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Here at Peter Barry, we have been very aware of our obligations to our clients, staff and the Country given that our job involves visiting people's homes and properties.Our Managing Director Justin Burns outlined our procedures and introduced Risk Management Plans for all work types on 16th March.  By the end of that week, we were able to ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

COVID-19 WEEK ONE: A Giant Thank You to all Our clients

Wednesday, 18th March 2020 | by: Matthew Price

This time last week the UK was forging its own course of action through the COVID-19 crisis leaving many to question whether we were doing enough.  Then came Monday 16th and Boris's announcement of mass postponement of sporting events, curtailment of social gatherings and for employees to work from home.Peter Barry, along with the rest of the ... Read more >>

Categories: News, Surveying

Party Wall Notice Options – The Basics

Thursday, 13th February 2020 | by: Matthew Price

Here at Peter Barry, we serve hundreds of notices in any given year. Once a neighbour receives a notice they are a range of response options. Whilst to us as Chartered Surveyors these seem straight forward and obvious, we take plenty of phone calls that suggest that to the majority of people it is in fact not.This article will look to unravel ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Loft Conversion Valuation – A Simple Guide

Thursday, 30th January 2020 | by: Matthew Price

We have previously written blogs on this matter first in 2013 and then in 2017 we have taken hundreds of calls from clients who thanked us for explaining an often poorly understood process.But before the author gives himself a pat on the back, it has also come to my attention that we could offer an even clearer explanation. In 2020 where time ... Read more >>

UK Housing Market gets Boris Bounce

Friday, 17th January 2020 | by: Matthew Price

The recently published RICS Residential Market Survey has found that the Conservative's December election victory is now translating into positive effects. In its report,  17% of RICS members reported rises as opposed to falls in buyer enquiries. In addition to this, 31% of members expected transactions to rise over the next quarter. 61% of ... Read more >>

Categories: News, Surveying

Boris Johnson’s Election Property ‘Promises’

Monday, 16th December 2019 | by: Matthew Price

Having secured the Conservatives a 'stonking' 80 seat majority on Friday and having spent the weekend showing his gratitude to his new northern supporters, Boris Johnson's attention can now shift to delivering on the promises of his manifesto.Aside from Brexit, there are the headline-grabbing, 40 new hospitals, 20,000 new police officers and ... Read more >>

Building Contracts and the Party Wall Act

Sunday, 25th August 2019 | by: Justin Burns

I often tell adjoining owners that have suffered damage as a result of party wall work not to, under any circumstances, enter into discussions directly with their neighbours’ builder. By giving such advice, I’m not trying to make life difficult for building owners but rather making the point that under the Act it is the building owner rather ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

New Build Properties and Snagging Lists

Thursday, 30th May 2019 | by: Tom Shute

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 ... Read more >>

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

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 >>

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