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RICS

What is RICS?

When you’re choosing your surveyor, it’s worth checking to make sure they are a certified RICS member. But what is RICS and why does it matter? RICS stands for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. They are the leading international professional body who promote and enforce standards and qualifications for the land, real estate, construction …

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Five pitfalls of not getting a property survey

When buying a home, getting a property survey features on most people’s ‘to do’ list. However, with everything else that’s going on, from mortgage meetings to packing up boxes, the survey may slip down the list until it’s forgotten completely. After all: you’re not legally obliged to get a property survey at all. But wait! …

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What is the difference between leasehold and freehold property?

When you begin searching for a new home, you are likely to notice that properties are marked as either freehold or leasehold. Whether you choose a leasehold or freehold property can have long-term implications and it’s important to understand the differences between them. Let’s find out more… What does freehold mean? When you buy a …

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Home Survey or Snagging List: Which Is Best for a New Build Property?

One of the great things about buying a new build property is that… it’s new! For this reason, there shouldn’t be the structural problems or other issues you may come across with older buildings. However, you shouldn’t assume absolutely everything will be perfect. Often, builders overlook small details when finishing new builds and it’s irritating …

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Probate Valuations: How to Establish an Estate’s Value

‘Probate’ is the term used to describe the legal process for managing a deceased person’s estate, which often includes their property.When someone passes away, you will usually need to get a probate valuation to ensure the correct inheritance tax is paid, or face problems with the HMRC later down the line. At this difficult and …

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What to do if you think you have subsidence?

If you’re thinking of buying a house, it’s highly likely you’ve come across the term ‘subsidence’. It’s something that homeowners and potential buyers are wary of, with good reason. But what should you do if you suspect a property has signs of subsidence? Encouragingly, it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your property ambitions. What …

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Employers Agent

An Employer’s Agent is the term used to describe a contract administrator who acts on behalf of the client in design and build contracts on behalf of the employer. Their key role is to represent the client, exercising their powers and functions and to protect their client’s interests pre- and post-contract. Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors’ …

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