Category “Buildings”

Building Survey on a mid-terrace house in Truro

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

We recently undertook a Building Survey on a mid-terrace house in Truro. The property was probably built around 1900 and was of brick and stone construction with double pitched man-made slate covered roofs. The property had a typical two storey rear tenement which had a brick side elevation with a brick and stone gable end and … Read More »

Taxes and Brexit reduced the charm of London Property Market

Wednesday, 12 April, 2017

What do upmarket estate agents feel about the overall property market scenario in London? Well, the majority of them believe that the EU (European Union) referendum and increased taxes brought incredible pessimism in the property markets of the capital city. Last year, sellers had to accept realistic offers as people did not want to spend … Read More »

Survey in Newquay

Friday, 20 January, 2017

Colin Cockram recently undertook a survey on a detached former farm house tucked away in a rural location between Newquay and Chiverton Cross. When inspecting the rear left bedroom it was noted that there was very significant penetrating dampness evident between the junction of the ceilings and walls part of which is formed in a … Read More »

Survey on an 1890 property

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Cockrams Surveying Ltd recently undertook a survey in Falmouth. The property is likely to have been constructed around 1890 which most likely included a single storey solid brick and stone scullery to the rear. This was extended to the side in the 1950s or 1960s and most likely under government grant assistance that was available … Read More »

Survey on a semi-detached bungalow

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Cockrams Surveying Ltd recently undertook a survey on a semi-detached bungalow within Truro city. This was a probate sale and our instructions were to undertake an RICS Homebuyers Survey and Valuation. This property had a double pitched and hipped roof all covered with interlocking double Roman style concrete tiles over a cut timber rafter and … Read More »

The use of cob and stone in traditional properties and external insulation

Friday, 14 October, 2016

Typically in Cornwall, very old properties are constructed of stone on the ground floor with cob on the first floor. This was probably due to the weight of lifting stone to the upper elevations but may also have been due to materials being readily available and costs of transportation. These materials have stood the test … Read More »

Inspection of an exposed coastal property

Thursday, 6 October, 2016

A very exposed coastal property was inspected by Colin Cockram last week that had a series of mono-pitched roofs. The roof slopes were measured and were found to have a pitch of around 16 degrees. The tiles were also checked and it is estimated that there was a 100mm headlap. The type of tile was … Read More »

Have You Picked Up the Right Surveyor?

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

If you think that the criticality of the property surveyor is limited to the basic mortgage survey only, then you are mistaken for sure. Still, a large percentage of buyers remain restricted to society mortgage valuation surveyor. Only a few choose a homebuyer survey (or a complete building survey for that matter. Many people wonder … Read More »

Premium Properties of South and North Coasts of Cornwall are the Hot Spots Today

Friday, 29 July, 2016

When people think about places that have transformed unbelievably in the past two decades, Southern coast of Cornwall is amongst the top. Nobody had ever imagined that it would take such a dramatic twist. A place with mediocre public facilities and infrastructure in the last decade of the 20th century where unemployment rates were as … Read More »

The Viewer Is Critically Important To Make Property Deal Fast And Smooth

Wednesday, 1 June, 2016

As an ambitious seller, you always expect a lucrative price for your property. You think that hiring an expert estate agent is the secret of success. However, you should always remember that the agent evaluates your property, but the prime responsibility lies on the shoulders of the viewer. He shows it to the potential buyers on behalf of the agent and you.