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Our surveyors provide surveying services which covers home buyers with condition survey reports, energy assessments in providing energy performance certificates (EPC) for domestic and non domestic commercial property, plus many more professional services.

Home Condition Surveys (HCS)

Professional Surveyors Offering a Personal Service

In most cases the buyer will be able to re-negotiate the asking price, redeeming thier (HCS) costs after being made aware of the true property condition. Also being assured the property has been inspected by a professional.

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The Home Condition Survey contains information about:
– Building condition and defects
– Structural movement
– Damp, rot and woodworm
– Heating, water and electrical services
– Alterations and additions
– Matters for your conveyancer to pick up
– Rebuilding cost – for buildings insurance

More Information on Home Condition Surveys (PDF Format):

Content

  • Introduction
  • Section A General Information
  • Section B Summary & General Description
  • Section C Conveyancing, and Health and Safety issues
  • Section D Outside condition
  • Section E Inside condition
  • Section F Services
  • Section G Grounds (including shared parts for flats)
  • Information about SAVA and your surveyor
  • Photographs

Houses can be money pits and buying a house is a major investment – so the homebuyer really needs to be able to make an informed decision. This is where the Home Condition Survey (HCS) comes in.

The HCS is a clear, concise and jargon free report on the condition of a domestic property.  The surveyor gives a cost effective service and will inspect and report on the property quickly, allowing the homebuyer to make a speedy and informed decision.

Delivered by specially trained and fully accredited residential property surveyors, the HCS gives the buyer a plain English, jargon-free report on the condition of the property using a simple 1,2,3 rating guide, so it is easy to understand any risks or unforeseen expenditure that could crop up.

Buying a house can be stressful and it is not always in the seller’s best interests to be fully open about its quirks and idiosyncrasies. The HCS tells the buyer about any aspects of the property that need urgent attention or which present serious faults, as well as any longer term repairs that a home owner might have to plan for.

The HCS can only be produced by fully qualified and accredited members of SAVA –an organisation which trains and accredits the work of surveyors. Homebuyers can be assured of a comprehensive report produced by a professional, trustworthy individual.

The aim of the HCS is to make the home survey process quicker, easier and more cost-effective for homebuyers – something that is now more important than ever.

Domestic EPCs – Energy Performance Certificates – from £35.00

An EPC can only be produced by either a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) or by a Home Inspector (HI) who must be approved by either a government approved Accreditation or Certification scheme. The DEA/HI will visit the property to assess the energy related features. These are then entered into a computer programme, which is a calculation model developed by the government, known as RDSAP ( Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure).

More Information on Energy Performance Certificates (PDF Format):

Our prices for areas we cover are from:

Bed-Sit: £35
1 Bed Flat: £47
2 Bed Flat: £48
1 & 2 Bedroom House: £49
3 Bedroom House: £50
4 Bedroom House: £65
5 Bedroom House: £70
6 Bedroom House: £75

More complex properties with more than average heat loss perimeters will cost more.

Commercial/Non Domestic EPCs – Energy Performance Certificates – from £150.00

Below is our Commercial EPC price for areas we cover.  Structure for floor areas.

Under 15m² (139.2 ft²): £150
15m² to 25m² (232 ft²): £200
25m² to 50m² (464 ft²): £240
50m² to 75m² (696 ft²): £280
75m² to 100m² (929 ft²): £300
100m² to 150m² (1393 ft²): £320
150m² to 200m² (1858 ft²): £380
200m² to 250m² (2322 ft²): £400

Commercial EPCs over 250m²: Free quotes can be provided after competing questionnaire or visiting site.

All prices are subject to VAT.

A commercial EPC can only be produced by a Non Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA) who must be approved by a government approved Accreditation scheme. The NDEA will visit the premises to assess the energy related features. These are then entered into a computer programme, which is a calculation model developed by the government, known as iSBEM (Standard Building Energy Model).

More Information on Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (PDF Format):

Hometrack Property Valuation

We offer a quick and easy property valuation service for just £25. The below image shows an example of the report you will receive.

To see the report in actual size, please click on the image and make sure you have any pop up blockers turned off:

Green Deal Advice

The Green Deal Assessment will enable homeowners and tenants to implement energy saving measures for their property or home at no upfront cost. The cost of the measures will be paid back through the savings made on fuel bills. A domestic EPC produced after April 2012 will be required along with an occupancy assessment in order to recommend measures that could qualify under Green Deal. This is a Green deal Advice Report (GDAR).

