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April 29th, 2024

Cracks in walls – what’s normal and when should you worry?

This article is for general information only and is not intended as advice. Each property has its own set of unique circumstances, and all potential issues with regard to cracking should be investigated by a surveyor on a case-by-case basis before making any decision. Whether you are buying your next home or a buy-to-let investment, […]

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November 29th, 2023

Which survey should I choose?

Which survey should I choose? The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) offers three main types of surveys – the Condition Report (1), Homebuyer Report (2) and Building Survey (3). Each provides a different level of detail and is suited to different property types and situations but choosing the right survey can seem confusing and […]

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May 25th, 2023

What are the most popular home improvements you can make without planning permission?

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Upgrading your property is a great way to increase its capital value and enjoy a better quality of life while you’re living there. There’s no limit to what you can do to improve your home but, unfortunately, many proposed works require planning permission before you can get the builders in, which adds extra paperwork, delay […]

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February 7th, 2023

The Most In-Demand Green Features for Homeowners in 2023

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In the wake of an energy crisis, homeowners are doing everything they can to bring their bills down. With the cost of living also adding to the pressure many of us are feeling in 2023, it’s important to find solutions at home to give us some breathing room. Green features are a great way for […]

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January 31st, 2023

What do I get in a Building Survey (Level 3)?

A RICS Building Survey (Level 3) is designed to offer a more in-depth analysis about the condition of the property. These surveys focus on structural integrity and do not include market analysis like valuations and re-instatement costs. Like the HomeBuyers Report (Level 2) this survey will inspect each area and element and give an opinion […]

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January 25th, 2023

4 serious property defects a survey can detect and what to do next

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Instructing a surveyor to take a professional look at a house or flat you are about to buy makes good financial sense. Whether you choose a RICS HomeBuyer Report or a full RICS Building Survey, at Cosey Homes it’s our job to inspect the property and alert the buyer of any defects and issues identified, […]

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January 5th, 2023

How to insulate your home and cut energy bills this winter

Energy efficiency has never been more important when it comes to residential property. From first-time buyers to growing families, homebuyers now increasingly look to eco-friendly features and high EPC ratings for homes that are suited to 21st century living. But whether or not you are considering moving home, the current energy crisis means higher heating […]

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October 5th, 2022

When is the best time of year to sell a house?

There’s been a lot written about the ins and outs of the property market and if there is a best time of year to put your house up for sale. If you’re able to treat your property like an investment and sell when market conditions are most favourable, then good for you. However, when it […]

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September 28th, 2022

How to make a profit by doing up a property

Making money from renovating a property and selling it on can be a lucrative activity. Perhaps you can find a bargain property at auction or see the potential in a property that others may have overlooked and love the idea that you could make a lot of money quickly. The aim of flipping a property […]

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August 17th, 2022

Your guide to choosing the best property survey

Buying a home is likely to be the biggest financial commitment you will ever make. To ensure that you’re protecting your investment, it is highly recommended that you have a professional home survey carried out to help you find out as much as possible about the condition of the property, before you sign on the […]

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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 is […]

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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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