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Is My Property Suitable For A Basement Conversion?

A basement conversion can be a massive project to undertake. So, before delving into a basement conversion, you need to make sure that it is a realistic venture for your property. Whether converting your basement from a cellar or storage room to a kitchen, study, lounge, or bedroom or excavating

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How to Choose a Chartered Surveyor

Once you’ve found a property you are interested in purchasing, you need a chartered surveyor to assess the structural condition of the building. A survey highlights any issues and structural problems with your property, gives you a clear picture of its overall condition, identifies future issues, and saves you a

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Do I Need Planning Permission?

Planning permission is one of the first major hurdles you need to overcome when undertaking any major building or renovation project. New buildings and extensive changes to buildings requires consent from the local planning authority. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know when you need planning permission. From planning

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What Is Underpinning?

Underpinning is a technique used to rectify properties that suffer from or have suffered from subsidence. Underpinning is necessary when a property’s structure moves due to subsidence and as a result needs more support. Underpinning strengthens a property’s foundations if they have been weakened by subsidence and need to be repaired. The

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Do I Need an Asbestos Survey?

Asbestos is incredibly harmful and can be present in your home without your knowledge. It is estimated that 70% of homes in the UK still contain asbestos in some way or form. Left alone, asbestos is not a problem, but if disturbed, it can release dangerous fibres which can be

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5 Top Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home can be exciting, daunting and downright confusing. These are our 5 top tips for first-time buyers to guide you through this complex process and help you get onto the property ladder.   1. Make Sure You Can Afford It Before you buy your first home, you

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15 Top Maintenance Tips for Your Home

It is important to look after your home, as it looks after you. These are a few of the key things you can do to your home to ensure it is well maintained, inside and out.   Exterior   1. Chimney – ensure chimney pots are secure and repair any broken

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How Do I Resolve a Boundary Dispute?

Most properties have boundaries like walls, hedges,fences, edging and stones; however, it can become unclear over time who the boundary belongs to and who owns the land between two properties. Boundary disputes often occur when one homeowner replaces a boundary without gaining permission or consulting their neighbour first, or when

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4 Reasons to Install Solar Panels

Solar panels use photovoltaic cells to harness the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Although it may appear that installing solar panels in the UK may not be that effective due to our distinct lack of sun, if solar panels are used efficiently, the average home could generate 50-60% of the

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