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Communal heating systems return

Heat Exchanger

Surveyors need to be well versed in the different types of space and water heating systems, up to date with modern trends, and advise their customers how this will impact their home ownership.  Chartered Surveyor Daniel Stephens reports on the return of the Communal Heating System.

I recently completed a snagging inspection at a new build apartment in Hackney, London, E8, which had a central communal heating system.  Unlike the old pre-war communal heating systems, this modern system comprises a central gas fired boiler, which pumps hot water to each property, via very well insulated pipework.  

Leaseholders buy their Freehold for less

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Woodward Chartered Surveyors get cheaper Freehold for Lessees

Leaseholders buying their freehold (known as Lease Enfranchisement) in Harrow had the cost slashed by around half by asking Chartered Surveyor Stephen Cornish  MA BSc (Hons) FRICS FFPWS to act for them.

Spring 2013 market comment

With spring approaching Stephen Woodward of Woodward Chartered Surveyors, which has an office in London, takes a look at how the property market is shaping up as we approach what is traditionally the busiest time of the property year.

The nation, albeit reluctantly sometimes, looks to London for its lead in so many areas of our lives. And property is certainly one of them. What happens in London influences what might happen in the rest of the country - given time. It is the ripple effect.

Condensation: the silent house destroyer

Mould in loft space

Rotten floors, roof joists, window frames and even asthma are some of the extreme results of the silent house destroyer; condensation.

Building Surveys consider gas flues

Gas Flues in voids

More Home Buyer advice from Woodward Chartered Surveyors

When completing a Building Survey (particularly a Flat Purchase Survey) for our customers, one of the many things our Chartered Surveyors look out for is where the gas flue (the pipe that carries exhaust gases from a gas boiler) is situated.