What are the Most Popular Surveys in Barnet?
Our research revealed the most popular survey type in Barnet is a homebuyers survey, with 27.41% of our users opting for this survey for a flat. By comparison, just 11.11% arranged a full structural survey on this type of property, now known as a building survey.
However, building surveys did prove to be more popular among our users who purchased semi-detached homes, with 18.52% arranging this type of survey compared with 14.81% who opted for a homebuyers survey.
For those buying detached homes, the number of homebuyers and building surveys were very similar, with 4.63% arranging a homebuyers survey and 4.07% choosing a building survey. For terraced homes, 11.67% opted for a homebuyers survey, while 9.07% organised a building survey for the property.
The type of survey best for the property you are looking to buy will depend on its age, overall condition and whether work has been carried out on the home. For older properties, those in poor condition or have had work completed on them, a building survey is recommended. For newer homes and those in good condition, a homebuyers survey will be suitable.
What Types of Historical Architecture Does Barnet Have?
With a mix of Victorian, Edwardian and post-war homes, there’s plenty to choose from in Barnet. You can find a variety of property types including cottages, terrace houses, semi-detached homes and bungalows. Beautiful Edwardian family houses can be found around St John the Baptist Church, whilst Edwardian and later period buildings are scattered across the Hadley Wood area.
If you prefer something more modern, there are also a number of new developments and shared ownership properties to view. For first-time buyers looking to use the Help to Buy scheme to get onto the property ladder, you can use the scheme to buy homes in the Brook Valley Gardens development.
Existing properties are very popular amongst Barnet movers, with 292 sold in October 2020 alone. During that same month, only 2 new-build homes were sold. If you prefer the older homes on offer in the Borough of Barnet, then it’s recommended you organise a building survey to thoroughly assess the building and its structure. If you’d prefer to purchase a new build, then instead, you will require a snagging list to uncover any obvious issues.
There are around 659 listed buildings in the borough, all of which will require a special listed buildings survey before purchasing. If you decide to purchase a listed building then it’s important to note that you will likely be restricted on what work you can do to the property. This is also true for every home located in conservation areas, of which there are 17 currently listed on the local council website.
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Is Subsidence an Issue in Barnet?
Subsidence is what happens when the ground beneath a property “sinks”, causing cracks, stability concerns and in severe cases, resulting in the home being deemed unsafe to live in. Subsidence can be caused by a number of factors, including the geology of the land or by the weather. It can also be caused, however, by man-made issues, as a result of past land use and industry.
Bigger cities are more likely to suffer from subsidence due to a large number of high-rise buildings in a small area, adding increasing pressure on the ground. London is further at risk as much of the city is built on “London clay”, which is susceptible to changes. A report from Barnet Council stated that the underlying geology of Barnet consists of London clay.
Supporting this, a map of the UK subsidence “hotspots” has revealed that London has particularly high amounts of subsidence. That said, the amount of subsidence found in Barnet was lower than in areas of central and south London.
Nevertheless, knowing the underlying theology of the borough and the evidence from the subsidence map, it is highly recommended that you enlist the services of a surveyor when purchasing a property in the area.
Subsidence can not only decrease the value of a home, but it can also make the property dangerous. At Compare My Move, we can help you find an experienced building surveyor who can conduct a survey on the home and determine if subsidence is a concern.
Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Barnet?
Japanese Knotweed is a destructive plant that can cause a host of problems for homeowners in the UK. The plant was initially introduced to the UK as an ornamental plant but it has since become an issue for properties and structures across the country.
Growing up to 10cm per day, Japanese Knotweed can force its way through concrete, drains and property foundations, potentially causing major damage and decreasing the value of a home. In some instances, lenders have been known not to approve a mortgage for properties with a severe infestation.
The UK Japanese Knotweed Heatmap revealed that there were 86 reported occurrences of Japanese Knotweed within 4km in High Barnet. Although this is lower than areas of central London, it is still a significant amount to be found in a small area. It is therefore recommended that you have a survey undertaken on the property you are looking to buy in Barnet to ensure it is not an issue for your new home.
Be aware that if Japanese Knotweed is found on the premises and you continue with the purchase, you must not attempt to remove it on your own. Your surveyor will be able to advise you on the best course of action.