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Top 5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Property

Owning a home comes with a ton of responsibility. That’s why it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with everything on the property so that you can stay on top of essential maintenance and upkeep. When you own a home, it seems like there’s always some expense coming up. Whether it’s a required plumbing repair...
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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?

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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Rights of Access for a Building Surveyor Professional

The Correct Advice from Our Building Surveyor Professionals For matters connected with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you will need to know certain information. You will need to be guided on these matters by experts. Our Building Surveyor professionals are here to help you. Party wall matters can be very complicated, and you must understand your...
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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 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

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

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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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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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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