Author: Steven-Way

Gallows Bracket

When should gallows brackets be used?

When do I need to use Gallows Brackets?

You may have read our article about removing a chimney breast and the requirements by law to ensure you have the correct agreements in place with your neighbour if the chimney breast is on a party wall, never mind a decent builder who understands structural concerns. What we don’t talk about much in that article are chimney support brackets, or gallow brackets, which you might need to consider once you have removed Read more...

student questionnaire for surveyors

Advice for students undertaking questionnaires for their dissertations

As final year construction and surveying students begin research for their dissertations, building professionals are inundated with unsolicited email requests to complete surveys or questionnaires. Like many other surveyors, architects and other construction professionals, I am happy to give up a couple of moments to assist the next generation.

However, more often than not, the standard of the introductory emails and the surveys or questionnaires is terrible. More than 70% of those I receive have basic errors. And that makes … Read more...

surveying during corona virus

Surveying during Coronavirus

Are surveyors and valuers still doing surveys during the UK lockdown caused by COVID-19?

Yes. Government guidelines permit surveyors to carry on surveying and inspecting houses during the COVID-19 crisis.

What do the Government guidelines for surveyors say?

The guidance advises surveyors should not expect to carry out non-urgent surveys in homes where people are in residence, and no inspections should take place if any person in the property is showing symptoms, self-isolating or being shielded.

They say it may … Read more...