Valuing Roof Spaces for Development

Friday, 13th September 2013
Party Walls | Surveying | Valuation

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.

The leasehold owner of the top floor flat will often spot an opportunity to extend their property and approach the Freeholder with a view to purchasing the space. It is at that point that we get the call to provide a valuation.

The first point to establish is whether the space could be sold on the open market or is only of use to the leaseholder of the adjacent demise. Points to consider are whether there would be a means of access if the space were to be developed as a separate dwelling and even if there was is the development viable from a planning point of view? The cost of complying with Building Regulations may also make the cost of developing a new dwelling too expensive.

In most cases the development will only be viable as an extension to the top floor flat so that will be the focus of the remainder of this post.

The definition of ‘market value’ is as follows:

The estimated amount for which an asset should exchange on the date of valuation between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm’s length transaction after proper marketing wherein the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion.

As there is only one potential purchaser in this scenario it will not be possible to properly market the roof space. We are therefore not looking to provide a market value.

The approach that we adopt is one of added value. The principle is the same as when a leaseholder pays compensation to their Landlord in return for granting an extension to the term of their lease. Once the existing term of the lease is added to the additional term which has been granted by the Landlord the property become more valuable. The term used is ‘marriage value’ and the Act covering lease extensions dictates that it is split equally between the parties.

When a leaseholder of a flat combines their demise with a roof space to form a larger property that larger property will be worth more than the combined value of the two separate spaces. There is no Act that requires the added value, or marriage value, to be split equally between the parties but it is considered to be the fairest method.

Methodology

The methodology that I would adopt to establish the marriage value is therefore the estimated market value of the top floor leasehold flat following its extension in to the roof space minus the current market value of the existing top floor leasehold flat combined with the cost of the necessary work (and some possible other factors).

The cost of the work should include any alterations that are necessary to the communal areas or any of the other leasehold flats in the building and professional fees including the estimated costs of complying with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

In addition to this there are any number of other considerations that could be added, depending on the level of detail of your report or inclination of your surveyor. The most common is a risk deduction, followed by costs of finance.

A valuation summary could look like this:

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Now the example above is far from exhaustive in terms of detail, but would be a relatively typical example. Lessee’s risk and profit is perhaps a controversial one but is representative of the fact that the leaseholder is shouldering all the risk in this development, whilst the freeholder is exposed to none. If the premium for the loft space is paid in advance of the works being completed (and it usually is), then the project has to run precisely to plan, time and cost for the valuation to be correct. The 10% downwards adjustment reflects the likelihood of the project coming in at more than would have been expected. Of course the chance of the build coming in under budget and the contactor offering a nice healthy discount are slim to none!

There is a lot of subjective opinion when it comes to valuations of this type, so it is not unusual for both the leaseholder and the freeholder to instruct their own separate surveyors and to have a period of negotiation. Other freeholders are more relaxed and are happy to commission only one surveyor and one report. In that instance it is preferable for the Valuer to clearly state in his T&Cs, both leaseholder and freeholder as the client and that the report represents his impartial opinion.

Peter Barry undertake numerous valuations of this type and are experts in the field. The majority are undertaken by Matthew Price BSc MRICS and Steve Hobbs BSc MRICS. If you have any queries or questions further to this post please do not hesitate to contact us at surveying@peterbarry.co.uk or call us on 020 7183 2578.

