FAQ’s Frequently Asked Questions
Information & Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. We have tried to cover the subjects comprehensively but if there is anything you wish to discuss further, please contact us, we’re here and happy to help.
Building Survey F.A.Q.
Cracks in Buildings
Cracks are the most common type of problem in any type of building. However, most people don’t know whether they should be concerned. Click here to read more
Damp in my House
Damp refers to the presence of moisture, water, and condensation being present within a property. Click here to read more
Proper maintenance on the gutters at your property is perhaps the most important thing you can do to prevent water penetration and damage to your home. Click here to read more
Lime Mortar Issues
Lime mortar is comprised of lime (hydraulic, or non hydraulic), water and an aggregate such as sand. Nowadays, it is generally used in conservation work or the construction of new buildings using traditional methods - generally for aesthetic reasons or as a planning requirement. Click here to read more
Timber is an excellent building material as it is easy to work with, a natural insulator and offers a quick build time, along with a whole other long list of advantageous features. However, timber is susceptible to a few defects that brick & block or concrete construction isn’t. Click here to read more
Top 10 Most Common Defects
Party Wall F.A.Q.
Chimney breast removal
There is a trend for people to open-up their residential properties and remove chimney breasts, which are no longer in use. Click here to read more
Line of junction Notice
If you are planning an extension, particularly a side extension, you will need to consider issuing a Line of Junction notice to your neighbour. The Line of Junction is an imaginary line dividing the lands of two Adjoining Owners. Unlike a boundary line, the Line of Junction also extends upwards. Click here to read more
How is party wall damage dealt with and who pays for it?
Is your neighbour about to begin a home renovation project that might include a loft conversion or an extension? Perhaps you are the homeowner embarking on an extensive property renovation project? Party wall Awards are of great importance to safeguard both parties from unnecessary disputes and conflict between neighbours. Click here to read more
What is a party wall agreement?
When it comes to party walls, there are often several terms flying around that all sound like they are the same, but are in effect completely separate from each other. In our previous blogs, we have touched upon party walls, party structure notices, adjacent excavation notices and line of junction notices amongst others. Click here to read more
Loft conversions and the party wall etc Act 1996
Many people will wish to expand and enlarge their property for additional space, and going upwards seems to be popular, whether one is dealing with a residential property or a commercial office development. Click here to read more
Your neighbour has started or completed works without serving party wall Notice. Can I appoint a party wall surveyor and have a party wall Award?
Your neighbour has started or completed works without serving party wall Notice. Can I appoint a party wall surveyor and have a party wall Award? Click here to read more
What is a Party Structure Notice & when does it need to be issued?
Embarking on a property renovation project with an extension or a loft conversion is both an exciting and daunting prospect. There is much to plan, decisions to be made and permissions to be secured. One of the terms you may have heard mentioned by your architect or structural engineer is “Party Wall Award or Notice.” What exactly is a party wall notice and is it relevant to your building project? Click here to read more
What is an Adjacent Excavation Notice?
If you are planning to build an extension to your property which would involve excavating foundations, you may need to issue your neighbour or the adjoining owner with an Adjacent Excavation Notice. Click here to read more