When visiting properties, for a building study visit, we remain respectful of the owner’s hospitality by following these 'ground-rules'. Members are covered under our insurance policy and therefore only members are able to attend visits arranged by the Group.
- We do not enter anyone's property without being invited to do so, and we leave the house and garden as we found them. We do not bring dogs onto a property without permission and, even if that is given, the dog must be kept on a lead and never taken into the house.
- Inside the house we behave as visitors and go only where a visitor would expect to go. If we wish to go elsewhere we ask permission before doing so.
- We only take photographs after asking permission to do so, and avoiding photographing the building’s contents.
- We are concerned only with the structure of the house, and we do not note or comment on its contents unless asked to do so, nor do we discuss them with anyone else.
- During a recording visit we try to create the minimum of interference with the privacy of its inhabitants. We are, of course, always happy to discuss the progress of our work, and any conclusions that we come to, with them.
- We do not approach the owner to offer any personal service, and membership must never be used as a means of obtaining business or for gaining access to property for any official purpose. Those of us who have any relevant professional or other qualifications do not stress these.
- We do not give advice on any aspect of the structure of a house, nor do we recommend the services of any particular person or body. However, we do have a list of official and other bodies from which information and advice can be obtained.