From offices on Cobden Road in Sevenoaks, 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.
Sometimes a party wall surveyor finishes a job in a different role to that which they started in. Our surveyor James Merewether was appointed to act for a homeowner on Tollers Lane in Coulsdon, in response to a party wall notice served on him by his neighbours relating to a proposed rear extension.
The homeowner proposing the works raised concerns with James about how long it would take to complete the party wall process and serve the necessary party wall Award as he was intending to start the works within a week.
James advised that the quickest way to move forward was to appoint him as the Agreed Surveyor, with the consent of his neighbour. James managed to visit the neighbour’s property within 3 working days and prepare a schedule of condition report. He then drafted and served the Award the very next day ensuring that work could commence within the planned timescale.
Our surveyor James Merewether ably assisted two sets of homeowners either side of a proposed new build development of a low-rise block of flats on Bradmore Way, Coulsdon, to the west of Sevenoaks.
The works involved excavations to create retaining boundary walls to the perimeter of the development site less than a metre from the adjacent properties.
James liaised with both homeowners and the surveyor acting for the developer to arrange the joint inspection of each property to prepare a schedule of condition report. The site was particularly steep from front to back and also sloped from side to side meaning that the temporary works proposal was complex. James carefully explained the works to the homeowners and worked with the developer’s surveyor effectively to agree precautions to include in the Award so that the potential for damage was minimised.
The works are now proceeding and there have been no issues to date.
A homeowner on Spur Road in Orpington, to the north of Sevenoaks, recently called our office to enquire about appointing a surveyor in response to a party wall notice he received relating to proposed rear extension and loft conversion works.
The job was assigned to one of our surveyors, James Merewether, who called the owner promptly to discuss the works and the party wall process. James went through the proposed drawings and discovered that the notice relevant to the rear extension was not necessary as the building owner was merely enlarging the existing extension and not therefore excavating within 3 metres of the adjoining owner’s property.
The building owners had served their own notices and hadn’t appointed a surveyor yet. James advised the adjoining owner that he could act for both sides as the ‘Agreed’ surveyor with his agreement which he was happy to provide. The dispute resolution process was carried out, the Award served and works are now proceeding with no reported damage.
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Sevenoaks seamlessly blends history, natural beauty, and a dash of literary legacy. Nestled amidst the greenery of the Garden of England, it enjoys its place between Tunbridge Wells to the west and Maidstone to the east.
Local transport links in Sevenoaks are quite convenient. The town’s railway station is well-connected to London, making it an attractive choice for commuters seeking a slice of countryside living. The M25 motorway also skirts the area, offering accessibility by road to nearby urban hubs.
One of the most striking features of Sevenoaks is the historic Knole House, an impressive stately home with centuries of history. Its grandeur and vast parkland are a testament to the region’s opulent heritage.
Sevenoaks also boasts literary connections, as it was the residence of iconic science fiction writer H. G. Wells. The property he lived in whilst writing The Time Machine, known as Tusculum Villa, displays a blue plaque. The echoes of his creativity still resonate in the area, inviting literature enthusiasts to explore the town’s unique connection to one of the literary greats.
We cover the Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas from our offices at 1 Cobden Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3UB Including the areas noted below.