No doubt you will have heard somebody complain about cracks or damp patches in walls, repaired by a local tradesman that have come back.
Now affordable help is at hand, to help you avoid costly blunders:
A new online service enables you to obtain professional advice from an experienced, qualified surveyor, if you are worried about the structure of your house, or planning a building project:
AskASurveyor.co.uk will send your query plus uploaded images and documents to a member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, who will aim to answer within 48 hours by email, for just Â£40 perÂ question.
As a registered service user, all of your documents, questions and answers will be stored by Ask Surveyor and password protected, for your reference in future.
The company presents totally impartial, independent advice withoutÂ sales pitches or catches.
Ask A Surveyorâ€™s aim is to reject the myth that surveyorsâ€™ advice is too expensive, or only important when selling or buying property, when in fact not having advice can prove to be a lot more expensive.
Contacting Ask A Surveyor before you order building work, or a repair will will help to give you peace of mind that the main cause of the fault has been established, or the possible danger of work planned.
The new service is the idea of Robert Desbruslais, who owns Desbruslais Chartered Surveyors. Robert is an RICS member with more than 25 yearsâ€™ experience.
For more information about the new Ask A Surveyor service, go to the website.