Should I be Worried About flooding?

Flooding A climate change sub-committee found that there are currently 4.2 million properties deemed to be at risk of surface water flooding. The average insurance claim for flood damaged domestic properties is 20,000-30,000. Short term implications of flooding to properties can include structural damage in more severe cases and will typically involve contamination of linings […]

Inspiration: Barn Conversion

Rushmore Farm, Upton: Barn Conversion Project Value: 1.4million Designed by Studio Four, this project won the RICS 2016 South East Residential Project of the Year. The project involved conversion of an agricultural barn which sits within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Planning permission was obtained to convert the existing agricultural barn into a dwelling, constructing […]

Basic Home Maintenance

Your home is likely to be your most valuable investment, and it’s important to look after it with some basic home maintenance. Most damage to properties relates to water ingress and is perfectly preventable. We’ve included some annual checks below that the average homeowner can carry out themselves. Checking Drains You can lift drain covers […]

Help To Buy Valuation

Help To Buy Valuation If you purchased your home under the UK government’s Help To Buy scheme, you will need to get a Help To Buy Valuation if you wish to sell your home or purchase a greater share of it (depending on the type of loan). The UK government’s Help to Buy scheme can […]

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a non-native plant in the UK which can cause damage to properties and spreads easily. As a result it can impact on the buying and selling property process and there are strict requirements governing its removal. This hardy plant can cause extensive damage to property such as walls, drains, driveways […]

Reinstatement Cost Assessment

A Reinstatement Cost Assessment undertaken by a professional building surveyor ensures that a property owner pays the correct level of insurance on the property. It is a detailed assessment of all that is to be insured and is based on the amount that would need to be paid to completely rebuild and reinstate the insured […]

Moving House Checklist

Moving house is often an exciting yet stressful time; take a look at our moving house checklist to ensure you are organised and ready for the big day. 2 months before moving house Find an RICS chartered surveyor– such as Lawrence & Taylor– to conduct your home survey. Check whether your insurance will cover the […]