Moginie James... at home | Summer 2010
I’ve recently moved into the former showhome on a new development – the colour
palette is a uniform beige... and very dull! How can I liven my new place up?
Interior Designer Yvonne Jones of Chameleon Interiors says... The tones we use have a
powerful impact on how we feel about a room - therefore it’s important that we think about how a room is used before choosing the colours. Yellows and oranges are stimulating and energising, which is why they are ideal for rooms used for entertaining. Red is also very invigorating – and according to the Chinese it’s considered to be the colour for luck and happiness. I love it, and have a splash in every room in my home. The shade of red used creates a very different atmosphere - bright lipstick red will have a lively, upbeat effect, while a warmer, earthier tone will be more soothing and relaxing.
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What is the difference between a Building Survey and a Homebuyer Survey?
Surveyor Bryan Long BSC (Econ), BSC FRICS of Roger North, Long and Partners Surveyors says... There
are two types of survey a purchaser can choose between when buying a property - the Homebuyer’s Report or the building survey (sometimes referred to as a Full Structural Survey).
Homebuyer Report The Homebuyer’s Report (HBR) is a form designed by the RICS and can only be carried out by a Chartered Surveyor. Suitable for most types of property and by far the most common form of survey, the HBR is designed to highlight defects that would affect the value of the home or defects that are in need of urgent repair. The HBR is a comprehensive report and follows a thorough inspection of the property covering the general background information on the property and its location, including evidence of the three greatest potential threats to the structure of the building - timber defects, movement and damp. In addition, the HBR includes an inspection of the interior and exterior of the property covering the
main elements, an overview of the services, including recommendations if further testing is required, the Market Value of the property and the valuation for insurance purposes.
Building Survey This is the most thorough type of survey available for residential properties and was formerly called a ‘Full Structural Survey’. It is the most suitable for older style properties or properties that have been substantially altered or extended from their original state. The Report does not include a valuation but is more detailed than a Homebuyer’s Report providing some guidance as to the cost of any recommended works and normally contains colour photographs of the defects plus an opinion as to how these defects may be repaired.
Discuss your individual requirements with the Surveyor so that you can decide which form of report will suit your requirements best.
As a landlord do I need to provide an inventory?
South Wales representative of ARLA, Kate Hayden, of Moginie James says... Absolutely. An
inventory and schedule of condition should be given to the tenants at the start of the tenancy - they should confirm or amend it and return to the landlord or agent. An “inventory/ schedule of condition” details the condition of the property generally as well as that of all fixtures and fittings. If an inventory is not provided at the start of the tenancy, it would be very difficult for the landlord or agent to prove any damage or deterioration that the tenants are liable for during the tenancy.
Views expressed are those of Kate Hayden and not necessarily of ARLA.
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