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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

The New RICS Homebuyer Report

Wednesday, 22nd July 2009 | by: Peter Barry

Over the last few years I have prepared several hundred RICS Homebuyer Survey & Valuation Reports for our clients. For those that don’t know the ‘Homebuyer Report is what is known as a ‘level 2’ survey; far more comprehensive than a lender’s valuation but not quite as detailed as a Building Survey.The standard format has allowed ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Don’t Leave it Too Late to Extend Your Lease

Thursday, 4th June 2009 | by: Peter Barry

If you live in or are considering buying a leasehold property you will want to ensure that the unexpired term of the lease will not have a detrimental affect on the future marketability of the property.Under the terms of the Leasehold Reform Act (as amended) 1993 all qualifying leaseholders are entitled to the grant of a new lease for a term ... Read more >>

What is the real cost of a HIP?

Wednesday, 27th May 2009 | by: Peter Barry

The RICS announced recently that they are to investigate the practice of agents profiting from the sale of Home Information Packs to sellers.The announcement follows evidence uncovered in a Channel 4 news investigation that up to £150 could be added to the price of a pack because of secret payments to estate agents.I was already aware of ... Read more >>

Categories: Miscellaneous

Selling a Property with Unregulated Changes

Thursday, 30th April 2009 | by: Peter Barry

Right at the top of the list of things that can bite you on the arse when you come to sell a property is unregulated alterations.They will range from relatively minor things like a new door opening right up to full scale loft conversions; but what they all have in common is that buyers, and their solicitors, will make a fuss when they come to ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Welcome to the Peter Barry Blog

Wednesday, 1st April 2009 | by: Peter Barry

It’s not easy to be optimistic about the sales market at the moment but this being the first post on our new blog I thought should try. Amongst all the gloom and doom there has been some evidence of a pick up in activity since the turn of the year so maybe we can start to look forward to better days ahead.At the root of much of the malaise ... Read more >>

Categories: Miscellaneous

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