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Seb L
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Lou G
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Alexandra Rybacki
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Sarah Kerley-Burton
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Hervé Durán
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Paul Morris
Paul Morris
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Julien Le Doaré
Julien Le Doaré
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Pete Gow
Pete Gow
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Jamie Lowe
Jamie Lowe
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A C M
A C M
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David Lucas
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I was very pleased with the communication and speed of service. Thank you.
James Beaumont
James Beaumont
Exceptional and speedy support from a very professional and personable firm. I had a Party Wall matter that needed turning round quickly and Matthew and Bawor managed to do so at every stage of the process. They responded quickly to my queries and all matters were dealt with whilst I also got a great education in Party Wall considerations! Superb advice and execution throughout - thanks!
Narendra Varsani
Narendra Varsani
We used Peter Barry Chartered Surveyors to carry out the party wall agreement and Callum Escott was leading who was very professional and kept us updating regularly until the award was issued.I will recommend Peter Barry Chartered Surveyors to others and thanks for the professional services given to us.
Hilma Pascal
Hilma Pascal
We needed to obtain a party wall agreement in place at short notice. We instructed Callum Escott from Peter Barry in South Woodford. Callum provided an efficient and prompt service from our initial instructions to completion of the party wall award and in time for the works to commence.
Heather Steed
Heather Steed
Callum Escott was immensely helpful and helped out in an immensely stressful situation at short notice. Thank you so much
Christine Kyriacou
Christine Kyriacou
We needed surveyors to act on our behalf for party wall agreement and we were recommended Peter Barry. They were very efficient in responding back to us and Callum was very professional and most happy to explain the process involved. Callum was also most approachable if we needed to ask any further questions, will be definitely recommending Peter Barry.
Ian Ross
Ian Ross
Callum Escott was assigned to our case for a party wall agreement. He was very professional and thorough. Peter Barry will be our first port-of-call for future work & I will be recommending to friends and family. Thanks!
Olivia Gordon
Olivia Gordon
Peter Barry have acted as Party Wall Surveyors on two recent residential projects I have worked on. Callum Escott was very helpful and efficient - great service.
Phil Watson
Phil Watson
The team were very professional in their handling of the survey
Essex Property Consultants Ltd
Essex Property Consultants Ltd
Having used Peter Barry surveyors for a party wall in connection with our neighbours loft 2 years ago we decided to instruct James on behalf of our mother in laws extension. The communication throughout was excellent and James and the team dealt with everything in a swift manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending.
Thinh Tran
Thinh Tran
Peter Barry provided an excellent service. I had a homebuyer survey carried out by them and found that it was simple to arrange and the turn around to be quick. Communication was good throughout the process. Would recommend.
Benjamin Gilpin
Benjamin Gilpin
I recently contacted Peter Barry Surveryors to carry out a desktop valuation, on short notice, for a residential property that they had previously performed a detailed valuation on, a few years prior. Steve Hobbs was highly responsive to my request and delivered the report very quickly. An efficient and thoroughly professional service.
Lewis Green
Lewis Green
Wanted to give a review of Peter Barry Surveyors and especially Callum as the service has been so professional. Callum is extremely efficient and knowledgeable and took the time to fully explain the process and guide me through each step carefully. He acted quickly at the outset allowing me to start work promptly which saved me money and time. I have no hesitation in recommending Callum and in fact will do my best to do so going forward. Thank you - A very happy customer !
Max Johnson
Max Johnson
Amazing, professional service, detailed report, and very good customer service. Matthew is knowledgeable and very helpful.I also worked with Shaun and he was brilliant as well - very detailed and produced an excellent report for me. Thank you
Meytal Mitchell Vainstub
Meytal Mitchell Vainstub
We found Peter Barry Surveyors online and decided to trust the praising reviews on their new home survey service.And we are more than pleased we have done so!Steve Hobbs carried our survey and the report was very thorough, detailed and well communicated.The report itself arrived promptly as agreed and answers to our constant questions during the process were all communicated swiftly and kindly to us.We are grateful and gladly recommend them.
George Brodie
George Brodie
Peter Barry were very responsive, quick and helpful. Shaun (our surveyor) did a fantastic job and was very responsive when we required him to be.
Jessica Park
Jessica Park
I contacted Peter Barry to discuss their defect survey service. I was helped by Shaun who gave me sound advice on when such surveys are useful, the type of access required for them to be effective, and, importantly, what they will not reveal. I really appreciated his helpfulness and honesty, which ultimately saved me money. This excellent customer service is what will bring me back to this business when future needs arise.
