Peter Barry Surveyors have been providing residential surveying services to the residents of Felixstowe since 2007. Our experienced team of surveyors are very familiar with the properties in the area and are therefore ideally placed to provide advice if you’re thinking of buying in Felixstowe. We offer both Level 2 and 3 RICS Survey Reports so please call us to discuss which would best suit your needs.
We have a dedicated Party Walls team to provide advice if you are planning to undertake works to your Felixstowe property or have been notified of works by a neighbour. We can assist with serving party wall notices, drawing up awards or just preparing a schedule of condition.
Our surveyor Justin Burns recently prepared a Level 3 Building Survey on a 19th Century detached cottage close to the village of Kirton which is located approx. 4 miles in land from Felixstowe. The inspection was completed within 3 days of our instruction being confirmed and the report prepared well within our standard 5 days turnaround for Building Surveys.
The property had a damp issue across the front wall which appeared to be caused by bridging to the damp-poof course (DPC). The report highlighted the issue and considered the methods of resolving it. Our surveyor dealt with a number of follow-up queries over the subsequent days.
With the report in hand, our client could proceed with a good idea of what to expect in terms of remedial works. They commented ‘we really love this property, and just want to make sure it’s not doomed and we don’t need to spend thousands and thousands just to make it safe. It sounds like this isn’t the case. Thank you, that helps put my mind at ease!’
We were recently instructed to schedule the condition of properties to either side of a development site on the outskirts of a village just across the River Orwell from Felixstowe. The site had been the location of a pub but would now house residential properties.
The building owner had already secured the adjoining owners’ consent under the Party Wall Act but that consent was conditional upon a local Chartered Surveyor preparing schedules of condition. The schedules are a written record of the condition of those parts of the adjoining properties at risk from the works and is recorded just prior to works commencing. The written record is supported by a set of photographs.
Our surveyor Justin Burns undertook the instruction and managed to visit both properties on the same day meaning that we could pass the saving on to our client. Work was due to commence the following week.
It’s essential to have an accurate record of the condition of the adjoining owner’s property to include in a party wall award as it may be required if there is a dispute later in the process regarding the cause of reported damage. This will take the form of a schedule of condition which includes a written description of any existing cracks together with supporting photographs.
The schedule of condition is traditionally prepared by the surveyor acting for the building owner while being shadowed by the adjoining owner surveyor who will check it later. This was the procedure followed recently on a party wall dispute in the seaside town of Dovercourt which is located to the south of Felixstowe on the opposite side of the River Orwell.
It’s important that the descriptions within the schedule of condition are specific as any vagueness could be misinterpreted to cover defects that occur as a result of the works. It’s therefore often necessary, as in this case, for the adjoining owner’s surveyor to request that descriptions are tightened up on review.
When inspecting a property that has been empty for some time it can be difficult to determine how seriously to treat evidence of condensation – is it just the result of the property being unoccupied and unheated, or does it date back further?
Our surveyor Justin Burns faced this challenge recently when preparing an RICS Level 2 survey on a retirement flat in central Felixstowe. Mould growth was noted around the windows but, being a vacant flat, there was nobody to ask when it had first appeared. The windows were double glazed but dated and were allowing the reveals to get cold and, when combined with a dated heating system, attract condensation. Justin also included advice on what appeared to be a poorly performing bathroom extractor fan in case that was a contributing factor.
Our client appreciated the thoroughness of the inspection confirming that the report was ‘of a high standard and exactly what [they] asked for”.
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Felixstowe is located on the Suffolk coast, just above the mouth of the River Orwell to the east of Colchester.
Most people think of the container port when you mention Felixstowe, that not surprising as it is the largest one in the country, but it’s also a seaside town. The 4 mile stretch of beach divides roughly between North and South – South Beach is sandier, has a long promenade and more facilities whereas the North Beach is more rural, quieter and therefore more suited to water sports.
If you are interested in the cargo ships, I’d suggest observing them from the comfort of the View Point Café on the Landguard Peninsula. The café provides a close up view of the vessels manoeuvring in and out of port and being unloaded by the giant quayside cranes. There’s even an interactive exhibition that charts the building of the dock to read during your visit.
The Landguard Peninsula also hosts a range of attractions including a Grade l listed fort, nature reserve, bird observatory and Felixstowe Museum. A visit to the fort is recommended to discover what life was like for those who manned it stretching back to the 17th Century.
Journeys to London Via train are via Ipswich although Ipswich is less than half and hour away and has a great range of shops and other amenities.
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