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One of the Most Common Defects in Old Properties

As residential surveyor I visit hundreds of properties every year and almost every week I found similar defects. One of these is the lack of adequate subfloor ventilation to suspended timber floor structures to the ground floor rooms, particularly in old properties. Quite frequently occupiers have blocked the existing air bricks/ventilation grilles to prevent the …

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Some reflections on Japanese Knotweed, Overestimation, Damp Valuation

Getting in a knot about Japanese Knotweed Japanese Knotweed or Reynoutria Japonica is a native plant species to East Asia which, in Europe, is classified as an invasive species and pest, has caused many surveyors, including this one, sleepless nights and provided yet another avenue for negligence claims, in a world obsessed with assigning blame. …

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