What is Retrofitting & How Can it Improve Energy Efficiency?

Home fitted with solar panels

The current cost of energy has brought energy efficiency and improving thermal performance into sharp focus in the eyes of homeowners, commercial tenants and landlords alike. Many properties are old or traditionally built, meaning that they are energy inefficient and not fit for a net zero future. So what is retrofitting? Retrofitting is the process … Read more

The History of Terraced Houses in Sheffield: A Chartered Surveyor’s Perspective

Terraced houses in Sheffield

As an owner of one of Sheffield’s vast array of terraced houses, it’s important to understand their history. This includes everything from why they were built and what traditional building methods were used to the expertise needed to ensure their structural integrity.   As experienced Chartered Building Surveyors, we have had the privilege of exploring numerous … Read more

Understanding Dilapidations Claims as a Commercial Tenant

Dilapidations can be a confusing aspect of commercial tenancies that many struggle to understand. This can be worrying for many as they don’t want to be falsely claimed for damage they didn’t do. We’ve created this comprehensive guide to help you understand your liabilities as a commercial tenant. What are dilapidations claims for a commercial … Read more

Damp in Old Houses: What Causes it & How To Fix it

Damp in an old house

Older buildings are revered for their character and ability to stand the test of time, but despite this, many property owners or buyers will inevitably find damp somewhere. By reading this blog, we can help you understand the causes of damp in your property and guide you through how to properly manage it.  What causes … Read more

Buying in Sheffield: Your Ultimate Guide

A view of Sheffield city centre

Welcome to Sheffield, a vibrant city nestled in the heart of South Yorkshire, known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and thriving communities. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, this comprehensive guide will provide you with everything you need to know about buying a home in Sheffield.  From the enticing reasons to … Read more

Exploring Listed buildings in Sheffield

An example of a listed building in Sheffield

As experienced Chartered Building Surveyors in Sheffield, Fourth Wall have had the privilege of exploring and assessing numerous listed houses across this vibrant city. Sheffield, renowned for its rich industrial heritage, boasts a plethora of older homes with unique architectural styles, each with its own story to tell.  If you have plans to purchase, or … Read more

Who Needs a Home Survey & Who Organises It?

Organising a survey is an important part of buying a property. The survey allows you to better understand your property, whether it is worth the price that is being asked of you and any repairs that may be required. But if a survey is needed, who exactly organises a survey when buying a house?  Our … Read more

Snagging Surveys: What Are They & When Should You Get One?

A ‘snagging survey’ might have been offered to you by a building surveyor prompting you to consider if you need to have one conducted. Buying a new property should mean that you are getting a home in perfect condition, however, due to time constraints or limitations, this unfortunately isn’t always the case. To find any … Read more

Cement For Pointing: Should You Use it?

Red bricks with cement pointing

The use of cement mortar to repoint older properties is one of the most common issues we see when conducting building surveys. Whilst repointing a property may seem like a routine or minor repair, using the wrong materials can cause damp issues and damage to brickwork and stonework, meaning some hefty repair bills in future.  … Read more