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Surveying in Norfolk & Cambridgeshire

Surveying in Norfolk

Surveying in Cambridgeshire

Surveying in Norfolk

There are many types of building construction and environmental issues for your surveyor
to consider in the Norfolk area.

It is essential that you select a surveyor with good local knowledge and a proper grasp of
the construction methods used locally.

If you choose a surveyor who does not practise locally and/or does not understand
the traditional methods of construction you take a big and unnecessary risk.

Martin and Mortimer are well-versed in surveying and valuing all types of property in Norfolk.

Each type of property has its own unique potential constructional defects/problems.  The surveyor needs to look out for and understand them.  For example, bulging in flint buildings is commonplace but how important is it?  What is the cause?  What is the remedy?  What is the likely cost of repair?  Older clay roof tiles are prone to lamination and rain 'creep'.  Just how serviceable are the clay roof pantiles?  What will it cost to strip and recover a deteriorated thatch roof?  Is the thatch of reed or straw?  What difference does it make?

Types of property construction found in Norfolk

Property types vary considerably throughout the county.  Main wall construction includes random brick and flint, timber frame (modern, older, and period), cavity/solid brick, reinforced concrete, steel, carrstone and clunch.  Roof coverings vary considerably (clay pantiles, clay plain/peg tiles, concrete tiles, reed/straw/sedge thatch, natural slate, cedar shingles).  Each type of material has its own set of issues to take into account when choosing the right property to buy.  Martin & Mortimer's surveyors are highly experienced and fully familiar with properties in Norfolk.  With the benefit of our expert advice you can buy with confidence.

Environmental considerations in Norfolk

There are specific environmental issues in Norfolk. How might these affect the property in terms of structural stability/market value/re-sale?  For example, should you purchase a property close to where there is a history of cliff/coastal erosion?  Where a property is close to the sea or industrial pollution, what is the likelihood of corrosion of the cavity wall ties?  Is there a history of local flooding?  If a bus can suddenly drop into an old lime working/shaft in the middle of a busy Norwich road (this actually happened) is the property you wish to purchase at similar risk?

Norfolk property values

The values of property (in particular private dwellings) vary greatly across Norfolk. Often, they can rise or fall markedly from one town or village to another, and even from one road to another.  Martin and Mortimer has a wide experience of valuation trends and will be happy to advise.  We can include an opinion of market value with a survey report (at additional cost).

Surveying in Cambridgeshire

There are many types of property construction and important environmental issues for your
surveyor to consider in the Cambridgeshire area.

It is essential that you select a surveyor with good local knowledge and a proper grasp of the
methods of construction used in buildings, especially older ones.

If you choose a surveyor who does not practise locally and/or does not understand the
traditional methods of construction you take a big and unnecessary risk.

Martin and Mortimer are well-versed in surveying and valuing all types of property in Cambridgeshire.

Each type of property has its own unique potential constructional defects/problems.  The surveyor needs to look out for and understand them.  For example, dampness in older buildings is commonplace but how important is it?  What is the cause?  What is the remedy?  What is the likely cost of repair?  Thatch roofs are relatively common but they do have a limited life.  What will it cost to strip and recover a deteriorated thatch roof?  Is the thatch of reed or straw?  What difference does it make?

Types of property construction found in Cambridgeshire

Property types vary considerably throughout the county.  Main wall constructions include timber, cavity/solid brick, flint, even concrete, steel, carrstone and clunch. Roof coverings have an equally vast range; clay or concrete tiles, different types of thatch, slate and more.  Each type of material has its own set of important considerations to take into account when choosing the right property to buy.  Martin & Mortimer are experienced surveyors in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding local area so you can be assured that our extensive knowledge will enable you to buy with confidence.

Environmental considerations in Cambridgeshire

There are specific environmental issues in Cambridgeshire too.  How do these affect the property in terms of structural stability/market value/re-saleability?  For example, should you purchase a property close to where there is a history of flooding?  Should you be concerned about Radon gas?  There are areas prone to subsidence (e.g., in the Fens) - should you buy there?

Market values

The values of property (in particular private dwellings) vary greatly across Cambridgeshire.  Often, they can rise or fall markedly from one town or village to another, and even from one road to another.  These differences are, perhaps most apparent in Cambridge where there can be significant variations.  Martin and Mortimer has wide experience of valuation trends and will be happy to advise.  We can include an opinion of market value with a survey report (at additional cost).

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