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Welcome to the Crookshank & Co blog. In this blog we aim to answer some of our most frequently asked questions. Enjoy!

Leasehold Properties

Freehold Vs Leasehold When you buy your new home there are two main types, leasehold and freehold. Broadly speaking a freehold property is where you own the property and the land it is on for an unlim…

EPC Example
Understanding an EPC

The EPC An EPC is a document which details the energy efficiency of a property. To easily define houses there is a colour code system and they are all rated A-G. A being the most efficient and G being…

Choosing the right survey
Choosing the right survey

So you have had an offer accepted on a property and now you want to find out more. The next job to do is choosing the right survey for the kind of property you are buying. The RICS has three levels of…

Plants and Property

Big trees and climbing plants can make a property look lovely. A beautiful wisteria above the front door no doubt adds to the visual appeal of a property. However plants and trees can cause quite a fe…

Damp proof course
All the types of damp proof course

First of all, what is a damp proof course? Quite simply it is something inserted into the base of the walls of a property. It is there to stop water in the ground from soaking up through the bricks an…

The Radon Risk in the Home

What is radon? Radon is a colourless gas that naturally occurs, It is made when Uranium and Thoron in the earths crust decay over time. The radon gas then diffuses through the ground and is released i…

Crowded loft space
When is an empty house not empty?

As surveyors we will always look in the loft where we can. When you are the home buyer you should too. Roof spaces can be full of surprises, and not necessarily the sort of thing you see on “Cash in T…

Red Ash sulphate attack in a garage floor
“Red Ash” and Sulphate attacks

What is “Red Ash”? Between the 1940s and 1972 industrial waste materials were used as infill material below solid concrete floors and sometimes suspended timber floors. This practice was p…

New build home suitable for a help-to-buy scheme
Help-To-Buy Equity Loan Information

The Help-To-Buy scheme set up by the government has two main forms; the Help-To-Buy Equity loan, and the Help-To-Buy Shared ownership. In this blog post we will go through the details of the Help-To-B…

Condensation in the home

Condensation is something we are all familiar with. Most of us may know the basic rules to prevent it; ventilation and heat. In this post we will be explaining exactly what causes it and why these two…