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Surrey property: Ways to get up the property ladder

Property is one of the best investments you can go for, and we give Surrey residents some specific advice. From Help to Buy to shared ownership, we explore the various options home buyers may take to climb their way up the Surrey property ladder. Help to Buy: Equity Loan This an extremely popular government scheme to...
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Surrey building surveyor case: Edwardian cottage burst pipe in roof space

One of our Surrey building surveyors carried out a building survey for a Edwardian cottage, in which there was an extensive amount of dampness. We tested for damp (which we do in all  building surveys Surrey) and assessed the property for repair. There was also another significant defect in rotten timber windows in which there was...
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Home extensions: considerations and costs – London, Surrey, Kingston

You’ve decided that you want more space in your property, so what’s next? Here are vital aspects you need to consider before you extend your property.  Once you’ve decided that you want a home extension, you need to consider several things including the price it will cost to extend your home and if it indeed...
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How stresses affect structural members in commercial buildings

How stresses affect structural members (struts, ties, beams, columns, walls frames), particularly in commercial buildings There are several members that make up a building frame. A few main members are struts, ties, beams, columns and walls that make up the frame of the building. It’s important to understand how stresses affects these, especially in commercial...
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What is a EPC and MEES? | Building surveys London

What are Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)? An EPC is a certificate which rates how energy efficient a house or building is. By law, all buildings that are sold, rented or leased must have an EPC which will last for 10 years before it has to be renewed. It will tell you roughly how expensive a...
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Georgian & Victorian houses: 11 defects in old homes

A large portion of older buildings, such as Georgian and Victorian houses, were designed in a way to be breathable. Lime mortar and clay bricks were very popular in the Georgian and Victorian periods. These materials are permeable by nature, meaning when the water hits the external envelope can be absorbed and evaporated. Combined with...
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Flat roofs construction – Types and 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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Penetrating damp: causes of moisture in buildings

Penetrating damp is one of the most common causes of moisture in buildings. It includes any damp which has penetrated into the building however also includes plumbing leaks. On our building surveys in Kingston, we see the causes of penetrating damp on nearly every property we inspect. Cavity walls (generally post 1920s) Penetrating damp from...
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