Our Services

Earl Kendrick bring the full range of our expertise to bear in surveying your new home from the state of the building to the conditions of the lease.

Contact Our Homeowners’ Building Surveys Team

London Office
Licence to Alter Limited
6-8 Cole Street,
London, SE1 4YH

T: +44 (0) 20 3667 1510
enquiries@LicenceToAlter.com

About EKA Homeowners’ Building Surveys

Buying a home is the biggest investment most of us make, so it is important to get it right. That means making sure you know exactly what you are buying, and any responsibilities or obligations that come with it. The same goes for selling a home, when it is important to understand all the factors that will affect the final price. In fact, home owners who intend to stay in a property also have an interest in having a detailed knowledge of its condition so they can plan its maintenance. Whether buying, selling or staying, a survey made by an expert ensures there will be no nasty surprises.

Types of Survey

There are three main kinds of survey, ranging in the level of detail, as defined by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Survey level one: RICS Condition Report
Shows the condition of the property, offers guidance to legal advisors and highlights any urgent defects.

Survey level two: RICS HomeBuyer Report
Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report, plus a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property, and about ongoing maintenance.

Survey level three: RICS Building Survey
Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

Earl Kendrick specialise in level three, which uses the full range of our expertise to ensure complete peace of mind.

Flat Buyers’ Surveys

Earl Kendrick Associates are specialists when it comes to building surveys for flats and residential blocks. We have built our business around the residential leasehold sector, and developed a specific product that is tailor-made to the needs of flat buyers and residential block managers. Our team has all the expertise and experience to survey flats of all kinds, including those in heritage buildings.

Before carrying out any survey, we reviews the lease and assess the leasehold obligations. We then survey the whole building, including communal areas, external walls and the roof, andadvise on the implications of their condition in terms of the obligations that would come with ownership of the flat. We also point out any repairs that might be necessary now or in future and draw on our expertise in licences to alter identify previous alterations that might not have been noticed. Finally, we contact the landlord or managing agent to find out about service charges, sinking funds and any planned future works. This way we can identify any financial risks that would come with the purchase of the flat.

In conducting surveys, we draw on our in-depth knowledge of both the technical aspects of the construction and maintenance of buildings and the legal aspects of leases, especially in the context of leasehold properties in blocks of flats. All this means a survey by Earl Kendrick is anything but ‘bog standard’.

New Build Snagging Surveys

Some people assume that newly built homes will not require much maintenance because they are brand new. In fact, all kinds of problems can emerge early in the life of a new home, which is why there is a two-year warranty. It is far better, however, to have a thorough survey carried out before purchase, so that any defects can be identified. We are also often asked to carry out a new-build snagging survey to identify more minor or cosmetic defects so the developer can put them right before anyone moves in.

Before carrying out any survey, we reviews the lease and assess the leasehold obligations. We then survey the whole building, including communal areas, external walls and the roof, andadvise on the implications of their condition in terms of the obligations that would come with ownership of the flat. We also point out any repairs that might be necessary now or in future and draw on our expertise in licences to alter identify previous alterations that might not have been noticed. Finally, we contact the landlord or managing agent to find out about service charges, sinking funds and any planned future works. This way we can identify any financial risks that would come with the purchase of the flat.

In conducting surveys, we draw on our in-depth knowledge of both the technical aspects of the construction and maintenance of buildings and the legal aspects of leases, especially in the context of leasehold properties in blocks of flats. All this means a survey by Earl Kendrick is anything but ‘bog standard’.

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