Category “General”

Expert Witness Reports – An aid to legal dispute resolution

Thursday, 27 January, 2022

What is an Expert Witness Report? An Expert Witness Report is a report produced by an ‘Expert’ providing their professional, unbiased, and uninfluenced opinion in relation to a dispute and matter surrounding the Expert’s area of expertise.  An Expert Witness Report is legally relied upon and may be used to assist in reaching a conclusion … Read More »

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 »

How significant is the influence of St Ives to the local property market?

Monday, 13 January, 2020

The history of St Ives is believed to date back to the mid-5th Century taking its name from the daughter of an Irish Chieftain, St Ia, other names St Ives has been known as include the Cornish Porthia and its pre-Christian name Pendennis meaning “headland fort”. Charles I incorporated the settlement as a borough in … Read More »

A Look Forward to 2020

Monday, 6 January, 2020

We all know what our new years resolutions are and what we are hoping to do in the new year but what is happening in regards to the county and new developments set for completion in 2020? Here is a snapshot of the year ahead!   Number 1 – The Pig Some of you may … Read More »


Tuesday, 10 December, 2019

WHAT IS HIMALAYAN BALSAM? Himalayan Balsam, otherwise known as Impatiens glandulifera is a relative of the busy Lizzie, but has a much more aggressive growth rate, reaching heights of up to 3 meters. This invasive plant was introduced into the UK in 1839 from Northern India and has become problematic especially in riverbank locations. The … Read More »

Ride the Tide

Thursday, 15 August, 2019

In October, 2019 Cockrams staff will be participating in the first fundraising event to officially launch the new partnership between Cockrams Surveyors and The Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The event will be a gruelling kayak down the river Fowey, from Lostwithiel, finishing in Fowey with the overall distance being just over 5 nautical miles (9.3km). The … Read More »

Proudly Sponsoring the Ride to Rome

Friday, 26 July, 2019

Petrolab, a mineralogy and petrography specialist based in Redruth, Cornwall are currently on the road cycling from London to Rome raising awareness and money for two charities; Admiral Nurses who work with people (and their families who are often more affected) with Alzheimers and Demelza House, which is a hospice that provides respite care and … Read More »


Monday, 5 November, 2018

We’d like to welcome Ed Piotrowski to the team who has recently graduated in his BSc Hons Building Surveying degree and congratulate him on his achievement.   Congratulations Ed and welcome to the team!!   From all of us at Cockrams