Building Regulations to Consider Before Hiring Building Surveyors in London

Building Regulations to Consider Before Hiring Building Surveyors in London

No idea where to start with building control? Don’t worry. When you hire building surveyors in London, they’ll do all the hard work for you. 

If you’re renovating, building or buying a property, the term ‘building regulations’ has probably cropped up at some point or another. While they might sound like a pretty scary concept, they’re actually just a series of guidelines designed to keep your home safe and as environmentally friendly as possible.

Of course, it’s all very well and good throwing around the term ‘building regulations’ without explaining what they actually are. 

We’ve broken down a few of the most universally relevant building regulations that might crop up during your building control experience. 

Stairs

Got stairs in your new property? Chances are, you’ll probably have a handrail to go alongside them. As insignificant a detail as this might seem, building regulations require that every stair bannister is a certain height and depth to maintain complete safety.

Speaking of measurements, you will also need to make sure the ceiling over your stairs exceeds the minimum height, and your landing is over a certain width so as to not compromise areas of access.

Fire

One of the most common and crucial building regulations involves preventing fires, which would (obviously) be catastrophic to the property and potentially its inhabitants. UK regulations require homeowners to have a certain amount of wired fire alarms throughout the property. The exact requirements will depend on the size of the home itself.

If your property has an open-plan design, you may need to install a sprinkler or mist system somewhere in the house, as open-plan homes cannot have fire doors. This will ensure a further layer of security and reassurance from anyone living on the property.

Fans

For obvious reasons, kitchens are one of the most likely places in the house to catch fire.

To ensure you’re not putting your property at unnecessary risk, your building surveyor may ask that you install an efficient extractor fan. This will help to pull the air out to an external area.

It Depends...

…on your property, your location, and many other factors. Your building surveyor will always make a calculated, expert judgement based on an extensive inspection of the property. During that inspection, they will also uncover any building faults that have the potential to cause problems in the future. At the end of the process, you will receive a detailed report explaining their findings, along with expert advice on how you can overcome any issues that arise.

Making Homes Safer One Survey At a Time

We never want anyone to feel unsafe in their home. Our building surveyors are highly versed in the art of inspection and building control, which is what makes our services so unparalleled in the London area. We will always go above and beyond to make sure all our clients are satisfied and happy with our work.

Mid-building project and in need of the all-clear before you can go ahead? That approval is just a phone call away. Give us a call on 02072054938 to chat to one of our friendly staff members. We’re always happy to answer questions, or we can book in an inspection if you need building control services.

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Don’t Start Your Home Extension Until You’ve Considered These 3 Things

Renovating your home can be an exciting time.

It’s a chance for a fresh new start; for you to level up your home and make it a more functional, comfortable, stylish space for you and your family. Unfortunately, several caveats come along with planning a home extension that you need to consider before starting.

We’ve compiled a handy list of all the things you must remember to think about when planning your home extension.

Energy Efficiency is the Way Forward

Nowadays, there are much stricter regulations surrounding the parts of your home that will affect the environment.

Energy efficiency is one of the biggest considerations here. You need to make sure that your extension meets all the necessary standards for thermal efficiency, which can affect various parts of your home. The main things you will need to consider are your windows, insulation, ventilation and wall construction. This may impact your entire design, particularly if you were considering having large expanses of glazing. In order to meet requirements, you may need to install double or triple glazing.

Assess Your Foundations

Over the past 25 years, certain regulations surrounding house foundations have changed, requiring that foundations for an extension must be deep enough for an extra storey to be built later if needed. For this reason, you will need to take a look at your foundations and check whether or not they meet the required standard. If they fail in this regard, it may be worth assessing the rest of your property to see if the extension would be best placed elsewhere. This may be the best option if meeting the regulations prove extremely costly.

Know Your Limitations

Planning an extension can be difficult when it comes to considering your limitations. First, you need to figure out whether or not you will require planning permission to carry out the project. If you’re unsure, we recommend contacting your local planning department and letting them assess the situation.

Even if you don’t require permission, it’s always worth notifying your neighbours before you begin construction, if only to prepare them for any inconveniences when it comes to the building process.

Regardless of the size of your extension, you will need to make a building regulations application. Your building control surveyor will come and assess the space’s suitability for living, considering such elements as the structure, safety, energy efficiency, ventilation, insulation and the materials used.

All Building Control: Building Surveyors For Every Homeowner

There’s a lot that goes into planning, designing and building a home extension. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as having an idea and executing it.

Here at All Building Control, we understand how simultaneously exciting and stressful it can be. We make it our mission to help every client on their journey to happiness and safety in the home.

