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New strategy to improve England's flood and coastal resilience

The threat of flooding posed by climate change is influencing a major new government strategy on flood resilience. The Environment Agency has started an eight-week consultation on its plan to make all of England’s infrastructure resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050. Put communities in control Its chair, Emma Howard Boyd, launched the consultation […]

How a snagging survey on a new-build can save home buyers time and money

Property buyers investing in a new-build home might think they won’t have to do any work ensuring their new home is structurally sound. But new-builds often come with issues that need to be identified and rectified early. Many lenders will, in fact, demand a structural survey to ensure the property they’re lending on is worth […]

Survyeor Local's Easter weekend opening hours

Don’t let a bank holiday weekend get in the way of your essential building survey! At Surveyor Local, we are open right across the Easter holiday to answer all your queries about the right building survey for your property purchase. The Surveyor Local Easter opening hours are: Good Friday, April 19, 9 am until 4pm […]

Surveyor can look beyond home renovations to spot any issues

UK homeowners have spent an average of £8,000 on home improvements in the last five years. New research from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) shows a remarkable £48 billion has been spent by DIYers and home improvers. Its figures show that an incredible 98 percent of homeowners have carried out some kind of […]

February heatwave prompts early shoots of Japanese knotweed

The unseasonably warm weather in February might have been a boon to gardeners, but it also gave a boost to the garden pest that is Japanese knotweed. The invasive plant usually emerges in late March or early April, but February’s unusual heatwave prompted its appearance in the likes of North Devon. Record high temperatures Ground […]

2025 deadline for future proofing new-builds

All new homes built will have low-carbon heating to future proof property and reduce the UK’s carbon footprint. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the Government is to adopt the Future Homes Standard by 2025. Reduce environmental impact That means all new property will have to be built with the latest green technology, a move that […]

UK must future-proof its homes against climate change

The UK needs to future proof its housing stock against climate change by introducing new measures in new residential developments, according to a new report. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which provides independent advice to government on how to build a low-carbon economy and prepare for climate change, has made a series of recommendations […]

New online tracker shows UK-wide heatmap of Japanese knotweed

A new tracker that will identify where Japanese knotweed has been found across the UK is up and running. Environet UK has developed the Japanese Knotweed Heatmap to build a picture of local sightings of the invasive plant. Chartered surveyors who carry out building surveys on properties can use the heatmap to assess any potential […]

Homeowners failing to budget for DIY projects

Two-thirds of us overspend on home improvements and DIY because we don’t realise the extent of the work required. And seven out of 10 homeowners don’t even set a budget for the work in the first place, leading to being well out of pocket in the end. Rated People, the online marketplace that connects homeowners […]