in Kent and South East London
Consult the residential surveying experts at Domestic Property Surveys when you’re looking to buy a house in Kent or South East London. Specialising in residential property inspections, we provide comprehensive surveying services, including home buyer surveys. Our team ensure all buildings are structurally sound and safe to live in, providing a comprehensive report that will grant you full possession of all of the pertinent facts and help you to negotiate a price for a property that reflects its true condition. Get in touch with our team in Whitstable and Herne Bay today for more information
In cases where you don’t need a full building survey, home buyers’ reports are a slightly less detailed but more cost-effective solution to suit your needs. Surveys of this type cover the condition, both interior and exterior, of the building fabric. The report comprises a general inspection of accessible parts of the property, i.e., those which are visible and readily available for examination from all vantage points, without risk of damage to the property or injury to the surveyor.
A building survey is a very detailed report on the condition of a property and all internal and external elements are inspected in considerable detail. Formerly known as structural surveys, this type of survey is more suitable for older buildings with more complex issues.
Final reports can extend up to 80 pages, including photographs of many areas, helping to visually highlight any and all defects and their likelihood to cause damage to the fabric of the building. Sections of the report include:
Chimneys and Flues
Rainwater Pipes and Gutters
Above Ground Waste and Soil Pipes
Main Walls, including Claddings
Outside Doors, including Patio Doors
Other External Woodwork and Outside Decoration
Any Wall Cracking Caused by Settlement
Partitions and Plasterwork
Fireplaces and Chimney Breasts
A visual inspection of all surfaces would be undertaken, without full diagnostic testing. We will undertake a full damp inspection to identify and comment on any issues relating to flood risk and contamination. Each building report is covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance up to £2 million.
If you are planning work that will affect your neighbour’s property, you may need to speak to a specialist party wall surveyor. Due to the building legislation regarding the area in question, you must seek professional advice about work on adjoining walls between properties, whether new or existing, to determine whether work is covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
If the proposed work meets the requirements of the Party Wall etc. Act, you will be entitled to carry out certain works, provided that you serve notice to any neighbours who will be affected. Our
experienced surveyors can help you with this, from mediating with neighbours in any dispute that arises, to ensuring all work goes smoothly.
Working in compliance with all relevant regulations, we strive for a solution that keeps all parties happy. As part of our services, we can also prepare and issue Schedules of Condition and Party Wall Notices and Awards.
How Much Do Party Wall Surveyors Cost?
Costs vary depending on the type of project and its complexity, but typical fees for Building Owner Surveyors start at the following rates:
An additional rate of £135 per hour would be charged if so required.
Rights and Responsibilities
Under the terms of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you have certain rights regarding what you are allowed to do, providing you have informed your neighbour. The three types of work covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 are:
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