Nick Cooke & Associates

My neighbours extension

I received a call from someone who said that his next door neighbour was planning to build an extension and that he was concerned about the damage that could be caused to his own house when the digging starts. I advised him that I would be happy to deal with this matter for him under…

Nick Cooke & Associates

What we do a lot of

One of our core activities is to carry out structural inspections for people who are buying houses. Everybody wants to be absolutely sure that the house is not suffering from any kind of structural problem. They want to know that there is no found movement there is no crack damage anywhere the floors are flat…

Nick Cooke & Associates

What sort of survey is best

Got a call from a gentleman during the week. He asked me if someone was going to buy a house then they should make arrangements to have a Homebuyers Survey carried out shouldn’t they? I said to be perfectly frank, a Homebuyers Survey may not necessarily be the best type of survey to go for.…

Nick Cooke & Associates

Rose tinted spectacles

This Sixty Seconds was inspired by a structural inspection that I have carried out a few days earlier. A young couple just moved into a house. This is a house they had had their eye on for a long time because it was the right size of house and it was a good looking house.…

Nick Cooke & Associates

Party Wall Act

I had an enquiry from someone whose neighbour had started work on an extension and his builder wanted to come round to his place to clear the decking so that he could knock down the boundary wall. He politely informed the builder that he wasn’t very happy about having his decking removed until a new…

Nick Cooke & Associates

Survey or report

A gentleman called me during the week and he asked me if I could do a report for him. I said yes no problem. I asked him if it was for a house. He said no is not buying anything. He is extending his house. I apologised to him for the misunderstanding. He said he…

Nick Cooke & Associates

Structural survey on house

Got a call from a lady during the week. She said she was buying a house she needed a homebuyers survey. She asked me if I did that type of survey and how much would it cost? I advised that I didn’t do home buyer surveys although that’s a pretty standard type of survey that…