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What order should you renovate a property?

In what order should you renovate a property?

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when renovating a home, especially if it’s your first time. If you’re tackling this project on your own, there are many things to consider. The overall interior design, ordering materials, contractors, and scheduling all need to be considered. However, if you employ a professional remodelling or design-build business, they will …

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What is House Snagging and When is a Snagging Survey Necessary?

What is House Snagging and When is a Snagging Survey Necessary?

There are several methods for inspecting the structure for existing faults or concerns that may cause problems in the future when buying a house. In the conveyancing procedure, there are various sorts of surveys and valuations, one of which is known as a snagging survey. What is Snagging? Snagging is the process of thoroughly inspecting …

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Do you require Party Wall Agreements for Loft Conversions?

Do you require Party Wall Agreements for Lofts?

You’ll probably need to get a party wall agreement from your neighbours if you live in a terraced house or semi-detached house. Due to the fact that most building work involves structural changes to shared walls, chimneys, and roofs, adjoining properties could be damaged. The Party Wall Act provides a solution for resolving disputes and …

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What types of Building Surveys are there?

Some people believe building surveys are unnecessary, but they are highly recommended. A building survey might save you hundreds of pounds in repair costs. There are different types of Building Surveys, so which one is right for you? Perhaps you believe a simple report provides as good an indication of the property’s condition as a …

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Buying a house? Don't forget about the Party Wall Act

Buying a house? Don’t forget the Party Wall Act

If you’re buying a new home, you’ll want to know about the Party Wall Act, if you share any walls, fences, or boundaries with your neighbours and if they have any plans to build before you move in. The Commercial Property Standard Enquiries provide standard form, particularly questions about party walls when purchasing a home. …

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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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Help! What’s Covered Under Home Insurance?

The most expensive purchase you’ll likely ever make is buying a home. Home insurance gives you peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to fix or replace it.  However, it’s essential to understand what your policy will and will not cover.  There are two types of home insurance to consider: Buildings …

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What is a party wall?

What is a Party Wall?

Our Party Wall Surveyors are often asked to explain what a party wall is; this is never a simple answer. As with all party wall matters, this can be complex. Role of a Party Wall Surveyor & The Party Wall Act The Act covers new buildings on or at the boundaries of two properties. It also includes …

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What to Do if Your Home Valuation is Less Than an Offer?

Most residential purchases rely on mortgage finance, and therefore a lender’s valuation is usually required to establish that the price being paid for a property represents the ‘market value’. Paying a purchase price over the estimated market value can place the lender and buyer to the sale at additional risk. Therefore, the lender instructs an …

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