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June 22nd, 2022

Structural survey or structural inspection?

  Structural inspections are invaluable if you are thinking of buying an old property or a renovation project. But do you need a structural survey, a structural inspection or a specific structural inspection? To the layperson, the terminology is surely confusing, so let’s see if we can shed some light on these important distinctions. What […]

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June 15th, 2022

What building changes can and can’t you make in a Conservation Area?

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  Home improvements are an obvious way to increase your enjoyment of the property and they have the potential to add real value too. Whether you’re in the process of buying a home that requires a few tweaks or you’ve acquired a ‘doer upper’, or you want to adapt your existing home for a growing […]

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February 14th, 2022

Buying a property with a history of subsidence

  If there’s one word that strikes fear into homebuyers up and down the country, it’s subsidence. But what exactly does this mean, and is it wise to proceed with the purchase of an afflicted property? But let’s go back a step first. Before you go ahead with the purchase of any property, we highly […]

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January 14th, 2022

What causes timber decay?

Timber decay can be a serious problem for buildings of all ages, and wood rot and insect infestations are often found in older properties and period homes. In short, the timber elements in a building can decay and rot as a result of adverse environmental conditions such as water leaks and prolonged exposure to damp […]

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September 16th, 2021

Is 2021 a good time to buy a house?

Buying property has long been a shrewd financial investment, whether you are looking to buy your first home, moving up the property ladder or investing in buy-to-let property. But with the ongoing pandemic having thrown a spanner in the works not just in the UK but globally, is now a good time to buy? Interestingly, […]

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July 15th, 2021

Homeowner’s guide to permitted development

Perrmitted Development (PD) rights are an important factor for many homeowners wishing to make improvements to their homes without the need to obtain planning consent. If you are thinking of upgrading your windows, converting your loft or building a home extension, this may be of relevance to you. At Cosey Homes, our experienced team of […]

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July 7th, 2021

What to do if your house has a dry rot infestation

Whether you’re buying a property that has a dry rot infestation or you’re trying to sell a home, dealing with dry rot can be difficult. Compared to wet rot, dry rot is far more dangerous and can spread quickly without showing signs of damage. In other words, you may not realise there’s a dry rot […]

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June 1st, 2021

How to sell a house with a history of subsidence

When it comes to making investment choices, we are led to believe that nothing is more solid than bricks and mortar – it’s where the expression ‘safe as houses’ comes from. But what if the property in question isn’t quite as solid as it should be? Any mention of structural movement or subsidence when you’re […]

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May 19th, 2021

4 risks of not bothering with a home survey before you buy

One of the most important things you should do when buying a property is to get a survey. When you’re about to make a major financial investment, it makes good sense to protect your purchase by taking the advice of a property professional who can give your dream home the once-over. If the survey findings […]

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March 15th, 2021

Which types of property is it hard to get a mortgage for?

Most homebuyers require a mortgage to help them finance their property purchase. Each mortgage lender has their own criteria for lending money, and their willingness to approve your mortgage application will largely depend on your financial situation, your age and employment status. But even if you’ve been accepted, it doesn’t mean you can buy any […]

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March 2nd, 2021

Cracks in walls – when should you worry?

This article is for general information only and not intended as advice. Each property has its own set of unique circumstances, and all potential issues with regards to cracking should be investigated by a surveyor on a case by case basis before making any decision. Buying a property can be an exciting time – but […]

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March 1st, 2021

4 key things to check before you buy

‘Buyer beware’ is the principle that governs property transactions in the UK. This places the onus squarely on the buyer to discover any problems that might impact the purchase price, and even the decision to proceed, before it all becomes legally binding when contracts are exchanged. Buying a home is huge financial commitment, so it […]

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