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With immediate effect our telephone numbers have changed to the following: Bath Office: 01225 300879 Bristol Office: 0117 3637699 The Bath Office address is now: Cymar, Entry Hill Drive, Bath, BA2 5NJ....

It is often felt that having a Survey carried out when buying a flat is an unnecessary expense. Certainly it is true that you will probably be liable for only a share of the cost of external maintenance but in a typical Listed Georgian building......

Legionnaires’ Disease There are a number of important Health and Safety matters which must be considered when undertaking a Survey. Obviously gas and electrical safety are well known issues and it is likely that water safety will become more important over coming years. It is......

If you have bought a new home through the Help To Buy or First Buy schemes you will require a Valuation if you decide to sell the property or to pay off the loans. For a number of years we have been undertaking Valuations for......

Edwin Lake Ltd supports a number of charities and in 2018 we shall be raising funds for Dorothy House Hospice Care. Dorothy House provides compassionate care and support for people in the community with a life-limiting illness. For further information, please see: http://www.dorothyhouse.org.uk Richard Lake will......

We would like to wish all our clients a very Happy Christmas and New Year. he office will be closed between Christmas and New Year however we shall be monitoring e.mails and messages over this period and we should be able to reply to Survey......

As experienced historic building surveyors, we are able to give professional advice on listed properties when carrying out a Building Survey and also suggest the best way of undertaking any remedial work required which is in sympathy with an old building. As a listed property......

Following our recent merger with Peter Bennett Surveys, we are carrying out an increasing number of surveys and valuations in the historic market town of Frome.  Highlighted as one of the Times ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’, Frome has a wealth of history and......

Due to annual leave we will have limited availability to carry out Surveys over the next two weeks. We are currently booking appointments for the 6th, 7th and 8th September....

A week after the first BREXIT post and how are things looking for the Bristol and Bath property Markets? The week after 23rd June saw a small number of cancellations and very few new instructions. Things were looking bleak. The week of 4th July saw......

Surveying a Roof Frame The roof structure is one of the most important elements of a property and something we will spend some time examining when carrying out a Survey. The RICS suggest that 45 minutes is a reasonable time to spend in a loft......

So ten days after the referendum and maybe we are recovering from the shock. The world has not stopped turning, the sun is shining at last and it seems clients are still buying property. But what of the future? There seems to be little disputing......

  Chimneys are often out-of-sight and therefore out-of-mind. They are normally one of the most exposed parts of the property and potentially one of the more expensive repairs if there is significant damage. Careful maintenance will reduce the risks of expensive repairs. The chimneys are......

We carry out many Surveys on relatively modern houses each month. Generally a RICS HomeBuyer Survey is the normal option for this type of house. Our reports are detailed and cover all of the main elements, each having a Condition Rating of 1, 2 or 3. There are......

Stone Mine Workings The stone mines at Combe Down were oolite limestone mines, mainly worked in the 18th and 19th century. The Bath stone used for many of the buildings in Bath was mined from beneath and around Combe Down. The mines were closed in......

The RICS have produced the following video which highlights the importance of getting a Home Survey.     The Types of Survey:   Survey level one: RICS Condition Report Shows the condition of the property, offers guidance to legal advisors and highlights any urgent defects.......

Anyone with problems of dampness and who has researched on the internet  may discover posts highly critical of the use of damp-meters which are a standard piece of Surveyors equipment used also by the many damp-proofing ‘Specialists’. Those who have had a Survey carried out in......

A belated Happy New Year to all clients, past present and future. 2015 was our busiest year to date and we carried out a record number of Surveys and Valuations. Emma has provided first class support and excellent customer service and Rebecca has been kept......

Condensation It is again the season for condensation. All our Surveys provide advice on how to avoid condensation and some general advice is repeated below. Condensation often appears in the corners of rooms, behind furniture, to the lower walls of bay windows and in loft......

