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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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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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What Causes Moisture in Buildings?

What Causes Moisture in Buildings?

One of the most common causes of moisture in buildings is penetrating dampness. It includes any damp which has penetrated the building; however, it also provides plumbing leaks. On one of our building surveys in Kingston, we saw the causes of penetrating dampness from a cavity wall (generally post the 1920s). Penetrating damp from outside …

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