What Are the Most Popular Surveys in Sheffield?
Compare My Move’s data shows that 76% of our Sheffield users needed a property surveyor to carry out a homebuyers survey, making it the most in-demand survey type in Sheffield. The remaining 24% of Sheffield users required a building survey for their move. This could mean that many people are unsure of the type of survey they need. As there are many Victorian terraced houses in Sheffield, more people might need a building survey than they think.
The sale of existing properties remains considerably higher than the sale of new builds in Sheffield. As there’s a popular demand for existing property in Sheffield, it’s understandable that many movers need a homebuyers survey the most. Our data revealed that those people requiring homebuyers surveys needed it mostly for semi-detached properties.
Whilst flats needed a property survey the least, 19.33% of users were looking for a homebuyers survey for a terraced property. Only 6.67% of people needed a building survey for their detached home, while 16.67% required a homebuyers survey. This would mean that a lot of detached properties in Sheffield are fairly modern, under 80 years of age.
What Types of Historical Architecture Does Sheffield Have?
If you’re looking to buy a house in Sheffield, it’s important to learn about the architecture. Sheffield’s rich history means its historical architecture dates back to the 12th century. Many of Sheffield’s older buildings were constructed throughout the Industrial Revolution, with many being lost during the Sheffield Blitz.
Sheffield’s city centre has seen a revival since the 1990s, with new developments including the Winter Gardens, Millennium Galleries and Derwent House. There have also been new developments of flats, including new builds and conversions of issued industrial buildings. Existing properties prove to be more popular in Sheffield, with 478 sold in January 2020 and just 16 new builds.
There are 38 conversation areas in Sheffield and home to just under 1,200 listed buildings, with most of these being Grade II listed. Whilst it’s unlikely, if you’re buying a listed building, you’ll need a specialist listed building survey as the building will have a great architectural or historic interest.
With Sheffield being home to 2 universities, there’s no surprise that student accommodation and a young population make up a lot of Sheffield. Many students decide to stay in Sheffield after university, so if you’re moving from a flat or an apartment to a house, you will most likely require a homebuyers survey or a building survey, depending on the age and condition of the house.
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Is Subsidence an Issue in Sheffield?
Subsidence happens when the ground beneath a property collapses or sinks, taking a part of the foundations with it. It can be difficult to eventually sell a property with subsidence as it can greatly affect a property’s value. From looking at Geobear’s UK Subsidence Map you can see that Sheffield suffers from a subsidence issue.
Subsidence can occur for many different reasons including clay soil, mining and landfill sites. In Sheffield, there are still historic and current landfill sites. Although the majority of waste is incinerated, the landfill sites are at risk of contaminating the land from its previous use, which can result in subsidence.
Another contributor to Sheffield’s subsidence is its previous collieries. As Sheffield has a rich industrial heritage, the city was once steeped with many collieries. Many of these have since closed, but underground mining is known to cause subsidence in Sheffield. According to The Coal Authority, a lot of Sheffield is a ‘coal mining reporting area’.
You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of having a property survey before buying a house as it will highlight minor and major issues with the building’s condition. Both a homebuyers survey and a building survey will be able to highlight subsidence, potentially saving you a lot of money in the long run. With the presence of subsidence in Sheffield, it’s even more vital to have a property surveyor look for important issues.
Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Sheffield?
Japanese Knotweed is one of the UK’s most dangerous plants. It’s important to know if a property is infested with it before you buy it as it can be a nightmare to remove, as well as making it difficult to sell a property when the time comes
According to Environet’s Japanse Knotweed Heat Map, Sheffield has quite a large infestation of Japanese Knotweed. If you suspect the property you’re buying in Sheffield could have Japanese Knotweed, you’ll need to hire a property surveyor who can advise you what to do next.
Whilst the landlord will be the one responsible for maintaining the property, you will still need to get a property survey to highlight how serious the threat of Japanese Knotweed is. It’s important to note that you should not remove Japanese Knotweed yourself as this can make it even worse.
It’s important that you’re aware of the property having Japanese Knotweed before you commit to buying it. Japanese Knotweed can cost up to £3,000 to remove and needs to be looked at every year for 5 years to ensure it is dead.