Latest blog posts

What are my options for my loft extension?

Friday, 18th June 2021 | by: Matthew Price

Of all the types of property extension the conversion of a loft space is one of the more affordable in comparison to side and/or rear extensions and they do of course, see you gain additional bedroom(s). So, what are the various types, are what do they typically cost? Simple Dormer Extension This is the most common and most affordable extension ... Read more >>

7 Common Queries About Probate

Monday, 18th January 2021 | by: Matthew Price

1. What is Probate? The definition of Probate is 'proving' which entails proving that the deceased's will in possession of the Executor is their last. Probate is granted by the Court which determines that the Executor has the power to administer the estate. Once Probate has been granted the Executor is able to sell the decease's property. 2. ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Our Response to Leasehold Reform

Monday, 11th January 2021 | by: Peter Barry

Following on from the Law Commissions Consultation and recommendations the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “the biggest reforms to English property law for 40 years, fundamentally making home ownership fairer and more secure”. Peter Barry Surveyors have been fighting the corner for Leaseholders since 2010 and know too well ... Read more >>

It has been 100 days since Boris Johnson announced in a televised address, that the UK was to go into lockdown. At the time, Peter Barry Surveyors were quick to act and implement working practices that protected our clients and our staff with the wider scope for desktop studies for lease extensions and freehold acquisitions being a perfect ... Read more >>

Covid-19 – Housing Market Outlook

Thursday, 16th April 2020 | by: Steve Hobbs

This is perhaps the most uncertain and unpredictable time since the Second World War. The scale of the impact of Covid-19 on global economies, financial markets and, as a result, housing markets is beyond the scope of anything the world’s population has experienced in living memory.  Stock markets have lurched lower worldwide. Even bond markets ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Can Valuations be Done Without an Inspection?

Thursday, 9th April 2020 | by: Peter Barry

At Peter Barry, we undertake valuations for a range of purposes. Taxation, accounting and the more unfortunate probate or divorce. All of our procedures and reports must conform to the RICS Valuation - Global Standards or 'Red Book'. The current COVID situation has caused huge disruption to every industry including the surveying world. The ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Buying your Freehold – A Simple Example

Tuesday, 4th February 2020 | by: Matthew Price

We have previously covered worked examples of how a typical lease extension works but never freehold purchases (enfranchisements) as these are more complicated. It shouldn't really be this way, so this article will look at a typical scenario that Peter Barry encounters with a focus on simplicity. Part 1 - The Basics Of all the flat owners in ... Read more >>

Loft Conversion Valuation – A Simple Guide

Thursday, 30th January 2020 | by: Matthew Price

Here is our simple 3 part guide to valuing your loft space. Part One - Who does this affect? If you own a house or are the freeholder of your building, this blog does not apply to you. It does apply to you if you are a leaseholder who has a loft space above their flat and there is an opportunity to convert, often adding a further bedroom and ... Read more >>

Selling Your Property Privately

Monday, 13th January 2020 | by: Matthew Price

Selling your house typically involves placing it on the open market with an Estate Agent where there are thousands of potential buyers. But what if you are not offering your property up to all these buyers? What if you are selling privately to another individual, perhaps even someone you who or a family member. Estate Agent or Surveyor Both ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Inheritance Tax and Jointly Owned Property

Thursday, 9th January 2020 | by: Steve Hobbs

When two people own a property together the property will be held, in terms of legal title, either as ‘joint tenants’ or as ‘tenants in common’. The primary difference is that when a property is owned as ‘tenants in common’ each party owns a distinct, identifiable share in the property. This may happen, for example, if one of the ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Call Now Button