What are the Most Popular Surveys in Essex?
Compare My Move have found out what the most popular survey type is in Essex to help with your surveying. We’ve studied our own data from our Essex movers to reveal that the most popular survey type in Essex is a homebuyers survey with 70% of Essex movers choosing one.
Almost 30% of movers needing a homebuyers survey required one for a semi-detached property, whilst almost 20% needed one for a detached property. Just 13% of our Essex movers needed a building survey for a semi-detached property whilst only 7% needed one for their detached property.
Most likely you will need a homebuyers survey for your move to Essex, but it’s important to do your research. If the property is old and isn’t in the best condition, you will require a building survey. If the house was built using common materials and in good condition, then a homebuyers survey will be enough.
What Types of Historical Architecture Does Essex Have?
It’s important to be aware of the historical architecture in Essex so you know which survey is best suited for you. A variety of housing developments were built in Essex after the war to help with the housing shortage London was facing. The towns of Basildon and Harlow were formed in 1949 to help with this, meaning there is a lot of 1950s housing still around.
There remains an impressive amount of Mediaeval "gothic" architecture across Essex in the form of timber, brick, rubble, and stone. Home to Colchester, England’s oldest town, Essex property remains more affordable than nearby London. Essex also boasts large country mansions as well as new build developments.
There are 739 listed buildings in Essex which means you’ll need a specialist listed building survey if you do plan on purchasing one. There are also 220 conservation areas throughout Essex. Older properties are more popular in Essex as 566 existing properties sold in April 2020 whilst only 13 new builds sold.
If you’re buying an older house in Essex that has signs of damage or wear, you will need a RICS building survey. If you’re buying one of the many modern homes or flats in Essex then a RICS homebuyers survey will suffice. You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of having a property survey as it will reveal damage and defect you might have missed.
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Is Subsidence an Issue in Essex?
If you’re buying a house in Essex, it’s important to get a home buyers survey or building survey to reveal any hidden damage or defects. Subsidence is one of the main issues surveyors will look for during a survey and it’s any potential buyers worst nightmare as it can make it difficult to sell your house.
There are many reasons for subsidence to occur such as weather, clay soil and shallow foundations. Geobear’s UK subsidence map shows there isn’t a huge subsidence problem in Essex but there are some areas that are a hotspot for subsidence. Just North of Wivenhoe, Brentwood and West of Danbury seems to be most at risk.
In the Map of the Distribution of Clay Over the UK, Essex shows to be a ‘Hazard Level E’ which is the highest level of concern. This means there is a high presence of shrink-swell clay and that the soil is at risk of shrinking and/or swelling.
To make sure you’re aware of subsidence, you should inspect the house you plan to buy before you get a survey. Look for obvious signs of subsidence which would be cracks in the walls or around door frames. Most of the time a homebuyers survey will be fine, but if you do notice cracks or damage, it will be more suitable to get a building survey.
Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Essex?
Japanese Knotweed is a dangerous plant that can even force its way into homes if not treated or removed. It’s important to hire a property surveyor when you’re buying a house as they can reveal if the property has Japanese Knotweed and if it’s a risk.
According to Environet’s Japanese Knotweed UK Heatmap, there isn’t a concerning presence of Japanese Knotweed in Essex. There are 24 occurrences in Southend-on-Sea within 4km, 10 occurrences in Maldon and there are only 4 occurrences within 4km in Chelmsford.
You should pay attention to the survey report that talks about the exterior of the building including the patio and garden to see any mention of Japanese Knotweed. If the property is infected with the plant, then you can hire a specialist Japanese Knotweed remover in Essex to safely remove it.