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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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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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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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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 older buildings, …

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What Are Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas?

What Are Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas?

What Are Listed Buildings? Listed buildings are buildings with cultural, historic (whether this is cultural, militarily, or are associated with significant people) or architectural (in terms of architectural design, decoration, and craftsmanship) importance. A list of these buildings is kept protecting and conserving these buildings to be preserved for future generations. Anyone can nominate a …

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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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