We provide residential surveying services to an area extending up from Clacton-on-Sea to Saxmundham and across to Bury St Edmunds from our offices in Ipswich including major towns such as Colchester and Felixstowe.
If you are either planning to extend your home or live next door to an owner who is proposing to undertake building works we’re on hand to provide advice on party wall procedures. We can serve the necessary notices on your behalf and have extensive experience acting for owners on both sides of the wall or as the Agreed Surveyor.
We are experts at preparing schedules of condition. Having an accurate record of shared or adjoining structures in close proximity to building works will help to put minds at rest and could be invaluable if there is a report of damage.
We also undertake pre-purchase surveys of residential properties including RICS Homebuyer Reports and full Building surveys. If you’ve had an offer accepted on the home of your dreams you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with a thorough inspection and report by an experienced Chartered Surveyor.
The Party Wall Act provides a legal framework to facilitate building works while safeguarding the interests of affected adjoining owners. It is a legal requirement to formally notify adjoining owners where works fall within the scope of the Act, but the party undertaking the works will have the benefit of access over adjoining land where necessary. However, works must be undertaken at a time and in a manner that limits the inconvenience to adjoining occupiers.
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Purchasing a property on a ‘buyer beware’ basis can be a scary experience but an inspection and report by a Chartered Surveyor should help to calm those nerves. There are different types of survey available depending upon the type of property and how much information you require but all are deigned to help you make informed decisions. If there is an issue with a property that you already own we can provide a report relating to that specific defect including a basic specification for any necessary remedial works.
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Leasehold & Freehold Enfranchisement Valuations
If you own a flat it will almost certainly be held on a lease and as such the unexpired term shortens with the passing of time. Leases with unexpired terms of 80 years or less can be difficult to sell due to the more restricted mortgage market. It’s always best to act early and we can assist with preparing a lease extension valuation and undertaking subsequent negotiations on your behalf. An alternative to extending a lease is to acquire your freehold. Known as ‘enfranchisement’ it is subject to having 50% of the leaseholders in the building participate.
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There are many situations in which you might require an RICS (Red Book) Valuation Report such as for probate, matrimonial proceedings, tax planning or staircasing under shared ownership or help to buy. Unlike Estate Agent, An RICS Valuer must scrutinise historical sale date to produce an impartial and unbiased report which will be acceptable to the relevant party/body. We can also assist with residential development valuations which will be required when a leaseholder wishes to extend in to area that they do not own such as a roof space or cellar.
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We offer a full range of residential surveying services including snagging lists to ensure the new build property you’re buying has been completed to a high standard. If you require access over your neighbour’s land to undertake maintenance works, or have had a request for access, we can draw up the necessary scaffold/hoarding or crane oversail licence. If you are a freeholder and require assistance with preparing a license for alterations that’s another of our specialist areas.
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SUFFOLK & NORTH-EAST ESSEX
From our base in Ipswich we are well placed to provide residential surveying advice throughout the IP and CO postcode areas.
A direct train line from London which takes around an hour, affordable property prices and ever improving leisure facilities make Ipswich a popular destination. Recent developments by the waterside make the most of the views, are perfect for taking advantage of the many restaurants and bars the area has to offer and may still be within the budget of first time buyers.
Further inland there is no shortage of pretty villages within the Suffolk countryside including Lavenham, which made the Sunday Times’ list of the best villages in Britain and Framlingham where singer Ed Sheeran was brought up and still spends much of his time today. Further west, close to the border with Cambridgeshire, is the cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds which, amongst other things, is the home of the famous Greene King brewery. A visit and tasting session is highly recommended.
Coastal towns are always popular, the largest of which would be Felixstowe to the west of the county. A particular feature is the Grade II listed Victorian Seafront Gardens which span between the town and the sea front.
Over the border in Essex is the town of Colchester with its stunning Norman castle. Colchester has a claim on being the UKs oldest recorded town but whether that is true or not it is well worth a visit. With property prices considerably lower than the capital and a commute that is well under an hour Colchester is another popular choice for first time buyers.
If you would like further information on our residential surveying services please do not hesitate to contact us on 01473 356546 or by email.