Penny Smith
Penny Smith
Excellent service from Peter Barry Surveyors. Excellent communication throughout the process and rapid response - survey and report completed within 10 days of booking. When my link person was on leave another colleague happily took over and ensured our report was sent quickly. Report was fantastically detailed with photo’s and specific recommendations. Report was also easily understood. Would highly recommend.
Monika Pirani
Monika Pirani
I am really grateful to James Merewhether and his team for a very professional and friendly service which helped to resolve a dispute that lead to a party wall agreement. I am particularly grateful to James for his immense patience and his detailed report.
Sophie Latham
Sophie Latham
Great professional and personable service. Fee's are very reasonable and the work detailed
damien wilson
damien wilson
Very happy with the work carry out by Callum Escott on my behalf.Both professional and prompted.Would definitely use Peter Barry again
Neelam Akhtar
Neelam Akhtar
I would highly recommend Peter Barry Surveyors. I was very impressed with the service I received and how quickly they were able to deal with the party wall agreement, the service was excellent, very professional and efficient. Our surveyor during this process was William Weaver and he was absolutely brilliant, he made the process easy and kept it stress free.
simone prandi
simone prandi
Been using Peter Barry Surveyors and the support given has been incredible as always contacted me to update on each step.I will definetly them and especially Callum who has been great on his side.
Max Johnson
Max Johnson
Great service! Excellent to work with and would highly recommend - thanks
Christopher L
Christopher L
Easy to use service, efficient and thorough survey in connection with a house purchase.
Alice Noctor
Alice Noctor
We used Peter Barry for the survey for our property purchase. Very impressed with the speed and efficiency of Joanne as well as the detailed report from the surveyor.
Francesca Morosini
Francesca Morosini
I have used the services of Peter Barry Surveyors to help me with a party wall matter, whereby my neighbour planning to do works to his property tried to bypass the correct and required procedure in these matters. I decided to use my own surveyor. I was allocated Mr William Weaver who was a very professional, pleasant and attentive surveyor; as was his very efficient and equally attentive and agreeable administrator Ishrat. This was my first time dealing with Peter Barry Surveyors and the experience has been very positive; I have no hesitation in recommending William Weaver and the team at Peter Barry Surveyors.
Ashwin Bhanderi
Ashwin Bhanderi
Callum Escott was very professional and well spoken during his visit and carried out his survey well thank you Callum
Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker
Had Peter Barry Surveyors come in to undertake structural survey on house when noticed cracks appearing over window following period of dry weather. Excellent service provided, very methodical and well presented report to give insurance company.
Charlotte Green
Charlotte Green
They completed the survey very promptly and thoroughly, and were happy to answer any questions I had.
Terence O'Sullivan
Terence O'Sullivan
Professional throughout on both the administration and surveying side. Many thanks to the excellent team.
Joanna Odoherty
Joanna Odoherty
I recently used Peter Barry Surveyors (Matthew Price) to assist me with the valuation of my property and the subsequent lease extension negotiations with my Landlord. Matthew prepared a desk top valuation report using floorplans I already had for my property, which was less expensive than but still very in-depth. Having never been through a lease extension process before he made it so much simpler for me. When I received the Landlord's counter offer which was initially quite high I was a little worried. Matthew was extremely professional and very efficient in keeping me updated. Matthew successfully negotiated with the landlords valuers on my behalf to reduce the lease premium down by over £2,000 on their initial offer. A very good outcome and I was extremely appreciative for all his efforts on my behalf.
Rebecca Daly
Rebecca Daly
Clear report and efficiently organised
ann maria gruszkos
ann maria gruszkos
The surveyors' support team are well informed and responsive.
Sal Singh
Sal Singh
Great service! Thank you for fantastic service Callum Escott and your new colleague that came with you! Highly recommend your company! Thank you for checking our loft and the third party wall works.
Suzanna den Dulk
Suzanna den Dulk
We commissioned a survey for a flat in Primrose Hill. We were very happy with the professional way the report was presented and the details provided. Would recommend.
Vince P
Vince P
The surveyor service is professional and efficient. Much satisfied and appreciated.
Steven Margolis
Steven Margolis
For the past approximately 6 months we have been represented by Callum Escott, surveyor at Peter Barry Surveyors, with regard to a Party Wall issue relating to our neighbours building works. I have found him to be helpful, reliable and efficient at all times in my dealings with him
Raj Sis
Raj Sis
We used Peter Barry for our Party Wall Agreement. Our Surveyor for the Award was Callum Escott. From start to finish he dealt with our case professionally. We would recommend him due to his knowledge and speediness in the process.
Evaldas Memkus
Evaldas Memkus
The efficient and professional work carried out by Callum Escott. Highly recommended. Thank you!
Mark Earles
Mark Earles
