Guest Blog: Dogs – a surveyor’s best friend?

Guest Blog: Dogs – a surveyor’s best friend?
The US government recently spent 19 billion dollars on researching how to better detect bombs, at the end of this they concluded nothing beats a dog’s nose. How can this help you on a survey? At Enviro-Dogs we offer a dry rot detection dog service which are available for surveys around the UK. How does it work? The dogs work in the same way as a police search dog; they search purely for the odor or dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) in all its stages of growth.

Say goodbye to damp in your house

Say goodbye to damp in your house
I know from experience that renting a property with damp can be a nightmare. Not only will it ruin your belongings, but it can cause health problems - particularly if you have asthma. Sadly, it is a common problem and can make your rooms feel clammy and uncomfortable. When you’re not the landlord, you can feel powerless to address things like damp, which can make you want to head for the hills away from the property and all its problems. Whether you hav...

Is your hallway dull and uninviting?

Is your hallway dull and uninviting?
Need some hallway ideas? Your corridor deserves to be a stylish room of its own! It’s the first thing a guest sees when they walk through your door, so you want to make sure that you’re sending out a warm and welcoming message. Hallways aren’t always high on the list of decorating priorities, but don’t underestimate how important it is to get it right. From storage and lighting, to furniture and wallpaper, we will give you the essential tips to turn you...

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…
Do you have a garden shed rotting away or filled with bits and bobs that you haven’t looked at in years? As summer is drawing closer, why not use some of our ideas to create the perfect summer retreat? 1 – Summerhouse Have you always wanted a summer house to show off to your neighbours? This is the perfect opportunity to do so. If your shed is not large enough you could also knock it down and re-build. Be careful though, if it is too large you might ...

Renovate a barn

Renovate a barn
Unused barns have massive potential when it comes to development. There are lots of things you can do with an old barn, so let your imagination run wild. Barns are an empty shell which means you can often create the home you’ve always wanted, whether it is a super modern dream home or a picturesque rural home with beautiful countryside views – there are few limits to what you can do. A rural barn gives you the benefit of location, as they are usually...

Be prepared for your first house viewing

Be prepared for your first house viewing
So someone has taken interest in your home and they are coming round in a few days… The viewing process is an essential part of marketing your home and trying to make it appealing to potential buyers. So it is very important that you put your best foot forward and try to make yourself as prepared as possible prior to any viewings taking place. The goal is to make your home more appealing to your audience. Clean as a whistle… Clean your home from top t

Why is getting a Survey so important?

Why is getting a Survey so important?
Discovering a problem in your home is devastating. The immediate thoughts are always: how much will it cost? Is the house going to fall down? How am I going to fix it? Too many people faced with this situation attempt to address it alone, taking advice from someone with a vested interest in stretching the truth (who stands to gain from securing the repair works) and paying over the odds for what could have been a simple solution. This situation is just ...

Why instruct a surveyor?

Why instruct a surveyor?
Our Chartered Surveyors are often asked this question when discussing properties with potential clients and it’s a perfectly reasonable one to ask. On face value, many properties look in good condition and, as was the case in the example below, the client initially felt that having a survey done was an unnecessary expense! Looking at the picture, most people would think, “Looks OK to me, doesn’t it??” When in the process of buying a new property,

To move or not to move? That is the question…

To move or not to move? That is the question…
There could be a number of reasons why you are considering moving; maybe you are outgrowing your current home or just want a change of scene? Have you ever thought; maybe I don’t need to move? Maybe I could change the layout or even just extend my own home? This blog will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Moving home Moving to a new property can either fill you with excitement or dread, depending on any past experiences you may h

Top tips on converting your dusty dank loft

Top tips on converting your dusty dank loft
Before you commence with any work, you need decide what you want to do with this space, work out a budget and determine if it is going to be possible. Having a plan and your ideas laid out is a good place to start. In most cases when you think of an attic you will picture a dusty, dark cramped room that looks like anything but a place suitable for living in. But if you convert it well, you will transform it into something completely different and likabl...