FLASHINGS AN EXPOSÉ (Building Surveys)

In this building survey series we cover flashings – flashings form an important part of building survey reports. Flashings are used to weather junctions, such as to valley gutters or at the abutment of parapet walls and chimney stacks, these being a number of...

The London Building Surveyor

Undertaking building surveys in London means that you are almost certainly going to come across the ever present and constant that is the London Clay.  London Clays fluctuate greatly in their water retention and desiccation properties.  In simple terms, they...

Schedule of Condition & Party Wall Awards

We are often asked by appointing owners as to whether a Schedule of Condition is a compulsory part of a Party Wall Award. The simple answer is that a Schedule of Condition is not a compulsory part of a Party Wall Award and the Party Wall Award can be served without an...

What is a Schedule of Condition?

Schedules of Condition are generally, and most commonly, used for three main purposes: to accompany a new commercial lease;to accompany to a Party Wall Award; andto accompany a Licence for Alterations. In all three instances, the Schedule of Condition is used to...

Life is a Pitch – Building Surveys and Roofs

This is the next in our building surveying blog looking at the major items of defect within a building survey report. This building survey blog deals with roofs. Often roofs are the single biggest, or one of the single biggest, identified in a building survey. The...

Is it possible to undertake a building survey on a flat?

A common question we often get from clients making building survey inquiries is whether you can undertake a building survey on a flat.  In this blog, we explore this question.  Many surveyors hold the belief that you cannot undertake a building survey on a flat. ...

Lease Extension Valuation Update

Lease Extension Valuation Update Many clients have approached our team of lease extension valuation surveyors interested in knowing the implication for lease extensions by virtue of the Government’s recent announcement on planned changes to the existing legislation....

Building Survey Series (1) – A Stack of Trouble?

This is the first in our series of building surveying blogs looking at common building defects in period property a high proportion of which comprise the work of the residential building survey.    This blog will look at the issue of chimney stacks in relation to the...

Diminution in Value – The Value of Expert Experience

Our expert valuation surveyors at RES Property Surveyors are well versed in providing diminution in value assessments and expert evidence. We undertake on average 50-100 expert reports per annum. Diminution in value calculations can be required in a variety of...