What Are the Most Popular Surveys in Kingston?
Compare My Move’s data shows that the most popular survey type for our users in Kingston Upon Thames is a homebuyers survey, despite the number of older properties in the area which would benefit from a building survey.
Twice as many users opted for a Homebuyers Survey on a detached property as those who opted for a Building Survey, 10.14% and 5.80% respectively. For a terraced home, just 4.35% of users organised a building survey, whilst 20.29% hired a surveyor for a Homebuyers survey.
However, when it comes to semi-detached properties, our users were more likely to opt for a Building Survey (17.39%) than a Homebuyers Survey (15.94%). Flats had the least amount of surveys all round, with 10.14% of users having a Homebuyers Survey and 5.80% organising a Builders Survey.
What Types of Historical Architecture Does Kingston Have?
Kingston Upon Thames and the surrounding area is host to numerous architectural feats, including 161 listed buildings and 26 conservation areas. With its historic status as an important market town, port and river crossing, Kingston Old Town boasts All Saints Church and Market Place, which has one of the best preserved medieval street patterns in London. It also has some of the most diverse architecture, ranging from medieval to Georigian, Victorian, neo-Georgian and neo-Tudor styles.
Richmond Road displays a range of late Victorian and Edwardian houses, with gabled fronts, bay windows and decorative brickwork. Locations such as St Andrews Square, one of the few remaining Victorian squares in South-West London, boast Victorian terraced houses and Gothic style architecture. It is these properties in particular that would benefit from a building survey.
Residential housing in Kingston Upon Thames ranges from historical homes from the Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian eras, prefab housing and apartments of the 1960s and1970s and the modern, more luxurious apartments built in recent years. More modern homes are unlikely to need a full building survey, but a home survey is still recommended for peace of mind. According to the Land Registry data from January 2020, 118 ‘existing properties’ were sold, proving far more popular than new builds, with just 7 sales in the same time frame.
Many of the older homes have been converted into flats and maisonettes in recent years, modernised to meet today’s standards. With a property such as this, it is highly recommended that you organise a property survey to ensure the work completed on the property is sound and that no damage was caused to the structure of the building.
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Is Subsidence an Issue in Kingston?
When the land beneath a building becomes unstable, this can cause the property to sink. This is known as subsidence and can be a significant issue for homeowners if left unchecked. It can not only devalue the house, but it can also make the building unsafe to enter.
London is a particularly vulnerable area when it comes to the subsidence, with the highest shrink-swell clay hazard in the UK. This results in 1 in 50 houses suffering from subsidence in London.
Moreover, older Victorian homes, such as those found in Kingston Upon Thames, were built with shallower foundations that homes built today, which can increase the risk of subsidence. Hiring a local surveyor to ensure subsidence is not a concern is highly recommended, especially for Kingston’s older or unconventional properties or properties in less than ideal condition.
Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Kingston?
Japanese Knotweed was first introduced to Britain in the 1800s as an ornamental plant, first at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew in London and then sold commercially. Today it is considered an aggressive pest due to the damage it can cause buildings and structures and dubbed “indisputably the UK’s most destructive and invasive plant” by the Environmental Agency.
Knotweed is known for growing rapidly along waterways. An area like Kingston Upon Thames, where the Thames River travels through the borough for almost three miles, is certainly no exception.
A heatmap of Japanese Knotweed by Environet revealed that Kingston Upon Thames shows a significant reading for infestations of the plant, with 83 occurrences within 4km. Your property surveyor will be able to tell you if Knotweed has been found on the property or in neighbouring grounds.
Having Japanese Knotweed on your property can negatively impact the value of your home, with some lenders unwilling to approve a mortgage for homes where evidence of the plant is found. It is therefore paramount that you organise a property survey to ensure there are no infestations on the land of the property you are looking to buy in Kingston.