Still confused about the whole process? We’ve got you. Our expert team are always on hand to help you and answer any questions you have about building control. If you’re planning an extension and need building control services, never hesitate to get in touch with us. We provide unparalleled services in and around the London area and have a real passion for helping our clients build their dream homes.

How to Get Building Control Approval First Time

How to Get Building Control Approval First Time

It’s important to ensure that any building work you do complies with current regulations. This will keep costs down and make sure all projects can go ahead without delays or other complications due to their lack of compliance. Getting your approval can be a nerve-wracking experience, which is why we have compiled a list of top tips for getting it the first time. Keep reading to find out!

Submit the Right Application

The three main options for building control applications are full plans, a notice of proposed work and regularisation (a retrospective application relating to previously unauthorised works). The type of application will have an impact on what supporting documents are required, expected timelines and costs. If you are thinking about adding to your home or starting from scratch, the council must approve the plan of work submitted. A map is required for any extensions and new buildings, so ensure this is compliant with local regulations before submitting. It is common for approval to be rejected due to failure here. You should choose an accredited provider to save time and money.

Do Your Research

Research is an important part of your project, and investing time in it early on can go a long way. Learning the difference between building control and planning permission is vital, as well as knowing your responsibilities. Building regulations are the backbone of any home. They ensure that your house is structurally sound and environmentally safe, so you can live in peace knowing it’s been properly inspected by experts who know their stuff! On the other hand, planning permissions are generally about how the building looks.
You have come to the right place for answers! There are plenty of resources out there that can help guide you through this process. At any point along your journey, whether it be now or later on down the line when things get more complicated, all we need from our clients is honesty, so don’t hesitate to tell us how things stand. Building regulations are subject to change, so it’s important that you stay up-to-date with the most current, authoritative content.

Understand Your Responsibilities

If you’re going down the builder route, it’s vital to make sure they are aware of any regulations your area has in place. You should also make sure you both know who is making sure the regulations are met, and who will be talking to local authorities about the matter. If your builder is registered with a Competent Persons scheme, they may be able to certify some or all of the work that’s being undertaken.
Your Building Control Body (BCB) will likely need to visit the site during various stages of your project. They can advise on what you should expect and how things are going at each stage, ensuring that there are no issues with work being done in relation to certain regulations or laws! There are many things to take into consideration before starting any construction project, including whether or not you need planning permission.

Have You Done This Kind of Job Before?

If possible, it’s always best to choose an experienced builder who has had plenty of practice building the type of structure you are looking for. To ensure they are fully qualified for the job, ask them for details of similar previous projects. You may even be able to call up their previous customers to ask whether you could have a look at the builder’s work. This will give you a rough idea of what you can expect from their work.

Contact All Building Control for the Best Services

Building regulations are a crucial part of construction and are ultimately what will keep you safe. They will also make sure the building is energy efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible. Here at All Building Control, we strive to provide our customers with quality service by conducting thorough examinations and issuing complete reports. All Building Control are the team to call for complete reassurance when it comes to building projects. Contact us today for more information on our services.

 

Building Control Frequently Asked Questions

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Building control is often something people don’t consider when it comes to buying or building properties. As building surveyors, there are certain questions that we get asked time and time again. To make it easier for our current and prospective clients, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answered them as thoroughly as possible. If anything springs to mind that we haven’t covered in this blog, never hesitate to reach out to the friendly team at All Building Control. We are always more than happy to help people understand the process a bit better to make the entire experience as easy as possible.

What are Building Regulations?

Simply put, building regulations are a set of rules laid out by local authorities to ensure properties are structurally safe and efficient, among other things. While they are in place primarily to keep anyone who enters the building as safe as possible, they also cover elements such as energy efficiency and accessibility for disabled people.

Will I Need Building Control?

This typically depends on the project. However, building control is generally required for most major construction works. Common projects necessitating building control include extensions and conversions. You will need to apply for building regulations in order for the building control team to check your work abides by the guidelines. 

When Don’t I Need Building Control?

While most major works will require building control, there are several smaller projects that won’t involve our input. You won’t need to apply for building control when it comes to maintenance work, garden walls or fences, minor repairs and additional power or lighting points and switches, unless they are around a bath or shower. Greenhouses, temporary buildings, small conservatories or porches, covered yards, small garages, and some ancillary buildings are amongst the few buildings that do not require building control approval.

Should I Tell My Neighbours About My Building Project?

We always strongly recommend talking to your neighbours about your building works, particularly if they are likely to be affected by noise, dust or the finished work. If your construction project involves shared walls or boundaries, you may need to get your neighbours’ permission through a Party Wall Agreement. If you are unsure how to go about this process, the team at All Building Control are more than happy to help you with the process.

What Happens If My Work Doesn’t Comply With Building Regulations?

