June was an extremely busy month in the Healthy Abode office. Despite the gorgeous weather, our phones constantly rung with London and East Anglian clients wishing to book an independent damp, timber and mould survey, in particular for pre-completion purposes. This is a clear sign of the property market again moving upward. With prices starting from just £250, it’s a small price to pay to provide reassurance that damp, mould or timber defects don’t exist.
Our surveyor’s put good mileage on the car, covering a wide geographical area, providing impartial advice to both landlords and tenants on condensation, rising dampness and penetrating damp.
We’ve just about found time to undertook an acoustic survey in Colchester. This survey saw our acoustician surveying the property, determining sound transmission pathways and advising our client on typical sound sources. Our report has identified the noise break-through routes, the most suitable remedial pathway, the most appropriate sound insulation products, suppliers and installation methods. Such remedial treatments included replacing single glazing with acoustic laminate double-glazing, replacing all hollow core internal doors with dense solid doors of the same thickness to reduce sound travel as well as the use of a combination of absorption and mass material in the loft space. Once implemented these changes will help our client get a much better nights sleep.
One of our surveyors, Stuart, was lucky enough to get a day off work to fly in a helicopter from Spains Hall, Essex to Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. This flight went over the beautiful counties of Essex and Kent and many towns he used to seeing when out surveying including Braintree, Chelmsford, Basildon, Chatham, and Maidstone. It’s amazing how many historic homes the county holds, and he couldn’t help think about those many hidden damp defects. Seeing the iconic landmarks of London, as well as the mighty River Thames was a real treat and this was all before the motor racing in Hampshire!
We’ve already flown into July with acoustic reports, immigration accommodation certificates, property inspection reports and damp surveys completed. We look forward to hearing from you.