Manor designed by creator of Buckingham Palace up for sale

Oswestry Surveyors – Aston Webb’s most famous work may be Buckingham Palace in London, England, but he also created other masterpieces, of which the Manor at Yeaton Peverey is one. A Grade II* listed masterpiece of the 19th century, with 6 acres, 12 bedrooms, a swimming pool, tennis court and wine cellar, this property is almost unique in its grandeur and is located just East of Oswestry, Shropshire. (Follow the link to a local Chartered Building Surveyor)

On the market for £2.9m, this truly is a surveyor’s dream.

Wind Farms Revealed Officially to Reduce Property Prices

Property Surveying – The Valuation Agency Office (VAO), a subsidiery of Revenue & Customs, has recently revealed that it has down-graded council tax bands for a number of homes situated near clusters of wind farms. The reason is that the values of these homes have been forced markedly down by the presence of the turbines, in some cases, for example at Fullabrook Down in North Devon, by as much as a quarter of the total value even as far as 650 yards away from the installation.

A Halifax survey, however, found that the most prolific reducer of value is actualy noisy neighbours, with 17 per cent of homeowners affected by this issue to the tune of an average £31,000 reduction.

For advice on your property’s value, find your local surveyor here.

Sussex Employment Boom Hopes to fuel Property Recovery

Brighton and Hove Surveyors – A reported ‘boom’ in employment levels across Sussex has taken place, with super markets and an insurance firm bucking the national trend and creating hundreds jobs through investment.

Asda is creating at least 500 jobs, Sainsbury’s 400 vacancies and Insurance firm Hastings Direct 200 new jobs over the next 12 months. The hope is that this increased level of economic activity will positively affect the local property market.

Now could therefore be the time to buy property in Sussex; beating future house rises. If you wish to invest, get professional advice from a local Chartered Surveyor here.

Beautiful York Manor Up for Sale

York Building Surveyors – A surveyor’s dream job, and one that many companies will be vying for, has recently come to the market in the form of Middlethorpe Manor, the former residence of Terry’s Chocolate Orange creator Sir Francis Terry.

The Grade II-listed house is situated near the luxury hotel ‘Middlethorpe Hall’ and just down the road from the famed chocolate factory, which was recently put up for sale earlier this year. Middlethorpe Manor is a snip at £4m and interest is expected to be high.

If you have or are looking to buy a large property, it is always pragmatic to commission a survey and uncover any hidden defects. Find your local surveyor at propertysurveying.co.uk

Four New Residential Construction Schemes Set For Manchester

Manchester Surveyors  – Four new residential construction schemes on the fringes of Manchester City Centre could be ‘shovel ready’ as soon as the end of this year, following up to £11m of Government funding through the ‘Get Britain Building Initiative’.

The developments could be a valuable stimulus to Manchester’s property market and wider economy, although some of the designs have not be met with overwhelming support.

Lloyds TSB research shows £48,000 extra to live in a spa town

Spa towns like Ilkley in West Yorkshire, which boasted the highest premium of all, Boston Spa in Lincolnshire and Bath in North Somerset, have been shown to have signficantly higher house prices.

The report by Lloyds TSB indicated the spa town house prices were around 27% or £48,123 higher than neighbouring towns, averaging at £275,397 last year. Spa town homes now cost typically 8.3 times gross annual earnings.

Manor House near Birmingham was set for Hitler Occupation

Birmingham Surveyors – A Grade II* Listed, Gothic style country mansion was apparently eyed up by Hitler as he set plans to invade Britain.

Apley Hall, located in the beautiful Shropshire countryside near Birmingham in the West Midlands, is said to also be the inspiration for P. G. Wodehouse’s famous novels the ‘Blandings Castle Stories’. The author did indeed stay in the castle in the early twentieth century.

Fortunately Hitler never realised his ambitions, but perhaps you can with the property listed on Savills at £1.75m.

Damien Hirst reveals plans for 500 Devon Eco Homes

Damien Hirst, one of Britain’s most famous artists, plans to use part of his considerable fortune to construct, on land at near Ilfracombe, on the edge of Exmoor  at Winsham Farm and two surrounding farms, a settlement of 500 eco friendly homes.

He is reputedly sick of ‘anonymous, lifeless buildings’ and wishes these homes to be of the sort and quality he would be happy to live in. He hopes that the plans will assist in regenerating Ilfracombe, acting as a gateway into the town.

Follow the links to find a local surveyor that could advise you on a property purchase of  any type of home in the Ilfracombe or Exmoor areas.

More can be read about the Ilfracombe development here.

Dealing with Nuisance Pests – Homeowners guide

Pests are a common problem amongst UK properties seen all too frequently by Chartered Surveyors of the propertysurveying.co.uk network. All kinds of pests can cause problems in your property, but your local council may well be able to provide you with a cost effective way of getting rid of them.

Read the rest of our advice in nuisance pests here.