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RICS Home Surveys – Home Survey Standards 2021

Thursday, 13 January, 2022

It has been several months now since the RICS new Home Survey Standards came into effect (1st March 2021). Many purchasers are still not aware of these new standards which were introduced to provide a clearer framework for residential pre-purchase surveys and the standards and minimum expectations required, as set out by the RICS for … Read More »

The Energy Company Obligation

Saturday, 8 January, 2022

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions. Cornwall is ranked as one of the top 10 areas in the UK for fuel poverty being a low income household with high heating costs. Around half of Cornish properties are not … Read More »

New septic tank rules

Tuesday, 13 October, 2020

  New septic tank rules came into force on 1st January 2015. Regardless of age, the drainage system must meet The Environmental Agency General Binding Rules.  Two of the relevant British Standards currently in force are;   BS EN 12566 – 3:2016 Small wastewater treatment systems for up to 50 persons. Packaged and/or site assembled domestic … Read More »

Move Homes

Moving Home Enters the 21st Century

Monday, 22 June, 2020

Across the last 10 years we have seen phenomenal leaps in technology. We don’t have to look any further than companies we now use every day – Uber, Deliveroo, Tesla and so on. But, when it comes to moving home things have been relatively stagnant. Every time we move home it seems to be the … Read More »

Freehold Versus Leasehold Properties, Knowing The Difference

Monday, 16 March, 2020

Two types of domains and tenures of property law dominate the occupancy and homeownership in the UK, freehold, and leasehold. Though both look similar, the differences get revealed as you delve deeper into the laws, rules, and regulations surrounding them. The complexity of situations can be tricky. Hence, it is essential to know about them. … Read More »


Benefits Of Hiring A Mortgage Advisor

Monday, 16 March, 2020

What should you do? Should you try to find out the best mortgage deal or give a buzz to some mortgage advisor in the town? Every potential buyer has this question in mind. The decision is purely personal. If you find yourself confident in dealing with the mortgage agent, then there is no harm in … Read More »


The ABC of Market Rental Assessments

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

After investing price into a property that was a bit steep, you want to recover the cost as soon as possible. The easiest thing that you do is start casting a net for the tenant. However, the real challenge is not in finding a suitable tenant (of course, it is also not a kid’s play). … Read More »