Peter Barry Surveyors is a multidisciplinary practice with a focus on residential property. We offer a range of valuation and surveying services in Highams Park including Building Surveys, Specific Defect Reports and Leasehold Valuations.
Party wall procedures are a particular area of expertise. We have a large team with vast experience in acting for either owner or as the ‘agreed surveyor’. Having an experienced surveyor involved from the outset can make all the difference and may even help to avoid a dispute altogether. Whether you’re preparing to extend your Highams Park property or have just received a notice from your neighbour, contact us for some free and friendly advice.
All of our surveyors, assistants and support staff are trained to the highest standards for the benefit of our Highams Park clients. In addition to their professional qualifications, everyone goes through an intensive in-house training programme designed around the work of each department they work within.
Owners will sometimes prepare and serve their own party wall notices or the builder may do so on their behalf. That’s fine as long as they are willing to do the research, as an invalid notice can cause delays. We recently became involved in a case where the building owner has served his own notices but, as often happens, he’d only covered part of the works.
The owner planned to extend his Highams Park property to the rear and had served notice under section 6 of the Act to cover the excavation but had overlooked the new wall at the boundary which was also notifiable (under section 1). Once appointed, party wall surveyors are generally authorised to both send and receive notices on behalf of their owners and as the adjoining owner in this case had appointed a surveyor the issue with the missing notice was quickly resolved. The award was straightforward allowing it to be agreed and served prior to the proposed start date despite the building owner’s original error.
We were contacted by the owner of converted ground floor flat on the Woodford side of Highams Park who had recently constructed a rear extension. Our client was on good terms with their upstairs neighbour and wanted to keep it that way but had received a complaint about recurring cracks.
The job was passed on to our senior surveyor William Weaver who visited the property and inspected both flats to investigate the cause of the cracking. It transpired that they had been caused by thermal action and that unfortunately the builder had used an incorrect repair technique. With his knowledge of construction and repair techniques, William was able to demonstrate that the first floor flat hadn’t been damaged by the works, why the crack had appeared and then reappeared following repair and what should now be done.
The client commented that “William was incredibly helpful, very personable, reassuring and pragmatic” and that she would recommend and use him again if needed.
You can read further reviews from our clients in and around Highams Park on our Google Business page
Highams Park is in the London Borough of Waltham Forest close to Chingford, Walthamstow and Woodford. It sits to the north of the North Circular Road.
Highams Park is predominantly a residential area and it appeals to people looking for a quieter London lifestyle. There is a good selection of primary and secondary schools in the immediate area and there is plenty of good quality and good-sized housing to choose from. This ranges from period to more modern properties. There are a limited number of shopping facilities but areas such as nearby Chingford and Woodford provide more amenities.
Highams Park mainline station runs frequent services into London Liverpool Street with the journey takes approximately 22 minutes. Local bus routes also provide regular services around this part of east London and further afield.
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