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Welcome to our hub for property related articles and information from our Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Architectural Technicians.

Welcome to our hub for property related articles and information from our Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Architectural Technicians.

Building Pathology

Wood Boring Beetles

There are certain species of beetle (specifically of the wood boring kind) which are not particularly welcome in our homes. If left to their own devices these insects are capable of causing extensive damage to timbers. The following article with give some guidance on how to make your home less inviting for wood boring beetles and provide some tips on basic identification.

Wood Boring Beetle
Building Pathology

Dry Rot

Dry Rot is one of the more damaging types of fungus but, fortunately, is also one of the more easily identifiable. Some of the main characteristics of Dry Rot have been set out in this short article.

Dry Rot Life Cycle
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RICS Estate Agents – Professional, Ethical & Transparent

Estate Agents are not required to be members of the RICS; indeed, many Estate Agents would prefer not to have the added complication and expense of such an organisation. However, those of us who have endeavoured to achieve Chartered status recognise that the Estate Agency profession has an image problem that desperately needs tackling. It is through strict adherence to the RICS professional standards that we are able begin to redress this issue.

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Referral Fees to Estate Agents

Many estate agents accept, or sometimes actively seek, referral fees from professionals such as surveyors and solicitors. Referral fees are an incentive to motivate the estate agent to pass on future work and provide an extra source of income. We think they are bad for the profession and bad for the buyer and seller. Read on to find out why...

Money in envelope
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Ticking the Boxes

I can’t recall when moving home, ever having actually made a list of boxes to be ticked, but it’s important at the outset to have a clear idea of what you want.  At the risk of stating the obvious, think about ‘must have’ and ‘would like’. As we are always being told, the main thing is Location, Location, (I can’t remember the third one).  Concentrate on the things that can’t be changed, whilst keeping in mind things that might change. 

Ticking the Boxes
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Stamp Duty holiday ends but lack of supply underpins strong house prices.

According to the latest Residential Market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, published on Thursday 8 July, the housing market suffered a third consecutive fall in new homes coming onto the market. This fall in available homes for sale coincides with the tapering off of the Stamp Duty holiday. Many experts expected the end of the stamp duty to bring about a reversal of house price increases. However, the lack of available properties is keeping prices high – especially in Wales, Yorkshire & Humber, and Northern Island where significant increases in house prices have occurred. Respondents to the RICS survey...

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Architectural History, Northampton's forgotten historic buildings

THE QUAKER MEETING HOUSE – Northampton’s Forgotten Historic Buildings

During their early days, the Quakers of Northampton were severely persecuted. Many were arrested and held in the gaol. In the late C17th they more accepted and in 1705 a new meeting house was built in Kingswell Street. From here the Quakers would continue to meet for the next 125 years. The 316 year old building still survives today and although it looks like another industrial building from the front, have a look down the side of the jitty where its arched windows can be clearly seen.

The Quaker Meeting House
Architectural History, Northampton's forgotten historic buildings

ST. PETER’S CHURCH – Northampton’s Forgotten Historic Buildings

Not forgotten of course but included in this series because of its stunning architecture and carvings. As one of the oldest surviving buildings in the town, it is steeped in history. Archaeology suggests that there were two earlier Saxon churches on the site, one in wood, the other in stone, and today marked out in stones on the floor at the west end.

St. Peter's Church, Northampton
Building Technology

Joining Timbers

When carrying out our surveys we sometimes come across timbers that have been lengthened. In this short blog we will examining the various methods of joining timbers to achieve longer spans and the applications to which they are most suited.

Inadequate Scarf Joint
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5 Star Review

At David Cosby we would readily admit to being motivated by a keen desire for praise.  It is therefore extremely pleasing to start receiving our first reviews through Google and for them to all be 5 Star!

5 Star Rating image for David Cosby Estate Agents
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Another Successful Sale

Another successful sale has now been achieved at David Cosby; this time a detached four bedroom house located in Duston, Northampton. Natasha Cosby who negotiated the sale has been receiving fabulous feedback from all of the parties involved in the transaction.

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A Successful House Sale!

First time buyers Vanessa and Jermaine have recently moved into their home which overlooks the tree-lined Grand Union Canal. Along with the vendor and the conveyancer, they have some very complimentary words to say about the Estate Agency Service provided at David Cosby.

Daventry and Towcester Estate Agents. David Cosby Blue and Red 'SOLD' Sign

Contracts Prevent Disputes

For all but the simplest of projects it is very important to ensure that you enter into a contract before giving your builder the go-ahead. A written contract can help to protect both parties interests and avoids unnecessary disputes that can become protracted and expensive.

Measured Surveys

Hendon Hall Survey

Hendon Hall in north London is a beautiful Grade II Listed, 18th-century manor house.  It was twice used as a school before being converted into a hotel in 1911 and, during WWII, it was closed briefly for use as an RAF convalescent home.  Since then it has achieved fame for accommodating the England football team during their victorious World Cup campaign in 1966.

Hendon Hall Portico


Procedures have been adopted within the practice to ensure that we are able to continue providing our normal high level of service, whilst ensuring that we take all necessary precaution to reduce the risks posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Surveying for Preservation

We take great pleasure in measuring and recording a diverse range of buildings and individual architectural features; however, on occasion we are asked to survey something slightly out of the ordinary.

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