Welcome to Peter Barry Chartered Surveyors
We undertake all aspects of residential surveying work throughout the inner M25 area from our 3 London offices. If you would like further information on any of the services outlined below please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8360 7615 or by email.
If you are thinking of buying a property and would like the peace of mind that comes with a survey from a Chartered Surveyor call us for a quote today. We undertake all levels of surveys including RICS Homebuyer Reports and Building Surveys.
Party Wall Matters
We are also experienced Party Wall Surveyors. If you are planning to undertake some work on your property which falls within the scope of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 we can advise you on the necessary procedures. Alternatively, you may have been served notice by a neighbour in relation to some proposed works and require a party wall surveyor to act on your behalf. Whichever side you are on we will be happy to advise you.
Leasehold Reform Act
We can provide valuation reports in accordance with the Leasehold Reform Act (as amended) and we have the necessary expertise to undertake negotiations on behalf of Landlord or leasee.
Our experienced team of Chartered Surveyors and CAD Technicians are able to offer a full range of architectural services for both residential and commercial properties.
We can also provide Specific Defect Reports, Matrimonial Valuations, Inheritance Tax and Probate valuations, Reinstatement Cost Valuations, Snagging Lists, and Contract Administation services. You can find more details on our Other surveying services page.
If you would like further information on any of the above services do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8360 7615 or by email.
Latest Blog Posts
Essex Barn Renovation – Under Floor Heating
If you’ve read the previous posts in this series you’ll know that the renovation was split in to 2 phases; effectively dividing the barn down the middle. Since the last post was uploaded phase 1 has been largely completed so we’ve swapped sides with the builders. Even though phase 1 overran by about 5 weeks I’m still told that the work will be completed by Christmas so it feels like we’re on the home stretch. Although we’ve been living the completed phase 1 for a few weeks now the heating was only switched on this week so the relatively mild weather has been very welcome. read more...
Are Purchases Falling through due to a Shortage of Surveyors?
Many estate agents and mortgage brokers are reporting lengthy delays when it comes to getting surveys completed for properties. Hotspots such as West London are amongst the most affected by the backlog but there seems to be a general lengthening in the time span for survey fulfilment. Although RICS (the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors) is of the opinion that there are a sufficient number of registered surveyors to take on the workload, it seems that the buoyancy of the housing market might be pushing them to their limits. read more...
Valuing Roof Spaces for Development
I’ve had to prepare a couple of valuations recently for owners that wanted to either buy or sell a roof space. The most common scenario is where a property has been converted but the roof space, or part of it, has been retained by the freeholder; often for the purpose of housing cold water storage tanks serving the flats below. As the flats update their heating and hot water systems they will often switch to a combination boiler which runs off mains pressure and removes the need for a cold water tank. read more...
Essex Barn Refurbishment - Roof Structure
Our 2 children went back to school this week and that was originally the target for phase 1 of the refurbishment to be completed. Unfortunately, we're running 4 weeks behind the programme so we've had to set the kid's desks up on the landing for the next few weeks. Despite the delays it's nice to see phase 1 progressing, all of the 1st fix carpentry, electrics and plumbing is now complete and there is just one room left to plaster. Next week the underfloor heating will go down and be screeded over. Then it's just 2 weeks of second fixing and decorating and we're in. read more...
Essex Barn Renovation – Windows
We’re now 6 weeks in to phase 1 of the work and I’d estimate that we’ve fallen a couple of weeks behind the program. The reason appears to be the lack of availability of sub-contractors but hopefully we’ll pull back the time during the phase 2 program which appears to be a bit more generous. Anyway, it is nice to see the shape of the new rooms as the structure comes together. Only about a third of the roof void was converted to living space originally so we are converting the rest as part of the current works. The unused space will become the master bedroom suite complete with en-suite bathroom and dressing area. read more...
Essex Barn Renovation - Insulation
We're now a little over halfway through phase 1 of our barn refurbishment. The structure of the barn is long and narrow so it divides quite neatly in to 2 parts with a sound and dust proof screen in the middle. Phase 1, the smaller half of the barn, is programmed to take 9 weeks following which we swap halves with the builders and work continues for a further 14 weeks. read more...
Party Wall Surveyors’ Fees
3 Chartered Surveyors were set a challenge by their boss to increase fee income in the year ahead by 10%. The building surveyor spent time networking with solicitors and estate agents to generate recommendations and worked an extra half an hour each day. The valuation surveyor managed to get on to a couple of new lender panels and spent additional time organising his dairy to squeeze in an extra job a day ... read more...See More