So you are buying a property, the house of your dreams but the estate agents particulars have a particular sentence, that the house is Grade 2 listed....
Well, your obviously here and reading…Read more
A chartered building surveyor is coming to inspect my house, what should I do?
You have accepeted on your property have now been told, most likely by your estate agent that the buyer…Read more
If you are thinking of buying a Listed or older property, you will probably already know that they need caring for harmoniously and the usual DIY materials from your local dealer, are…Read more
Firstly, lets look at what exactly a homebuyer survey is and compare to its sister suite of reports namely the RICS Condition Report (Level 1) and the RICS Building Survey (Level 3)…Read more
How does a surveyor test for damp on a building survey?
Well this needs to be broken down into a number of factors to ensure fairness. For instance, the RICS has three levels…Read more
We often recieve calls from people from all over the country looking for building surveys. Due to our excellent reputation looking at heritage and listed properties, we are lucky to recieve a…Read more
The 'Agreed Methodology' is an initiative from RICS, Historic England and PCA that seeks to reform the inspection and reporting of moisture related issues in traditional buildings and to raise professional standards…Read more
Yes, it is legal and common to negotiate on the price after a homebuyer report or building survey has been undertaken as you will understand far more about what is required at…Read more
How much does a building survey cost?
A building survey cost will be wholly dependant upon the type, size, and value of the property (as well as factors such as mileage, travel time,…Read more
Does a Listed Building require an EPC?
Firstly, what is an EPC? An EPC is short for an Energy Performance Certificate, a report that assesses the energy efficiency of a property. The report…Read more
How to survey historic places to the best possible standards.
What is the difference between surveying a property that is 20 years old vs 200 years old? They are both homes, right? Well in a…Read more
How to make old homes energy efficient!
The first thing you need to understand is also the most important and simplest thing, old buildings are different to modern buildings. They are built with different…Read more
According to English Heritage, a Listed building is recognised as being of national importance. Buildings with listed status are recorded on an official register called The List of Buildings…Read more
Buying a property is likely to be the biggest investment of your life, and that should be enjoyable, and you should feel safe and secure in your purchase. However, for many homeowners…Read more
What is a HomeBuyer Report?
A HomeBuyer report, also known as a Home Buyer survey, is carried out by an RICS qualified surveyor. This type of survey looks at any visible defects and the…Read more
In this blog we will look at how and why buildings are listed. Be in no doubt however that this advice does have exceptions, for instance we recently inspected a 16th centry…Read more
This sentence causes a huge upset with vendors of traditional buildings and should never happen in the first place.
We often receive calls from homeowners stating that “During their inspection they detected damp issues…Read more
Chimneys have been an important part of buildings for centuries – particularly in colder climates where there is a need to retain heat but remove smoke, and prevent downdrafts. In British architecture,…Read more
Why do I need a Building Survey!
If you are reading this you are probably in two minds about whether the cost, type or time required for a survey is worth it.
Well, lets…Read more
Research completed recently by the SPAB has shown most old walls lose less heat than often assumed but, where appropriate, can benefit from upgrading for enhanced insulation. Upgrades should be undertaken…Read more
What is a listed building survey?
A listed building survey is a specific type of inspection carried out on buildings that have been categorized as either Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II.…Read more
Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: How to Improve Energy Efficiency
The government have just released a wave of new initiatives aimed at insulating homes and making homes more energy efficient. If you live…Read more
We often get calls from clients early in the buying process, so we thought you may appreciate a few helpful tips about what to do in the early stages.
The first thing is…Read more
So before we get into the usual heated debate, let's understand first what is meant by Rising damp.
Rising damp is caused by groundwater moving up through a wall or floor by capillary…Read more
Why do you need an RICS Home Survey? Because forewarned is forearmed. Choosing the right survey will help highlight any serious problems and advise you of the…Read more
When you buy, live in or sell a home, take advantage of professional expertise and independent advice by using estate agents and surveyors who are RICS members.