The Green Deal is the coalition Government’s flagship carbon emissions reduction project. The purpose of the Green Deal is to encourage as many people as possible to take measures to make their homes more energy efficient. To achieve this green deal finance companies will  providing all of the upfront finance for such measures by way of a loan. The loan is paid back through their electric bill with the savings made from the energy reduction called the Golden Rule.

The Green Deal ‘Golden Rule’ state that all energy efficiency measures funded by the green deal must pay for them shelf through saving made in reducing energy consumption during the period of the loan in order to obtain green deal finance.

The green deal assessment: Is the gateway to a green deal no assessment no deal.  Our visit would take up to 2 hours we would require access to all rooms and loft areas to record insulation, lighting, heating and hot water services. We will also need to measure the floor areas of every storey and their heat loss perimeters so we need access to as many external elevations as possible. The occupy assessment will require the bill payer or their representative to be present with annual fuel costs, bills and or receipts for all fuel used to heat the property.  receipts or guarantees for any work done. We would need the know: The actual heating patterns and thermostatic temperature that would be used in mid winter. The number of occupancy and number of baths and or showers taken weekly. Type of shower being used most often. The percentage of clothes being dried in the tumble drier other a year. How many fridges, fridge/freezers and freezers are present. What type of hob is present what type of oven is present. Bill data.

The assessor must disclose any financial incentives and fees for his services. Free advice may be obtained from the Energy Saving Advice Service http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk. The new telephone number for the service is 0300 123 1234.

The Energy Saving Advice Service: is a new centralised government-funded telephone advice service that offers impartial energy-saving advice to homes and businesses.  The advice service signposts callers to a wide range of organisations that can help install energy-saving measures in their homes and reduce their fuel bills. It will also support the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) as these schemes develop.

There are clear obligations on Green Deal participants to work within a robust Code of Practice. the code requires.

Clear confirmation procedures before the Green Deal charge can start to be collected;

Collection of the charge through the electricity bill through your energy supplier, which is regulated by Ofgem;

Green Deal Advisory Service: The assessment and accompanying advice must be carried out by a qualified and authorised Green Deal advisor who resisted to a  Green Deal Advisory Service:. They will have a mixture of technical knowledge, practical competence and ‘soft’ skills to provide households and businesses with the advice they need to take informed decisions.

Green Deal Provider: responsibilities for offering a Green Deal Plan to customers, based on recommendations from an accredited assessor. The plan sets out the financial terms of the agreement and must also include extra consumer protections such as warranties to cover the measures and installation. Arranging for the installation of energy efficiency works, carried out by an authorised installer. Ongoing obligations in relation to Green Deal plans, including dealing with customer complaints and providing information when a new bill payer moves in

Green Deal Installer:  Once a property has had an assessment and the finance for measures has been approved, installation is the next step. Only an authorised Green Deal Installer can install energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal finance mechanism. Only authorised installers will be able to identify themselves as ‘Green Deal Installers’ and use the Green Deal Mark.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a new programme designed to reduce Britain’s energy consumption by funding home improvements worth around £1.3 billion every year. The funding comes from big energy suppliers. It’s delivered to customers either directly from the supplier or by organisations working together, which have made special arrangements, such as Green Deal Providers.

Many householders in older properties and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial.

Energy Company Obligations ECO are:

Affordable Warmth Obligation – Private tenure Any measure will be eligible for support if it reduces the cost of heating the property. It will include boiler repairs as an eligible measure, provided that the repaired boiler is accompanied with a level of aftercare for the household. Heat pumps are included but without any additional scoring uplift  Qualifying benefits will include: –

    • child tax credit with a household income under £15,860 –
    • income–‐related employment and support allowance –
    •  income–‐based jobseekers allowance –
    • income support, state pension credit –
    • working tax credit with a household income under £15,860.
    • All benefit criteria have various qualifying components.
    • Eligible households will be those in private tenures only.

Carbon Savings Obligation – Any Household The “Carbon Saving Obligation” within the ECO is designed to focus primarily on supporting those households who live in “Hard to treat homes” and cannot fully fund energy efficiency improvements through Green Deal finance alone. Other measures under the carbon saving obligation will only be classified as eligible if they are promoted and installed as part of a package that includes solid wall insulation and hard to treat cavity walls.

Carbon Saving Communities Obligation – Any Household is designed to target “Hard to treat homes” Insulation measures in low–‐income communities defined using the bosom 15% of Lower Super Output Areas from the Index of Multiple Deprivation, or equivalent indexes in Scotland and Wales. Suppliers will be required to deliver 15% of their overall Carbon Saving Communities Obligation to: – Rural, low income households in settlements with a population size under 10,000 – To qualify for this assistance a rural household should be in receipt of a qualifying benefit or tax credit under the  ECO Affordable Warmth eligibility   criteria. – Includes cavity wall, loft and solid wall insulation.

