Chartered Surveyors Bournemouth

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Chartered Surveyors Bournemouth –  Valuers and Surveyors

 

 

House Surveys – Building Surveys
RICS Valuations – Probate, Matrimonial, Insurance, HMRC, Acquisition
Historic Building Consultancy
Expert Witness
Lease Extensions
Rent Reviews
Schedules of Dilapidations & Schedules of Condition
Party Wall Notices & Awards
RICS Valuers
Principal Designers & Construction Safety
Fire Assessments & Legionella Assessments
Builder Disputes
Damp Defects & Building Defects Analysis
Crack Analysis and Structural Surveys
Boundary Disputes
Collective Enfranchisement (Right to buy Residential Freehold)

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Telephone 07979 472264

Chartered Surveyors Bournemouth –  Valuers and Surveyors

Whether you are a homeowner looking to alter or extend your home or a company looking for advice in relation to building including fire, access or energy efficiency then a Chartered Building Engineer or Chartered Surveyor will be able to assist you.

They are Professionals who design, construct, evaluate and maintain buildings. Their work includes both technical and management processes by which buildings are designed, constructed, renewed and maintained. This involves them in activities including site investigations, building inspections and surveys, assessment against standards, project design, plan preparation, cost evaluations, contract procedures, project management, and deciding which construction methods and materials to use.

Their expertise includes a detailed understanding of statutory regulations, and technical codes and standards and the need for sustainable buildings.

Chartered Surveyors will have a level of competence which has been assessed and accepted against rigorous standards. Chartered Surveyors are qualified to deal with a range of matters relating to the design, construction, valuation and maintenance of buildings and will often specialise in key areas within Building Engineering, whilst maintaining an understanding of all aspects of the profession.

We have assisted with boundary disputes for many years avoiding expensive litigation. If you have been arguing with your neighbour or having a boundary dispute try to follow these simple tips to avoid making matters worse:

  • Stay calm and try not to get angry.
  • Be reasonable. Listen to what your neighbour has to say and take it into account.
  • Compromise. You have to live next to each other so it’s best to try and find a solution that suits both of you.
  • Don’t do anything hasty. It’s easy to get angry when something is niggling you every day and it’s on your doorstep. However, doing things to spite or get back at your neighbour will only make matters worse and they’ll be less likely to listen to you if you’ve upset them.

Chartered Surveyors Bournemouth are regulated by the   RICS

Chartered Surveyors Bournemouth –  Valuers and Surveyors

 

Party Wall Agreements (Awards)

As anyone who is considering building an extension will have realised, neighbours have an important role to play in many aspects of the planning process.

They will experience some of the pain of the work without enjoying the benefits, so it is crucial to keep them informed and on side. It is also a point of law that you must give them notice before starting work close to the boundary with their property. Getting this wrong could delay your build and make your project more costly. Getting it right will provide the foundations for a smooth build.

If you are carrying out works governed by the Party Wall Act, you need to serve a party wall notice on your neighbours. This must be done at least two months before the notifiable works begin, and at least one month before the notifiable excavation works begin. Notifiable work is either building work which affects a party wall or boundary line, or excavations within three or six metres of a neighbouring property (depending on the depth of the foundations you are making). This will include most extensions and basement and loft conversions.

You need to serve notice on all the owners of every neighbouring property affected by the works, both freeholders and leaseholders. You don’t need planning permission for your plans to serve notice, and once you’ve done so you can take up to a year to start work.

If your plans change slightly after you’ve served notice – for example, if you decide to increase the depth of your extension – you should be able to submit revised drawings to your neighbour without having to serve a new notice.

There is “realistic potential” for damage when undertaking party wall works, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). So it’s not surprising that failure to comply with the act could result in your neighbour taking you to court and obtaining – at your expense – an injunction to prevent you from continuing with the work. And that’s not the worst of it. “If you haven’t obeyed the act and you cause major damage to your neighbour’s property, the judge can award compensation for any loss or damage resulting from the works, including legal costs,” warns party wall surveyor Rupert Lloyd.