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We DO get asked to do odd things sometimes...


This balcony had been described in all the leases as communal to the whole block by mistake, but the only access to it was through one flat. That flat-owner didn't want every other owner charging through his living room, so the others had to be paid to take that balcony off their leases. We had to value the balcony, its value was then shared between the other owners, and our man then had his living room - and the balcony - to enjoy in peace........!

DO YOU REQUIRE AN EXPERT WITNESS?

 

From business rates appeals, boundary disputes, rate changes, landlord and tenants disputes or valuation disputes, Eyesurvey have over 45 years of experience in the expert witness field. If you feel you need an expert witness, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced staff, who will help and guide you through any civil action you may be contesting. Or, alternatively, please see our  'Expert Witness' page of our website, for further information.

25/8/17

 

BUYING A FREEHOLD OR EXTENDING A LEASE OF A PROPERTY


Enfranchisement is the process of purchasing the freehold by a leaseholder, or a leaseholder being able to extend the length of the lease. The process can be completed for both domestic and commercial property. If you are considering buying the freehold of the property or you maybe you are thinking of extending the lease of your property, legal advice should always be obtained. Please do not delay in contacting Eyesurvey, we have many years of experience in this field, and will be pleased guide you through the process.

Damp still happens in the Summer!

 

We may be in the height of the summer months but damp does still happen. Many think that damp occurs only in the wetter autumn or winter months and indeed it can seem worse but it does occur even in August (we are experiencing the rainiest August on record!) Damp is caused by all sorts of problems from lack of ventilation to a damp course being install incorrectly or damage to external walls or windows. The cause of the damp mainly determines how it is treated so it never returns. So don't leave it to guess work. Our team at Eyesurvey know damp inside and out, so give us a call on 01206 545139.

28/7/17

Getting The Right Survey

 

Choosing the right survey to purchase when buying a property can be difficult, as there are many to choose from. There are factors which need to be taken into account, such as how old the property is, whether it is listed, had alterations or if it adjoins another property. There are three main reports to choose from, which are the RICS Condition Report, RICS Homebuyer Report and RICS Building Survey, all of which are guided by the RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Our team at Eyesurvey can guide you through this process and advise you of the best survey to choose. 

3/3/17

Damp still happens in the Summer!

 

We may be in the height of the summer months but damp does still happen. Many think that damp occurs only in the wetter autumn or winter months and indeed it can seem worse but it does occur even in August (we are experiencing the rainiest August on record!) Damp is caused by all sorts of problems from lack of ventilation to a damp course being install incorrectly or damage to external walls or windows. The cause of the damp mainly determines how it is treated so it never returns. So don't leave it to guess work. Our team at Eyesurvey know damp inside and out, so give us a call on 01206 545139.

28/7/17

Getting The Right Survey

 

Choosing the right survey to purchase when buying a property can be difficult, as there are many to choose from. There are factors which need to be taken into account, such as how old the property is, whether it is listed, had alterations or if it adjoins another property. There are three main reports to choose from, which are the RICS Condition Report, RICS Homebuyer Report and RICS Building Survey, all of which are guided by the RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Our team at Eyesurvey can guide you through this process and advise you of the best survey to choose. 

3/3/17

Wintery and Windy Weather!

 

The wintery weather is here! This brings with it gusty winds, heavy rain, snow and freezing temperatures, all of which can cause serious problems for our properties, both inside and out. Leaking or blown off roof tiles, blocked drains from falling leaves, cracked, or dripping down pipes, are to name a few. Another big problem this time of year is damp, which left untreated, can cause problems inside and out. If you notice any problems with your property and you are not sure how to deal with them, please do not hesitate to give Eyesurvey a call. We can visit your home and assess the damage, and provide you with the right course of action to take. So, keep well this Winter with Eyesurvey.

 3/2/17

What is Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax?

 

If you own or have inherited a property and want to sell it, you may be liable to either of these taxes, depending on the sum involved. If this is the case, you will first need to have the property accurately valued, this will help to determine how much tax may be due. The figures will then be checked by HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) to see if they are accurate and not set simply for tax avoidance. If the total value of the Estate becomes subject to Inheritance or Capital Gains tax, your local Estate Agent cannot deal with the property valuation. At Eyesurvey we have extensive knowledge of this area, and have carried out hundreds of valuations over the years, so why not give us a call, where our dedicated team will be pleased to assist you.

20/1/17

‘Happy New Year!'

 

We wish all our customers, past, present and future a Happy New Year. In 2017 our team of experienced and dedicated Chartered Surveyors, here at Eyesurvey, very much look forward to assisting our clients, both personal and commercial. We cover the whole of Essex, South Suffolk and East London, offering a huge range of property services with competitive rates and quality service. Why not give us a call or look around our website for more information.

