Everything you ever wanted to know about old houses - under one roof...

Well - as I write this, it's the warmest February ever!    We've given Peter Cox, Rentokil, Dampco, Kenwood, Timberwise and all those fraudulent damp companies a rough time this year...  Lets make the Property Care Association and their fraudulent members with their equally fraudulent Guarantee Protection Insurance finally give up and crawl away.  If you are scammed by the damp industry, or your Bank or Building Society, or an incompetent RICS Chartered Surveyor recommends the PCA - please let us know - we'll publish this fraud for all to see. We are seeing a rash of RICS Chartered Surveyors recommending the PCA at the moment - I know a lot of complaints are going to the RICS about it.  Any RICS surveyor recommending the PCA is by definition incompetent.

Live in an old house, or buying one?  Are you a Listed Property Owner? We've experienced almost everything that can go wrong with one.  We work with early medieval stone cottages and timber frames to Edwardian and Victorian townhouses. This website is dedicated to helping you understand your home, and get the most from it. Old houses go wonky - usually because of moisture. We are by far and away the leading experts in the causes of moisture problems in houses - how they affect the fabric, and how to diagnose and cure the problem. You'll know more than nearly all RICS surveyors by the time you've read this website, and we're not joking about that!  

Pete wages war on the timber and damp industry!  Learn how to avoid damp problems. The latest scams... cavity insulation, external and internal wall insulation, all of which will destroy your building. Learn how the Property Care Association (PCA) scams the public for millions every year.

Need a survey?  We have more experience, qualifications and technical expertise than any other Chartered Surveyor in the country - our team works in most counties.  Historic Building surveys, Listed Building surveys, Structural surveys, Timber and Damp surveys - we do them, and work with you to explain what we see, why we see it, and how to overcome any problems. We tell you what things can cost, and we make sure Listed Buildings are legal! If you want a Period Property Surveyor - you found one - right here!

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Damp Problems in your old house

We are THE leading specialists in the country dealing with damp problems in houses. Our Timber and Damp Surveys explain the reasons and causes of damp, and how to deal with them - simple, logical, easy to understand. We never suggest chemicals, tanking or injection damp proofing. We save clients many thousands of pounds in unecessary damp proofing 'quotes' from PCA salesmen, often recommended by RICS Chartered Surveyors.

Surveying your House

Our Surveys are tailored to your needs - whether to investigate Timber and Damp issues, or a full Structural Building Survey. In our Listed Building Surveys , we look at building history, how its built, what with, whats wrong, and what repairs may cost. We specialise in Surveys of Timber Framed Properties - having extensive experience of re-building historic timber framed buildings, mostly Grade 1, Grade 2*, and many Grade 2. We work all over the country from London to Devon and Scotland.

Timber and Damp surveys in London

The PCA and member companies like Kenwood, Peter Cox, Rentokil are making millions out of Timber and Damp surveys in London.  We show you how to avoid these fraudsters, and enjoy a warm, dry home without resort to any damp proofing.

The Fraud of Rising Damp

The term, 'Rising Damp' was invented by the chemical industry in 1962. Damp proofing is promoted by the PCA or Property Care Association. Start here for everything you need to know about avoiding being scammed by these horrible, fraudulent people.

Best Fraudulent Damp Survey

This is one of the best Case Histories I have ever seen of Mis-Sold 'rising damp' treatment.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

Recent News
RICS prove they don't understand damp

Some time back, the RICS published a load of stuff about dealing with damp. I was very critical of it.

I'm delighted to say that I was invited to meet up with some of the...

Pete's on BBC Radio 4 now!

Pete recently did an interview on BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours - which investigated a case history of failed cavity wall insulation.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

It's Condensation Season!

The phone is running off the hook with calls about condensation. Find out how to solve your issues.

The Haynes Manual for Period Property

Ian Rock has written another of his great books.  This one is even better - We've helped Ian with this one and there's loads of photos of our guys doing timber frame work.  A great book, with lots of practical information you need if you have an old home.  Treat yourself and buy this - you won't regret it!

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