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Do I need a Party Wall Agreement

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Do I need a Party Wall Agreement

If you are planning to carry out any building works in your property which will affect a shared wall in one way or the other, a Party Wall Agreement will be required under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. A party wall is a wall that’s shared with the neighbours. Also, a garden wall that’s located over a shared boundary can also be considered as a party wall, although this might vary with the circumstances. If you...

Posted by:Admin on:2019-03-07 14:48:00 Read More

Homebuyer Survey Checklist

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Homebuyer Survey Checklist

When buying a house, it's essential to commission a suitable property survey to help you understand the condition of the property before committing to the purchase. A number of factors that will determine the survey you will choose, including the size and age of the property, the building style and how thorough you want the surveyor to check the house before buying.  A valuation is very different...

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What Is A Mortgage Valuation Survey

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  • 31-01-2019
What Is A Mortgage Valuation Survey

A mortgage valuation survey is an inevitable part of the home buying process. It may be commissioned by the lender, but it's often carried out in your expense. Often mistook for a building survey or a homebuyers survey, it's important to remember that this survey is done with the main objective of confirming the value of the property you are about to buy, and does not list any defects within the building. Remember...

Posted by:Admin on:2019-01-31 14:38:00 Read More

What Property Surveys look for

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What Property Surveys look for

Buying a property is a lifetime investment and it is definitely worth taking every precaution possible. If it is your first time or you are worried you can make some mistakes, don't be afraid to seek help from an expert or someone who understands the entire process. Hiring a surveyor is one of the things you should do after getting a mortgage valuation from your lender. The surveyor will examine both the interior and the exterior parts...

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Are Homebuyer Surveys worth it

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Are Homebuyer Surveys worth it

Buying property is not only expensive but also daunting because there are a number of things you should do beforehand. A lot of people do not commission surveys because they only see it as an extra cost. Instead, they rely on the building society valuation report which only assess the current value of a property rather than locate any potential defects and problems; most people unknowingly end up buying houses that will need repair soon in the...

Posted by:Admin on:2019-01-03 14:33:00 Read More

Building Control and Approval Part 2

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  • 13-12-2018
Building Control and Approval Part 2

In England and Wales Building Regulations are used to promote standard building focusing on energy efficiency and people’s need. The buildings should be easily accessible by people with disabilities. You are required to offer the building drawing in full plan application showing the construction method and layout. The proposed development is supposed to have structural calculations that...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-12-13 14:55:00 Read More

Building Control and Appoval Part 1

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Building Control and Appoval Part 1

The purpose of Buildings Regulations, which apply in England and Wales, is to promote standards for several aspects of the construction of a building. This includes energy efficiency, and also the needs of all people, including the disabled, in accessing as well as moving around buildings. You can obtain Building Approval from the private sector or even Local Authority through an Approval Inspector. As to which route they take, it’s all up to an...

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Home Buyer Report or Building Survey

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Home Buyer Report or Building Survey

Unable to decide between the two? If so, then perhaps breaking each down might help you make the right choice. Here is a quick breakdown of a building survey and a homebuyer report:  A home buyer report is ideal for most types of properties and is so far the most popular of all the in-depth property survey reports. It looks at issues that could have a serious impact on the value of...

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Party Wall Matters Part 3

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Party Wall Matters Part 3

You should consider the following; if the works in progress fall under the scope of the Party Wall Act i.e. excavation within a diameter of 3 meters, with foundations equal to or greater than your foundation, and works that involve the party structure, you can apply for an Interlocutory Relief to the courts. The court will stop the undertakings until the correct procedures are followed. However, you should seek professional help before going...

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Party Wall Matters Part 2

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Party Wall Matters Part 2

Party wall disputes are one of the most difficult part of planning application- every case is unique. We have listed some of the most common questions and answers regarding party walls, serving notices and building work. Basically, you will have two options under the Party Wall Act; the first option is that you allow the owner of the building to correct the damages...

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Party Wall Matters Part 1

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Party Wall Matters Part 1

While considering to start building works and chances are that it may affect the adjacent structures and properties in a highly built-up area, it is required that you serve them a notice that informs them your intentions. This should be done to protect the interests of your neighbours. The Act that covers works which require notice includes the following:  New wall construction along...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-09-27 14:24:00 Read More

Chartered Building Surveyors

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Chartered Building Surveyors

The Royal Institute Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the professional body for people that work in this industry. Surveyors must belong to this organisation in order to be able to call themselves Chartered Surveyors. There are professional standards that they must adhere to and they also receive ongoing training that is provided by RICS. The term Chartered Surveyor can cover a whole range of different professions but in the UK members of the public...

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What do I need for Planning Application

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What do I need for Planning Application

Under the current UK legislation, a person can make an application to develop a piece of land, even if they do not have current ownership of it. When the application is being made, you are not required to identify owners of adjacent lands. However, in any application, scaled survey maps must be used to specify the exact location of the application. Even if the applicant...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-07-27 11:19:00 Read More

Planning and Building Control

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Planning and Building Control

In general, both planning and building control involve permissions necessary when working on buildings or altering properties. Planning control/planning permissions is a formal consent given by a local planning authority regarding the development of new buildings or major making significant alterations to already existing structures.  Such a system’s primary function...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-07-06 11:18:00 Read More

Commercial Building Surveys

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  • 15-06-2018
Commercial Building Surveys

In many cases, people think that the work of a building surveyor is just evaluating a building to determine its worthiness and presenting a report to the client. The responsibilities of the building surveyors depend on the needs of the client, and they do a lot of complicated works more than the regular survey. Different building surveys are available, specialised in providing specific services, and you need to understand them better for you to know...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-06-15 11:15:00 Read More

Which Building Survey do I need

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Which Building Survey do I need

A survey conducted in the United Kingdom has it that less than a third of the homebuyers undertake a professional home survey before they purchase the property. This is an indication of the proportion of the public that is unaware of the benefits of undertaking a home survey.  On the other hand, this figure also shows the homebuyers that view the process as too expensive...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-05-25 11:11:00 Read More

What are the Building Regulations

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What are the Building Regulations

Chances are, if you have had an extension on your house or planned a DIY project, you will have heard of the different parts of the Building Regulations and Approved Documents, but what are they exactly?  The Building Regulations are a set of guidelines which outline the minimum standard for every part of a building. It was established as the result of a great catastrophe-...

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