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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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Property renovations that add value and attract tenants

Amazing rental properties are a dime a dozen nowadays, and the industry is quickly becoming oversaturated and highly competitive. Nowadays, prospective tenants have plenty of options to choose from, so making your rental property stand out in functionality and aesthetic appeal can be quite a challenge. This is why renovating the interior and the exterior...
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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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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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What is a homebuyer’s report?

A RICS HomeBuyer Report, or a homebuyer’s report, is a survey recommended for home buyers in the UK. In March 2010, it replaced the Home Buyer Survey and Valuation. Why do I need a homebuyer’s report? A homebuyer’s report helps home buyers make an informed decision regarding their house search. The report will identify potential...
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