Buying a purpose built flat and home over
a shop which is leasehold or shared
We have experience of carrying out structural surveys on all types of flats
We have carried out building surveys (also known as structural surveys) over the years on most property issues. We are independent Surveyors that deal with all types of property related work and are happy to help you with property problems. Our structural surveys have identified rising damp, lateral damp, penetrating damp as well as black mould, condensation, cold bridging, roof problems and structural problems amongst many other issues and believe saved our clients money.
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Things to look out for when looking for your first property
Without doubt buying your first property is a major step and often a very costly one and also often a very big learning curve. We find most people generally look forward to buying their first property in the first few weeks and generally enjoy the process although, we would say, that as time goes on people get very frustrated with the process of buying a property. We would also say that without doubt people say that it is more expensive than they expected.
This article looks at flats over shops 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.
Flats over shops
It seems very obvious but when buying a property over a shop noise transfer from the shop below your flat can be an issue. If you work during the day and the shop is closed on your return from work then this will be an issue at the weekend if the shop is open and you are at home. Also you should be aware of times of deliveries outside of opening times which can be a concern if noise levels increase and cause a disturbance.
Who is occupying the shop?
Sometimes buying a flat over a shop gives fantastic opportunities
One of the advantages of buying a flat over a shop is that it can enable you to purchase a property in a location that you might otherwise not afford. We are aware of friends who have purchased a flat overlooking a harbour and sea view in a very expensive area. The flat was located over a number of shops thereby not only giving them a sea view but also a quirky property with different size rooms as it ran over the top of different size shops giving character. The price was reduced as many viewers were not interested in purchasing such a quirky property.
Good entry systems for flats
Good entry systems should be installed in flats over shops as you are unable to see the people you are letting into the property. We recommend and prefer video entry systems although voice entry systems are acceptable. It is necessary of course to make sure that other occupants using the entry systems make sure that the entrance door is kept shut and locked for the system to work.
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Always make sure when you have a survey your meet your Surveyor at the property.
Modern flats above shops built like commercial properties
Many modern flats above shops are more akin to commercial properties than to residential properties so make sure that your Surveyor understands commercial properties and the materials used.
We can email you examples of our structural surveys
If you are interested in having a structural survey on a flat 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.
Phone 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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