Monthly Archives: November 2015


Costs in Construction Claims – Legal Requirement

By | November 28th, 2015|Construction claims, Legal|

The Need to Keep Costs Proportionate in Construction Claims We've taken on a lot of construction claims over the last three weeks and obviously our role is to provide claimants with the evidence that can be used to pursue a claim against their builder. Normally that entails creating a detailed cost and defect schedule since [...]

Ten Tips to Avoid Buying a Damp Property

By | November 28th, 2015|Damp|

We are possibly the only surveying practice that carry out a detailed appraisal of a damp property as part of our homebuyers survey reports. You will find that most other practices defer any real opinion on damp to 'specialist' damp proofing companies, which is a sure way to guarantee that you end up with a [...]

How guaranteed is my construction guarantee?

By | November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Murky World of Construction Guarantees, Latent Defects & Contractual Claims I was prompted to write this blog after a client recently explained to me that her builder recently explained to her that in fact, he had no contractual obligation to correct her work and he was only there to prevent reputational damage. It is [...]

Dealing with Construction Moisture

By | November 15th, 2015|Development|

Article on drying out new construction We dealt with two issues this week relating to problems caused by construction moisture. A plaster beetle infestation and an investigation into the reasons why anhydrite floor screeds were not drying out within a multi-million pound residential development block in London. More on the plaster beetle infestation in a [...]

Repointing Heritage Brickwork

By | November 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

Repointing Heritage Brickwork We rarely see repointing done well in standard 10mm mortar joints so imagine what we find when encountering thin joint construction or gauged brickwork with joints of around 1mm thick? We commonly find thin joint construction in old buildings and generally speaking, the thinner the mortar joint, the stronger the building. Buildings [...]