COVID 19 UPDATE
It’s currently business as usual at AFA
We’re taking all necessary precautions of course but as a lot of our work does not involve face-to-face contact, we are here and open for all your building surveying requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, pre-purchase building surveys, party wall matters and asbestos management surveys.
Asbestos Management Survey
Asbestos would be a great building product were it not for the significant health risks. It was the building material of choice in the 1960s to the mid '70s in the UK, before the potentially deadly properties of asbestos were known. During this time asbestos was used for a number of jobs such as; floor tiles, pipe lagging, textured paints (Artex), internal partitions, central heating systems, roofs, gutters, rainwater downpipes, cement cladding, fire protection to structural steelwork, fuse boxes, bitumen products and many, many more.
Party Wall Matters
The Act came into force on 1 July 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. Anyone in England and Wales who intends to carry out the kind of work described in the Act must give Adjoining Owners notice of their intentions.
Building projects can be complex and difficult to administer. Good project management involves working closely with the client, architect, specialist suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure the project is completed within the required timescales and within budget.
Fire Risk Assessment & Legionellas
Fire safety is an extremely important issue, especially in mixed-use premises and where unrelated occupiers, who live independently from one another, share common areas of the same building. Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella. All man-made hot and cold water systems are likely to provide an environment where Legionella can grow.
Scientific analysis can help diagnose a damp problem but the importance of sight, feel and smell should not be undervalued. Tests include the use of electrical resistance and capacitance meters, on-site moisture testers, hygrometers and salt analysis.
Building Defect Surveys
An AFA Building Defects Report can provide advice on specific building elements (roof, walls or floors) or on a particular defect, such as subsidence, damp or timber defects. The report can also be tailored to address specific concerns or to provide the overall condition of a building.
A building survey may seem like an unnecessary expense when you are already spending a lot of money buying a house, however, depending on the age and condition of the property you are buying, money spent on a decent survey could save you a fortune in the future and you may also be able to use the information in the survey to negotiate the price with the vendor.
Chartered Building Surveyors in Penarth, Cardiff
About Alex French Associates
Alex French Associates Ltd (AFA) is a firm of Chartered Building Surveyors established with the purpose of bringing a fresh and more dynamic approach to the business of building surveying with an emphasis on customer service.
Based in Penarth, South Wales we work with clients across the UK.
At AFA we aim to build long-term working relationships with clients through a thorough understanding of individual requirements and consistently providing a professional and cost effective service.
We offer a full range of Building Surveying services and have particular expertise in disabled adaptations and Party Wall matters.
Why Use a Chartered Surveyor?
AFA are members of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
RICS is the world’s leading qualification in land, property and construction. RICS regulates its members, which enables it to maintain and promote the highest international standards. All members are required to regularly update their skills and knowledge to ensure customers receive the best possible service.
A surveyor regulated by RICS is a qualified professional who follows the RICS Rules of Conduct and will offer you impartial, expert advice. You also have the security of knowing that the firm has a recognised complaints procedure in place, provides consumer access to free independent redress and has Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) to protect you
To find out more about the work of the RICS you can download their brochure here.