchasing and boom times in the property industry good quality building tends to be less important than finishing a job quickly.
Georgian property conversions usually happen in the property boom years
Noise transfer/sound problems
Meet your Surveyor at the property
When carrying out a building survey on a one or two bedroom property we are always pleased to meet you at the one or two bedroom property as this helps us to explain any problems that we see.
Great features of a Georgian Property
Without us wanting to sound too much like Estate Agents, which we certainly are not, as Surveyors we do find that Georgian properties have certain characteristics and features from the period that make them very pleasant properties to live in.
Georgian properties have large windows
What secrets does it hold?
Walls are likely to be Flemish bond construction with a lime mortar or possibly rendered.
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Always make sure when you have a survey your meet your Surveyor at the property.
Watch out for immaculately presented interiors.
Painted to sell?
We use the term painted to sell and often properties can be much more than painting such as plastering over cracks and painting to hide dampness. We have come across furniture strategically positioned to hide defects.
Many older properties do suffer from dampness with the dampness ranging from rising damp (although this is nowhere near as common as damp proof companies would have you believe) to lateral dampness often caused by weathering or pointing or indeed wrongly rendered properties which result in properties not being able to breathe.
Dampness and old buildings
If you are interested in having a structural survey on a one/two bedroom property please call us on free phone us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424. If you are a landlord please contact us as we would be happy to help you with Schedules of Condition or Structural surveys on blocks of flats.
Call us for an example of a property like yours
Whilst we cannot guarantee it we believe we have carried out surveys on nearly every type of property so contact us on 0800 298 5424 and we are sure that we will be able to send you an example survey of a similar property to the one that you are looking to buy so you can see what you will receive from us before you purchase.
No matter who you commission to carry out your structural survey we always recommend that you go along to the survey to have a chat with the Surveyor.
We would also be happy to email you some examples of our tailor made reports, Schedules of Condition, Structural Surveys and Property Reports. We also find that Specific Defect Reports can be use where there is one problem or issue that needs resolving between the landlord and tenant.
We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).
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