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Thermal Imaging Technology

Thermal Imaging Technology

We can use thermal imaging cameras to diagnose a variety of problems by scanning the floors, walls and ceilings when walking from room to room during an inspection. The camera we use (FLIR One Pro) attaches to any device  (tablet or mobile phone) to create a very powerful, thermal imaging camera. It produces an image […]

Notes for Incoming Directors of a Residential Management Company (RMC)

Notes for Incoming Directors of a Residential Management Company (RMC)

What is the Residential Management Company for? A Residential Management Company (RMC) protects the rights of Leaseholders. Its aims are to manage and administer the common parts for the benefit of all owners. Common parts may include the road, landscaped areas (not in private ownership), bin stores, internal communal areas and structures of any building […]

Vernacular Architecture: Weaver’s Cottages

Vernacular Architecture: Weaver’s Cottages

A huge thank you to Michael Kelly our Chartered Surveyor in South Yorkshire for this great feature: Here are a few pictures of a traditional, stone built, Weaver’s Cottage that is close to where I live in Penistone, South Yorkshire. It is typical of the many stone built cottages dotted along the Pennines, which thankfully I […]

When is it sensible to have a Remote Valuation?

When is it sensible to have a Remote Valuation?

You may not have even considered this… A Remote Valuation (otherwise known as a Desktop Valuation) is an inspection that does not require our Registered Valuer to physically attend your property at any stage. Instead the valuation is conducted using information accessible online using Government funded and commercial websites e.g. Land Registry. If you find […]

Home Staging Guidance

Home Staging Guidance

Ideas to help sell your home… If you’re currently selling your house and keen to arrange viewings now that the market has reopened, we’re offering some advice and tips on how to stage your home, equally relevant whether you’re carrying out virtual viewing, filming a video tour or allowing potential buyers visit in person, subject […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

We support the Mental Health Foundation and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 2020, taking place between 18 – 24 May. Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, they have raised awareness on topics like anxiety, depression, stress and relationships. The campaign reaches millions of people every year. This year, with our support, they can reach more people than ever. This year’s theme is KINDNESS. […]

Need a Leasehold Extension Valuation?

Need a Leasehold Extension Valuation?

As your lease runs down it dramatically decreases the value of your flat or apartment. The longer this goes on, the more expensive it will become to renew. On top of this, each lender has different criteria with regards to lease length and this will restrict the number of lenders in the market potentially cutting […]

RICS Client Money Protection

RICS Client Money Protection

RICS’ rules state that firms regulated by RICS shall preserve the security of clients’ money entrusted to it. This means that a firm regulated by RICS, like Watsons, will ensure that: Any client money is protected; Any money entrusted to Watsons is held in a special client account, separate from the firm’s own money; The […]

Watsons as a Managing Agent

Watsons as a Managing Agent

Operating since 1890, Watsons are specialist managing agents and understand the commitment required to maintain the blocks and estates that we manage. How do we differ from other managing agents? We’re a Local, Independent Firm We take great pride in our customer care, working with property owners to ensure that sites are managed in an […]

What does RICS regulation actually mean?

What does RICS regulation actually mean?

Watsons is an RICS regulated firm of property professionals. We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property, construction and infrastructure sectors worldwide. It accredits 125,000 qualified and trainee professionals and any individual or firm registered with the body is subject to their […]


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