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14 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

You may be thinking of selling your home, or you just want to make some home improvements. This article outlines some of the most effective ways to add value to your property. From improving structural issues, to adding an extension, or working off existing space, and refurbishing rooms, try some

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How To Deal With Damp: Causes, Warning Signs & Solutions

Damp is a considerable problem for many home owners. It causes great structural issues to buildings, has impacts on health, and makes your home incredibly unpleasant to live in. There are 3 types of damp; penetrating, rising and condensation, and each is unique in its causes, identification, and prevention. This

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23 Things To Look For When Viewing A Property

Buying a house is a major decision to make. You’ve got to make sure the property is right for you and everything is functioning properly. Before you go for your next property viewing, be sure to look out for these essential factors, based on the things our surveyors look for when

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Former Gleeds Associate Director David Thomas joins Allcott Associates

Birmingham, UK, 1st October 2015 – Allcott Associates, a leading Midlands-based building surveying practice has appointed David Thomas, formerly Associate Director at Gleeds’ Birmingham office, to the position of Associate Partner. David has worked extensively across a broad range of commercial building practice, but particularly in healthcare and education. To

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Surveyors Still in Short Supply as Housing Demand Runs High

The housing market has been recovering from the recession for a few years now. Having shown promising signs of growth, people in the property industry could be forgiven for thinking the future had a positive outlook. However, it seems that success in the market has led to another problem. In

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Solar Panels & Things to Consider When Installing

Now that there is a big focus on green energy, a large number of home owners are considering the possibility of installing solar panels on their home. In many cases they can supply all the electricity you need, potentially saving you a lot of money. When thinking about getting solar

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Why Are My Reinstatement Costs Higher than My Home Value?

A quick look at property forums reveals that one thing is of constant concern to new property owners. After you have had the necessary surveys carried out on the property you intend to purchase, you will have several key pieces of information at your fingertips. Two of those key facts

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Do I Need a Party Wall Surveyor?

Undertaking building work can often affect your neighbours and adjoining property owners. In some cases, where the work involves modifying, demolishing, excavating near, or building against, a party wall, it may fall under the Party Wall Act 1996.   What is a party wall? A party wall is so called

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What to Look for when Choosing a Building Surveyor

There’s a lot to think about when choosing someone to survey your building. It’s important you get the service that you want, and there’s lots more than price to take into account. When it comes to making the decision, it’s easy to forget all the things you need to keep in

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Government’s Help to Buy Scheme – Success or Failure?

The government’s Help to Buy scheme has been in the news ever since it was first announced. The initiative, which aims to help first-time buyers onto the property ladder, has met with a lot of criticism. The 15% interest-free loan offered by the government allows buyers to get a mortgage

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