Dealing with damp problems in the home

If you are in the process of buying a property then damp problems can be one of those things that you need to look out for. This is particularly the case if you are buying a property that has been empty for quite a while or if it’s a particularly old property (built pre-1919). With the latter, properties built before this date were not built with …

Party Wall Surveys under The Party Wall etc. Act 1996

What is a Party Wall? If there is a wall between your property and your neighbour, you may at some stage have wondered who it belongs to. In actual fact, it belongs to both of you. A great many properties and buildings of many different kinds – residential and commercial, office and industrial, institutional and retail – share dividing walls, …

Always use a surveyor when buying a house

Hardy v Griffiths (2014) EWHC 3947 provides a salutary lesson to buyers of residential property that they should instruct a surveyor to inspect the property before exchange of contract. The case considered the responsibility of the sellers in making representations against the buyers’ responsibilities to investigate the property.  In March 2011, …

Unregistered Land

Q: I have discovered that the land that my client is planning to buy is unregistered. Does this matter? A: In a word, no. It simply demonstrates that the land has not changed hands for some considerable time. The land will need to be registered at the Land Registry after your client has completed the purchase, but unless there are complex mapping issues, …

No house survey is false economy, says Rics

More families are shunning full building surveys so they can raise enough cash to buy a home. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) warns that they risk huge repair costs after finding nasty surprises later. One in five of those who did not bother with a survey later uncovered faults, according to research involving more than 1,000 buyers …

Now Offering Land Registry Compliant Plans

At Marwood Surveyors, we are dedicated to serving our clients’ needs and we are happy to announce that we have now added Land Registry Compliant Plans to our extensive array of valuation and reporting services. Land Registry Compliant Plans are needed when you are registering an official ownership of land, property, or commercial sites.  We offer …

Should I have my Survey carried out before I’ve had my Mortgage Valuation completed?

Purchasing a property can be a stressful, expensive time.  There’s lots to think about, things to organise and often for some, having not been through the process before an un-certainty about what to do next? Most buyers know that at some stage they need to have a survey done on the property they are purchasing. At Marwood Surveyors we take pride …

Why you should choose a Chartered Surveyor

When it comes to choosing a surveyor it always pays to choose a Chartered Surveyor. A Chartered Surveyor will have all the relevant qualifications and experience as well as often being regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). To become a member of RICS you have to adhere to the strict codes of practice and comply with the professional …

What is the difference between a Building Survey and a Structural Survey?

There is often confusion between what a Building Survey and a Structural Survey is.   The term Structural Survey although widely used by the public is not generally used by Chartered Building Surveyors any longer as it is thought the term ‘structural’ is a little ambiguous and left people unsure what precisely was included within the survey. Instead …

Dealing With Damp Problems in the Home

If you are in the process of buying a property then damp problems can be one of those things that you need to look out for. This is particularly the case if you are buying a property that has been empty for quite a while or if it’s a particularly old property (built pre-1919). With the latter, properties built before this date were not built with …