It’s likely that you’ll need to serve party wall notice(s) on one or more of your neighbours if you’re carrying out notifiable building work on your home like a loft conversion or a house extension.
Furthermore, if you plan to do building work directly on the party wall, such as cutting into it for any reason, or perhaps removing a chimney breast, you must serve a Party Wall notice according to Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
Get in touch with one of our Essex party wall surveyors today if you need to carry out building work on your home and you’re not entirely sure if you need to serve notices or not, by calling 01702 888 805
By filling out the online form on this page, you’ll get a full itemized quote as well as a handy guide explaining what information is on the notices and what options your neighbours have.
We’ll also go over the potential financial impact each option may have on your party wall surveyors costs.
We write our quotations in plain english so they’re easy to understand.
The only thing we ask for is a small upfront payment of £35.00 per notice. This payment is to pay land registry for the ownership records and postage costs to send the notices out and send your neighbours a pre-paid envelope so it’s easy for them to respond.
You won’t have to pay again until your award is finalised and we can serve it on everyone.
So that’s it! A completely risk-free and hassle-free way to hire a Party Wall Surveyor in Essex.
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If you let us handle the party wall surveying for your project, you’ll save an average of £555 and £855.
According to Check a Trade, the UK average for a Party Wall surveyor acting on behalf of one building owner and one adjoining owner was between £1,200.00 and £1,500.00
We charge just £645.00 to act as an agreed surveyor for you and one neighbour – that’s less than HALF the average surveyors fee!
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You might need to serve party wall notices to your neighbors if you’re doing an extension.
First, you need to decide if you plan to do excavations (such as to dig foundations) within 3 metres of your neighbours’ house or other buildings (including outbuildings). If you are going deeper into the ground than their foundations, then you need to give your neighbours a notice under section 6 of the Party Wall Act. Act 1996.
If you’re building up to the boundary line (or straddling the boundary), you’ll need to serve a notice on your neighbors under section 1 of the Party Wall Act. Act 1996.
If there is an existing party fence wall along the boundary that you need to demolish and re-build to accommodate your extension, then you will need to let your neighbours know as per section 3 of the Party Wall etc Act. Act 1996.
Consider any other work you’re doing as part of the build. Under the Party Wall etc. Act, internal alterations to the party wall like removing a chimney breast would also have to be notified. Act 1996.
Our Fixed Price Party Wall Surveyors offer a fully independent and impartial service.
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When properties share a Party Wall, a Party Wall Surveyor is called upon to assist with the preparation and administration of a Party Wall Award or Agreement, under the Party Wall Act of 1996.
Acting on behalf of the Building Owner or the Adjacent Owner, our Surveyors will assess the nature of the Party Wall and its position in relation to both individual properties and are able to provide impartial advice for either party regarding proposed structural changes or repairs.
Our surveyors carry a wealth of knowledge and experience of Party Wall matters and are on hand to assist you in any way that we can.
If you or your neighbor are building an extension, converting the loft, remodeling the interior, or constructing a new outbuilding, the work could fall under the provisions of The Party Wall Act etc. of 1996.
Things like the Party Wall, etc. It’s a pretty big piece of legislation in England and Wales.
This is designed to prevent construction-related disputes between neighbours before construction begins and provides a legal framework for resolving disputes over party walls.
In general, the Act covers three types of ‘notifiable’ work that fall under sections 1, 3 and 6 of the Party Wall Act.
Our Party Wall Surveyors can help if you’re planning any of the following:
In most cases, the person proposing to do the building work (referred to as the building owner) will pay for all reasonable costs associated with preparing the award.
Including adjoining owner’s surveyor’s fees if the work is only for the Building Owner’s benefit.
So it is in your interests as the person looking to carry out the notifiable building works to ensure the Party Wall Act is followed and that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
A party wall surveyor is a key part of resolving disputes between neighbors under the Act.
Party wall surveyors have a duty to the Act rather than to the individuals appointing them and they solve matters in dispute in a sensible as well as reasonable method.
The surveyors will ensure that the correct notices have been served.
The surveyor will also attend the home of the adjoining owner and carry out an inspection of the property and produce a written and photographic schedule of conditions report.
The surveyor(s) will then prepare and serve a party wall agreement or Party Wall Award on all affected parties in accordance with the Party Wall Act.
According to a survey carried out by Check a Trade link here
The average cost of getting a party wall award is around £1,000.00 in England and Wales.
If you are one of the lucky ones who have found Fixed Price Party Wall then you will benfit from our very reasonable fixed price party wall surveying costs which start from just £495.00
This is around half the costs of the everage Party Wall Surveyors costs up and down the land. Whats more our prices are Fixed, and our fees are provided up front and in a transparent manner making us one of the most ethical Party Wall firms operating in the England.
You can get a fixed price quote from us either by completing a contact form or by calling us on 01702 888 805.
What’s a party wall award and how much does it cost?
Clients usually ask us when they’re finishing jobs, how much it ought to cost for a party wall award, and if one is really required.
