January 2024 Property Surveying Newsletter

In this month’s Property Surveying Newsletter … we look at contracts in a digital age, discuss decor and build quality, and consider ways to keep warm when all else fails!

The Property Market Monthly Fact File

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk team, reflecting survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This provides a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.

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Thumbs up to sealing a contract!

Care should be taken not to take shortcuts in your communications with property professionals: the use of a ‘thumbs up’ emoji in your text message could be found to be legally binding!

88 new build homes demolished due to issues with foundations

Only weeks after they were built, plans were submitted to demolish 88 newly-built homes due to faulty foundations. The trench filled foundations did not allow sufficient protection against heave, which caused the foundations to move.

Are the cracks in my home normal?

The presence of small cracks in block walls and brickwork is not usually something to be too concerned about. We look at the limits of what cracking should be considered acceptable and when your home might require building repairs or an assessment from a property professional.

West Somerset Steam Railway Bishops Lydeard to Minehead running through Watchet

Somerset seaside town set to double

Housing developers have applied to build so many new houses at an attractive and vibrant coastal town in Somerset, that the population could nearly double in size.

Council forcing sale of private property over owner’s debt of £800

Cumberland Council has started a process of enforced purchase on a property that has not been lived in for twenty years. The body has been criticised over its “heavy-handed use of the enforced purchase powers”.

home heating thermostat

How to keep your property warm

With spring still some way off, here are some practical and cheap hacks to keep your property warm(er). This article assumes you have already followed the good practice advised by your friendly professional Chartered Surveyor, such as appropriate loft insulation and property maintenance. Also, that you have foregone chic and are wearing Michelin Man-style layers topped with a hat!

And finally …

Tattoos decorate Chiswick home

A London artist and twenty of her friends have spent the last twenty years decorating the front of her house to represent her life story. The ‘unusual and distinct’ and highly colourful mural gets a largely positive reaction from local people in Chiswick, although some of her neighbours are more critical of her artwork.

Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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