What are the Most Popular Surveys in Manchester?
To help you with your house-hunting, we’ve researched the most popular survey types in Manchester and which properties are more likely to need each survey.
As expected, just below 40% of our Manchester users required a building survey. Despite the increased risk of damp and flooding, the building survey is mostly required for older, more unconventional properties. If you’re purchasing a home near one of the three rivers, or perhaps one of the many converted Warehouses, then it is likely you will be amongst the few needing a building survey.
Around 60% of our Manchester users required a homebuyers survey. Again, this is unsurprising as it is the most common type of property survey and will look for a range of issues such as signs of subsidence, damp and asbestos.
Our data also discovered that the property type most prone to requiring property surveys in Manchester was semi-detached homes. For both building and homebuyers surveys, semi-detached owners had the highest number of users searching for verified surveyors.
What Types of Historical Architecture Does Manchester Have?
Manchester’s growth has seen a variety of property types form, ranging from the numerous skyscrapers built between the 1960s-1970s to more modern developments in areas such as Pendleton and Oldham. With styles including Modern, Georgian, Roman and Gothic, the city has it all. However, Manchester is more famously known for its red-brick buildings.
These surviving red-brick buildings have become a staple image for Manchester. If you’re purchasing a home of this kind, be aware that many have been redeveloped to suit modern life and the structure may be altered or weakened. A property survey will assess the building and highlight any issues. If there are extensive problems, a building survey will be thorough enough to highlight any major concerns.
If you’re amongst the buyers searching for older, more traditional homes, then keep in mind that it can be costly to upkeep depending on the building’s age. Nevertheless, these homes have proved popular, with figures from the Land Registry for January 2020 revealing there were 216 ‘existing property’ sales in Manchester, with just 16 sales of new builds.
There are 18,547 listed buildings in Greater Manchester, so it’s important you research the property before committing to purchase. If you’re interested in Listed Buildings however, it is not enough to have a typical property survey. Instead, you will need a specialist surveyor to conduct a Listed Building Survey. There are also 34 conservation areas in Manchester, many of which include housing for potential buyers.
|Listed Buildings||18, 547|
|New Build Sales*||16|
|Existing Property Sales*||216|
Is Subsidence an Issue in Manchester?
Geobear’s UK Subsidence Map clearly shows Manchester as a ‘hotspot’ for subsidence. The city isn’t as affected as London, but it is still a cause for concern amongst Manchester homeowners. If you’re searching for property within the city, you will need a property surveyor to assess the building to ensure any and all signs of subsidence are highlighted.
There are a variety of factors that can cause subsidence, including weather, clay soil, shallow foundations and the area being densely populated. In the Map of the Distribution of Clay Over the UK, Manchester is labelled as a ‘Hazard Level A to C’. This means that the soil is not particularly hazardous and isn’t at risk of shrinking or swelling.
Geobear states that cities like Manchester often suffer the most due to increased weight and pressure on the ground from buildings and skyscrapers in condensed areas. The groundwater in the area is easily used up, causing the soil to dry out and compact, increasing the risk of subsidence.
If you’re purchasing a property in Manchester, take a look for any obvious signs of subsidence such as 3mm cracks in walls and around door frames. A homebuyers survey should suffice as it will highlight any signs in the property for you. However, if you’ve already spotted obvious signs, you should instead consider having a building survey.
Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Manchester?
Japanese Knotweed can grow as fast as 10cm a day and is capable of forcing its way through concrete and a property’s foundations. It can be extremely dangerous and can cause major cracks in brickwork or even physically sink the building.
Environet’s Japanese Knotweed Heatmap shows Manchester as a ‘hotspot’ for this type of plant. Even though the city centre itself isn’t very ‘high risk’, the map shows a larger risk of Japanese Knotweed on the outskirts of Manchester, especially North-West of the centre.
As populated and dense cities are often areas with increased risk, it’s unsurprising that Manchester has become a hotspot for the dangerous plant. The Manchester City Council has warned its citizens not to remove the plant themselves. Although landowners will be responsible for maintaining the plant, they must not remove it without professional aid.
If you suspect your home could have Japanese Knotweed, hire a property surveyor to inspect the area first. Pay particular attention to the section of the report highlighting issues with the exterior of the building, such as the garden, patio and pipework. You can then continue accordingly and search for professional Japanese Knotweed removers in Manchester.