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One of the most common occurrences that we come across in the news on a regular basis is when tenants and new homeowners are slapped with skyrocketing electric bills. The reality of the situation suddenly comes into sharp focus when they realize that they failed to ask the previous owner or tenant for an Energy Performance Certificate, also referred to as EPC.

As a result, they are stuck into a situation that could have been easily avoided. This brings us to the crux of the topic: how important is an EPC for tenants and homeowners?

What EPC Means For Tenants & New Home OwnersEnergy Performance Certificates Stockport Cheshire, energy assessor Stockport

As an energy assessor in Stockport, we make it a point to stay up-to-date with the government’s most recent legislations.

The UK government has declared that any individual who is selling, buying, or renting a property must obtain a verified and valid EPC by a domestic energy assessor. Any individual who fails to comply may be subjected to heavy fines. This measure was taken as an initiative to focus on two aspects:

  1. Take a quantifiable stand towards a more environmental sustainable state, by implementing and promoting energy efficient solutions

 

  1. Protect homeowners and tenants from paying high bills- a result of inefficient and inferior technology in properties

For individuals who are looking to buy or rent properties, either residential or commercial, NOT getting one would be detrimental on a long term basis.

Getting An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Can Save You Money!

Compared to the older versions of the EPC that just provided a brief overlook of the energy factors based on a grading system, the new ones now offer a deeper analysis.

It provides recommendations on what measures could be undertaken to make the home more efficient, and ultimately reduce costs. Furthermore, it will offer a cost comparison analysis on your billing costs before, and the cost projections after you’ve made the modifications and upgrades.

Get your Energy Performance Certificates in Stockport Cheshire now to lower your utility bills!

When you hire Francis Knowles & Webb LLP as your residential surveyor or domestic energy assessor, you gain the expertise of a specialised group of chartered surveyors. Our services extend to residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

Registered with the RICS, we take pride in conforming to industry leading professional standards providing you with nothing short of the best.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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Negotiating After a Negative HomeBuyer Report

Finally settled on the perfect house only to find that your HomeBuyer Report has highlighted some serious concerns on your property? Truly a nightmarish situation for any home buyer! Your options are even bleaker, and involve you stepping out of the deal, thrusting you back into the market. Another slightly more optimistic solution is negotiating the price, or in some cases , perhaps renegotiating. While this may seem like a challenge, if you think it’s worth a try, here are some tips to get the agent of homeowner to revaluate.

Evaluate What The Report SaysRICS homebuyer report Stockport Cheshire - manchester building surveyors

The HomeBuyer report is a Level 2 residential report survey. This means that it provides a detailed analysis into the property age, type, accommodation, interior/exterior, location and more. Your first and foremost task is to read every aspect of the report, specifically the section that provides information on the defects. You do not want to miss out an important piece of information when you finally speak with the concerned individual.

Hidden And Obvious Defects

It is important to discern between the easily uncovered defects and problems that were not so apparent, and established only with the survey. Also take into account the inherent defects, due to the age of the property. Once you’ve highlighted some of the more pressing hidden defects, bring these up during the negotiations to find out if the owner is willing to make allowances.

Compare “Thousands Off” To Projected Costs Of Defects

Your landlord or owner of the property in question will undoubtedly display reservations on making allowances for the damage. This may be because they feel like they’ve already brought down the rent or value to a fairly reasonable number.

However, politely point out a comparison of the value they’ve discounted to the projected value of the costs of all the major defects. If it falls short, you have yourself a good argument.

Get Further Information: Don’t Waste Time!

Once you feel like your vendor is open for negotiation, provided you gain a detailed valuation of the defects and the expenses associated on its repair, don’t waste time in getting back to them! Get in touch with your chartered surveyor and ask them if there’s a survey that will provide you with a deeper insight.

Once you gain all the information, go back with an open mind and renegotiate. Remember, be reasonable, and attempt for a win-win. Whether you’re looking for a more detail-oriented building survey in Manchester or a simpler RICS HomeBuyer report, get in touch with us!

