Who are the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors anyway2

Who are the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors anyway?

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor, or RICS to use the acronym, are a professional body that has been going for over one hundred and fifty years. They were set up with one purpose in mind to make sure that the UK has the highest standard of property valuations plus land and building management. It is so determined to do this that it even has a latin motto that is lived by. This is “Est modus in Rebus” and it means “There is measure in all things”. Any organisation with a bit of latin must know what they are on about and it was with this in mind that the then Government of the UK charged them with the creation of the  Home buyers report for July 2009 onwards. This Rics Building Survey was designed to bring together a cohesive report that lender, borrower, seller and conveyor could all work from. Why was the RCIS used?

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The main reason is experience. The RICS has been going since 1868. Forty Nine Surveyors in London got together in the Westminster palace hotel. This must have pleased the owners as the surveyors must have thought it structurally sound to meet there. They drew up a list of proposals to try and determine a set of general high standard practices for land and building surveying.

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They changed to Chartered (as they had one by then) in 1930 and then got the Royal bit when George the sixth gave it to them in a spare moment he had in 1946. As a good part of London was being levelled by the Luftwaffe at the time the RICS would soon be needed in the rebuilding!

How to design a small yet efficient kitchen2

How to design a small yet efficient kitchen

Park home life has been proven time and time again to have a wealth of mental, physical and social benefits.

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But it’s fair to say that whilst park homes for sale in Gloucestershire (http://www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/orchard-park-homes-gloucester-gloucestershire/) have come on leaps and bounds in terms of design in recent years, they are never going to be a vast and palatial living space. And nor should they be.

For most people, smaller rooms are not a problem. But even for the most organised, the kitchen is an action-packed room where things can quickly become chaotic and cramped. Here are some tips on designing and managing a small but incredibly efficient kitchen.


Colour is a key way to make a room appear lighter, brighter and more spacious. Light walls will reflect light around the room and give the illusion of more space. In a kitchen this can be done with tiling and flooring as well as wallpaper or paint for the walls. You could also consider installing glass panels in doors or putting up a well-placed mirror.

Good storage solutions

Be clever with your storage so that you can maximise the potential in smaller spaces. Opt for open shelves that you can see straight through as these allow light to pass through and appear less bulky and clunky than lots of cupboards. You can even get dual shelving that can hang glasses upside down from under the traditional shelf! You could also consider portable storage such as preparation trolleys that can be wheeled in and out as needed.

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Hide appliances

Appliances such as toasters, kettles and microwaves can take up a lot of room on worktops. Hide them in cupboards if possible, to give yourself more preparation space and a clutter free area. You could even decide to relocate your washing machine and tumble dryer to the bathroom – this is commonplace in European countries and will free up space in the kitchen.

Invest in an induction hob

This is a great alternative to an extractor fan that will free up valuable wall space for a storage cupboard.

Contemporary design

Modern, contemporary kitchen design lends itself well to space saving because it’s generally light and bright with lots of reflective surfaces for the light to bounce off. Keep it clean and simple, with minimal clutter and green plants to give a stylish and relaxing vibe.

Tips for First Time Homeowners2

Tips for First Time Homeowners

One of the best and most helpful tips for first time homeowners to remember when looking to purchase a new or used home is that they must make sure that they understand and adhere to the guidelines laid out by the lending company. Lending companies, such as banks and building societies want to protect their assets, so it is in their best interest to make sure that the lending standards are not being compromised in any way.

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One of the most important tips for first time home owners to keep in mind when looking to purchase a new or used home is that they must understand that they will be responsible for the interest on their loan until the loan is paid off. There are also guidelines that the lending company requires them to follow when they are refinancing a loan. Some of these guidelines include keeping the balance owed within the loan’s terms and conditions. First time buyers will benefit from the advice of conveyancers. Find out more on Conveyancing Fees at https://www.samconveyancing.co.uk/conveyancing-quote

Another tip for first time homeowners is that the interest rate should be at least 4 points lower than the interest rate on the mortgage loan they currently hold. The interest rate can only be lowered to a certain percentage of the original loan amount, and they should try to stay below that limit in order to maintain a good credit score.

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There are also tips for first time homeowners that explain the steps involved in taking out a home mortgage loan. These include making sure that you are eligible for a home loan, getting your credit rating ready for the home mortgage loan process, determining your income, and determining the value of the home you desire to purchase.


Will People always need coal2

Will People always need coal?

Back in the early 1960’s the National Coal board had a problem. It was suffering from a lack of manpower (and it exclusively saw mining as a male working environment) to get the hundreds of years of coal under the ground in South Wales, the East Midlands and North East. The world of work was changing. Education was improving meaning that those pupils who would originally end up down the mine were going on to college or shunning the work. They began an aggressive advertising campaign to attract workers. The idea was that it was a job for life for them and their children. It was very well paid. It was said “people will always need coal”. Within 30 years all the mines were closed.

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Coal is not environmentally safe. It contributes massively to global warming. It no longer heats our homes, this usual falls to the boiler. Boilers Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester, Swindon or wherever need to have a service and https://www.hprservicesltd.com/cheltenham-boilers/ can provide that.

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We have been able, in the UK, to slowly wean ourselves of our reliance on coal turning more and more to alternatives such as wind and solar and Nuclear power. Oil still remains an issue but it seems that coal is not required anymore. At least for now.

Fun facts about T-Shirts2

Fun facts about T-Shirts

T-Shirts of all shapes and sizes, including the Farah T Shirts that you can find from stockists like https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah/t-shirt are a staple in most people’s wardrobes. But how often do you actually think about them?

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Here are some fun facts about the world of the T-Shirt.

Promotional T-Shirts are a given at any large event now, whether for a sporting fixture or a music concert but the first promotional top was actually created for The Wizard of Oz back in 1939. How many promotional T-Shirts do you own?

The word T-Shirt first appeared in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s book ‘This Side of Paradise’ back in 1920, until then the word had not been used.

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The T-Shirt first appeared as long underwear as far back as 1904 and was produced by the Cooper Underwear Company. This remained the case until movie stars like Marlon Brando, James Dean and John Wyane made the garment popular as outerwear.

It is thought that over 2 billion T-Shirts are sold across the world each year and the vast majority of these are made from cotton which is produced mainly in China and India where they account for over 60 million sales of cotton each year.

One of the oldest Zoos in the country is Whipsnade.2

One of the oldest Zoos in the country is Whipsnade.

Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire is one of the oldest in the country. It was opened in 1926 by the Zoological Society of London. The idea was to have a more open conservation Zoo following a visit by the society to the Bronx Zoological Garden in the State of New York. A derelict Farm in the Dunstable Downs area of the Chilterns was chosen due to its proximity to London. It was purchased for £480.

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At first the site was fenced and the landscaping process began. After two years park was ready to receive its first animal inhabitants. These are some rare pheasants. They were quickly followed by a muntjac, a llama, wombats and skunks.

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The park did not open until 1931. It was unlike other zoos in that it was accessible and could be walked around with the animals in enclosures as opposed to cages. It soon proved to be incredibly popular. It has been updated many times, the only remaining feature being the brown bear enclosure.

One of the strangest additions to the collection was in 1932 when a travelling menagerie closed for business. In what was quite a spectacle for the time, some of the animals walked to their new, more comfortable, homes from the local railway station.

One other interesting feature is the large chalk lion that was added to the nearby Ivinghoe beacon as you come into the Park. It certainly helps you find your bearings. Much like Park Homes for Sale in Bedfordshire. It is very lovely place.