Dampness – An Explanation

One of the main items of a building survey and one of the most commonly asked areas of investigation by clients is around damp.  There are principally two types of damp, penetrating damp and rising damp.  Some building surveyors may consider condensation as...

Loft Valuation – How Does it Work?

Loft Valuation At RES Property Surveyors, we are experts in loft valuations.  Loft valuations usually occur, or are necessitated, by one of two routes, the first is as part of a 1993 Act enfranchisement claim and the second is as part of a commercial deal where a...

Portfolio & Mixed Use Valuations

We have over the last 15 years been asked to value a number of large portfolios, a number within excess of 10 properties within the portfolio, which usually comprise of the family home and then a series of investment properties. These portfolios by nature are often...

Insurance Reinstatement Cost Assessment Strategy in 2022

The RICS published data on 19 November 2021 with the headline construction material costs increase reaching a 40 year high.  The data behind the headline RICS costing figures showed that material costs alone had increased 4.8% over the course of 2021; however,...

FLASHINGS AN EXPOSÉ (Building Surveys)

In this building survey series we cover flashings – flashings form an important part of building survey reports. Flashings are used to weather junctions, such as to valley gutters or at the abutment of parapet walls and chimney stacks, these being a number of...

The London Building Surveyor

Undertaking building surveys in London means that you are almost certainly going to come across the ever present and constant that is the London Clay.  London Clays fluctuate greatly in their water retention and desiccation properties.  In simple terms, they...

Schedule of Condition & Party Wall Awards

We are often asked by appointing owners as to whether a Schedule of Condition is a compulsory part of a Party Wall Award. The simple answer is that a Schedule of Condition is not a compulsory part of a Party Wall Award and the Party Wall Award can be served without an...

What is a Schedule of Condition?

Schedules of Condition are generally, and most commonly, used for three main purposes: to accompany a new commercial lease;to accompany to a Party Wall Award; andto accompany a Licence for Alterations. In all three instances, the Schedule of Condition is used to...

Life is a Pitch – Building Surveys and Roofs

This is the next in our building surveying blog looking at the major items of defect within a building survey report. This building survey blog deals with roofs. Often roofs are the single biggest, or one of the single biggest, identified in a building survey. The...