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Homeowner Building Terms

If you’re buying your first home or are moving house, there can be a lot of jargon within the industry and it isn’t your job to be the property experts. You shouldn’t be expected to understand all the building terms that surveyors, architects and builders use on a day-to-day basis. With that in mind, we’ve provided a list of common homeowner building terms you need to know to help you navigate your purchase and understand your building surveys. Asbestos A naturally occurring mineral which was previously used in building work, but was found to be dangerous to humans if exposed […]

Homeowner building terms

Everything you need to know about subsidence

Subsidence can cost homeowners thousands to rectify. For large, older buildings, this number could even reach hundreds of thousands. With such a large cost to fix this issue, it’s definitely best if you learn to spot the signs early and get it fixed before it becomes a major problem. What is Subsidence? Subsidence is when the ground underneath your property moves, dropping down and taking your house with it. This is often caused by the weather affecting the ground beneath your property. For example, prolonged dry periods makes earth shrink as it loses moisture. Likewise, plants (most likely trees) can […]

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Do you need planning permission for bay windows for your home?

Bay windows add character and charm to the exterior of your home. As an aesthetic architectural feature dating back centuries, but also popular for houses built in the 1930s, these windows protrude from the property, rather than being flat. Not only do they enhance the appearance of an exterior wall, they also make the interior appear more spacious and allow further light in. Most people often refer to bay windows, as it’s the general term for a window structure that projects outward. Bow windows is the name commonly given to bay windows that are curved and have four or five […]

Do you need planning permission for bay windows