When you hire Francis Knowles & Webb LLP as your residential surveyor or domestic energy assessor, you gain the expertise of a specialised group of chartered surveyors. Our services extend to residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

Registered with the RICS, we take pride in conforming to industry leading professional standards providing you with nothing short of the best.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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Set Your House At The Right Price

As a homeowner looking to sell your property, your main objective is to make a good deal on it. Setting the price too high might do the trick- provided you find a buyer willing to pay the asking price. On the other hand, this could also backfire, causing your property to remain on the market unsold for a very long time.

As surveyors in Manchester, our specialised team is constantly on the go, observing trends. And the most profitable way of getting your house off the market and into a good sale is by setting the “RIGHT” price. After all, your pricing is only as effective as the amount buyers are willing to spend.

Here are some tips to help you determine that perfect price for your property:

Consider The Factors That Affect House Pricessurveyors in Manchester, chartered surveyors in Manchester

Houses are never sold on an isolated basis. Several factors, such as the location, transport facilities, neighbourhood, and security, etc, come into play when valuing the property.

For instance, if the nearby locality includes department stores, a bus stop, schools, etc, you are likely to gain a higher value for the convenience you are offering with your property.

The Realistic Price

Now to get down to the basics: Once you’ve conducted an environmental analysis on the convenience factors that add to your property’s value, you can begin setting the price. Just keep the following tips in mind:

  • What are the neighbourhood houses sale prices? If there are similar houses nearby, in terms of size and facilities, conduct a cost comparison. Is your house pegged at a higher value? If yes, it’s time to re-evaluate.

 

  • Get a HomeBuyer Survey done! This will provide you an insight into hidden defects that could come out later. This way, before getting it out into the market, you could fix it up to increase value.

 

  • Don’t forget your Energy Performance Certificate. According to the UK government, every house that is put up for sale must have an EPC report. Consider this: if you rate high, then asking a higher value for the house can be justified.

Need Advice? Get In Touch With Chartered Surveyors In Manchester!

When you hire Francis Knowles & Webb LLP as your residential surveyor or domestic energy assessor, you gain the expertise of a specialised group of chartered surveyors. Our services extend to residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

Registered with the RICS, we take pride in conforming to industry leading professional standards providing you with nothing short of the best.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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In our previous blog, All You Need to Know about Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), we talked about the significance of the report and what it encompasses. With this concept developed recently in 2007, there still remains some confusion as to its relevance in buying and selling a property. We are approached by clients who ask us often if they need to obtain an EPC when considering selling their property.

Government’s Take: To Get Or Not to Get?Energy Performance Certificates Stockport Cheshire, energy assessor Stockport

According to the UK Government’s official website, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. Since the EPC provides information on the property’s energy use, costs, and conservation methods, it serves as helpful insight for prospective tenants and homebuyers.

Why Should I Get One?

Apart from it being a necessity by the Law, having a Domestic Energy Assessor approved EPC allows you several advantages. Let’s take a look:

  • Helps you to identify ways to employ energy efficiency methods, such as increasing loft insulation or draught proofing
  • Brings down your utility bills
  • The validity of 10 years provides you with an ample frame of time
  • For prospective home buyers and tenants, this serves as a guide to deciding whether a property purchase is a good decision, in terms of utility bills and energy efficiency
  • You could be fined if you don’t have one! So beware all letting agents and homeowners

Who Do I Contact?

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, only an accredited energy assessor can issue valid Energy Performance Certificates. So make sure you ensure the credibility before you spend your money.

If your property is based in Stockport, FKW specialises as energy assessors in performing Commercial & Domestic Energy Assessments surveys.

Get Your Energy Performance Certificates In Stockport Cheshire Now

Francis Knowles & Webb LLP consists of a specialised group of Chartered Surveyors in Manchester who focus on dealing with all matters pertaining to residential property survey; it includes a residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

The firm is regulated by the RICS and conforms to industry leading professional standards providing clients with high-end impeccable services.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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Uncovering the Green Deal Failure

The initiative of the government investing in energy efficient homes was perhaps the best environment-friendly move. When the Green Deal was launched in January 2013, the concept was regarded with positivity and fair amount of curiosity. Uncovering the Green Deal FailureHowever, even with the incentives, support, and purpose, it has failed to ignite the intended response in the British public.

