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Why You Shouldn’t Attend Your Survey

Sunday, 25th April 2010 | by: Peter Barry

I’m asked by clients quite regularly if they can ‘drop by’ towards the end of a survey inspection to get a ‘quick run down’ - I always politely refuse. I have lost instructions in the past for taking this stance but the more surveys I do the more sure I am that it is correct. Apart from the fact that I have no authority to allow a ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

When Were Your Electrics Last Tested?

Monday, 15th March 2010 | by: Peter Barry

I last wrote about the New RICS Homebuyer Report on the blog back in July last year. It becomes mandatory at the end of this month after which Chartered Surveyors will no longer be permitted to produce the old style printed version. I switched over to the new reports last week (the timing was based on when my stock of the old stationary ran ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

The Condensation Season

Monday, 25th January 2010 | by: Peter Barry

Being smack bang in the middle of the condensation season I thought it would be a good time to take an overview of what can be one of the most difficult of building defects to resolve. Condensation occurs when the air inside your property cannot hold the water vapour which is being produced and deposits it as a liquid – usually on the coldest ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Property Defects caused by the Big Freeze

Saturday, 23rd January 2010 | by: Peter Barry

Now that the ice has melted on the area’s roads you will have noticed the massive increase in the number of potholes. The problem is caused by water entering through minor defects in the surface of the tarmac, expanding as it freezes and de-laminating the surface. The bad news for homeowners is that there are many areas of your property which ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

What to do when your Neighbour Ignores The Party Wall Act

Friday, 23rd October 2009 | by: Peter Barry

We get 2 or 3 calls most weeks from people that have a neighbour that has gone ahead with work which comes within the scope of the Party Wall Act without serving notice. They are surprised to hear that there are no penalties for such behavior and their only remedy is to apply to the court for an injunction. Gaining an injunction seems to most ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Flat Roof Terraces

Thursday, 10th September 2009 | by: Peter Barry

Flat roofs to single storey rear extensions make such ideal terraces it is surprising that you don’t see more of them. The problem is of course that it’s very hard to get planning consent for them. If you live in close proximity to your neighbours any sort of raised platform will overlook them and for that reason permission is normally ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

The Party Wall Act – Common Misunderstandings

Wednesday, 5th August 2009 | by: Peter Barry

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 has been with us for thirteen years but it is still clear that the public has, at best, a tenuous grip on its details. I have outlined a few of the most common misunderstandings below. 1. My extension will be on my own land so the Act does not apply. Section 6 of the Party Wall Act covers adjacent excavations. In ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying