From offices on St Peter’s Street in St Albans, 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.
We were recently appointed by a homeowner in central St. Albans regarding a proposal by their neighbours to add a rear extension to their property. The property was a semi-detached house in the 1930’s style. The neighbours already had an extension but planned to enlarge it in the direction of the boundary and within 3 metres of our appointing owner’s property.
Excavation within 3 metres of a shared or adjoining structure falls within the scope of the party wall act if it is also deeper than the base of the foundation to that adjoining or shared structure.
The job was allocated to our senior surveyor William Weaver who visited the property together with the building owner’s surveyor in order to carry out a schedule of condition and consider any other matters which may not be obvious from the drawings. The party wall award, authoring the works, was completed within days and the works not only went ahead on time but were completed without a hitch.
We were contacted by a homeowner from New House Park, on the outskirts of St Albans. The property was a substantial modern detached house.
The homeowner had been served notice that his neighbour had plans to extend their house with a side extension coming within three meters of his house. The adjoining owner wasn’t concerned about the work but wanted to ensure the proper paperwork was in place to protect his home. Therefore he wished to instruct a Party Wall Surveyor as was his right under The Part Wall Act. The job was passed on to our Senior Surveyor William Weaver who visited the property along with the building owner’s surveyor in order to carry out a schedule of condition.
The party wall matters were concluded smoothly to both owner’s satisfaction and the works are currently ongoing.
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St Albans is a charming city that exudes historical significance and modern vitality. Located just a stone’s throw away from Watford to the south and Welwyn Garden City to the north, it sits at the heart of this vibrant county.
Transport links are robust, with a well-connected railway station offering frequent services to London, making it an ideal choice for commuters. The M1 motorway also conveniently intersects the city, providing easy access to neighbouring areas and beyond.
With a history dating back to Roman times, St Albans boasts the stunning remains of Verulamium, a thriving Roman settlement. Its ancient streets still whisper the tales of its past, making it a haven for history enthusiasts.
Notable residents have also left their mark on St Albans. The city was home to the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, who lived here for much of his life. His legacy continues to inspire the community, and his connection to the area is a source of pride for its residents.
We cover St Albans and surrounding areas from our offices at Censeo House, 6 St. Peter’s Street, St. Albans, Herts
AL1 3LF including the areas noted below.