9 April 2020 - Over the last three weeks we have all had to adapt the way we work on a day to day basis due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the movement restrictions placed on our daily lives. We have continued to support Clients whenever possible, although based remotely from our Glasgow office, using all remote applications available to us, including video calls etc.
Whist at this point in time we are not travelling to sites and properties all over Scotland as we normally would we are still very much open for business and we are able to support all clients across a range of services. To discuss how we can help you please get in touch.
3 March 2020 - February was one of the wettest winter months we have experienced for a number of years. When heavy rainfall is coupled with high winds, think Storm Ciara and Denis, many buildings can suffer water ingress. Now that things have calmed down its well worth checking over your property to make sure everything is as it should be. A small intervention now could save you money in the long term!
20 December 2019 - The maintenance of traditional buildings is a tricky business and sometimes repairs carried out in the past can result in further deterioration. Here we can see masonry erosion which has been caused by using a cement based mortar. To discuss appropriate maintenance of your building contact Paul Reaney or William Mair
27 November 2019 - Our Tenement Refurb project in the East End of Glasgow is well underway. This block has been impacted by a considerable dry rot outbreak and as such the interior including floor joists are being replaced. To discuss any aspect of Tenement works contact either William Mair or Paul Reaney.
13 September 2019 - Well it's Friday the 13th and this can be unlucky for some! So if you own or occupy commercial property what steps can you take to avoid being unlucky with your building? Here are 13 tips to improve your property luck:- 1) Make a simple plan for the maintenance of your building! 2) Clean the gutters out regularly and ensure that all downpipes are running freely! 3) Understand your lease, yes leases are boring but having an understanding of the lease is key! 4) Have an up to date asbestos register and keep it up to date if any works are carried out! 5) Fix water ingress as soon as possible and after stormy weather have a look over your roof! 6) If the building is leased plan for the end of the lease, this applies to both Landlord's and Tenants! 7) Decorate externally on a regular basis, this can act to save money in the long term! 8) Keep building services maintained and operational. The book life is not operational condition! 9) Operate a building file, keep key information here! 10) Consider opening a sinking fund! 11) If the boiler is older than you, replace it! 12) If you insulate, you have to ventilate! 13) Always engage a building surveyor and preferably me! Have a great Friday the 13th!
MEES – a new acronym for Landlords to be concerned about (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards). Fortunately, the scheme applies to England and Wales only, and is not applicable in Scotland. In England and Wales it is now no longer permissible to let properties with an F & G Energy Performance Certificate rating, without carrying out improvements to the energy efficiency of the property. In Scotland we have the Non Domestic equivalent in the shape of the Section 63 Regulations, which at this time, only apply to properties in excess of 1,000sqm (10,750sqft).
If you have any questions regarding energy efficiency, please contact William Mair.