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Month: January 2021

What is Asbestos? Dangers and UK Regulations

What is Asbestos? Dangers and UK Regulations

Many buildings in the UK that were constructed in the past have used asbestos due to its desirable properties. The Main Benefit of Using Asbestos: Inexpensive Insulation Resilient and durable Asbestos is incredibly great and insulating heat and absorbing sound for insulation purposes alongside being fire resistant. However, only up until relatively recently the effects …

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Wood Rot: The Difference Between Dry Rot and Wet Rot

Wood Rot: The Difference Between Dry Rot and Wet Rot

Wood rot is one of the leading causes of buildings’ damage – especially if they’re old or abandoned. It’s important to identify what kind of wood rot it is – dry or wet – and then learn how to treat it and what caused it (to prevent the rot from occurring again). The difference between dry …

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4 Reasons Why Property Owners Hire Surveyors

4 Reasons Why Property Owners Hire Surveyors

As a property owner, you have likely already hired a surveyor before and understand the reasons for their importance. If not, you need to consider why property owners get their properties surveyed and if you should do the same.  Seeking professional advice will keep you informed on all relevant legalities of your property. There are …

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How to Prevent and Remove Damp Mould Growth in the House

How to Prevent and Remove Damp Mould Growth in the House

Mould growth is more likely to be due to condensation than penetrating dampness on the whole but can be either-or. These two can come hand in hand, as penetrating moisture can lead to condensation. The most common areas of mould are bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Our Building Surveyors in Kingston and Surrey have come across …

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Top 5 Things a Property Landlord Should Provide in an Unfurnished Apartment

When renting a property, it can be challenging to understand what is your responsibility and what is the responsibility of the landlord.  There are the standard legal obligations for a landlord when tenants move in, such as: Drawing up an Assured Shorthold Tenancy contract (AST) Providing a How to Rent guide Protecting the Tenant’s Deposit …

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Hire a Structural Engineer

There are many reasons to hire a structural engineer for your industrial, commercial, or residential building project. Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have designs and drawings to work with, a structural engineer is there to make sure your vision comes to life safely. The services provided by a structural engineer are often comprehensive …

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How to Negotiate a House Price Down After a Survey

How to Negotiate a House Price Down After a Survey

This post covers everything you need to know about how to negotiate a house price down after a survey. Even if you’ve already agreed on a price, homebuyers can renegotiate as a house purchase is Subject to Contract (which can change at any time). So, after a surveyor has completed a survey, you may find …

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What to Look Out For if You’re Buying an Old House

What to Look Out For if You’re Buying an Old House

Whether you’re a fan of traditional architecture and design or you want to buy a fixer-upper to put it back on the market, old homes bring numerous challenges that you should be aware of. Not only can specific problems cost you a fortune to fix, but they can also endanger your health and safety. Therefore, …

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Pitched Roof: Types & Common Defects

Pitched Roof: Types & Common Defects

Pitched roofs are the most common types of roofs found on buildings. They are most often used because they effectively shed water, whereas the other type of roofs, such as a flat roof, aren’t. A pitched roof is most likely to be found on the main buildings on most domestic properties. Types of Pitched Roofs …

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Subsidence: Why Insurance Claims Spike During the Summer

Subsidence: Why Insurance Claims Spike During the Summer

Several big-name insurers have reported subsidence incidents are up 20%, causing a spike in insurance claims. The reason for this was due to the hotter than typical summers we have been experiencing. Read on to find out how the subsidence damage claims are linked to our hot summer.     As the UK’s building stock is mainly …

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