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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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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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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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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

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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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 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

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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