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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 >>

Categories: Surveying

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 >>

Categories: Surveying

Property Defects – Fireplaces, Chimney Breasts and Flues.

Monday, 28th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Some time ago we wrote a post on chimney stacks, highlighting some of the common defects that we find when carrying out Building Surveys and Homebuyer Reports. We thought it was about time we dealt with the other end of the operation and talked about the fireplaces, flues and chimney breasts inside the building and how these are connected to ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Party Wall Questions #6

Thursday, 17th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question A leasehold owner of a ground floor flat proposes to underpin the rear external walls (not party walls) of their property. What notice(s) should be served on the Freeholder and the leaseholder of the flat above and what part(s) of the Act apply? This is another question that was raised at a recent FPWS North London forum ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #5

Tuesday, 15th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question What factors should a Surveyor consider when setting the hourly rate to use when calculating expenses for Adjoining Owner appointments? When a proposed fee appears excessive should a Building Owners’ surveyor ask the Adjoining Owner’s surveyor to justify their hourly rate as well as the number of hours on their time sheet? This ... Read more >>