Residential surveys

Photo 3Detailed building surveys (previously described as full structural surveys) providing a thorough and balanced assessment of the condition of houses and flats throughout London and the Home Counties.

Photo 4For buildings under construction, or where existing buildings are being refurbished, the drawings, specifications and building contracts can be scrutinised as part of a survey, together with an assessment of work in progress.  Guidance is given on the standard of workmanship, compliance with planning consents and Building Regulations.  Deficiencies are listed in snagging schedules, which may be incorporated by legal advisers into contracts for purchase.  Where needed, following a commitment to purchase, further inspections can be carried out to monitor compliance with agreed specifications.

Commercial surveys

Photo 11Commercial buildings for purchase, or for lease on full repairing terms are assessed and defects identified where these are likely to affect use, occupation, or to give rise to substantial service charge expenditure.  Guidance is given on compliance with current legislation particularly in respect of planning, disabled access, emergency escape and health and safety.

Photo 6Where required, reports from structural and services engineers are arranged alongside the building survey.

Party wall agreements

Photo 7Neighbourly agreements under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.  Appointments are received from building owners undertaking development work, and from adjoining owners requiring assistance from a surveyor in order to protect their interests.  Ivan is an active member of the Pyramus and Thisbe Club of party wall surveyors.

Expert witness reports

Photo 8Ivan receives regular appointments under Civil Procedure Rules from instructing solicitors for expert witness reports on disrepair matters.  These include attendance at court where called upon to do so.

Project monitoring and management

Photo 9The effective management of building contracts involving the organisation of large and complex projects.

Acting as the client's agent by advising on the procurement process, supervising the consultant team, running and attending site meetings, monitoring performance, progress and quality of workmanship.

Depending on the client's needs, the role can include full contract administration, issuing certificates for payments to building contractors, the certification of practical completion at handover, and overseeing the defects period to final completion.

At all stages clients are kept informed so weaknesses can be identified in advance to avoid costly problems and delays.

Schedules of condition and dilapidations

Photo 10Schedules of condition for landlords or tenants, providing an accurate record at the start of a lease, to help quantify liability for dilapidations when a lease ends.  The preparation of interim or final schedules of dilapidations, together with associated negotiations for settlement.