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Bearish trend seems to prevail in the London’s real-estate market

Saturday, 14 October, 2017

Do you think the effects of Brexit will be long-lasting in the UK? Well, they are certainly. You can see the market scenario even today after a considerable time has passed after Brexit, the trend looks to be bearish. Property rates have been tumbling at quite a fast rate as compared to the massive crash […]

Being a buy-to-let landlord, you should know these important rules and regulations!

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Market dynamics change according to the change happening in the surroundings. In light of the new regulations, lending rules, and tax scenario, the buy-to-let market expects several changes. If you are a landlord (or potential investor), then it is all the more essential to minimize overheads by cluing up on the obligations. Pursuing knowledge about […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

A survey of Victorian House

Friday, 29 September, 2017

We recently undertook a survey on a substantial Victorian house and noted bees had swarmed in the rear chimney flue/pot. It is possible that these are masonry bees and if this is the case they could cause significant damage to the brickwork. It is our understanding that these bees are protected and as such can […]

‘Unique Selling Point’ (USL) and Building Survey in 2010

Friday, 29 September, 2017

We started undertaking “look see” drain scans on properties in 2010 initially as a ‘unique selling point’ (USL) but have long since realised the benefits of these scans to find very significant defects even when there are no blockages evident. This was certainly the case on a recent property where we undertook a Building Survey […]

Descriptions of Building Materials Services and fittings for Properties

Friday, 29 September, 2017

It is important for surveyors to be accurate in their descriptions of building materials along with services and fittings within properties. To this end, it was noted recently that some composite slates look extremely similar to natural slates as can be seen on the Photograph. The first thing to notice is that all of the […]

‘Guidance for Valuers’ from HSBC states for Open Market Value of the Property

Friday, 29 September, 2017

Recent ‘Guidance for Valuers’ from HSBC states that they will no longer lend on a number of non-traditional construction types such as wimpey no-fines and in addition pre-1960s timber frame construction. Of particular concern to property owners in Cornwall and parts of South Devon is that they will also no longer accept mundic properties grade […]

The importance of building your property to be resilient to extreme weather

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

Catastrophic natural disasters and unforeseen events continue to endanger human lives as well as property. Besides leaving an indelible mark on humans, these disasters and extreme calamities damage property on a large scale. Every year, thousands of buildings are put to rubbles in a matter of a few minutes all over the world. Extreme weather […]