Other Services

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We offer an efficient professional service and much of our business is from existing clients or referrals. A range of our professional work is set out below:

 

RICS Homebuyer report

 

The RICS Homebuyer report is an economical service which is designed for particular types of home. These are houses, bungalows and flats that are of traditional type and construction and are apparently in reasonable condition. It identifies what the surveyor considers to be the most important issues. By applying condition ratings to elements of the building, the services and any garages and permanent outbuildings, the surveyor will tell you whether defects are serious or urgent. It also includes the surveyor`s opinion of the market value and reinstatement cost (which you will need for insurance purposes). Further information will be provided in the Description of Service which we will send to you.

 

Residential Building Survey

 

A building survey is a customised service suitable for all residential properties and gives full details of their construction and condition. You are likely to need this type of survey if, for example, the property is unusually built or run-down, if the property has been significantly altered, or if you are planning major conversion or renovation. Building surveys are usually tailored to your needs. The report includes detailed technical information on materials, as well as details of the whole range of defects. The report also includes photographs. Further information will be provided in the Terms of Engagement which we will send to you.

 

Valuations

 

We undertake mortgage valuations for many of the leading banks and building societies across a range of residential and commercial properties. We also undertake valuations for probate; capital gains tax; insurance and relocations. It is important to note that a Valuation is not a survey.

 

Boundary Disputes

 

A service provided for owners or neighbours where there is a dispute over a boundary. We have been trained by the Expert Witness Institute in forensic report writing and appearing in court as expert witness.

 

Expert Witness

 

We can offer the services of expert witness in such matters as boundary disputes, compensation claims and valuations of residential and commercial properties. We have been trained by the Expert Witness Institute in forensic report writing and appearing in court as expert witness.

 

Leasehold Reform

 

We provide advice to tenants and landlords of flats. Purchase of freehold, enfranchisement and lease extensions can be negotiated.

 

Party Walls

 

A service provided for owners or neighbours where there is an intention to carry out work on a party wall or within 6 metres of the neighbour`s building. The Party Wall Act 1996 requires that the correct notice has to be served and an agreement drawn up to safeguard the interests of both parties. This is usually accompanied by a Schedule of Condition together with photographs to record the condition of the neighbouring property prior to the commencement of building works.