Due to the history of stone mine workings in Combe Down, we would recommend  that purchasers obtain a detailed environmental report before buying property in this area. This will help provide further information as to the presence or otherwise of ventilation shafts to old mine......

The use of building limes have increased considerably in recent years and for very good reason as these relatively simple materials are essential to the structural welfare of old buildings. Cements are the biggest single cause of dampness contributing to the decay that many historic buildings......

The lack of recent posts on our website reflects the fact that we have been busy, really busy. It is a sellers market in Bath and Bristol and many of the Surveys we carry out are on properties which have received multiple offers and have......

We hope you like the new Edwin Lake website. Many thanks to Chris Jones of Big Bambi in Bristol for designing such a clean modern site which we hope is one of the best out there. We are planning to introduce an on-line payment service......

From 2015 we are planning to include a section relating to Home Security in our Building Surveys. Below is some basic guidance to help improve the security of your home. 1. Fit a burglar alarm An alarm acts as a major deterrent for thieves, get......

If you are thinking of buying a flat forming part of a converted building you should be aware that it may constitute a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). If you become a Director of the Management Company which owns the Freehold than you may have......

With most things in life you tend to get what you pay for. This is as true for home Surveys as it is for second hand cars. Pay a little more than the minimum and you will probably get a slightly better product or service.......

We would like to offer a belated welcome to Emma Baker who joined our surveying support team earlier this year. Emma has many years experience in the industry and is a highly efficient PA to Richard. Emma is now dealing with most of our initial......

Like most Chartered Surveyors we have seen high volumes of work in recent months and we have now reached the point at which we have to register for VAT. Unfortunately this means that from 1st May 2014 our fees will rise by the amount of......

Due to increasing volumes of private client instructions we are looking to recruit a consultant Chartered Surveyor to work in the Bath and Bristol area.  The successful candidate must have a sound knowledge of building construction and defects, good local knowledge of the Bath and......

A brief message to wish all our clients a very Happy New Year. This slightly belated message reflects the fact that we have been very busy up to and throughout the Christmas period. Having just updated our testimonials page of the website I would like......

We carry out many Surveys on Victorian terraced houses each month. Generally a Building Survey is the better option for this type of house as it can go into more detail about actual defects, possible defects, repair options and future maintenance. Here are ten of......

The Help to Buy (HTB) scheme has been launched with the aim of helping thousands of people buy their own home. It was announced in April 2013 with the first phase for new build properties. The second phase is for the second hand market and......

Our last work experience candidate has successfully secured paid employment and we are now able to offer a weekly placement for a student (undergraduate or post graduate) of a RICS accredited Residential Surveying course. Applicants must be smart, professional, punctual and enthusiastic. The position is......

Survey Fees increased slightly in September 2013. The quoted fees will remain competitive reflecting our low over-heads. We generally undertake only one Survey inspection each day and on average no more than four each week. To include travelling and producing a report a Building Survey......

The property market in Bath and Bristol has really turned a corner in the last six months. Our Private Client instructions for home surveys have always been consistently high but over recent months the lead-in time for carrying out a Survey has increased from around......

Our Edwin Lake Ltd website has been given a makeover to keep it looking fresh and “of the moment”. It is also now fully responsive which means that its size will automatically adapt to any screen size, making browsing on the move even easier. “More......

This video shows Bristol and Bath-based Chartered Surveyor Richard Lake, MRICS, describing the three different types of home survey we provide. For further information, please click here to read the RICS publication entitled “Choosing Between Surveys”....

Solid fuel stoves are an attractive and popular addition to a home. The video clip below outlines some of the points a Chartered Surveyor would be looking for when carrying out a survey inspection of a house with a solid fuel appliance. The most important......

The offices of Edwin Lake Ltd Chartered Surveyors will be closed from 12 noon on 24th December until 9am on 2nd January 2013. The next date available for building surveys, homebuyers reports, condition reports and other home survey services will be 4th January at the......

