RICS have lauched a New Home Survey Standard

This week the RICS has launched their new Home Survey Standard. It follows a consumer and industry-led consultation earlier in the year and aims to protect buyers and sellers better. There is an emphasis on the consumers being able to fully understand the benefits of...

Urban Farming

Could Urban Farming be our future? Is it the way to lower emissions and deal with the challenge of growing enough crops to sustain our populations? RICS asked some experts in the field, and here's their feedback. Michael Hardman The co-founder of the Food Geographies...

What’s the future of our High Street?

There has been an increase of funding from the Government into the 'Future High Street Fund'. The figure has risen from £675m to £1bn, a welcome increase to local councils across the UK. There are concerns however that more fundamental changes are required to see a...

The Woodland Carbon Code

Our woodlands and trees are now seen as a vital part of our global carbon solution, as well as, important to increase the diversity of our landscapes. The opportunity in Woodland Carbon is emerging as a current and critical issue. Trees and Carbon Capture come hand in...

Housing the Young and Old, together?

With an ever-growing and ageing worldwide population along with rising living costs for the younger generation, and a well-documented 'loneliness epidemic', can all three be tackled together? Last year the problem of loneliness in the older generations became a huge...

UK Housing Market shows little change

The decline we have been seeing in new buyers purchasing homes showed signs of slowing down and stabilising in May. Coinciding with the decision to extend the UK's withdrawal from the EU, which should now happen in October, the current housing market is showing slight...

Does ‘Down Valuation’ really exist?

When you purchase a home with a mortgage, you are borrowing money. Therefore a 'Lender's Valuation' is usually required for them to establish that the prices you are paying matches with the value of the home on the UK property market. If you are paying over the...

Protecting our Wildlife

Our National Government has a mission to build One Million new homes in the UK by the end of 2020, and another half a million by 2022. They have also stated that they want our generation to be able to leave the environment in a better condition than what it was given...

Richard is doing a 300km Sponsored Cycle Ride!

The Dulux London Revolution is a 300km cycle ride taking in 360º of London! Held over a weekend, riders can take part in the event split over 2 days riding, or go for the ULTRA riding 300km in one day! Richard has signed up alonside 2,500 other keen cyclists to raise...

Home Ownership is rising, but Private Renting needs work

The recently released English Housing Survey statistics show a welcome increase in home ownership from 2017 into 2018. It is also reported that private rentals are increasing but lagging behind in the quality and standards available. There has been a 5% increase in...

Why are there so many Empty Homes in the UK?

In the news lately, the focus has moved away from the headlines of a current housing deficit, and shifted the focus on to the increase in vacant homes. The shocking statistics have been highlighted and the reasons why more is not being done to make vacant dwellings an...

What if your Survey didn’t spot Subsidence?

Like most buyers on the common market, you would rely on you lenders property valuation. But what if this was the beginning of a nightmare? Mr and Mrs Coville-Wright fell in love with a property, bought it, moved in and then found a fundamental issue. Back in 2013,...

Climate Change – What can we do about it?

By the year 2050 our sector needs to reduce the carbon emissions by 84 billion tonnes. This is a huge challenge, but how are we responding? The World Green Building Council (WGBC) have calculated that to limit the rate of global warming to just 2°C, then we need to...

What do EPC’s mean for Landlords?

What pressures will be put on landlords as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) start to be enforced in England and Wales? From the 1st April this year the domestic MEES came into play meaning that landlords need to make sure they reach the minimum energy...

Global Fire Safety

RICS has recently combined with over 30 worldwide organisations to try to develop industry standards and global fire safety in buildings. The International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition was launched in Geneva this week. The IFSS Coalition This new coalition...

What Caused the Housing Crisis?

The housing surplus in the UK has, over the last 40 years, now become a shortage. How has this happened? How have we entered into a housing crisis and how can we respond? For the last four decades there has been an under-supply in our UK housing marking, resulting in...

Are House Prices dipping?

National house prices dipped slightly in April this year, with both London and the South East showing a continuing fall according to the RICS Residential Market Survey in April 2018. The Survey shows that both new buyer enquiries and agreed sales stabilised following...

Millennial Housing

Recent studies are indicating that the 'Millennial' generation are going to have an enormous impact on the UK housing market. There are recent figures which predict as high as one-third of Millennials will still be renting by the time they retire. The statistics show...

The Rising Cost of Private House Building

There has been a steady rise in the cost of building a house since the start of 2014, in the year up to 2017 the prices increased by 4.6%. This is due to the increasing demand on resources available to the private market. 62% of contributors reported that they had...

