How to: Take on a Commercial Property / Enter into a Commercial Lease

How to: Take on a Commercial Property / Enter into a Commercial Lease

For a business owner, taking on a commercial property can be the start of an exciting new chapter, or perhaps an opportunity for expansion. Finding the right premises is the first step, the next is ensuring that you mitigate the risks associated with entering a new commercial lease. Read on to find out how to overcome any obstacles you may encounter and enjoy this exciting new chapter…

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How to: Do a Loft Conversion…

How to: Do a Loft Conversion…

Often branded as a more cost-effective, less disruptive way to add space to a home and with moving costs so high, many are turning to loft conversions in the hunt for that extra bedroom or two. With some estimating that loft conversions can add up to 30% to the value of a home they certainly can provide an attractive return on investment. Below is a how-to guide to carry out a converstion of your own, considering important elements such as building regulations, planning, party wall matters, the design and some other top tips we have picked up along the way…

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Know the Facts: What is a party wall award and how much will it cost?

Know the Facts: What is a party wall award and how much will it cost?

One of the most commonly asked questions when clients are completing works is how much they should budget for a party wall award, and if one is really needed. The simple answer is this: if you are carrying out works to a shared, party wall, then you are legally obliged to serve notice on your neighbour. Notice is also required to be served if excavations are taking place within 3m or 6m (depending on the depth of the new foundations) of the neighbouring property.

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Should I buy a Building Survey?

Should I buy a Building Survey?

Buying a home is probably the largest investment you are likely to make. It is therefore important to check it is sound and to make sure you understand any wants of repair. A RICS Chartered Surveyor will be able to carry out a survey to provide you with a comprehensive report on a property's condition, including any defects, repairs and/or maintenance issues. From there, you can plan for any expenditure, as well as use this knowledge to negotiate the price of the property. 

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How to: Do a rear addition

How to: Do a rear addition

When home owners think about extending their living space the typical 3 to 4m rear addition probably springs to mind. Owners of a 1950s terrace house or similar will have a flat rear wall and a decent sized garden giving ample scope to push their property out without loosing too much of their garden area. This single story extension will probably feature a new kitchen a dinning space which will be benefit from natural light from a large roof window. 

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We love: Our Canon G15

We love: Our Canon G15

I bought myself the latest in the G range at the time the trusty G15. This is a camera that has been thrown into my bag every day for the last five years, has incredible battery life and has performed faultlessly in dusty lofts, damp basements and the full range of climatic conditions that London has to offer and through out it has taken clear detailed images. 

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Tell me about: Flooring

Tell me about: Flooring

There is a bewildering array of different flooring types on the market and the choice can be intimidating. Here is some guidance to help you choose your floor and to arm you with some additional information which should come in handy when talking to the trades about having the floor laid. As most people are familiar with carpet we will discuss the other types of flooring available.

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