Prepare your home for winter

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is advising people to prepare their homes for winter and stop the predicted harsh weather from taking its toll on property, heating and maintenance bills. Properties are vulnerable to attack both from the outside elements and the moist, warm conditions that build up inside in the winter months.

Roy Ilott, a chartered building surveyor and spokesman for RICS, says: “A full assessment of a house’s condition is advisable. Think roof, walls, floors, windows and doors and repair, seal or insulate.”

Combating the pain of gazumping

Online conveyancing service Convex Conveyancing , has launched a pricing policy that promises to soften the financial blow of gazumping for people buying and selling property.