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

Live in an old house, or buying one?  We've seen and 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.

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 all over the country.  Historic Building surveys, Listed Building surveys, Structural surveys, Timber and Damp surveys - we do them all, 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!

Latest Videos
Rising damp - Nope - its broken drains!
It's been suggested this property needed damp proofing and tanking. We gave the thermal imaging camera a workout, and fo...
Structural damage from rusting iron
Rusting iron girders, iron pins, iron brackets in walls - all of these combine in this property to cause serious structu...
Extreme damp wallys
Mike did a survey recently in London and found this absolute mess - some of the worst damp wally damage we've ever seen....
A burn test on Kingspan insulation panels from our cellar
After threats from Kingspan to sue us for defamation if we published anything about their insulation, we thought we'd ha...
Grade 2 Listed Timber frame survey - Part 2
Surveying a timber frame is a complex art form. You need to understand what makes a joint - how structural is the timber...
Damp Problems in your old house

We are THE leading specialists in the country when 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 frequently save clients many thousands of pounds in unecessary damp proofing 'quotes' from PCA salesmen.

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

<p>Rising Damp was invented by the chemical industry. 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 people.</p>

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
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.

Guidance concerning Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

This is the English Heritage Guidance document that covers almost all the issues I cover in this site.

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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