Should your local council building control team deem your work to be below certain standards, you may be asked to either alter or pull it down. In cases where people continually fail to meet building regulation standards, local authorities may issue a fine or pursue legal action. 

Can I Get Retrospective Building Control Approval?

If you failed to apply for building control whilst in the construction phase or your property’s previous owner did not acquire the proper approval, you could apply for regularisation. This process involves a building surveyor performing an inspection of your property and assessing whether or not it meets the correct standards. If it falls short, your surveyor will provide expert advice on how best to improve the property and make it safer and more efficient. Once the amendments have been made, they can issue you the relevant approval certificates.

How Do I Start?
Got a construction project in the works? We’re here for you. Do yourself a favour and contact the expert team at All Building Control for the best service you could hope for. We are passionate about our work and will always go above and beyond for every single one of our clients.

 

 

What to Ask Your Builder Before Beginning a Project

What to Ask Your Builder Before Beginning a Project

As building surveyors, it is our role to check in on construction projects, ensure they are running smoothly and comply with regulations, and offer advice on how to improve the process. When it comes to your property, we know you want nothing less than the best. That’s why it’s so essential to ensure your builder is professional, qualified and will complete your project to the highest quality possible. We have compiled a list of questions we highly recommend asking your builder before starting to ensure they are the best person for the job.

Do You Offer Written Quotes?

In order to know you are getting the most bang for your buck, we suggest getting a minimum of three quotes from various builders. This will ensure your price is reasonable and that the builder is aware of everything you want doing during the building process. Always make sure to ask for a written quote so that you can ensure that everything is detailed. It should break down every aspect of the job. This will give you a more accurate estimation than a verbal quote and should reassure you that your money is going to good use. It should include details of the completion date, safety on site, waste management, working hours and onsite toilet facilities.

When Can You Start?

Many builders are in high demand and cannot afford to start work on a brand new project right away. For this reason, you need to make sure you are both on the same page about when the project is beginning and how long roughly it will take to complete. This will allow you to avoid any confusion and strengthen the communication between you and your builder.

How Many Jobs Are You Currently Working On?

As mentioned above, you need to make sure both you and the builder are on the same page throughout the entire process to prevent any mixups. Their answer to this question will likely vary depending on the size of their team. It’s not unusual for bigger teams to take on several construction projects at once, as they have the employees and resources to do so efficiently. However, if the team is significantly smaller, they may prefer to focus on one project at a time. We recommend avoiding small builders who opt to take on multiple projects at once, as it may be that the quality of your project is compromised for the sake of their busy schedule.

Have You Done This Kind of Job Before?

If possible, it’s always best to choose an experienced builder who has had plenty of practice building the type of structure you are looking for. To ensure they are fully qualified for the job, ask them for details of similar previous projects. You may even be able to call up their previous customers to ask whether you could have a look at the builder’s work. This will give you a rough idea of what you can expect from their work.

Get in Touch With Expert Building Surveyors to Make the Most Out of Your Project

Throughout your construction project, you need to make sure that the builder’s work is safe, energy-efficient and liveable. Otherwise, you risk your future safety and may have to pay out large sums for maintenance and repairs. Here at All Building Control, we conduct thorough examinations of properties to uncover any issues, providing you with a complete report detailing any problems we advise getting seen. For complete reassurance when it comes to your building project, get in touch with the team at All Building Control today.

 

Why Do You Need a Building Surveyor?

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Many people looking into buying a new house or involved in construction projects are pretty oblivious when it comes to building surveillance. If you’re a first-time buyer, you might not even know what building surveying is, why is why we’re here to tell you just how important it is.
To put it plainly, a building surveyor inspects properties before people move in to ensure it is structurally safe, energy-efficient and inhabitable. Once they have inspected the property, it is the building surveyor’s job to liaise with the builders, contractors, architects and engineers to ensure they are doing their job properly and take on all the advice they are given concerning the safety of the property. Every building should comply with legal regulations to guarantee its total security. It should also abide by environmental laws to avoid wreaking havoc on the planet.

When Might I Need a Building Surveyor?

While many often only associate building surveillance with new builds, either residential or commercial, they are also often necessary for other instances, such as when you are planning an extension or renovation of your existing property. Equally, it may be essential to have a property surveyed if you are hoping to move into a new home. This will ensure you are aware of all the potential risks and defects of the property before you decide whether or not to go ahead with your purchase.

What Will They Do?

Your building surveyor will perform a thorough examination of the property or land to identify any potential risks or faults and determine how to advise the property contractors. Their report will inform you of how best to repair and maintain the property. In the case of new builds, they will oversee the entire project, from the initial planning stages all the way through to completion. This will ensure the whole project goes smoothly. Their extensive list of connections in the construction sector and management expertise will likely also prove highly useful throughout your project.

