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What is included in a RICS Homebuyer Survey? 

A RICS homebuyer survey is a survey carried out by a RICS registered surveyor. They are available for people looking to purchase a property. They provide information on the property to aid with purchasing decisions and can help to find issues with the property that could lead to complications. In terms of what is actually included in a survey depends on which level you opt for.  What are the different levels of RICS building surveys?  There are 3 different levels of building surveys for homes offered by RICS certified surveyors. These are:  Level 1 – This is also known as […]

Level 2 RICS homebuyer survey

Christmas Architecture – Strasbourg

We’re feeling very festive here at Munday + Cramer. To celebrate, we are taking a look at the architecture of the capital of Christmas itself, Strasbourg in France. You may be wondering where Strasbourg gets this auspicious title, considering there are many other Christmassy towns and cities around the world. Well, it all dates back to 1570, where Strasbourg held the first ever Christmas market. Christkindelsmärik (Market of the Infant Jesus), as it was known, has expanded to attract over 2 million visitors every year. That’s not bad, considering the town has a population of less than 300,000 people!  The […]

Strasbourg skyline

12 days of Building Surveying Services with Munday + Cramer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the fun doesn’t stop when it comes to building surveying. Munday + Cramer’s team of expert building surveyors are regulated by RICS (The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and work with a diverse range of property portfolio holders. Each property has its own unique set of requirements during acquisition maintenance and selling, that needs to be carefully considered. From last minute emergencies to long term management strategies, there is a lot of scope surveyors need to cover. To mark this festive time of year, we have created our own 12 days […]

Building surveying this Christmastime

Winter Maintenance for Buildings 

Temperatures are starting to drop below freezing, we’re clearing frost off our windscreens and many areas are getting pretty snowy. Winter might not technically start for another couple of weeks at the time of writing, but it sure feels like it has! With many buildings shutting down over the holidays, it is important to prepare winter maintenance so you don’t have any nasty surprises when you head back. January is often gloomy enough already!  Facilities management during the Winter can be tough on time and budget. Today, we are going to discuss the different areas of your building that will […]

Winter maintenance to help prepare for cold weather

Do I need a Homebuyer Survey?

Buying a house is likely to be the biggest investment you make, so much like all other financial decisions, you need to mitigate the risks as much as possible. Although you can’t predict what the market will do, you can ensure the property you’re purchasing has no hidden surprises, with a Homebuyer Survey. However, many people don’t fully understand what a Homebuyer survey is and why it’s essential for any house purchase. What is a Homebuyer Survey? In short, a Homebuyer Survey is an inspection of a property; it assesses and summarises the quality of the property. The surveys are […]

Do I need a homebuyer survey

Designing Buildings to Improve Mental Health

Designing buildings with mental health in mind is important, no matter what kind of industry the building is for. According to mental health charity, Mind, a quarter of all adults experience a mental health problem every year in the UK. A sixth of UK adults will experience a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression, in any given week. These statistics show that mental disorders are one of the biggest health problems in the UK and unfortunately the statistics aren’t getting any better. Anything we can do to help improve people’s mental health is one of the key […]

designing for mental health

Building Design to Increase Safeguarding in Schools

With International Children’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to talk about something we feel is very important; safeguarding in schools. In particular, how building design and facilities can aid with safeguarding children, which is something we take great care over when working on projects with schools. No one should be going to school with concerns over their safety. Schools should be a safe, risk-free environment to encourage learning and development. There is plenty that we, as architects and project managers, can do to help with these aims. Safeguarding is defined as protecting […]

Safeguarding in schools

How Important is a Fire Risk Assessment

As a business, our principles lead us to create safe environments for our clients and their visitors. One of the biggest and most devastating risks any building has is the risk of fire. As a highest priority, the safety of people inside the building is of utmost importance. Following that, ensuring the continued use of a space is vital to operations, no matter what industry you are in. Furthermore, protecting property and equipment from damage can be just as important. Finally, it almost goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway; it’s a legal requirement to ensure your building is […]

The importance of a fire risk assessment extinguisher

Healthcare Buildings – Best Practice (HTM 00)

The public healthcare sector consists of many different kinds of buildings, all with specific requirements and rules for what you can and can’t do when it comes to architecture. These best practices come in the form of technical standards known as the Health Technical Memoranda (HTM) and Health Building Notes (HBN). Currently, there are around 100 in-date documents that make up these standards, ranging in creation date from 1993 to the current day. Staying on top of all of these best practices can be tough as the current guidance is just the latest in nearly 35 years and 500 documents-worth […]

Healthcare buildings best practice HTM 00

The Benefits of Improved Educational Facilities

The benefits of improving your educational facilities are numerous. Whether this is for schools, colleges, universities or any other FE organisations, these benefits cannot be understated. There have been many studies over the years, across several different countries, including studies published by the UK government, supporting what we already know anecdotally. No matter where these studies are carried out, the results are always very similar: the better the facilities, the better it is for the school. What do we mean by this? How is it better? Below are some examples of these aforementioned benefits, followed by information on what you […]

Fairhouse Primary School Canopy 2