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We are currently looking for a customer service focused person to take on an administrative role 3 days per week.

I am delighted to announce that our newest surveyor, Simon Stevenson has been elected as an Associate member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Congratulations Simon!

As we approach winter, we should be looking at our homes to check that they are fully prepared for the cold and potentially wet weather.  The RICS has just released this advice for home owners.  It is also worth taking note of the comments at the bottom of the page.
http://www.rics.org/uk/news/news-insight/comment/how-to-winter-proof-your-home/

Last nights heavy rainfall was a reminder of just how quickly damage can occur to properties through water.  According to the Met Office, 13mm of rain fell at Reading University last night.  I can assure you that whilst helping to bail out a friends flooded utility room, it felt like …

Back in the 1980’s my late father, Michael Wortley FRICS, founded Allied Surveyors plc with a group of other surveyors around the UK.  Over time, Allied Surveyors plc grew and changed and now exists as Allied Surveyors and Valuers Ltd.
Glendale Surveyors Ltd has always worked closely alongside Allied Surveyors and for …

*Update* – 7th March 2016 – The previously reported issue relating to the lodgement of EPCs has now been resolved, and outstanding EPCs are now being sent out.  Thank you for your patience.
We are currently experiencing issues lodging some Energy Performance Certificates.  These issues are impacting some of our EPCs …

We are looking for a motivated surveyor with experience in valuation and ideally building surveying and will consider Chartered and Associate members or graduates nearing the end of their APC.  If this is you and you are looking for a new challenge, one that could perhaps lead to an interesting and fulfilling …

Our telephone systems have now been stable for 48 hours and we hope the issues we’ve been experiencing are behind us.  Thank you to all our customers for your patience.

How many years do you have left on your lease?
Most modern leases have long terms remaining (e.g. 999 years or over 150 years).  This is great, because it means when you come to sell in 10 years time, there is still a long time left to run on the lease.
However …

Do you know the problems associated with the property you are buying?  Watch this short video highlighting the differences between your mortgage valuation and a survey. And remember, even if you are getting a mortgage, you can use your own independent surveyor.

Winter is now officially upon us. With the Winter Solstice so autumn ends and winter begins. Who knows what the weather might hold for us? But it’s time to think about a few issues to keep your home cosy, warm and water tight.
Really, it’s a bit late to be getting …

Over the Christmas and New Year period, our office opening hours will be as follows:
Monday 22nd – Open
Tuesday 23rd – Open
Wednesday 24th – Open
Christmas Day to Sunday 4th January – Closed
Monday 5th January – Open
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Buying a house is about to become a great deal cheaper for most, however more expensive for those houses over £937,500.  The government have changed the way stamp duty land tax is calculated.  It will now work in a similar way to income tax with each rate applying to the applicable …

British Gas are currently giving away free insulation to some households.  We understand that this is as a result of them falling short on the CO2 emmission targets (not confirmed) as part of ECO, the Energy Company Obligation.  For more information, see https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-saving-products/home-insulation/free-insulation
We have had a number of calls from …

Ros takes to the skys
Life is never boring here at Glendale, and as a thank you for all her hard work last year, we sent Ros upside down, up and down, side-to-side and luckily not inside-out.  She took off from Farnborough Airport, and was put through her paces with an …

Over the Christmas and New Year period, out office opening hours will be as follows:
Monday 23rd – Open
Tuesday 24th – 9am-12pm
Christmas Day to New Years Day – Closed
Thursday 2nd – Open
Friday 3rd – Open
Please click here to view our Christmas video http://youtu.be/l9PUbtpGlaY

The weatherman tells us that a very cold spell is on its way and we could see the worst winter since 1947.  Apart from making sure you have your snow boots, bobble hat and sledge, there are a few things you should consider about your house.
A couple of years ago, …

Help to buy has now been going for a few months and there has been a surge in the market since the start of the Summer holidays.  The help to buy scheme provided by some banks and building societies enables purchasers to obtain a 95% loan. But are the two related?
We are now …

After a very positive Summer, demand for houses remains strong in the Thames Valley.  This is partly due to a lack of property coming on to the market.  Over the past few months, we have seen reports of 3 week waiting times for surveys and there have been reports by …

It may be the general market, it may be the excellent service we provide our customers – we are a busy firm of surveyors and we have a job vacancy for special talent.  We are looking for an experienced residential Chartered Surveyor to join our team.  Experience with mortgage valuations, …

Our Christmas opening hours will be as follows:
Up to and including 23rd December: Business as usual
24th December – 1st January 2013: Closed
2nd January onwards: Business as usual.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

RICS says its members have reported a bounce in new buyer inquiries in October, with 18% more respondents reporting rises than falls.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/13/housing-market-inquiries-increase-rics

Today’s figures from the ONS show that we are now out of the double dip recession with figures for the last quarter showing a 1% growth in GDP.  This growth is 0.4% better than expected.
Whilst this is good news, this is tempered slightly by a significant contraction in the construction …


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