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What Questions Should You Be Asking During a Building Survey?

What Questions Should You Be Asking During a Building Survey?

Most people will only buy a property a couple of times in their lives. Because of this, the process can be unfamiliar and seem intimidating or confusing at the start. The same can be said for employing the services of a Chartered Surveyor. Often, interested parties will request a quote, and then not know what else …

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Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors BUILD Magazine 2021 Home Builder Award Winner

BUILD Magazine has announced the winners of the 2021 Homebuilder Awards. The home has taken on new importance over the last twelve months. While it has always been a reflection of the self, it has become a fundamentally important part of our lives. A place where we spend vast amounts of time under various lockdowns …

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How Long Does A Building Survey Take?

One of the most common questions asked is: “How long does a building survey take?” The answer is usually, “It depends.” It can take anywhere from 1 to 8 or more hours, depending on the property, then the report is usually back to you within five working days, and sometimes sooner if you have an …

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Can a Neighbour Refuse Consent to Party Wall Works?

Party Walls typically separate buildings belonging to different owners but could include garden walls built astride a boundary – known as party fence walls. Since the Party Wall Act 1996 was introduced, homeowners in England and Wales have had a procedure to follow when building work involves a party wall or party fence wall, some excavations …

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Why Should You Consider Joining Your Local Homeowners Association?

Homeowners Associations (HOA) are often considered expensive and obsessed with rules, and, as with any organisation, they can occasionally be considered difficult to work with.  However, they can also be handy in many ways and can make life as a homeowner much easier.  A well-managed HOA typically takes care of things like your home’s landscaping, …

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5 Things You Need a Permit For Before You Start Your Next Reno

Starting a home renovation can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t conducted one before. Whatever the project, your remodel will likely involve a ton of details and legalities, and it can easily become daunting. Renovating can also be an exciting event that makes your home feel like your own personal space.  Common work typically requires …

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What Do You Do If A Contractor Destroys Your Property?

When you hire someone for a building or repairs project in your home, you want the work to be of high quality and for them to treat your property with care and respect.  However, in some cases, a contractor might do subpar work that can cause immediate and lasting damage to your property. Even if …

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Top 5 FAQs About Structural Engineering

Giving someone the duty of organizing your building services is a daunting task, so you’ll need to make sure you’re working with a firm that you trust and that you ask them the right questions.  So, what questions do you need to ask a structural engineer? Let’s dig in. What is a Structural Engineer? Structural …

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How Often Should Rental Units Be Inspected?

Inspections of rental units can be a tricky situation. When letting a property to someone, you want to ensure the property is maintained and in good repair, but you also do not wish to infringe upon your tenant’s privacy.  So, what’s the correct answer? How often should you inspect the property you’re letting? Unfortunately, there …

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