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Renovating your home to maximize the value? Here are some smart tips!

Thursday, 30 November, 2017

Reports say the people spend millions of pounds each year to renovate their properties. Interestingly, a large chunk of it belongs to homeowners who sell the renovated property within one year of renovation. It means people believe that renovation helps in enhancing the value of their property. Whether it is a massive rebuild or just … Read More »

The Party Wall

Friday, 27 October, 2017

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes provision in respect of party walls and adjacent excavation and construction in proximity to certain buildings or structures. It is important to follow the procedures set out in the Act when undertaking works to your property as failure to do so can leave a project at risk of … Read More »

Our telescopic ladders

Sunday, 22 October, 2017

We use a few different pieces of equipment as part of surveying kit but the one a lot of people see during our inspections and want for themselves is our telescopic ladders. These are a useful bit of kit as they are easy to carry and provide access to loft spaces and parts of the … Read More »

Grade B Mundic content

Sunday, 22 October, 2017

We were recently asked to re-attend a property which was previously confirmed to containt to an isolated area of the property. The building owner had removed the wall and required confirmation that the mundic content had been removed for reclassification. Upon taking additional samples to the previously affected area, these samples were returned as A1 … Read More »

A survey of a drainage system

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017

The value of a drain scan can be seen by a recent survey carried out on a property locally with misaligned joints and rats within the drainage system. In addition, it became clear that there were no traps within the drains which were not immediately obvious from the outside. In addition, the rainwater drainage system … Read More »

A Building Survey of Stone Built Cottage

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017

A building survey that we undertook this week was a stone built cottage which probably dates back to about 1850 with a rear tenement type extension which was probably completed around 1900 along with further additions in the 1960s. The main original roof appeared in reasonable overall condition with no slates notably slipped or missing. … Read More »

Surveying Safely? Photo of Dodgy Steps Down To Beach

Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

Surveyors must always be wary of their own personal safety as well as of those around them when undertaking surveys. This is demonstrated as per the photograph of a recent survey whereby the property boasted private access via a narrow set of stone steps from the property down to a secluded beach area. The lack … Read More »