What does grade 2 listed mean
What does grade 2 listed mean

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…

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How to prepare your home for a survey.
How to prepare your home for a survey.

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…

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Who are the RPSA and are we members?
Who are the RPSA and are we members?

Who are the RPSA and are we members?

The Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) is a representative body for independent specialist residential surveyors who are the industry's leading specialists in reporting on the condition…

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Useful Websites
Useful Websites

Abacus Construction Index A searchable directory of more than 1,500 websites and online documents for US…

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Some of our recommended books and resources.
Some of our recommended books and resources.

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…

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What is included in a RICS Level 2 homebuyer survey?
What is included in a RICS Level 2 homebuyer survey?

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)…

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How does a surveyor test for damp?
How does a surveyor test for damp?

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…

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Building survey near me? Where are we based and where do we undertake surveys?
Building survey near me? Where are we based and where do we undertake surveys?

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…

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Agreed Methodology for Moisture Investigations in Traditional Buildings
Agreed Methodology for Moisture Investigations in Traditional Buildings

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…

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Can you negotiate house price after survey?
Can you negotiate house price after survey?

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…

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What is the difference between a Building Survey and a Structural Survey?
What is the difference between a Building Survey and a Structural Survey?

A Building Survey is carried out by an RICS or RPSA Building Surveyor and includes a full inspection of all accessible parts of the property and reports in detail upon…

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How much does a building survey cost?
How much does a building survey cost?

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,…

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What is RICS?
What is RICS?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the official body of property professionals. They issue and monitor the highest global standards that their members must adhere to in land, property, infrastructure…

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Energy Performance Certificates and Listed Buildings.
Energy Performance Certificates and Listed Buildings.

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…

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How to survey historic places to the best possible standards.
How to survey historic places to the best possible standards.

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…

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How to make old homes energy efficient!
How to make old homes energy efficient!

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…

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Buying a Listed Building
Buying a Listed Building

Buying a Listed Building

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…

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Common Questions We Get Asked
Common Questions We Get Asked

What is the standard lead-in time for a survey?

We can usually book a survey within 2-4 days (subject to availability), sometimes we can do this sooner at short notice if urgently…

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Buying a home: how to avoid the most common mistakes
Buying a home: how to avoid the most common mistakes

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…

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The RICS Homebuyer Report - what is it and why do you need one?
The RICS Homebuyer Report - what is it and why do you need one?

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…

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How are listed buildings chosen?
How are listed buildings chosen?

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…

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Our building survey detected rising damp using a protimeter and our sale fell through!
Our building survey detected rising damp using a protimeter and our sale fell through!

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…

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A brief history of chimneys, chimney stacks and chimneys pots
A brief history of chimneys, chimney stacks and chimneys pots

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,…

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Is Thatch a good roofing material?
Is Thatch a good roofing material?

Coming soon

What is Thatch

What are the different types

Water Reed

Long Straw

Combed Wheat Reed

Thermal Performance

Life span

Cost

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Why do I need a Building Survey
Why do I need a Building Survey

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…

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SPAB Completes Over Ten Years of Research into the Energy Efficiency of Old Buildings:
SPAB Completes Over Ten Years of Research into the Energy Efficiency of Old Buildings:

Summary

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…

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What is a Listed Building Survey?
What is a Listed Building Survey?

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.…

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Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: How to Improve Energy Efficiency
Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: How to Improve Energy Efficiency

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…

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What to consider if your buying or selling?
What to consider if your buying or selling?

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…

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What is Rising Damp?
What is Rising Damp?

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…

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RICS Choosing Between Surveys
RICS Choosing Between Surveys

Helping you choose the right survey

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…

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RICS Consumer Guide to Home Surveys
RICS Consumer Guide to Home Surveys

How can an RICS member help?

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.

Your…

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