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The Perils of Lath and Plaster Ceilings

Saturday, 21st December 2013 | by: Justin Burns

Thursday evening’s collapse of a section of the ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in London brought in to sharp focus the need to maintain ceilings in period properties. Looking at the pictures of the Apollo’s interior there is much ornate plasterwork but being built in 1901 the base of the ceiling will undoubtedly be of lath and plaster type. ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Are Purchases Falling through due to a Shortage of Surveyors?

Thursday, 19th September 2013 | by: Peter Barry

Many estate agents and mortgage brokers are reporting lengthy delays when it comes to getting surveys completed for properties. Hotspots such as West London are amongst the most affected by the backlog but there seems to be a general lengthening in the time span for survey fulfillment. Although RICS (the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors) is ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Valuing Roof Spaces for Development

Friday, 13th September 2013 | by: Matthew Price

I’ve had to prepare a couple of valuations recently for owners that wanted to either buy or sell a roof space. The most common scenario is where a property has been converted but the roof space, or part of it, has been retained by the freeholder; often for the purpose of housing cold water storage tanks serving the flats below. As the flats ... Read more >>

Essex Barn Refurbishment – Roof Structure

Wednesday, 11th September 2013 | by: Justin Burns

Our 2 children went back to school this week and that was originally the target for phase 1 of the refurbishment to be completed. Unfortunately, we’re running 4 weeks behind the programme so we’ve had to set the kid’s desks up on the landing for the next few weeks. Despite the delays it’s nice to see phase 1 progressing, all of the 1st ... Read more >>

Categories: Case Studies

Essex Barn Renovation – Windows

Monday, 19th August 2013 | by: Justin Burns

We’re now 6 weeks in to phase 1 of the work and I’d estimate that we’ve fallen a couple of weeks behind the program. The reason appears to be the lack of availability of sub-contractors but hopefully we’ll pull back the time during the phase 2 program which appears to be a bit more generous. Anyway, it is nice to see the shape of the ... Read more >>

Categories: Case Studies, Surveying

Essex Barn Renovation – Insulation

Saturday, 3rd August 2013 | by: Justin Burns

We’re now a little over halfway through phase 1 of our barn refurbishment. The structure of the barn is long and narrow so it divides quite neatly in to 2 parts with a sound and dust proof screen in the middle. Phase 1, the smaller half of the barn, is programmed to take 9 weeks following which we swap halves with the builders and work continues ... Read more >>

Adjoining Owners’ Surveyor’s Fees

Friday, 12th July 2013 | by: Justin Burns

3 Chartered Surveyors were set a challenge by their boss to increase fee income in the year ahead by 10%. The building surveyor spent time networking with solicitors and estate agents to generate recommendations and worked an extra half an hour each day. The valuation surveyor managed to get on to a couple of new lender panels and spent ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying