ADDITIONAL CHARTERED SURVEYOR SERVICES
As chartered surveyors we carry out the usual range of property survey types including full building surveys and structural surveys – but we also provide a range of additional services relating to building and maintenance projects.
Disputes and defects
When it comes to workmanship and costs, not all building contractors are entirely reliable. Disputes can occur even with reputable firms, but they’re much more likely to happen if you haven’t drawn up a contract, or agreed a detailed estimate.
If you find yourself in an argument with your contractor, we can be appointed to mediate for you or if you are not happy with some aspects of the work we can draw up a schedule of defects listing the areas of work that are unsatisfactory or below an acceptable standard. You can then give this to your contractor so you both know exactly what needs to be put right.
We can also act as an arbitrator between you and your builder to resolve any potential disputes.
To go down this route, the first thing you need to do is get the builders to agree, in writing, that you and they:
- Accept our appointment as arbitrator
- Agree about who will pay the fees involved
- Will accept the contents of the final report, and do the required remedial work – even if they don’t necessarily agree with it.
This will make it much easier to reach a solution without going to court.
If at all possible, avoid going to court. The costs and time involved can often spiral out of control, and in the end no one is a winner.
Building Maintenance Planning
Anderson Associates can prepare a detailed maintenance survey or report on the current condition of a property. This will highlight:
- The requirements for maintenance
- The costs involved
- The times when this work will need to be done.
This is particularly useful for people who share the freehold in a block of flats. It will help them to establish the level of repair that’s needed before tender documents are prepared, and before they go to contractors for pricing. It also ensures they can prioritise different elements of the work, if there are limits on budgets.
If you’re planning a building project of any kind it’s always advisable to get a detailed quotation with a full breakdown of all the costs involved. It’s also advisable to make sure that the work is properly supervised while it’s being done. Even if we haven’t prepared your drawings we can:
- Prepare tender documents, and a detailed specification for the tender
- Send these documents to reputable contractors for pricing
- Collate the responses, and advise on the most appropriate contractor for the job
- Supervise works on site, including quality checks
- Approve valuation payment requests from the contractor
- Confirm and agree any additional works before they are carried out
- Agree the final account decided when each of them needs to be done.
Anderson Associates have a list of approved contractors we trust, have worked with in the past and can recommend to carry out almost any type of work you are likely to encounter.
We would be happy to provide you with further details.
Construction Design and Management Regulations
These regulations cover a number of topics, most notably health and safety on site. They’ve been introduced in an attempt to reduce the number of avoidable accidents, injuries and deaths on building sites.
The regulations explain what each member of the project team should do, what their responsibilities are, and how all of them can play a key part in site safety.
If you’ve commissioned a commercial building project you’ll need a CDM Co-ordinator to represent you, liaise with the members of the project team, and tell them what needs to be done.
As well as holding chartered surveyor status, Anderson Associates are qualified planning supervisors, and we will be happy to act for you.
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