From offices on George Lane in South Woodford, our team of highly experienced Chartered Surveyors undertake a range of residential surveying services including Homebuyer and Building Survey reports, party wall advice, leasehold valuations and valuations for other purposes including tax planning.
Before making a commitment to purchase a property, you should have it inspected by one of our highly knowledgeable surveyors. We offer RICS Level 2 (Homebuyer) Reports and Level 3 Building Surveys to ensure that you go into the purchase with your eyes open. Our team will be happy to advise on which report best suits your needs.
We also have a team of specialist party wall surveyors so whether you’re planning works that fall within the scope of the Act, or have received a notice, we’re well placed to advise you. Read more about our party wall services below.
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The Party Wall Act covers 3 distinct areas of work; changes to an existing party structures, the construction of new walls at the boundary and excavation within 3 or 6 metres of a shared or adjoining structure. An owner proposing to undertake any such work (known as the “building owner”) is required to formally notify the owners of affected neighbouring properties.
If the owner of the neighbouring property (known as the “adjoining owner”) does not consent to the notice, a dispute arises and both parties must appoint a surveyor, or concur in the appointment of a single ‘agreed’ surveyor. The surveyors produce a document called a “party wall award”.
The award confirms the building owner’s right to undertake the work but only in a way that minimises the risk of damage and ensures that the occupants of the adjoining owner’s property do not suffer unnecessary inconvenience. As part of the process, the condition of the adjoining owner’s property is recorded so that if damage is reported either during or following the works, there is a prior record to check it against.
Our team of Chartered Surveyors have many years’ experience of inspecting properties. Whatever the style or type of property you’re buying you’ll feel more confident armed with one of our survey reports.
Whether you’re thinking of extending your lease or enfranchising the freehold of your building we are at hand to offer the advice you require. We have the necessary experience to accurately value properties and enter in to negotiations on your behalf.
Our experienced team of party wall surveyors are on hand to assist whether you’re planning additions or alterations to your property that fall within the scope of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 or you’ve received a notice informing you of a neighbour’s proposed works.
Our Project Management team provide bespoke professional services in assisting our clients to manage the process of design, planning, procuring and overseeing construction works for a variety of types of building.
We cover all aspects of residential survey work including Specific Defect Reports, Snagging Lists and Reinstatement Cost Assessments. We have several RICS Registered Valuers on the team offering valuations for a range of purposes including tax planning and matrimonial proceedings.
Piled foundations, even if the ground is being displaced rather than removed (such as with driven piles) is generally considered to be covered by Section 6 of the Part Wall Act. If the piles are deep, and it’s not unusual for augured piles to go down 10.0m+, the owners of all structures with 6.0m have to be notified. Piled foundation tend to be used when the ground is poor and it would therefore be costly or impractical to construct the more common trench fill foundations.
Our surveyor Justin Burns recently finalised the party wall awards for a project where, unusually, piled foundations were being used to support an outbuilding at the end of the garden. Piling is a comparatively low risk activity as the hole is supported by a sleeve immediately following excavation. Rather than ground movement, the risk to adjoining structures comes from vibration if the auger meets resistance or from the piling rig toppling if an adequate piling mat has not been constructed. These risks were mitigated in the award to protect the adjoining owners.
East London and neighbouring parts of Essex have been on an upwards trajectory in recent years, boosted by investment relating to the 2012 Olympics and the opening of Crossrail.
Investment has poured into areas such as Stratford, which has one of the biggest shopping centres in the country and Newham which is the focus of the post Olympics London Legacy Development Corporation. Areas earmarked for regeneration include Bromley by Bow, Canning Town and Custom House.
Our team of surveyors cover the whole of East London and are familiar with all the typical property types from the period houses common in areas such as Leytonstone and Hackney to modern apartments blocks closer to the centre of London. If you require advice in relation to a property in East London or Essex, call us today.
We cover the East of London & Essex from our offices at 23-27 Electric Parade, George Lane, London, E18 2LS, including the areas noted below.