So, over a year later, we take a look at what caused the collapse of the Green Deal.

When It Was Introduced…stockport epc assessors, Energy certificate providers stockport

The Green Deal was introduced with a goal to offer £125 million worth of incentives for the installation of new boilers and extra insulation. The bitter reality of the situation however, was that only £4 million was actually applied for. While the government expected 10,000 homes to adopt the incentives in the first year, over 18 months, only 12,000 homes had successfully become energy efficient.

Over time, the impending failure was becoming evident, with harsh clarity. It begged the question that was keeping policy-makers up at night: why did it not gain the expected support? Where did the Green Deal go wrong?

The Rationale Behind The Collapse

Experts believe that, though the project received backing from the right people, the program was heavily flawed:

  • Four out of every five persons were unaware of the scheme.
  • The interest rate, pegged at 7%, was much too high.
  • People displayed reservation at the idea of anchoring their houses to a debt for 2-5 years, as it affected resale.
  • The program was bombarded with legal and IT problems in the first few months.
  • Lack of trust between installers and the public.

These were the ultimate factors that led to the failure of a scheme that was meant to transform the living style of the United Kingdom. In retrospect, however, it has all come down to lack of information. The initiating party has simply failed to communicate the idea to the general public, causing a series of questions and confusion. Nobody would sign up to uncertainty. The project of the Green Deal has thus far been perceived as a ‘no-deal’ by the public.

To evaluate the energy efficiency in your household, or for a Green Deal assessment, you can get in touch with us. We are a firm of reputable and professional EPC assessors and Green Deal Advisors in Stockport.

You Have Questions? We Have The Answers!

Francis Knowles & Webb LLP consists of a specialised group of Chartered Surveyors in Manchester who focus on dealing with all matters pertaining to residential property survey; it includes a residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

The firm is regulated by the RICS and conforms to industry leading professional standards providing clients with high-end impeccable services.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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The Value Of House Valuation

The process of valuation is significant for both: the buyer and the sellers of house. For sellers, determining the optimal asking price is essential. While, on the other hand, the buyer needs to understand if the property is worth the asking price.

Whichever side of the table you’re at, valuation is the key! This is the reason why we, your Manchester-based residential chartered surveyors provide you with some insight on the science of valuation:

Your Estate Agent Is Not Your Property Valuer

Most people tend to overestimate the services your estate agent will provide to you. They are under the wrongful impression that the agent will value the property. While your agent is the go-to person to get you what you want (whether you’re buying or selling a property), they simply guide the pricing (known as a market appraisal), and do not provide a formal valuation of the building, the defects associated with the property and the market value of the house.

Would A DIY Valuation Suffice?chartered surveyors in stockport - Property valuation services

While it is possible for you to conduct your own evaluation of the property, your results and findings may not be all that sufficient. If, for instance, you are purchasing a property, you need to conduct a defect survey. As a layman, you may not know what factors require to be looked into, what the significance is and how to perceive the results.

Furthermore, if you do find some compelling evidence that may impact the value of the property, it will lack the credibility that a professional survey report may have.

Getting Professional Assistance

At FKW, we provide you with a variety of reports ranging from Homebuyer’s Report, Building Survey or a Building Defect Investigation Report. The various levels determine the depth of survey to determine the value of the property.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us!

 

Valuing Your Home… Why FKW?

 

Francis Knowles & Webb LLP consists of a specialised group of Chartered Surveyors in Manchester who focus on dealing with all matters pertaining to residential property survey; it includes a residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

The firm is regulated by the RICS and conforms to industry leading professional standards providing clients with high-end impeccable services.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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Property Defects That Could Break Your Bank

As a buyer looking for a house that reflects your style and personal preference, you may get carried away with the décor and aesthetics of the home, paying little to no attention to the finer and more compelling aspects of the house. These aspects may have the capacity to cause heavy damages to your property, and to your bank.