Should Green Belts be developed?

Green Belts divide opinions. Some people say that they must be protected under all circumstances, while to others they are now outdated and unnecessary. Either way they can become a heated debate when looking at development in cities and built up areas. Many of our...

What is the Impact of Brexit on Construction?

Is it not yet known what Brexit will mean to the UK, as the Brexit agreement could take many forms, all of which are being decided and debated at present. Leaving the European Union will surely affect different aspects of the Construction industry and tender prices,...

Are there enough Homes to go around?

The 'Housing Crisis' is too often spoken about and appears in the news all the time, but the phrase means different things depending who you are. For homeless people there really is a Housing Crisis. In the UK capital there are around 1,000 people sleeping on the...

Is Conversion or New Build best for Residential Development?

When looking at residential development is it best for convert or build from scratch? A recent Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) study looked at the cost per square meter and found that the difference many be nominal. They showed two project examples where the...

Hayle SLSC and the St Ives Webcam

The Hayle surfing beach webcam from Hayle Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) headquarters streams live here on Building Surveyor Cornwall. The St Ives webcam overlooks the Hayle Estuary river mouth, one of Europes top kite surfing spots. This area of St Ives Bay is a great...

Are Modern Methods of Construction the answer to the Housing Crisis?

The answer to providing more housing for the UK is a difficult one which raises many challenges. What are the Modern Methods of Construction and how can building surveyors assess these different types of construction? The term 'Modern Method of Construction' can be...

The Housing Market is facing Uncertainty

The UK housing market is going through a period of uncertainty at the moment with the latest RICS Residential Market Survey showing that house price inflation has dropped again. There is a general trend of both housing sales activity and new buyer enquiries...

Don’t risk Property Underinsurance

In light of the recent flooding in Coverack, it is vital that you make sure your property insurance is up to date. The dangers of being underinsured for your home are great, but don't forget about other buildings or commercial properties too. The Building Cost...

A Valuation is not a Property Survey

There is a difference between a valuation and a property survey, which it seems many people are not aware of the difference. A recent survey at the Residential Question Time Debate raised that more needs to be done in the industry to highlight the differences,...

Why should you use a Surveyor for your Building Project?

Taking on a building project is no easy task. Here we look at why using a chartered surveyor can help you manage your project and make sure you run on time and budget. Managing your Project and the Risks As we all see regularly on television time management for your...

Will a Smart Meter help lower your energy bills?

The aim is for every UK home and business to have a smart meter installed by 2020. With an estimated cost of £11 billion is this achievable and beneficial? The government has set targets for energy companies to install smart meters for their customers including...

What First Time Buyers need to know

It's First Time Buyers fortnight where people are being inspired to buy their first homes. Here we look at what you should know and understand before you make the commitment to purchase your first home. Most people are encouraged to do as much research as they can and...

The Rental Market is facing a Shortage

In the news recently we have been told that the UK Government must find 1.8 million new rental homes. New figures released have shown that there has been a large decrease in the number of properties available on the rental market. We know that since the change in...

St Ives Bay Webcam

A St Ives Bay webcam has been launched by RH Benwell and Associates which looks from Hayle towans across the bay towards St Ives and Carbis Bay. The webcam provides live streaming of the surf conditions of Hayle estuary and river mouth, as well as weather and tidal...

A Mundic Block Guide

Many properties constructed in the South West are made from concrete blocks laid on mass concrete foundations. This is due to the lack of available raw materials to mould the conventional red clay bricks, therefore other materials had to be constructed from available...

UK house prices to rise by 6% in 2016

A lack of houses in the private market is leading many to suggest that there will be an increase in house prices during 2016, this increase is expected to be much higher than any rise in household incomes. Summary - According to the RICS housing forecast there will be...

The Advantages of Buying at Auction

There has been an increase in the number of properties bought at auction in the past few years as buying at action does have advantages, this is mainly due to the following. 1. Control, certainty and transparency – as the buyer you make all the decisions on when to...

Highlighting the importance of getting a home survey

Are you confused between getting a valuation and a survey? Can your dream home turn into your worst nightmare? You can be in danger of spending £5750 on an average (ComRes research on behalf of RICS) on those unexpected repairs once you have moved in to your new home....

Buyer and Seller beware

Home purchases can be impeded or fall through if information is found in the survey that causes the lender or purchaser cause for concern. After a sale is agreed this information normally comes to light by a separate home survey taken by the purchaser or valuation for...