Day: January 14, 2021

What’s a Homebuyer’s Report?

What’s a Homebuyer’s Report?

An RICS HomeBuyer Report, or a homebuyer’s report, is a survey recommended for homebuyers in the UK. In March 2010, it replaced the Home Buyer Survey and Valuation. Why Do I Need A Homebuyer’s Report? A homebuyer’s report helps home buyers make an informed decision regarding their house search. The report will identify potential structural …

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Top 5 Things About Your Party Wall Agreement You Need to Know Before Renovating

If you live in a semi-detached or terrace house, then you share a wall (or walls) with your neighbour. That wall is known as a party wall. Party walls usually separate buildings belonging to different owners but could include garden walls built astride a boundary – known as party fence walls.  Where a wall separates …

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Which Building Survey Do I Need?

A house survey is a professional inspection of a property’s condition and identifies any potential buyer issues. It’s completed by a surveyor who visits the property, carries out an assessment, and prepares a report outlining any problems they’ve found. It’s an excellent way to avoid unexpected repair costs. Getting a survey for a house or …

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What Causes Moisture in Buildings?

What Causes Moisture in Buildings?

One of the most common causes of moisture in buildings is penetrating dampness. It includes any damp which has penetrated the building; however, it also provides plumbing leaks. On one of our building surveys in Kingston, we saw the causes of penetrating dampness from a cavity wall (generally post the 1920s). Penetrating damp from outside …

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Property Renovations That Add Value and Attract Tenants

Property Renovations That Add Value and Attract Tenants

Exceptional rental properties are a dime a dozen nowadays, and the industry is quickly becoming oversaturated and highly competitive. Nowadays, prospective tenants have plenty of options to choose from, so making your rental property stand out in functionality and aesthetic can be quite a challenge; that’s why renovating the interior and the exterior is one of the …

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What is an EPC and MEES?

What is a EPC and MEES?

What are Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)? An EPC is a certificate that rates how energy efficient a house or building is. By law, all sold, rented, or leased facilities must have an EPC, which will last for 10 years before it has to be renewed. It will tell you roughly how expensive property will be …

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Common Flat Roofs Construction Types & Issues

Common Flat Roofs Construction Types & Issues

We often see flat roofs at our UK Kingston surveyors’ office, so we’ve written up a piece all about flat roofs and their construction. Flat roofs are often found on extensions and outbuildings; however, they can sometimes be found on flats and commercial buildings. In general, they tend to be less effective than pitch roofs …

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How to Increase Your Property Value with Landscaping

How to Increase Your Property Value with Landscaping

When planning to sell, one should consider investing in home improvements because it will significantly increase property value. Since not every upgrade will pay off, it is best to try out improving curb appeal methods. A sure way to create a positive and memorable first impression on potential buyers is through landscaping. So, a neat …

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