This is why, being Chartered Surveyors in Stockport, Cheshire, we always recommend a complete and thorough survey of a property. However, here are some potentially significant defects that you must keep your eye out for:

1.     Dampness

As a non-professional, you may not know exactly what to expect; but here is what you could examine to get a very general idea. You should look for some evident damping, bridging or irregularity in the damp proof course (DPC). Usually, when home owners’ utilise the services of inexperienced workforce for maintenance, the overall quality of the repair is inferior, resulting in long-term damage.

2.     The Roof Covering

This should be relatively easier to observe. Bring along with you a set of binoculars, and look for any irregularity, missing tiles and cracks in the tiles. If you enter the loft, you will be in a better position to scrutinise the underside of the roof covering. Are there any signs of felting? Any of these defects indicate an annual maintenance cost in your budget.

3.     Chimneyschartered surveyors in stockport, chartered surveyors in manchester

As one of the most exposed and inaccessible areas of a house, chimney maintenance could not only be expensive and time consuming, but also incredibly inconvenient. Older and taller chimneys tend to lean over time. Furthermore, harsh weather conditions, like freezing cold or rain could cause erosion. When looking for defects, check to see if the pointing is intact. Are the bricks in good condition?

4.     Electrical Installations

The wiring and cabling have to meet both functional and decorative standards. The wires need to be well incorporated in walls and floors. Make sure all the electrical aspects meet the modern standards. Next, keep an eye out for earth bonding. Ideally, a yellow and green wire should be present on metal pipes. If some of these defects are visible, you must conduct a thorough test to gauge the seriousness of the repairs.

The above mentioned are just some of the factors that could be potentially expensive for you. For a complete analysis, get in touch with us!

 

Look Before You Purchase!

Francis Knowles & Webb LLP consists of a specialised group of Chartered Surveyors in Manchester who focus on dealing with all matters pertaining to residential property survey; it includes a residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

The firm is regulated by the RICS and conforms to industry leading professional standards providing clients with high-end impeccable services.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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No major investment should ever be made without extensive analysis, expert advice and a thorough evaluation of the best possible options, considering all pertinent factors. As renowned building surveyors in Manchester, our experts provide you with some of the best strategies that will help you make an informed decision on buying property in the UK.

1.     Researching Is Vital!

One of the biggest failures in property purchase arises because buyers dive in too fast and too deep, without understanding the current market conditions. If a particular property interests you, take into account the neighbourhood. Is the surrounding area secure? What is the local crime rate? Have there been any properties sold recently? Several publications provide adequate information.

2.     Conducting A Complete Building Surveymanchester building surveyors, housing surveys in stockport, building survey

Some properties that have been there for years may be plagued with numerous defects that may not be visible to a layman. Professionals understand the significance and impact these damages could have on your overall property valuation and safety concerns attached to it. Therefore, get a thorough investigation done to uncover any defect.

3.     Negotiating The Price

There may come a time when you will lay your eyes on your dream house, and will be ready to pay the asking price, without negotiating. Many properties are marketed above the expected value of the house, because agents/vendors expect a negotiation. Don’t settle so quickly. Be bold and make a second offer. You might end up saving a lot of money.

4.     Consider The Future

A property purchase is a long term investment, so make the choice wisely. Consider the future interest rate trends. It has a major impact on your mortgage payments. Can you really afford the monthly payments, keeping your future earnings and expenses in mind?

 

A Residential Property Survey Will Help You Make This Big Decision. We Can Help You Out!

 

Francis Knowles & Webb LLP consists of a specialised group of Chartered Surveyors who conduct housing surveys in Stockport Cheshire and throughout the North West region. Their services include residential property valuation, Home Buyers’ reports and various other building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections for local authority housing and Housing Associations.

The firm is regulated by the RICS and conforms to industry leading professional standards providing clients with high-end impeccable services.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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Purchasing a new house can be stressful enough as it is. The laborious procedure can take months of research, hours of house viewings and multiple negotiations. And then finally you find your dream house. However, there are times when the property survey you conducted delivers a blow that could shatter your dreams.

