Our team of surveyors are passionate about inspecting properties in Stanstead Mountfitchet whether it be as part of a pre-purchase survey, to establish a property’s value or to prepare a schedule of condition prior to works commencing next door.
If you are planning a building project in Stanstead Mountfitchet you’ve probably started thinking about party wall procedures. The first step is to establish whether the works fall within the scope of the Act – if you’d like us to do that for you, free of charge, just send us copies of the drawings and we’ll normally come back to you within 24 hours. If you’re on the other side of the wall, we can also assist if you’ve decided that you need to appoint a surveyor or just need some initial advice without obligation.
One of the most common and destructive issues that we find ourselves writing about in survey reports is leaking or overflowing gutters. The owners are often unaware (perhaps because they’re inside when it’s raining!) but the result is often internal dampness, deteriorating timber or mortar joints that have eroded.
This situation arose with a property that we recently surveyed in one of the villages just to the south of Stanstead, towards Bishop’s Stortford. High moisture readings were noted to one of the walls within the property which corresponded with a rainwater downpipe that had become detached from the gutter. It had obviously been like this for some time as moss had formed on the brickwork below. The first step is obviously to remove the source of the dampness by fixing the downpipe. It can then take anything up to 12 months for a saturated brick wall to fully dry out although this can be accelerated with the judicious use of dehumidifiers. We also recommended that the moss was scraped off as it can act as a sponge and lead to frost damage.
Stansted Mountfitchet is located in the district of Uttlesford, approx. 3 miles to the north-east of Bishops Stortford with Thaxted 9 miles in the opposite direction. It tends to be overshadowed by the much more well-known airport of the same name which is a shame as the attractive Essex village has lots to offer.
The eponymous castle, close the centre of the town, is a regular haunt for local school children. The earthworks and mounds to the original castle, which was built following the Norman Conquest of England, were discovered when the site was cleared in the 1980s. The castle has been subsequently reconstructed as living monument. Younger visitors may be more interested in the House on the Hill Toy Museum which is located next to the castle and houses over 70,000 toys and games going back through the ages.
Saint Thersea of Lisieux church on High Lane is a more modern building of some architectural interest. It was built in the early 2000s in the style of an Essex barn to a design by local architect Jim Boutwood.
During the Second World War, the US Air Force constructed an airfield close to Stansted Mountfitchet and following their withdrawal in 1945 it passed to the Air Ministry and then to BAA some 20 years later. Shortly thereafter it started to be used for charter flights and gradually expanded to become the airport we now today.
Stansted Mountfitchet Train Station is the next stop north of Bishop’s Stortford on the West Anglia Main Line with a journey time to Cambridge of just over half an hour. The Stanstead Express will get you to the airport in approx. 6mins.
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