Your electricity supplier will collect your green repayments. You can still change electricity supplier when you choose. The Green Deal repayments will automatically be charged by your new electricity supplier.

Green Deal Plans are regulated under the Consumer Credit Act 1974. This provides you with important  rights and protections, including cooling off periods and rules around exit arrangements and early repayments. Salespeople who offer a Green Deal Assessment are required to allow at least one day before they can conduct the assessment, unless you provide written consent to a same day assessment. Explain cooling-off periods, if they apply. Tell you what products and services they intend to provide, including marketing of products not related to the Green Deal. Tell you who they work for and if they have commercial links with other Green Deal participants and third parties.  Tell you if they receive commission from others.

If a complaint or enquiry about the Green Deal cannot be resolved by the Green Deal Provider, or supplier, consumers may have recourse to the relevant Ombudsman, depending on the complaint. Energy Ombudsman Service/Green Deal Ombudsman and Investigation Service on 0330 440 1624 or 01925 530 263, visit: www.ombudsman-services.org or email: enquiries@os-energy.org Financial Ombudsman Service on 0800 023 4567 or 0300 123 9 123, visit: www.financial-mbudsman.org.uk or email: complaint.info@financial-ombudsman.org.uk

What is the Renewable Heat Initiative? The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced by the Government as a means of offering homeowners and businesses financial support if they switch to some form of renewable heating technology. It has been designed to help cut the cost of energy bills and applies to heat installations of any size. The focus is on the 4 million households in Britain not heated by mains gas, who have to rely on higher carbon forms of heating. A fixed amount per year is paid to anyone who is using a renewable heating alternative, including heat pumps, wood fuelled boilers and solar water heating technologies.

What are Feed in Tariffs? If you install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source such as solar PV or wind turbine, the government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme (FIT) lets you earn money from your energy supplier. You are paid for the electricity you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity you export to the grid. And of course you also save money on your electricity bill, because you’ll be using your own electricity

Green Deal Plans are regulated under the Consumer Credit Act 1974. This provides you with important  rights and protections, including cooling off periods and rules around exit arrangements and early repayments. Salespeople who offer a Green Deal Assessment are required to allow at least one day before they can conduct the assessment, unless you provide written consent to a same day assessment. Explain cooling-off periods, if they apply. Tell you what products and services they intend to provide, including marketing of products not related to the Green Deal. Tell you who they work for and if they have commercial links with other Green Deal participants and third parties.  Tell you if they receive commission from others.

The terms of the green deals: The installation costs are spread over the long term life of the energy efficiency measures and are paid back by the saving in reduced energy consumption.

The final green deal: Is provided by a green deal provider who has either been invited by you to provide a offer of a loan or has provided the green deal assessment at their cost. Green deal providers may be providing their own finance or using another green deal financing company.

For further information on Green Deal try the below website:

The Energy Saving Advice Service is a new centralised government-funded telephone advice service that offers impartial energy-saving advice to homes and businesses The new telephone number for the service is 0300 123 1234.

The energy saving trust http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk in England and Wales or ESSAC network in Scotland to find out more http://www.thewisegroup.co.uk.

Party Wall Services

Once you have served a party wall notice upon your neighbour he/she has 14 days in which to respond in writing. If he/she dissents from the party wall notice or does not respond to you within the 14 days then a difference is deemed to have arisen between the parties.

This means that both you and your neighbour must appoint party wall surveyors under section 10 of the Party Wall Act. You can either jointly agree upon a single party wall surveyor or you can each appoint different party wall surveyors.

Party Wall Award

Our party wall surveyors will prepare a fair and impartial party wall award which will deal with the right to execute the party wall works, the time and manner of executing any party wall work, and any other matter that arises between the parties connected to the party wall works. In all normal circumstances the party wall surveyors will prepare a report, called a “schedule of condition”, of the neighbouring property before works start in order to protect the interests of both parties in the event of a later claim for damages.

Party Wall Costs

Usually the building owner proposing the works will pay all party wall costs associated with drawing up the party wall award if the works are solely for his/her benefit. Where a difference is deemed to have arisen, and before the party wall surveyors produce the party wall award, both parties may jointly agree to settle any outstanding matters between them without the need for an award. In this case the building owner will usually still be liable for all reasonable party wall costs incurred up to the date where the parties notify the party wall surveyors of their intentions in writing.

Further Information

Please click here to view The Party Wall Act 1996 (opens as a pdf document).

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