Party wall surveyors play an important role in the construction process for rear extensions, loft, and attic conversions in England and Wales. These professionals are responsible for ensuring that any work being done on a shared wall, or one that separates two properties, is done in compliance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
When planning a rear extension, loft, or attic conversion, it is important to notify your neighbors (between one to two months in advance) of any work being done. This gives them the opportunity to appoint their own party wall surveyor if they so choose, and to discuss any concerns they may have about the proposed work.
The party wall surveyor will then conduct a schedule of condition survey of the affected properties, including any shared walls or structures. They will make a record of the condition of these elements before any work begins, and will also assess the proposed work to how it may affect neighboring properties.
Once the schedule of condition survey is complete, the surveyor or surveyors will draft and ultimately serve a Party Wall Award upon the parties.
In summary it is important to have a party wall surveyor involved in the process of rear extensions, loft, and attic conversions, to ensure compliance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and to serve an Award as their expertise helps to prevent protracted disputes and disagreements between property owners, which can be costly and time-consuming. Click here to get your party wall surveyor quote today.