What are the Most Popular Surveys in Salisbury?
According to our data, the most popular type of survey is a Homebuyers Survey, which 29.63% of our users organised for a semi-detached property. This is approximately four times the amount of Building Surveys undertaken on the same type of property, with just 7.41% of users opting for this type of survey.
For a detached property, more of our users opted for a Homebuyers Survey, but figures for Building Surveys were not far behind, at 14.81% and 11.11% respectfully. Flats and terraced homes had the least amount of surveys undertaken on them, both with 14.81% of users arranging a Homebuyers Survey, with Building Surveys being undertaken on just 3.70% on both flats and terraced homes.
It’s important to note that many terraced homes across the UK would have been built in the Victorian and Edwardian era and would therefore benefit from a Building Survey which is far more thorough and recommended for older homes.
What Types of Historical Architecture Does Salisbury Have?
When it comes to architecture in Salisbury, the now somewhat infamous Salisbury Cathedral is certainly one of the more obvious examples of great architectural feats in this medieval city. Salisbury boasts an impressive 664 listed buildings, with 70 conservation areas across South Wiltshire where Salisbury resides.
Some listed buildings are available to purchase for dwelling, although many of them are historic homes and grand properties which aren’t common property purchases for the average UK homebuyer.
However, Salisbury has a number of period homes, ranging from impressive Georgian, large Victorian homes and smaller Victorian red-brick terraced properties suitable for first-time buyers, young families and older buyers alike. These homes have become particularly popular in recent years, with many buyers looking to own Victorian or Edwardian homes. These properties are strongly recommended to have building surveys completed prior to purchase to ensure the structure is sound and that no major damage has taken place over the years.
In light of a growing population and demand for housing, new build properties and modern homes are also available in the area, for those not looking to purchase an older or historic home. These types of homes are better suited to a homebuyers report as they do not have the concerns that come with buying older and unconventional properties.
Overall, older or “existing” properties were found to be more popular according to Land Registry data from January 2020 for Wiltshire (where Salisbury is located). For the area in the month of January, 481 sales of “existing” properties took place, while only 39 new build homes were sold.
|New Build Sales*||39|
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Is Subsidence an Issue in Salisbury?
When it comes to purchasing a property in Salisbury, you will need to be sure the home doesn’t suffer from any subsidence or ground instability.
Subsidence is when the ground beneath your property compresses or sinks and an unbalanced foundation is created and subsidence occurs. One of the main causes of subsidence is clay soil, found throughout the UK, which shrinks, cracks and even shifts during changes in the weather.
According to Geobear’s UK Subsidence Map, subsidence is evident in Salisbury but not to the extent seen in bigger cities across the country. Nevertheless, it is crucial that you arrange the correct survey for your property to ensure there are no risks posed to your new property.
This is especially pressing as according to the Subsidence map, cases have been reported not only in the city of Salisbury but also in the surrounding areas. For those looking to buy an older home, this would mean organising a full building survey which can give you an in-depth review of the condition of the home and flag any concerns regarding subsidence.
Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Salisbury?
Japanese Knotweed is a hardy and destructive plant that can grow through concrete, property foundations, walls and drains, causing a host of problems for homeowners.
The plant was initially introduced to the UK as an ornamental plant for establishments such as Kew Gardens in London and later sold commercially. It has since been deemed highly problematic and can impact the value of your property. In some cases, lenders may refuse a mortgage for a property with an infestation of Japanese Knotweed.
Environet’s Japanese Knotweed Heatmap noted 5 infestations of the plant in Salisbury within a 4km radius. This is far lower than many parts of the country, meaning it is less likely to be a concern when viewing and purchasing a home in the Salisbury area. However, due to the destructive nature of the plant and the extent of the damage it can cause, it is still best practice to read your surveying report carefully to ensure it is not evident on your new property.