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At Gold Crest Chartered Surveyors, we believe that knowledge is power and so we strive to provide our clients with information, facts, news articles, and valuable resources all related to the UK property market. Discover top tips when buying your first home, the best ways to add value to a property, and the most common and financially damaging structural issues to be aware of.

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More Musing on Mentoring

I’ve mused previously that the chartered surveyor mentor learns as much from the mentee as vice versa, …

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Home Buyer Survey

The Trouble With Boundaries

This was part of a home buyer survey that took place in August 2020. For this survey, …

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Level 3 Building Survey

Limitations of inspection, and what not to do.

I attended a property in North Manchester for a Level 3 building survey. As with all properties, …

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Derby Surveyors

A lesson learnt the hard (and expensive) way!

I recently inspected a large Victorian semi detached property. It was a beautiful sunny September afternoon and …

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Derby, London & Nationwide Surveyors

It Shouldn’t Happen To A Surveyor

I have borrowed the above title from the renowned and much-loved author James Herriot who wrote a …

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Derby Surveyors

Unique Brickwork in Boston Spa, Yorkshire.

Unique brickwork features can tell a story. In this case it is very much a historic event, …

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Derby Surveyors

The importance of a PCA Timber Inspection

Inspection took place on a dry day in May 2021, in Liverpool. I was waiting outside the …

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Property Surveys, RICS Homebuyer Reports, Building Surveyors Near Me

We Are Your Expert Eyes.

As busy Building Surveyors our diaries are booked a number of weeks in advance and will be …

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Derby Surveyors

A Long and Winding Road

I recently carried out a survey inspection in Matlock Bath, which is situated in the southeast of …

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Property Valuers & RICS Property Valuation

Don’t lock yourself out… or in!

It was a hot day and was doing the internal inspection of a vacant terrace house. I …

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Derby Surveyors

Cows-piracy

I carried out a survey last year August to a 1900 contemporary cottage style property in a …

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Property Valuers & RICS Property Valuation

Living Standards

We all appreciate that if you go back 100 years or more and compare our living standards …

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Derby Surveyors

Church Conversions

I have recently surveyed a flat in a converted church close to Crystal Palace Park in South …

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Derby Surveyors

How to tell the difference between timber frame and cavity wall construction in modern houses?

We all have different specialities and come from a variety of different backgrounds here at Gold Crest …

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Derby Surveyors

Who learns more, mentor or mentee?

In February 2021 I was flattered to be asked to participate in a new mentoring project, helping …

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Derby Surveyors

Damp Proof Courses (DPC’s)

Whilst surveying properties daily, a common defect we come across is a Low or bridged DPC’s What …

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Derby Surveyors

Historic underground water tanks.

In July 2021 pre thunderstorm witnessed by greater Manchester I was surveying a property with a very precellular …

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Derby Surveyors

Taking the garden to new heights.

Last week I surveyed a 2-bedroom house converted from a workshop. The 1880s property is located in …

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Derby Surveyors

How should you remove hazardous materials from your house…..? Asbestos you can!

One of the many important reasons to get a Building Survey when buying an older property is …

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Derby Surveyors

Diagonal Cracking Cover up.

The client had provided a list of items that they had requested to make comment on during …

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Derby Surveyors

A CLOSE CALL – TO WEED OR KNOT-TO-WEED

Never a normal day surveying, however, back in March 2021 it felt like a normal morning surveying …

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Derby Surveyors

Follow the Slope Towards the Cause.

When completing a survey of a ground floor flat in August 2019 I noticed a quite significant …

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Derby Surveyors

Even salt looks like sugar

Getting ready for the great British summer after a wet spring, it was a sunny Thursday June …

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Derby Surveyors

The walls are bulging!

Within my role as a Residential Building Surveyor, I cover Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. I therefore regularly …

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Derby Surveyors

Retrofit Cavity Wall Insulation

The Department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) in 2013 …

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Derby Surveyors

Would you buy a property next to a graveyard?

I recently carried out a survey on a Grade 2 listed property in a popular village location …

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Property Surveys, RICS Homebuyer Reports, Building Surveyors Near Me

Human Side of Surveys by Gareth Brookes

I think as a Residential Surveyor that we are in a very privileged position and as such …

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Derby Surveyors

There’s more than meets the eye…

I recently carried out a survey of a fully refurbished semi-detached house that was previously derelict. The …

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Derby, London & Nationwide Surveyors

Are Regs Worth the View?

In June 2021 I surveyed a second floor flat, which had recently been refurbished throughout and there …

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Derby Surveyors

Beware of chimney breast removals

Some weeks ago, I was asked to carry out a survey inspection on a mid-terrace house built …

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Derby Surveyors

Spray foam insulation, the gift that keeps on giving…

I recently carried out a survey inspection on a mid-terrace house in a suburb of Stevenage to …

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Property Valuers & RICS Property Valuation

Being a Mentor

Earlier this year, I was asked by the Director if I was interested in becoming a mentor …

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Derby Surveyors

From Collecting Glasses to Collecting Moisture.

I carried out an interesting survey in Gloucestershire this June. The weather at the time of the …

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Property Surveys, RICS Homebuyer Reports, Building Surveyors Near Me

STAIRWAY (AND OTHER LIVING ACCOMODATION) TO HEAVEN

Estate Agents details can often build the reader’s anticipation up, just to be let down when you …

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Derby Surveyors

The Roof is on Fire?

A few months ago, I was surveying a converted flat in a Victorian terraced house. The apartment …

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Derby Surveyors

PVC Cladding to Timber – Hidden Defects

It is often said that ‘that one waits ages for a bus, then two come along at …

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Derby Surveyors

Wood-boring Insects

A few weeks ago, I was surveying a 1900’s semi-detached property in need of complete modernisation. I …

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Re-rewind, when the crowd say Bo: Surveyor!

Home is where the heart is they say. But the head must surely lead. This was my …

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Derby Surveyors

Can the wind blow your house down?

“Well of course not”, I hear you say. I imagine the homeowner of the house in Christchurch, …

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Derby Surveyors

Is it important to obtain a Japanese Knotweed report from a specialist?

This mid terrace house in east London was put on the market at the beginning of the …

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Derby Surveyors

Toilet Tales from a Resi Surveyor

I have been asked to do my first ever ‘Blog’ and the first thing I asked myself …

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