This video gives a brief overview of the some the points we look for when carrying out a loft space inspection as part of a RICS HomeBuyer Report. Common roof related problems which will be covered in a Survey include: 1. Distortion of the roof......

A genuine pre-Christmas offer! The next two home survey instructions received will receive a discount of £100. For a very limited period RICS HomeBuyer Reports will start at £200 and Building Surveys from £350 for houses or flats worth less than £250,000. Call us to......

We have had requests from two clients in the past week to carry out pre-sale Survey inspections. In both instances the clients were keen to address any maintenance issues before advertising the property for sale. The aim, similar to that of the long-forgotton Home Condition......

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveryors (RICS) has recently launched a new Building Survey to form the third product in the RICS Home Surveys range. The RICS Building Survey is the most detailed report we provide; it is suitable for all property but is the......

We would like to thank all our clients who have taken the time to fill in our customer satisfaction questionnaire or to write in with positive comments about our Property Surveys. For each questionnaire received we donate £5 to a local charity. In response to......

The latest RICS UK Housing Market Survey confirms the consensus that the property market remains flat with prices static or falling for the majority of the UK. This is unlikely to change until the general economic outlook improves. London is the clear exception with a......

In September 2012 the Government announced changes in housing and planning to try to boost the economy. For First Time Buyers: There is an extension to the Firstbuy scheme whereby first time buyers are given an equity loan of 20% to fund deposits, an extra......

We have recently carried out home survey inspections on three modern houses in Bath and Bristol, all built within the last fifteen years, and all with potentially expensive problems which could have gone undetected had a property survey (in these cases, a RICS HomeBuyer Report)......

You might expect us to say ‘definitely’ but ‘probably’ would be my honest answer. A Chartered Surveyor will spend between two and six hours in the property and will follow a set routine so no elements are overlooked. Even if you have a good knowledge......

We were recently asked why our fee for a Building Survey was so much cheaper than that quoted by a mortgage lender. By way of an example take a recent client who recently paid their mortage lender close to £1000 for a HomeBuyer Report on......

Edwin Lake Ltd have now started providing the new RICS Condition Report. This is a concise report suitable for modern houses or flats. Like the RICS HomeBuyer Report all the main elements are covered each being given a condition rating of 1, 2 or 3.......

Property Surveys It’s estimated that on average only 20% of all homebuyers commission a professional survey. This is somewhat surprising considering that buying a property is probably the biggest purchase in most people’s lives. One explanation for this low take up, is that many homebuyers......

I am sure that we have all seen the increasing number of solar installations on our roofs in Bristol and Bath. We recently carried out an inspection of a new-build house on the Mortimer Gardens development close to UWE. These properties were constructed to Code......

Published 19 December 2011 RICS is encouraging householders and businesses to be aware of the damaging effects of the treacherous weather conditions to their property. Property experts recommend that people who are spending the Christmas holidays away from home should be careful to protect their......

RICS Housing Market Forecast 2012 Sales of homes may rise a little over the coming year but prices will struggle to follow suit, according to the RICS Housing Market Forecast published today (22 December 2011). Prices at a headline level will edge lower by around......

Edwin Lake Ltd are members of the RICS Valuer Registration Scheme. This is an RICS initiative designed to ensure higher levels of compliance and service excellence. The RICS monitor Registered Valuers and companies to ensure that the organisation adheres to the (7th Edition) RICS Valuation......

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a new type of Survey. It is a lower cost option that is suitable for comparatively modern property which are in seemingly satisfactory condition. Unlike a mortgage valuation, which is prepared primarily for the lender to......

We are pleased to be able to annouce that Edwin Lake Ltd will be providing mentoring assistance to Sarah White, lecturer in Building Surveying at Bath College, as she works towards becoming a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Sarah has assisted with......

We would like to wish all our clients and colleagues past and present a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. Thanks to you all we have had a consistently busy 2011; our diary is almost full even in the week before Christmas. We......