Saving the Planet – Commercial Energy Report

Andrew WilliamsEnergy Performance Certificates

One of the many problems facing the UK is the fact that as a nation, we have ignored insulation, boiler efficiency and clapped out power stations for years. The net result is that the country as a whole and most buildings have a massive carbon footprint. This waste of energy and the excessive CO2 emissions that it creates is affecting … Read More

Is your home undervalued?

Andrew WilliamsSurveying

Under-valuation of your home could cause you problems in the event of a major fire or flood. Andrew R Williams & Associates Ltd can carry an insurance recognised assessment which is approved by the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors that allows for:- The size of the property The Type of Property Detached Semi-detached Terraced Bungalow Semi-detached Bungalow Age of Property … Read More

REPORT WARS

Andrew WilliamsHome Condition Reports

About 10 years ago, there was a TV documentary about surveyors. Cameras were hidden in test houses and unsuspecting surveyors were invited in to provide reports on the state of the building. I have no doubt that some surveyors spent a lot of time in the property but a few didn’t. Naturally enough the TV Company had a great deal … Read More

A few reasons why you should be optimistic about Britain’s Housing Market

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Britain’s property market has done well recently, despite early predictions of a late summer lull. It is welcome news that can be analysed in three parts: House prices in England and Wales rose by an average of 1.3% in July according to Land Registry figures, the biggest monthly increase since January 2010. The South West benefited in particular, with prices … Read More

Home Condition Survey

Andrew WilliamsHome Condition Reports

The Home Condition Survey (HCS) is a survey and report designed specifically for the home buyer. It has standard terms of engagement and a standard format. A Home Condition Survey is a comprehensive report looking at the issues that will affect your decision to purchase, or the price you might pay. Which? And the Council of Mortgage Lenders both recommend … Read More

Commercial Energy Assessments

Andrew WilliamsEnergy Performance Certificates

If a Commercial building is sold or let, it is a legal requirement to provide a the new owner / lessee with a Commerical EPC. The assesment is completely different to a Domestic Energy Assessment. A Commercial Engery Assessment can only be carried out by an accredited Commercial Energy Assessor (also referred to as CEA or and NDEA) The approved … Read More

Schedule of Condition Surveys

Andrew WilliamsHome Condition Reports

When Are They Required? A schedule of condition survey is generally required before the signing of a lease. The survey will determine the condition of the building so that any existing defects can be identified prior to any commitment being made. Schedule of Condition Surveys take the form of text and photographic evidence. What Is Mentioned? The schedule of condition … Read More

Home Condition Survey

Andrew WilliamsHome Condition Reports

Mortgage Valuations are not the same as surveys. A Home Condition Survey will give you a clear and concise “snap shot” of the condition of your potential purchase on the date of inspection. This is your report, prepared independently for you and not your Lender. The Home Condition Survey is a report that includes an inspection of your home, and there is … Read More

Words to fear when buying a house

Andrew WilliamsHome Condition Reports

Words to fear when buying a house We’ll carry out a level one survey, sir What they mean is that they will prepare a mortgage valuation and will probably be in the house for approximately 20 minutes. If you are lucky, the valuer will point out obvious defects. If you want to be safe, you should commission your own surveyor to carry … Read More

Free QSI Membership

Andrew WilliamsQSi - Quantity Surveyors International

FREE QSi membership! The QSi is pleased to offer 1 year’s free membership to eligible attendees at the October conference. 4th October 2011 – London Cost £150 + VAT. (CIOB, RICS, ABE, APM welcome) Full day conference – 7 hours CPD To find out more about the conference visit www.theqsi.co.uk/seminars.asp The conference will be held on 4 October in London … Read More