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Flat Roof Coverings – Should Defects Put You Off Buying a Property?

A flat roof often comes hand in hand with an extension – a popular solution for creating a larger living space in Victorian terraced properties – as well as porches and garages. There is a wide range of roofing materials on the market, from the ubiquitous felt roofing to EPDM, a synthetic rubber membrane that…

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Buying a Victorian Property – Good Idea or a Money Pit?

Who doesn’t love a Victorian property? Often oozing with character and distinctive original features such as sash windows, fireplaces, cornices and dado rails, such properties are highly sought after. Unless, that is, you have eyes only for new-build properties with all their mod cons, perfectly flat walls, parking space and a building certificate.

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Homes in Pirbright

Are You About to Get on Surrey’s Property Ladder?

With house prices in Surrey rocketing, it seems to be increasingly difficult to get on the property ladder – a survey carried out by estate agents Savills showed that just 20% of 25-year-olds own their own property, little surprise when local average prices are in excess of £400,000 and a proportion of people feel their only option is to uproot and move out of the county.

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First time buyers

The Cost of Buying a House

It’s probably safe to say that the process of buying a house and moving is never going to get cheaper. A study compiled by Post Office Money and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) showed that average moving costs in the South East had increased by 97% over a 10-year period, reaching £16,510…

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Small house

Thinking of Downsizing?

Downsizing to a smaller property is a significant trend amongst older people. Long gone is the tradition of living out our twilight years in the family home, nowadays we’re all facing various financial burdens that demand some big decisions. It can make absolute sense to downsize. Empty nesters find themselves rattling around a house that…

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The Challenge of Being a First-time Buyer

First-time buyers do not have it easy. For many, getting that step onto the first rung of the property ladder is more of a massive leap. The cost of property has boomed in recent years. That’s why it’s essential to get professional advice. The building survey is there to help in the purchasing decision and can actually save you money by adding to your negotiating strength.

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What is the Difference Between Leasehold and Freehold?

Whilst you may fall in love with a particular property and set your heart on buying it, there is one crucial legality that should not be overlooked – the terms on which you will own that property. In England there are two forms of home ownership – freehold and leasehold – and it makes all…

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Party Wall Agreements – What You Need to Know

Keeping on good terms with your neighbours is always a good thing – after all, you never know when you might need to ask a favour. And having a good relationship is always the best starting point if you are going to be having work done to your property. The purpose of the Party Wall…

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