Five Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

Buying a home is likely to be the biggest investment you ever make, and this can be an exciting process. It can also be a process littered with pitfalls, so here are five mistakes our property surveyors recommend you avoid.

Japanese Knotweed – More Than a Summer Nuisance?

Fallopia Japonica, more commonly known as Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the UK in 1850. It was chosen by gardeners as the ideal landscaping plant due to its dense bamboo-like appearance and capability of growing rapidly almost anywhere.

Salt Dampness

When assessing isolated or sporadic dampness, an experienced surveyor can identify the cause and request further specialist investigation if required.

Flat, Felt Covered Roofs – What To Spot

Bitumen felt is the most common traditional material used for covering flat roofs in domestic construction. It normally appears a black to dark green with pigments of grey.

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