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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Recent Activity in Cambridge

When an owner is proposing works that fall within the scope of the Party Wall Act they must formally notify the owners of each affected adjoining property even if those owners are effectively the same party.

This point came up recently where an owner in one of the villages to the south of Cambridge was proposing to add a rear extension to his house. Our surveyor Justin Burns was instructed to prepare the necessary notices and as part of his initial assessment, it was established that structures or lands under three separate titles would be affected on one side. After some further investigation it was established that the lands and properties were in fact all owned by the same commercial business. It was still necessary to serve 3 sets of notice but fortunately there was a single decision maker who was happy to appoint Justin as the agreed surveyor. Once the appointment was confirmed matters proceeded swiftly and the awards were served in plenty of time for the work to commence without delay. The building owner commented that Justin was “… thorough throughout and communicated well with all parties involved”.

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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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AREAS COVERED

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

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