Category Archives: Surveys

How would you spend £2000?

If you were going to spend £2000 on your house what would you choose to do?  Would you spend it all on a big project or a number of smaller jobs around the house? Would you spend it on external work or on giving a room that wow factor? Most people spend money on the…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 2

Whilst the weather is still cold, it may be wise to focus on some of your indoor jobs that you’ve been putting off. Many of the insurance claims we attend are for escapes of water which have resulted in damage to the ceiling of the room below.  Further inspection often reveals that this “escape of…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition

All properties need maintenance. It’s a fact. But some jobs are bigger than others. Spring is only just around the corner so start with some of the little jobs now in preparation for those hard to face bigger jobs. It only needs a bracket replacing A trip to your local DIY store for a replacement…

Survey of a Lancashire property

I was carrying out a survey on a Lancashire property which was a 1930’s, three bedroom, semi-detached house. The house appeared, upon my initial observations, to be in reasonable condition. Many of the rooms had recently been refurbished and redecorated. In the kitchen, the new units looked very new in a contemporary design. The floor covering…

Flat roof survey or new roof…………

Do you have a flat roof on your newly purchased house?  This could be good news if you chose to have a survey carried out before you bought your house. Or it could be bad news if you didn’t have a survey. I expect that by now the recent storms will have determined the quality…

Guttering – check it now before it causes problems

I wonder if there’s a world expert on guttering?  I certainly can’t think of one and googling “world expert on guttering” didn’t really come up with a page full of references to a single person. Perhaps that is why we take the gutters and downpipes on our property for granted. Or perhaps we are not…

Surveys in Rossendale on the increase

Surveys in Rossendale Since May I’ve been surveying more properties in the Rossendale area than ever before. This is good news for home buyers as it signals that finally they are getting the right advice from their solicitors and mortgage advisers – your mortgage valuation is not a survey – you should always get a…

Winter is just around the corner

With winter just around the corner and you’re contemplating putting your property on the market the last thing you want is to have your internal decorations spoiled by damp. So as part of your de-cluttering plan why not build in some general maintenance to your plan? The same plan you were going to create following…

Survey reveals damp – should you buy?

You’ve just had a survey on the property you’ve fallen in love with but just look at what the surveyor has written! Damp was found in all the ground floor rooms. Damp was found in isolated areas of the external walls. The floor in the kitchen was damp. Just what you didn’t want to read….

Surveys – what the eye doesn’t see …

Since May I’ve been surveying more properties than ever before. This is good news for home buyers as it signals that finally they are getting the right advice from their solicitors and mortgage advisers – your mortgage valuation is not a survey, you should get a survey before you purchase your property. Never has this…