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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 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

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

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