What Type of Survey do I need?

One of the most common questions we are asked when speaking to our customers is; “What is the difference between a Homebuyers Report and a Building Survey?” The RICS has two main types of survey; The Homebuyer Report and the Building Survey. These are the most popular survey types, with the Building Survey the most comprehensive of the two. The …

Marwood Surveyors are recruiting!!

Marwood Surveyors are a leading regional supplier of RICS Surveys and Valuations across the residential and commercial Sector in the West Midlands. We have an excellent reputation for delivering outstanding customer service specialising in providing private surveys direct to the customer, rather than solely institution driven mortgage inspections. We …

What is a Snagging List and do you need one for your New Build Home?

What is a snagging list? One of the main points of attraction for buying a new build home is that you will be the first people living in it and it should therefore be in perfect condition. However, this is not always the case. While the home will be new, there can always be small, sometimes cosmetic, defects or ‘snags’ that are caused by poor workmanship, …

Four Reasons as to Why it is Not Always a Good Idea to Install Solar Panels

According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, more than half a million British homes have installed solar panels. It’s not surprising when you consider the fact that they can help you cut back on your electricity bills by producing your own energy and they can even earn you money by selling surplus electricity back to …

Why a home survey could be the best investment you make

When you’re buying a home, you want to make the process as seamless as possible and with so many things to consider, from finding your perfect property, to moving in day, a home survey is often something that can get forgotten about, however it’s one of the best investments you can make and can save you a significant amount of time and money as …

Party Wall Letter

We notice you have recently applied for planning consent/building regulation approval on your property. You may be wondering whether the works covered by or approved under your planning application or building regulation application are notifiable under The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (‘The Act’). It is mandatory to serve notice for certain works that …

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, …