A hinged opening framework within a composite window or door frame.
External wall, comprising inner and outer 'skin'. Brick or block with space between. Properly constructed it is more resistant to damp penetration than solid wall and improves thermal insulation.
Cavity Wall Tie
A fixing used to bind both leaves of a cavity wall together.
Cesspool / Pitt
Water tight chamber in which sewage effluent is collected. Has to be emptied at intervals.
Chartered Building Surveyor
An RICS chartered surveyor specifically trained on building defects, refurbishment projects and legal processes.
Chartered Valuation Surveyor
An RICS chartered surveyor specifically trained to undertake valuations of property for lending or legal purposes. Most straight forward residential surveys are carried out by valuation surveyors
A device located inside the electrical 'fuse board' designed to shut of the power to portions or all of the house if there is a short circuit.
Collar (in roof)
A horizontal length of timber joining pairs of opposing rafters within a roof structure, fixed so as to prevent the feet of each rafter from spreading.
The day on which the sale or purchase of a property happens; usually the day that you move.
Condition of Sale
A legal term of the contract governing the purchase.
The legally binding agreement between buyer and seller.
General term for the legal process of buying and selling houses.
The triangular, decorative and supporting member that holds a mantel or horizontal shelf.
Coving to a ceiling or over a door head.
I provide a range of surveying services to suit a range of building types and requirements from clients. These are all based on RICS guidance and can provide services that surpass standard surveys available in the market place. I ensure that anyone wanting to find out everything there is to know about a house can come to me for the answer. I have researched and worked with a number of specialists to ensure I can provide reliable, consistent information at reasonable cost and good value.
Types of Survey
Modern Building Survey
Based on the Level 2 Homebuyer RICS survey, this survey checks everything and points out all the defects. This is ideal for newer homes built after 1960 where we don’t expect to find problems but you need peace of mind there is nothing serious. The additional benefit of this survey, as opposed to a standard Homebuyer survey, is that any defects found are fully explained to you. This allows you to benefit from my expertise without having to reinstruct or pay for return visits. Unlike standard products available, I liaise with your solicitor and answer any questions you or they have. This makes for a superior product that many home buyers value.
Comprehensive Survey Package
This is based on the RICS Level 3 level of detail but is packaged as a scope of options most clients select and value. This is a convenient way to get the answers most people need in a single pre-selected and easy to understand package, however, there are still ways that you can enhance your survey further by choosing some optional extras such as project advice or a visual inspection from a qualified electrician. This survey is ideal for older and more complicated properties where you need a detailed explanation of defects with costs.
Build Your Own Survey
This service is ideal for project homes or properties that have specific issues that you need detailed guidance on. You can control every aspect of the survey for yourself, focussing only on the things that concern you most, saving you money on the cost of the survey. Clients find this service particularly valuable as they can elect to omit areas they are confident they can assess themselves. If you have a project house you intend to refurbish the survey can be tailored to focus on those parts you feel hold the greatest risk and you can receive advice on your renovation plans for the house. I can provide insight into how well your proposals fit into the structure and give advice on typical project costs.
Site Visits & Single Defect Reports
This service is designed to get you answers quickly and to get you focused on the right track. You can book me to come to your home to review a problem and give you initial advice. This can range from damp to cracks in walls. If you want to go on to receive a full report I can provide a single defect report. This can either be in bullet points or to fully compliant expert witness report standard. Clients with more experience in property use me as a first opinion on project homes and buy to let purchases.
Consumer Guide to Buying a Home
Impartial Buying advice from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Fact Sheet - Loft Insulation
Improve thermal insulation in the roof space. It is easy and straight forward but there are some considerations to avoid defects and additional condensation.
Fact Sheet - Types of Surveys and Surveyors
This fact sheet tells you the types of surveys and Surveyors to use when buying a house. it explains the valuation survey, The homebuyers survey and the full residential building survey.
Fact Sheet _ Photovoltaic Panels on your roof
If you are buying a house that has photovoltaic panels on the roof this handy simple guide explains how these installations can be problematic when houses are sold.
Fact Sheet- Advice on Solid Wall Insulation
If you are considering improving the thermal performance of a solid wall house then external wall insulation can be a viable option. This fact sheet guides you through some of the considerations and materials used today. guidance as at 2015
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