Meet The Team: Gregg Cave

Meet The Team: Gregg Cave

We are proud to have Gregg on our team here at Carpenter Surveyors as a trainee surveyor. Welcome to his employee spotlight. How would you summarise what you do at Carpenter Surveyors?  My role here is trainee surveyor. I am currently working on a number of...

What happens after your offer has been accepted?

What happens after your offer has been accepted?

After your offer has been accepted, there's a lot to do, including hiring a conveyancer and planning your move. Here's where the real work begins! When your house offer is accepted, it brings so much excitement and relief to you as a buyer. The day you've been waiting...

What is included in each property survey?

What is included in each property survey?

Whenever you purchase a new home, you should have a qualified surveyor inspect the property. Even when the property appears to be in good condition and has been built to a high specification. Although surveys are not legally required in the UK, every conveyancer will...

How to identify and remove damp in your property

How to identify and remove damp in your property

In your home, mold or mildew around windows and doors, musty smells, and discoloured patches on wallpaper and walls are all signs of damp. In this article, we look at how to identify the different types of damp. We also look at how to treat damp, damp proofing costs,...

How will the new prime minister affect the housing market?

How will the new prime minister affect the housing market?

The newly-elected prime minister resides in the flat above Number 11 Downing Street, which had a controversial makeover by Liz's predecessor Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Symonds. Liz Truss' top priority in the coming weeks and months will be finding ways to...

How can first time buyers handle rising interest rates?

How can first time buyers handle rising interest rates?

First time buyers are the largest buyer group in the country but they’re about to be hit with higher interest rates. Here’s what’s happening and how you can offset the rising rates. Interest from first time buyers is up a huge 46% year on year as they drive the market...

Cost of living impacts homeowner climate efforts: Rics

Cost of living impacts homeowner climate efforts: Rics

The looming cost of living crisis is causing homeowners to think again about making improvements to ease the impact of climate change and rising energy costs, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It found that while 34% of homeowners said they...

What will home-buyers of the future look for?

What will home-buyers of the future look for?

Smart tech has transformed our homes in ways we couldn’t have dreamed of a decade ago. And moving forward, the future for our homes, without question, is greener. Making homes greener is a critical part of helping the UK to reach Net Zero by 2050. The government wants...

How to prepare for your home survey?

How to prepare for your home survey?

When a buyer shows interest in your property, their mortgage lender will send a surveyor to confirm its value. To identify potential structural problems with the property and to check areas that the valuation survey does not cover, it is likely that your buyer will...

What does the latest house price data mean for you?

What does the latest house price data mean for you?

Will your home keep rising in value? Should you hold off from moving? And will there be a housing crash? Here’s what the latest data from Zoopla's House Price Index means for you. There’s a lot of noise around the UK housing market. And it can be hard to know when to...

What does a building survey look for in a garden?

What does a building survey look for in a garden?

A well-kept garden can add thousands of pounds to a home's asking price, according to studies. Some types of trees and plants, however, can cause damage to the property, so buyers should be careful. There are many factors that could affect a property's structural...

Brum goes for gold and green

Brum goes for gold and green

Over 4,500 athletes from 72 countries will compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham over the next two weeks. But once medals are awarded, what will be the legacy of the games on the property market in the UK’s second-largest city? Birmingham was not the...