Property Surveys

We offer a full range of surveys on all types of residential property in Cambridgeshire & North Essex. Contact us for a quote today.

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Party Wall Surveyors

Our surveyors have extensive experience in party wall matters whether acting for the building owner or the adjoining owner.

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Other Surveying Services

In addition to party wall advice and home surveys, we can provide a range of other residential surveying services.

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Expert surveying services that specifically cater to Cambridge and North Essex

Taylor Mitchell offer a wide range of residential surveying services and cover an area extending from Bishops Stortford up to Cambridge.

Types of work undertaken include party wall appointments, RICS Home Surveys and Specific Defect Reports.

Jobs will generally be completed personally by Justin Burns BSc (Hons) MRICS FFPWS who, as well as having 20+ years residential surveying experience, has lived in the area for many years.

Justin places great emphasis on the personal touch and will always make himself available, both before and after completing a job, to respond to queries.

We can draft your party wall notices for a flat fee of £65 per adjoining owner and are available to prepare schedules of condition or a party wall award should a dispute arise.

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We regularly act for adjoining owners to ensure that the risk of damage is kept to a minimum and occupants do not suffer unnecessary inconvenience.

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The Level 2 Survey is designed to provide buyers with enough information to make a reasoned and informed decision on whether to proceed with their purchase.

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The Level 3 Survey is a very detailed report. We'll examine the structure of the building closely and undertake a surface examination of the services.

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CONTACT US

If you require advice on any residential surveying matter please call us for some free advice or drop us an email.

Recent Activity in Cambridge

Often, all an adjoining owner wants is for the condition of their property to be recorded so that any damage can be quickly identified and dealt with. An owner planning works can offer to pay for an experienced party wall surveyor to do this when serving notice(s) and it will often make the difference between an adjoining owner dissenting to that notice or confirming a conditional consent (the condition being that a schedule of condition is prepared).

This was the case with a recent loft conversion project to the north-west of the city. The works were straightforward but the adjoining property was let so the owner would not be there to keep an eye on the works. Having a professionally prepared schedule of condition reassured them that any damage could be easily identified at the end of the works.

The building owner was happy with the outcome, commenting that the schedule was “easy to book in”, that we were “very quick to return a report and photos” and promised to recommend us in the future!

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Party wall procedures are designed to ensure that matters do not stall when an adjoining owner fails to respond to a notice. A deemed dissent kicks in 14 days after notice is served which triggers a ‘dispute’ meaning that both parties are obliged to appoint a surveyor. If the adjoining owner does not do so within 10 days, the building owner chooses a surveyor for them so that matters can progress.

This situation arose recently on a project just off Mill Road where the building owner was extending to the rear. One adjoining owner remained silent a reminder letter being sent and we assisted the building owner with choosing a surveyor to act for their neighbour who would deal with matters promptly for as reasonable fee. Despite the building owner having effectively chosen both surveyors, the adjoining owner is not disadvantaged as the requirement to produce a fair and impartial award remains.

The building owner was pleased with how our surveyor Justin Burns handled the process commenting that he was “impressively fast, responsive, and proactive”.

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A significant factor in the lifespan of a bonded felt roof is how long it remains wet following periods of rain. A well-designed flat roof will have a minimum 1:40 fall to take rainwater away but there are many reasons why the lifespan of the covering may be shortened including movement to the roof deck, concentrated sources of rainwater and obstructions.

Our surveyor Justin Burns recently completed a Level 3 Survey of a detached house in a rural location to the south of Cambourne which included a flat roof with a prematurely failing covering. The main roof had been designed with a valley that discharged on to the flat roof below meaning that it remained wet for an extended period. Being in a leafy rural location, moss had formed on the damp covering and was acting like a sponge and exacerbating the situation. As the defect had effectively been designed into the property the only way of alleviating it was through regular maintenance.

Our client was happy with the advice provided describing it as “Thorough and helpful”.

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Our Surveyor Justin Burns recently agreed a party wall award relating to a rear extension in the Cherry Hinton district of Cambridge. Justin acted for the building owner and the adjoining owner appointed their own surveyor.

One of the main challenges was alleviating the adjoining owner’s concerns around the access that would be required to construct the flank wall of the proposed rear extension which was located at the boundary between the two properties. The Party Wall Act provides a right of access for such works but also confirms that those works must be undertaken without causing unnecessary inconvenience to the adjoining owner or occupiers. It’s part of the surveyors’ role to find a fair balance. In this case they agreed that the area of access would be protected with a sturdy hoarding with a slightly raised platform within to protect the contents of the flower bed.

The building owner was pleased with how the process went commenting that they would “highly recommend” Taylor Mitchell Surveyors.

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If you require advice on any residential surveying matter please call us for some free advice or drop us an email.

AREAS COVERED

We cover the area between Cambridge and Bishops Stortford including the towns and villages noted below:

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