So what do you do in the instance of a negative building survey report of your house? Do you just abandon the house, and start over? Or do you fix the damage? Here is a guide to the various options you have:

What does the Survey Report Say?

The decision to quit or fix the house will be determined by the thorough assessment of the extent of the damages. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s (RICS), the most common problems that come up during a building survey or homebuyer’s report are:

  • Structural movements
  • Dampness
  • Rotting, Wet/Dry structuresHouse surveys - building survey reports
  • Bad wiring
  • Inadequate roof covering
  • Outdated or obsolete systems

Are these the problems you are facing; to what extent?

What are the Costs of the Fixtures?

Once you understand the full extent of the defects, begin evaluating the costs associated with the repair and maintenance of the place. Ask yourself, are the problems so critical that you would rather consider moving on? Obtain quotes from contractors of the current cost of repairs, and if the material costs would increase over time. Remember, remodelling and renovations take long. Take into account price increases.

Negotiate with the Seller

While the initial price of the house was set on market rates and the willingness to buy and sell. Now, however, the table is open for further negotiations based on your survey findings. Speak to the seller. Inform them of the findings. It is crucial to be reasonable, objective and realistic in negotiations. Perhaps you could come to a mutual understanding.

Your property survey is the most vital instrument in purchasing your house. It could literally save you thousands of pounds.

Get in touch with the Professionals for the Right Surveyor to Evaluate Your Property!

Francis Knowles & Webb LLP consists of a specialised group of Chartered Surveyors in Manchester who focus on dealing with all matters pertaining to residential property survey; it includes residential property valuation, HomeBuyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

The firm is regulated by the RICS and conforms toindustry leading professional standards providing clients with high-end impeccable services.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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On average, a British citizen may spend about £154,016 in the purchase of a house. Would you invest that much of your hard earnings without the consultation of a professional home surveyor? You don’t. Because, that would indeed be hasty decision that could very possibly cost you some big bucks.

So, when you make the right decision and get your house surveyed, it is imperative that you get it done from the right place. It is therefore recommended that you get in touch with an RICS home surveyor. This group of professionals provides you with excellent services, and will provide you with objective results. Let’s see how:

The RICS provides a Centralised Guidance to its Chartered Surveyors for all Kinds of House Survey Reports

The members of RICS are bound by strict guidelines on how to conduct an analysis of the house. They provide in-depth inspection, an expert account of the defects, all matters pertaining to the conditions, and highlights problems in an easy to understand traffic light rating system. The reports they provide consist of three levels:

  • Level 1: Condition Report
  • Level 2: Home Buyer ReportRICS HomeSurveys - Building Surveys, Condition Report & HomeBuyer Survey
  • Level 3:Building Survey

All these reports have different objectives and guidelines that are aimed to provide potential buyers- you- with an informed judgement to aid their decision to purchase.

The Surveyors Have Local Knowledge

RICS have surveyors in different localities. To find the closest one near you, visit the RICS website. However, if you are looking for a Residential Chartered Surveyors in Stockport Cheshire, then we can help you out. Francis Knowles & Webb LLP have all the expertise and local area knowledge, like building listings, the different property types, and with the years of experience and professional team, we aim to provide you with accurate results.

A Cost Effective Solution

When you select a surveyor, the price of course is always a consideration. Working with an RICS member survey team, you can be assured that the services you are being offered are objective and adhere to the highest professional standards’ all this at reasonable prices depending on the survey report you choose.

Get in touch with the Professionals!

Francis Knowles & Webb LLP consists of a specialised group of Chartered Surveyors in Manchester who focus on dealing with all matters pertaining to residential property survey; it includes residential property valuation, HomeBuyers’ reports and building surveys. Furthermore, FK-W also provides stock condition and maintenance inspections.

The firm is regulated by the RICS and conforms to industry leading professional standards providing clients with high-end impeccable services.

To get in touch with us, call us at 0161 246 6654 or click here!

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