30/12/16

Assessing the Structure of your Property

 

It is so important to regularly check the outside of your home or business premises to ensure it is weather proof and water tight. So many of us fail to do this. If you do find a problem, whether it is damp, rot, a leaky roof or splitting pipework, don’t despair! At Eyesurvey we have the knowledge and expertise to assess your property, to ensure the right course of action is taken, to enable your home or business premises to be kept structurally secure. Please do not hesitate to give us a call, where our dedicated staff will be pleased to help and advise you.

23/12/16

Buying or Extending a Lease on a Property?

 

Are you a leasehold property owner wishing to buy the freehold of your house, flat, or building or want to extend a lease, whether it is a commercial or domestic property? Or are you having problems with trying sell your flat due to the length of the term of the lease? Enfranchisement can be very confusing, considering the amount of information available, it’s difficult to see the wood from the trees! Here at Eyesurvey, we have a great deal of knowledge and experience of dealing with Enfranchisement issues. Why not give us a call, where our experienced team will be pleased to advise you.

16/12/16

 

 

​Dilapidations

 

Put simply, dilapidation means disrepair. In commercial property, dilapidations can have serious consequences for business tenants and signing a commercial lease should not be taken lightly. Therefore, it is imperative a Chartered Surveyor should be employed to commission a building survey. Dilapidation claims can be extremely costly and stressful for commercial tenants. If you are a tenant whose landlord is issuing a claim against you, and you need think you may need professional help, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team at Eyesurvey, who will be pleased to assist you.

23/6/17

In a Knot about Knotweed?

 

Not everyone has heard of this plant, but it can have devastating consequences to foundations, walls and drains of properties. It grows rapidly, up and over buildings and can cause severe structural problems if left untreated. At Eyesurvey we will carry out a number of surveys and reports to assess your situation, if you suspect you have Knotweed, or other weed or tree issues. If you are in doubt, and need advice, please give us a call, where will be pleased to help and advise you.

25/11/16

Valuations and Market Appraisals – There is a Difference!

 

Did you know, when an Estate Agent gives you a "valuation" (or more accurately, a "market appraisal") on your home, they are not liable if the valuation is inaccurate. Such an opinion is normally unacceptable to a Court or for assessing Inheritance or Capital Gains Tax. Here at Eyesurvey, we take into account a number of factors when undertaking a valuation, such as school catchment area, development plans and level of demand. It is extremely important to know the local area. With these factors in mind, we can make an accurate, reliable valuation of your property, giving you the best quality and service possible.

18/11/16

Probate – How we can help.

 

Dealing with a loved one’s Estate can be a difficult and emotional time, especially if dealing with a person’s property. Probate can often be a long, drawn out process and is rarely ‘stress free’. This is where a Chartered Surveyor can be of immense assistance. Here, at Eyesurvey, we have dealt with numerous Probate (more correctly Inheritance Tax and Estate Administration) cases, and have extensive knowledge and expertise to assist with the process so it is completed with the minimum of stress to the client. Please contact us, and we will be only too pleased to help.

11/11/16

Boundary Disputes

 

Most of us have neighbours and in an ideal world we would all like to get on. This does not always happen and sometimes neighbours have disputes. These can be about all manner of things, including boundaries, overhanging trees, walls, or fencing being erected in the wrong location.

 

If you feel you may need expert help and you think a situation has gone too far, Eyesurvey are here for you. Our team of experts will be able to point you on the right path. Please do not hesitate to give Eyesurvey a call to find out what would be the right course of action for you.

26/5/17

Which survey do you really need?

 

There are a number of surveys that you can choose to purchase when buying a property and choosing which one is right for you can be difficult. At Eyesurvey we can help advise which survey would be best for your needs including taking into consideration how old the property is, whether it is listed, had alterations or if it adjoins another property. There are three main reports to choose from all of which are guided by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. These are a RICS Condition Report, a RICS Homebuyer Report and a RICS Building Survey. To find out which is best for you click here.

 

14/10/16

Summer is officially over!

 

 

Yes, we are afraid so, summer is over and autumn is most definitely here. That means stormy weather, gusty winds, heavy rain and falling temperatures. All of which can cause all sorts of problems for our properties both inside and out. Leaking roof tiles from cracks over time, dripping gutters and downpipes from weather worn cracks, blocked drains filled up with leaves are the usual things we all come across. These can become big problems if left with cracks appearing inside the house and outside too. Not to mention damp and foggy windows.

Get your house prepared for the changing seasons. If you notice any problems with your property and are not sure how to proceed give Eyesurvey a call. We can visit your home and assess the damage providing you with the best course of action to take. So stay snug this autumn with Eyesurvey.

30/09/16