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As we pass through and beyond the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, government guidance and information published by the RICS is such that we can now start to carry out Survey inspections in many circumstances after a six-week period of staying at home. We have......

We have been carrying out Surveys and Valuations in and around Trowbridge for many years. With a population of over 30,000, the county town of Trowbridge is one of the larger towns in the area. Whilst Trowbridge has a range of employment, shopping and leisure......

We have been carrying out Surveys and Valuations in Radstock and Midsomer Norton for many years. The area has a lot to offer in terms of an interesting industrial heritage, reasonably priced property, local amenities and attractive countryside all within reach of Bristol and Bath.......

We undertake Surveys and Valuations on a regular basis in Frome and have done so for many years. Frome is one of the more popular towns in the area and rightly so. It is a vibrant place to live with many social and cultural attractions.......

In accordance with Government Guidance and in the interests of the health and safety of all concerned, we ceased undertaking Survey inspections on Monday 23rd March. At the time of writing, there have been no changes in the advice and, given the progression of the......

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In November 2019, the RICS published a new Professional Statement relating to residential Surveys. The document is the result of a period of consultation with industry stakeholders and the public and a need to update the existing range of Surveys, given the fact that many......

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision not to continue to carry out Survey inspections in the coming weeks. This decision will be reviewed on or before 14th April, just after the Easter break, after which time we hope to reschedule outstanding......

At present, we are still accepting new instructions and carrying out Surveys and Valuations. Appropriate precautions are being taken at all times to minimise risk to all involved as listed below: ⦁    Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at......

2019 has been another busy year. The diary in December remained full, even over the Christmas period, and we are still booking one to two weeks ahead. The political uncertainty has subsided and sentiment is positive for 2020. Property prices are holding firm in most......

In the last 12 or 24 months we have been happy to receive a good number of Survey instructions in Salisbury, Shaftesbury and nearby towns and villages. Salisbury is an excellent place to live and work; aside from the obvious attractions of the city centre......

Since we started undertaking Valuations for Target as part of the Help To Buy scheme there has been a policy that Valuations are valid for a period of three months. After this we have always carried out a desk-top reassessment in order that the Valuation......

We are often asked by clients how long we will spend at the house. It is a useful exercise to calculate not only how long we spend in the house or flat but the total time it takes to prepare a really good Survey Report......

Most of us are aware of the impact of air pollution and many of us will be impacted by the proposed clean air zone which may be introduced in Bath city centre over the coming years. There is probably less awareness of indoor air pollution......

As Christmas approaches the housing market slows and normally there is time to make a couple of posts on the Edwin Lake website. This year however we are still receiving lots of new instructions and we are fully booked at present into the New Year.......

If you purchased a property under the Government Help-To-Buy Scheme you will probably require a Valuation from a Chartered Surveyor if you wish to move home or to pay off the Help-To-Buy loan. We are RICS Registered Valuers and we are familiar with the specific......

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......