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New Build Properties and Snagging Lists

Thursday, 30th May 2019 | by: Peter Barry

There are a number of hoops to jump through when negotiating the purchase of a home, particularly when purchasing a new build property. To add to this burgeoning ‘to do’ list, it would seem that a worrying trend of poor quality control is developing in the new build property sector, even amongst so called ‘luxury’ branded sections of ... Read more >>

In All Normal Circumstances …

Sunday, 28th April 2019 | by: Justin Burns

It’s the phrase that party wall surveyors rely on to reassure adjoining owners that they will not incur costs as a result of their neighbours’ works i.e. “In all normal circumstances, the fees of all/any appointed surveyors will be paid by the building owner”. The inquisitive adjoining owner will ask for clarification of what ‘normal ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Preparing a Reinstatement Cost Assessments (Insurance Valuation)

Thursday, 14th March 2019 | by: Steve Hobbs

The process of preparing a Reinstatement Cost Assessment involves a site visit to inspect the property, take measurements and site notes detailing the type and quality of the accommodation, a calculation of the likely reinstatement cost of the property based on the information gathered during the inspection, and the recording of this information ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

11 Ways to Keep the Cost of Party Wall Procedures Down

Thursday, 7th February 2019 | by: Justin Burns

If badly handled, party wall procedures can add many thousands of pounds to the costs of your building project but there are plenty of things you (and your surveyor) can do to keep costs to a minimum.   Speak to your neighbours before serving notice This isn't always possible, if the property is let or the adjoining freeholder is a ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Don’t forget your License to Alter!

Tuesday, 29th January 2019 | by: Matthew Price

There are many different elements that will need to be considered in order for the vision of your extension to become a reality and it is apparent that a layperson is often unaware what professional help may be required along the way - there are the obvious ones; Architect, engineer and contractor, and to a lesser extent, the party wall ... Read more >>

Preparing Party Wall Notices for a Rear Extension

Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 | by: Peter Barry

As a recent graduate and Assistant Surveyor, a large part of my training was party wall related. As part of that training I spent time assisting the team that deal with new enquiries in sending fee proposals and liaising with owners. I thought it might be helpful to work through an example relating to a rear extension. When preparing a fee ... Read more >>

Categories: Case Studies, Party Walls

Help to buy, shared ownership schemes and staircasing

Thursday, 20th December 2018 | by: Peter Barry

With house prices in some areas of London having risen 10-fold over the last 20 years it is becoming increasingly more difficult for young people to get their foot on the property ladder. Initiatives that have increased in popularity since they were first introduced in 2013 are the Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes. The Help to Buy ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

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