What Are the Most Popular Surveys in Twickenham?
Compare My Move have done the research to discover the most popular property survey type for our Twickenham movers. Our data shows that most of our users in Twickenham needed a homebuyers survey, with 75% purchasing this survey. The remaining 25% of Twickenham movers needed a building survey for their move.
Most people needed a homebuyers survey for their semi-detached property, with 31.91% of surveys purchased for a semi-detached and 24.47% of users needing a homebuyers survey for their terraced property. The most popular property type to purchase in Twickenham is a semi-detached property, with 44.68% of movers needing either a homebuyers survey or a building survey.
When you’re buying a house in Twickenham, you’ll need to hire a property surveyor to carry out a survey. If the property was built less than 80 years ago, a homebuyers survey should suffice. If the property is an older building built more than 80 years ago, a building survey will be more suitable.
What Types of Historical Architecture Does Twickenham Have?
You’ll find a range of property types varying in architectural history around Twickenham. The riverside area has been left mainly untouched by new developments. Although a few buildings were left destroyed after the war-time bombing, there remain many 18th-century buildings and a group of buildings that were restored in 1957.
Twickenham is also home to large Victorian semi-detached and terraced homes, Edwardian terraces, 1920s and 1930s family homes, new-build apartments as well as converted period terraces and town-homes. If you’re planning to buy a modern apartment or house, a homebuyers survey will suffice. Any converted or older properties will need a building survey.
There are 83 conservation areas in the borough of Richmond. If you’re moving to or near a conservation area, you may face restrictions or extra maintenance costs. There are also 79 Grade II listed buildings in Twickenham Riverside Ward and 11 in St Margarets and North Twickenham Ward with one being Grade I.
In the borough where Twickenham resides, houses for ‘existing properties’ far exceeded those of new builds according to Land Registry data for January 2020. Just 4 new build homes were sold in the same time-space as 180 ‘existing properties’ sales. If you’re purchasing one of Twickenham’s older properties, you will need a property surveyor to carry out a building survey. This is the most in-depth survey and will thoroughly examine the home for defects and damage.
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Is Subsidence an Issue in Twickenham?
Subsidence can occur when the ground beneath a property collapses, taking the foundations with it. It can be a serious problem for property owners so that’s why it’s vital you get a property surveyor to check over the house before you buy it. Both a homebuyers survey and building survey will highlight any risk of subsidence, but if you can see visible signs of cracking, then you will need a building survey.
Geobear’s UK subsidence map shows that Twickenham in the West of London is a hotspot for subsidence. The reason for subsidence near big cities like London is increased pressure from lots of buildings packed into a condensed area. Your property survey will highlight any risk or future risk of subsidence.
One of the main causes of subsidence is the shrinking of clay soil. Hot weather can make clay soil shrink and crack, making the ground unstable. Twickenham is highly affected by shrink-swell clay hazards according to the distribution of clay soil map, with a hazard level E warning. According to Geobear, 75% of UK ground subsidence cases are caused by soil shrinkage, meaning if the area you live in has cohesive soil, you’re at risk of subsidence.
When you’re ready to buy a house in Twickenham, make sure you’ve booked a property surveyor to examine the house. Whatever property type you buy, you will need a property survey to highlight any signs of subsidence. It can be difficult to eventually sell a home if there is a threat of subsidence.
Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Twickenham?
Japanese Knotweed is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. It’s a weed that spreads rapidly and can seriously damage your property. If not treated, there’s a likely chance Japanese Knotweed will devalue your home when you eventually sell it. The plant is difficult to remove yourself, so it’s advised to hire a professional to remove it.
Twickenham is in the borough of Richmond upon Thames in southwest London. As you can see on the Environet’s Japanese Knotweed heatmap, Twickenham suffers from the infestation of the plant with 83 occurrences within 4km. The proximity of London to Twickenham poses a threat as London is an extremely highly infested area.
If you’re buying a house in Twickenham, you’ll need a property survey to examine the interior and exterior of the house. A property survey will flag the presence and risk of Japanese Knotweed, so you’re fully aware of the plant before you purchase the house.
If your property survey reveals the presence of Japanese Knotweed, contact your local authority for further advice on removing the plant. For more information on Japanese Knotweed, the government website has a detailed page on how to identify and control the plant.