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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 >>

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

If Freeholder’s consent is required be prepared to pay for it

Tuesday, 30th October 2018 | by: Matthew Price

Despite evidence of falling values in some areas on London, house prices in the capital remain amongst the most expensive in the world. If Stamp Duty is factored in, £20,000 would be payable on a £600,000 zone 4 mid-terraced 3 bedroom house, it is no surprise that many people choose to extend their property rather than move. This post ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

Valuations for Registered Charities

Sunday, 5th August 2018 | by: Matthew Price

Registered charities must obtain an RICS Red Book valuation from a suitably qualified Chartered Surveyor before entering into a transaction for disposal. This includes selling, letting and also the granting of new rights.  Sections 117 to 121 of the Charities Act 2011 outline the procedure that ensures the disposal is on the best terms reasonably ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

Different Types of Asbestos and Where They Can Be Found

Sunday, 1st July 2018 | by: Nick Bridger

What exactly is it? Asbestos is a natural, fibrous mineral that was generally used as a building material in the UK between the 1950s and 1980s. It was mined in the far-east, Africa and South America before the fibres were woven into fabrics or mixed into cement. Asbestos was used because it is strong, sound absorbent and fireproof, thus ... Read more >>

Realities of Leasehold Ownership

Thursday, 22nd June 2017 | by: Matthew Price

The increasingly dire chances for first time buyers to get on the property ladder in London are well documented in the press. Those that hoped the Brexit vote or even the triggering of article 50 would soften prices have not yet seen their hopes realised as the average asking price in London reached £636,777 in April 2017. Properties purchased by ... Read more >>

Valuing Vault Spaces

Tuesday, 28th March 2017 | by: Matthew Price

With London being London, seemingly any space that can be developed is being developed. The more typical schemes are loft conversions, rear extensions and everyone’s favorite, the basement dig. Another which has become increasingly popular is the extension of one’s demise into vault spaces, which are typically located beneath ... Read more >>

Party Walls – An Architectural View

Thursday, 23rd March 2017 | by: Cameron Weights

Working as an Architectural Technologist for one of London’s busiest firms of Chartered Surveyors gives me the unique advantage of being surrounded by party wall specialists every day.  More importantly, it has allowed me to gain a good understanding of party wall procedures and factor them in to my design projects at an early stage. As a ... Read more >>

Planning the Maintenance and Repair of Flats

Thursday, 23rd February 2017 | by: Shuan Blake

When you own the freehold of a property, you have complete freedom to deal with the scope and timing of maintenance and repairs as you see fit. Owning a property under a leaseholder is a different proposition and brings with it a variety of difficulties/challenges. Essentially, the lease should set out the extent to which the building is ... Read more >>

CLAY SOILS, SUBSIDENCE, HEAVE, TREES AND ROOTS – PART 3

Thursday, 9th February 2017 | by: Peter Barry

In the first 2 parts of this post we looked at history of subsidence and the influence of trees; in this final part we'll cover other contributory factors such as the presence of ground water and variations in climate. Sloping Sites The slope of the site may have a significant effect for a number of reasons. If the site slopes steeply ... Read more >>