The simple answer is that if you’re doing work on a shared wall, you have to give your neighbour notice. Furthermore, you need to give notice if excavations are within 3m of a neighbouring property and you’re likely to go deeper into the ground.
So, to be clear, a party wall is a shared wall between two neighbors, plus a garden wall (not a fence) that makes up a boundary. This means that loft conversions, new foundations (for rear extensions) usually need to be notified.
Drafting of the Party Wall Award
If a neighbour dissents, or indeed does not react within 14 days, the homeowner and neighbour can select a single party wall surveyor to represent both of them (an Agreed Surveyor) or they may prefer to each appoint their own surveyors (Two Surveyors).
Following service of the Party Wall Award the building owner (the person carrying out the building operations) will then have 12 months in which to start the building works.
A party wall notifice is the written intent that you should give any Adjoining neighbours to inform them of building works that you intend on undertaking to a common party wall, boundary, or neighboring excavation.
There are three types of Party Wall Notice you may need to serve before starting any extensions or conversion or building works to your home, under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
Depending on the work being done to your property or to the Party Wall, there are statutory notice periods that you must adhere to prior to commencing work and these periods are stated on each different notice type.
Notice Of Adjacent Excavation
If you are digging within 3 metres of your neighbour’s property and to a greater depth than their foundations, or if you are installing piled foundations within 6 metres of a neighbour’s property then you are required to serve an adjacent excavations notice on any affected neighbours in accordance with section 6 of the Party Wall etc. Act. A section 6 notice must be served no later than 1 month prior to commencement of the excavations.
Line Of Junction Notice
If you are looking to construct a new wall upto or astride the boundary then you are obliged to serve a line of junction notice on your neighbour in accordance with Section 1 of the Act. A Section 1 notice must be served no later than 1 month prior to commencement of the building operations.
Party Structure Notice
If you are looking to carry out works to the Party Wall itself such as cutting into the party wall for the insertion of Steel Beams or Weatherproofing such as lead flashings then you must serve a Party Structure Notice on your adjoining owner(s) in accordance with Section 2 of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
A very important thing to note is that notices served in accordance with Section 2 of the Party Wall Act need to be served no less than 2 months prior to carrying out the proposed works.
A Party Wall Notice must be served on your neighbors to give them suitable notice of the works you intend to carry out either to the party wall directly (2 months written notice) or adjacent to the party wall (1 months written notice).
Please read our paragraph above What is a Party Wall Notice for more indepth information on notice periods for notices served under each section of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
There is nothing preventing you from serving a party wall notice yourself.
However we would always recommend that you have your notices produced and served professionally as any indescrepancies found in your notices further down the line could take up additional party wall surveyors time to remedy.
With the average hour cost of a party wall surveyor being £150.00 even a minor discrepancy could far outweigh the modest outlay of £35.00 to have the notices served professionally.
A party wall is a wall separating and common to two buildings or properties: each owner has a partial right in its use.
This can include party fence walls (garden walls) but excludes fences.
The Act covers three main types of work:.
Construction along the boundary of two properties. Other notifiable works include cutting through walls separating terraced houses to insert beams for a loft conversion, excavating within 3 metres of a neighbour’s home for foundations, and building a flank wall for an extension.
You may be entitled to compensation if you suffer a quantifiable loss due to works covered by the Party Wall Act (for example, if you run a business and people can’t get into your premises).
Your neighbor must still follow normal health and safety laws as well as environmental protection laws, like keeping noise and vibrations to a minimum and working on time.
Do I have to let my neighbor’s contractors on my property? Party Wall Act requires you to give your neighbour access to your land if they can’t complete their construction work any other way and they provide you with the necessary notice (usually 14 days except in the case of an emergency)
The access must be ‘necessary,’ so if there’s another way your neighbour can do the work, even if it’s a little more expensive, they should do it.
Before any construction work begins, appointed surveyors can prepare a schedule of conditions pointing out the parts of the adjoining property that are at risk.
If damage results from the work, a schedule of condition will protect both parties from unfair or misleading claims.
Documents like this offer proof of the property’s condition before work begins, so any damage can be easily ascertained and put right.
The surveyors will also prepare a party wall award to specify how work will be done. The award will cover working hours, access and safeguards to reduce the risk of damage.
Is it possible to start building before the Award is finalised? No – or at least not the parts that are notifiable under the Act.
It can be tempting to start working before the award has been signed and served, but it would be unlawful.
If everything is good, the surveyor(s) check off the Schedule of Conditions and close the file.
If damage is noted, the adjoining owner can have the building owner’s contractor do the repair or get a payment in lieu and use their own contractor.
Fixed Price Party Wall has a team of experienced party wall surveyors, assistant surveyors, and party wall administrators to make sure everything runs smoothly.
From our London office we cover the whole of the inner M25 area, so if you’re planning to undertake work that falls under the Act, or if you’ve received a notice of planned work that might affect your property, you’re welcome to contact us for some advice.