Matthew was excellent, the service was fast he explained everything would recommend this company to anyone
Kathryn Beamish
Kathryn Beamish
We have used Peter Barry Surveyors in Ipswich to carry out a survey for a property we are buying. They carried out the survey in a timely manner and we had the report within days. Very prompt and professional service. Would recommend.
Helene Theros
Helene Theros
Had a very smooth experience with the surveyors. Highly recommend.
Felix Frith
Felix Frith
Excellent service.
Lawrence Castle
Lawrence Castle
I used Peter Barry Surveyors in Ipswich to carry out a RICS 2 survey for a property I was buying. Ishrat and Justin were extremely helpful and replied to all of my questions quickly. They carried out the survey in a timely manner and I was very happy with their service.
Kai L
Kai L
Very quick "desktop" lease extension report done at about half the price of most other specialist valuers. If only dealing with lawyers and freehold owners could be this easy!
Shaun McConnell
Shaun McConnell
Very professional, very prompt, great advice, would recommend.
Maxi Hamilton
Maxi Hamilton
Prompt and efficient service for a leaseold valuation. Easy to deal with and would highly recommend.
Sarah Nasiry
Sarah Nasiry
The team at PBS are super efficient and great at communicating which I highly appreciated, especially as a nervous first-time buyer. Would 100% recommend!
Venkat Reddy
Venkat Reddy
I have worked with Katie from Hendon branch, she’s incredibly quick to complete the survey for my party wall and understands the customer need and expedite the things to get it done and communicate very well during the process, highly recommend 👍
Joseph Antoniou
Joseph Antoniou
Extremely professional, efficient and receptive to the needs of the client. Very much appreciated them providing a fast turnaround delivering me a valuation report when I requested it.
Nick Rajpal
Nick Rajpal
Fantastic experience dealing with Peter Barry Surveyors. Katie was incredibly helpful in organising both party wall notices and subsequently the party wall award. Really impressed by the swift turnaround and constant communication throughout. Will definitely use them again!
Balsam Al kubayassi
Balsam Al kubayassi
Excellent service
roberta sapsford
roberta sapsford
We used Peter Barry Chartered Surveyors (Steve Hobbs and Joanne Bartlett) to carry out our recent valuation report for our lease extension; we had already used them previously (Justin Burns) to draw up a party wall agreement. Both times they were truly excellent; they explained the end-to-end process to us, were efficient and responsive to our questions, pleasant to deal with, and the reports were delivered in super quick time. We have no hesitation at all in highly recommending their services (and have already done so) to others.
Joanne Brooks
Joanne Brooks
Excellent, prompt and professional service from beginning to end. Would highly recommend this company.
Alpesh Patel
Alpesh Patel
We used Peter Barry service for Party Wall agreement the service was excellent .Very quick to react and deal with our very difficult neighbour .Matthew Price was very helpful and professional .Highly recommended. Alpesh
Dovrat Keren
Dovrat Keren
We used Peter Barry service for home buyer survey - they managed to book a survey in a short notice, comunication was very good and the survey wasdetailed and afficient
Kevin De Souza
Kevin De Souza
Had a very good experience with Peter Barry from first phone call of enquiry through to receipt of survey. Recommended!
R L
R L
Good prompt service with clear and understandable report sent ahead of guided timelines. Linda and Siobhan were on hand to answer any questions- would definitely recommend.
Keziah Methuen-Jones
Keziah Methuen-Jones
Used for building survey report and found them to be very prompt with responses and kept me in the loop with what was going on.First time buyer but the report appears to be comprehensive and thorough.
Ben Hall
Ben Hall
Great, helpful staff, prompt and efficient service. Would definitely use again
Paul Mawdsley
Paul Mawdsley
We commissioned a lease extension valuation report from PBS. Matthew produced a very thorough and professional report promptly after visiting the property. Would recommend and use again.
Alex Kypreos
Alex Kypreos
Used Peter Barry Surveyors for a Home Buyers Report - they were responsive and had great communication throughout the process. They were even able to book my survey in at very short notice. Highly recommend!
Chris Hammond
Chris Hammond
We used Peter Barry for both a Homebuyer Report and a leasehold extension report. Both services were carried out efficiently, with any questions answered promptly. The reports were detailed and allowed me to progress our house move. Would use them again and have recommended to others.
Ruby Gregory
Ruby Gregory
I recently had a survey with Peter Barry and was impressed with the level of detail. I walked away without buying the property because of the report, it really highlighted issues I couldn't have seen without an experts knowledge. Thank you!
Mike Selby
Mike Selby
Peter Barry Surveyors carried out a full building survey for us in April 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown. Naturally things moved slightly slower than would otherwise have been the case, but the process went ahead in straightforward fashion and the report, once delivered, was professional and comprehensive. Quite satisfied.
Qian Lu
Qian Lu
I don't know much about surveys and have no point of comparison. But our purchase survey went well.I would have liked a bit more guidance from Peter Barry regarding the process. We were first time buyers and didn't really know when to make the payment or what are the next steps.
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