Episode 79

079 Thatched Properties and Fire Safety Concerns

Recently Marion had a conversation with Neil Hewitt and Charles Chalcraft about surveying thatched properties and fire safety concerns involved in those surveys.

Neil Hewitt is a Suffolk-based independent residential building surveyor who offers the RICS Building Survey. It is the highest level of survey offered under the RICS format that is particularly recommended for older properties. He specialises in older period properties, in particular local Suffolk timber frame and thatched houses.

Charles Chalcraft is a retired master thatcher who is trained as a home inspector. He now trains property professionals including surveyors how to survey properties with thatched roofs. He specialises in building surveys on older properties - cob and stone rubble that are thatched. He is also the technical advisor to the Devon and Cornwall Master Thatchers Association.

What we cover: 

- How thatched roofing begin in the UK

- Why thatched properties are appealing and what are the downsides?

- Who is qualified to survey thatched properties

- The causes of thatch fire and what homeowners can do about it

Connect with Neil Hewitt: 

- Website http://www.neilhewittsurveyor.co.uk/ 

- LinekdIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-h-b5517021/ 

Connect with Charles Chalcraft: 

- LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-chalcraft-3849b520b/

- Website: http://www.thatchedhomeinspector.co.uk/

Connect with Marion Ellis:

- LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/marion-ellis-love-surveying-surveyor-hub

- Instagram https://www.instagram.com/love_surveying/

- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/love_surveying/

- Email marion@lovesurveying.com  

Resources:

- Devon & Cornwall Master Thatcher Association: https://www.devonandcornwallmta.co.uk/

- The East Anglia Master Thatchers Association: https://www.eamta.co.uk/

- National Society of Master Thatchers: https://nsmtltd.co.uk/

- National Farmers Union (NFU): https://www.nfuonline.com/

- Historic England: https://historicengland.org.uk/

- Join the monthly Surveyors Get Visible Masterclass https://calendly.com/love-surveying/surveyors-get-visible-masterclass  

- Sign up for The Surveyor Hub newsletter: https://lovesurveying.com/contact/ 

- Support The Surveyor Hub https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheSurveyorHub

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Marion Ellis

As a chartered surveyor with a background in defect and valuation claims, Marion has first-hand experience of why we make mistakes and what we need to do to support ourselves to prevent them. A Fellow member of the RICS and qualified customer experience professional, Marion is passionate about empowering people. At Love Surveying, she provides the support, coaching and networking surveyors and property professionals need to handle career challenges confidently and navigate the right business journey for them. Founder of The Surveyor Hub podcast and community Marion also supports surveyors in business through her coaching and mentoring programmes. Marion is an Ambassador for Lionheart.