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Party Wall Questions #7

Wednesday, 17th August 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question The Government Explanatory Booklet lists certain jobs as being so minor they do not warrant the serving of a notice: Drilling into a party wall to fix plugs and screws for ordinary wall units or shelving Cutting into a party wall to add or replace recessed electric wiring and sockets Replastering Which of the following ... Read more >>

Alternative Heating Solutions – Is it time you got Wood?

Wednesday, 3rd August 2011 | by: Peter Barry

When thinking of heating and hot water in a domestic situation, generally speaking two options tend to spring to mind, electric and gas. However, despite not being familiar to most consumers there are alternatives on the market. These alternatives not only offer value for money, but in many cases can actually be beneficial to the environment, can ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Rainwater Management Systems – Taking Advantage of the Weather

Thursday, 21st July 2011 | by: Peter Barry

The United Nations considers the supply of water to be a major ongoing issue for the 21st Century. With global temperatures and the size of the population both on the increase it will become progressively more expensive to meet demand; costs are likely to rise and in extreme case rationing may be necessary. Within the UK, it is normal to ... Read more >>

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Freehold Enfranchisement

Thursday, 14th July 2011 | by: Peter Barry

The vast majority of flats in England and Wales are held on long leases, but many lessees will have the right to acquire the freehold interest in the building that contains their flat.  In this post I will try to explain the process of acquiring the freehold interest, which is known as ‘collective enfranchisement’, and is covered by Chapter 1 ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

In speaking the words ‘I don’t quite see why they need a more detailed report, surely a Valuation would have been sufficient’, I was setting myself up for fall, and inadvertently volunteering to write this upcoming post.  This happened on a Homebuyer Survey I accompanied two weeks ago, where the property in question gave the initial ... Read more >>

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Space Travel Within the Building Sector

Friday, 10th June 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Solar panels (photovoltaic panels) are used by millions of homeowners worldwide, allowing them to generate their own electricity, reduce their bills, and in many cases actually sell their excess electricity back to the grid. However, the technology was never designed for use within a domestic setting, nor a building setting for that matter. - ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Building Defects – Dampness Part 1

Tuesday, 7th June 2011 | by: Peter Barry

When we carry out either a Building Survey or a Homebuyer Report one of the first things that the client usually wants to know is whether or not there is any dampness in the property.  The inspection of the property will focus quite heavily on this particular aspect as prolonged exposure to damp conditions can cause considerable damage to the ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Over the past 12 months, I have seen a huge variety of buildings ranging from residential to commercial, with their structures built from brick, steel and in some cases even glass. Despite all of this variety there in one thing that these building have in common… They have all been insulated. If you’re planning a loft conversion, rear or ... Read more >>

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The Leasehold Reform Act – The Concept of New for Old

Thursday, 31st March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Many insurance companies offer ‘New for Old’ policies.  The Leasehold Reform Act is similar; you can get a new lease in exchange for your old one, but, as usual, there is a price to be paid. Over the course of the last few months we have tried to explain some of the detail of The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.  ... Read more >>

The Dangers of Asbestos

Tuesday, 29th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

On a recent Full Building Survey of a 1930’s semi detached house, we discovered that the garage roof covering consisted of asbestos tiles. The garage itself was in a poor state of repair and the client had already informed us that if the sale went through she would be demolishing it. Asbestos was a widely used material between the 1950’s ... Read more >>

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