Category “Buildings”

Problems and proposals in the housing health and safety system that you must know

Friday, 19 January, 2018

Do you know there has been a report published recently on the Housing Health and Safety Rating System? Well, many people do not have any idea about it.   The system is referred by the acronym HHSRS, and it gives the assessment framework to the EHOs (Environment Health Officers) while they do the survey of … Read More »

Concrete Finlock Gutters

Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Concrete Finlock gutters were briefly popular in the 1960s and 1970s and comprise of small sections of concrete that locked together and cap off the top of cavity walls forming the wall plate and as such supports the roof structure/rafter ends etc. The majority of these installations have been found to leak on the joints … Read More »

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 »

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 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 »

‘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 … Read More »

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 … Read More »

How can you protect your home from Japanese Knotweed?

Monday, 25 September, 2017

Japanese knotweed, a huge perennial plant of the buckwheat family Polygonaceae is native to China, Japan and Korea. The herbaceous plant comprises of big heart-shaped leaves exhibited in a criss-cross way with hollow stems.  The plant grows in dense clusters and bears cream coloured flowers which attract various birds and bees alike. It has varying … Read More »

Building Survey on a mid-terrace house in Truro

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

We recently undertook a Building Survey on a mid-terrace house in Truro. The property was probably built around 1900 and was of brick and stone construction with double pitched man-made slate covered roofs. The property had a typical two storey rear tenement which had a brick side elevation with a brick and stone gable end and … Read More »

Survey in Newquay

Friday, 20 January, 2017

Colin Cockram recently undertook a survey on a detached former farm house tucked away in a rural location between Newquay and Chiverton Cross. When inspecting the rear left bedroom it was noted that there was very significant penetrating dampness evident between the junction of the ceilings and walls part of which is formed in a … Read More »