Information and Advice

Japanese Knotweed: Should you worry?

If the offer on your dream house has been accepted, you may
be breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to moving in. But if the Building
Survey that you had the good sense to commission identifies the presence of
Japanese Knotweed in the garden or vicinity, your troubles may be far from
over.

What is Japanese Knotweed?

If […]

By |July 29th, 2019|Information and Advice|0 Comments

Building Condition Surveys – FAQs

Commercial property surveys are a key part of Squarepoint’s building services portfolio; they are among the most important professional investigations we carry out for our commercial clients. In this blog post, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions about Building Condition Surveys and reports.
What is a Building Condition Survey?
A Condition Survey […]

By |May 28th, 2019|Information and Advice|0 Comments

5 tips for construction project management

Building projects are always more complex than first thought, which is why effective project management is critical to the success of any works carried out. Squarepoint Chartered Surveyors can manage the construction of a wide variety of residential and commercial projects – from loft extensions and building extensions to full refurbishments and new builds.

Construction […]

By |February 26th, 2019|Information and Advice|0 Comments

Party Walls: What options does an Adjoining Owner have?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 states that, should a Building Owner wish to carry out any modifications to their home that affects a shared wall, they need to follow a specific procedure to protect their interests and those of the affected Adjoining Owner.

In a best-case scenario, the Building Owner has taken the time […]

By |October 23rd, 2018|Information and Advice, Party Wall Surveyors|0 Comments

Loft Conversions and Party Walls – what are the rules?

If you’re planning a loft conversion in a terraced or semi-detached home, it’s likely that your plans will affect a party wall. Any structural work to this shared wall (or shared walls) will require specific permissions from your neighbours in addition to the usual planning permission and building regulations.
Why does a loft conversion require […]

By |August 31st, 2018|Information and Advice, Party Wall Surveyors|0 Comments

New Legislation Affecting EPCs for BTL Property

Since 2007, it has been a legal requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC, to be made available every time a property is built, sold or rented out. This was updated in 2012 to ensure that certificates would be made available prior to sale or letting, rather than at the point of exchanging […]

By |May 30th, 2018|Information and Advice|0 Comments

Why surveys are a good idea for the first-time buyer

Preparing to buy your first home is an exciting time, although it also tends to be daunting in equal measure. Part of this uncertainty for first-time buyers can stem from not knowing what to look for in a new home – particularly when it comes to identifying problems that could be expensive to fix […]

By |April 25th, 2018|Information and Advice|0 Comments