Leaving it to the last minute

Great for football, not so great for properties

Hello, and welcome to the latest Rotter blog.

The defining characteristic of Euro 2016 so far has been last minute goals. Of the 20 games played so far 14 of them have had goals in the last ten minutes and nearly half of those have been in time added on.

While this has generated some under-the-wire excitement during the games, it did get me thinking about the dangers of leaving things until the last minute – particularly when it comes to my passion of property preservation.

In this blog I will be looking at the importance of spotting the danger signs early to avoid an eleventh hour sucker punch to your property.

Spotting the signs

All around our website we have pages dedicated to identifying property problems. Obviously this is so we can attract people with property problems such as dry rot, woodworm or rising damp to our website, but these pages will also help anyone identify the early warning signs of conditions that can have a serious impact on the structural integrity of a building.

Take condensation as an example. Water collecting on the windows and walls is usually the first sign a property has a condensation problem. If it is identified at this point, and an adequate solution is put in place, then more serious symptoms can be avoided.

However, like many defences at Euro 2016, complacency often sets in when things "aren't too bad", and this soon leads to problems escalating.

Condensation will quickly progress to black mould growth, unpleasant smells and damage to plaster, paint, fixtures and fittings, all of which is far more detrimental and costly to fix.

This is not specific to condensation either. Most property preservation problems will give small hints to their presence before causing big problems. From the musty smell of dry rot to scuttling woodworm beetles there is always an early sign to spot. Check out the guides below so you have a tactical advantage:

The Solution

When your football team is 1-0 up with 10 minutes to go, and the opposition are applying pressure, there are a few schools of thought when it comes to making a sub and influencing the game. Do you bung on another defender to shore things up, break up the play with a no-nonsense midfield general or do you try and get that second game killing goal by injecting a bit of pace up front?

Fortunately, there is only one game-changer you need when you suspect things might be wrong with the health of your property and that is an expert surveyor. Time and time again, our experienced and qualified team visit properties where preservation problems have been ignored and allowed to cause significant damage that would have been avoidable had a treatment programme started earlier.

Property preservation problems are always easier, quicker and more affordable to fix when they are nipped in the bud early.

Booking a survey

If you think there is something in your property that a professional surveyor should be looking at please don’t hesitate to give our experts a call to discuss it.

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Until next time,
The Rotter.