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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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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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What is asbestos? Dangers and UK regulations

Many buildings in the UK that were constructed in the past have used asbestos due to its desirable properties. The main benefit of using asbestos: Inexpensive Insulation Resilient and durable For insulation purposes, asbestos is especially great and insulating heat and absorbing sound, alongside being fire resistant. However, only up until relatively recently the effects...
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Rights of Access for the Building Surveyor Kingston Professional

The Correct Advice from the Building Surveyor Kingston Professionals For matters connected with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you will need to know certain information. You will need to be guided on these matters by experts. Our Building Surveyor Kingston professionals are here to help you. Party wall matters can be very complex. You will...
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