It’s no secret that property buying can be a stressful experience for everyone involved, especially if you’re looking to build one from scratch. Hiring a professional building surveyor can relieve this stress in countless ways, as they will essentially do all the complex and tricky bits for you. Throughout your project, they will also be available to answer any and all of your questions and provide expert advice for speeding the process along. Your surveyor will likely become the main point of contact for everybody working on the project, minimising confusion and taking some of the hassles off your shoulders.

What Else Can They Do For Me?

The role of a building surveyor doesn’t end with inspections. Here at All Building Control, our surveyors are also experts in handling party wall matters, assisting with planning permissions and carrying out statutory consultations with local fire and sewage authorities where necessary. When your inspection has finished, they will issue you and the local authority an official certificate proving satisfactory completion of building works.

Contact All Building Control For the Best Service

We are a Corporate Approved Inspector and always make it our mission to go above and beyond for our customers. Our team is passionate about what they do and always makes sure to meet the standards set by ISO 9001. If you’d like to enquire about our services or receive a free quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team today.

Building Surveyors in Chelsea and Why You Need One

Building Surveyors in Chelsea

Since it is the responsibility of property owners to ensure that every building work carried out in their home is completed following the national state laws, the demand for professional building surveys is always relatively high. Look for experienced building surveyors, and they will assist you with various categories of work as determined by the director of building control, such as regulatory oversights and building permits.

What Is The Work Of A Building Surveyor?

The primary task undertaken by Building Surveyors in Chelsea is to provide property owners with independent oversight of a building while it is being constructed. They survey the condition of the building during the construction process and after construction work is completed. It assures that the building is energy-efficient, accessible, and safe.

They work with engineers, draftspeople, architects and other designers. If they find that the building was not constructed in complying with the approved plans or any risk at the site, they will issue an Order or Building Notice. Unless the building surveyor gives a building permit, construction workers can’t do the building work. They might also have to stop working if the work is not liable for a building permit under the Building Regulations. As a property owner, you will have better peace of mind if the building work is done following the Building Act, Building Regulations, and Building Permits.

Few Vital Tasks Undertaken By Building Surveyors In Chelsea

  • Assess and approve applications for building permits.
  • Appoint a registered building inspector to assess the condition of the building and building work on their behalf.
  • Approve the building use if found appropriate
  • Carry out building inspections and issue building permits
  • Occupation of building approval
  • Issue certificates for occupancy permits and final inspection

How Do Building Surveyors Enforce Safety And Building Standards?

  • Enforce directions to deal with the non-compliant building work
  • Municipal building surveyors can make emergency orders
  • Make building orders

When Do You Have To Hire A Building Surveyor?

  • You have undertaken a new construction project
  • Planning to make some repairs or structural alterations in your existing building
  • Alterations that can change the size, use or height of a building
  • Want to retain fences and walls

Importance Of A Building Permit

A registered building surveyor issues a Building Permit or Construction Permit; it states the documentation and plans of a proposed building work that fulfils all the requirements of the Building Regulations, The Building Act and the Building Code. It would help if you had the Building Permit for commercial buildings as it approves that you can continue working. It is mandatory for major renovations, new buildings, alterations, demolitions and extensions.

Since the services offered by a building surveyor are so important, it’s time you start looking for someone experienced in Chelsea. All Building Control has a highly focused and professional team of building surveyors, so contact us today to find out more.

3 Common Issues Building Surveyors Can Help You Identify

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If you plan to sell your home, you have to consider many things. One of them is the condition of your building. Take a closer look and if you notice that the walls, windows, doors, fixtures and appliances have become old or worn, get them replaced before it’s too late. You may be surprised to know that you can upgrade and renew the visual appeal of your bedroom, kitchen and living room by hiring the right professional for a building survey. You can quote a higher selling price if you make a few changes and enhance the aesthetic value of your home’s interior.

Identify These Issues By Hiring Building Surveyors In London

•     Discolouration
Though white walls can make any room look beautiful, they are prone to yellowing, impacting the room’s visual appeal and making the surface stains and dirt more visible. The best you can do is hire someone to paint the walls once you notice signs of discolouration. You can ask your building surveyors to suggest colours that will suit the design of your building.

•     Broken Doors And Windows
When it comes to doors and windows, issues can occasionally crop up over time, impacting the price of your property. They can bend or break if you fail to approach the correct installer. Since broken window panes are susceptible to significant damages later, get them replaced before you hire a building surveyor. Choose something durable instead of something fancy.

•     Old Or Faulty Electrical Cords
The quality of your house’s electrical system and cords can impact its structural integrity. Over time, electrical cords become old and faulty and can suddenly break or fail, making the electrical system useless. Broken cords can also be quite dangerous for your pets and kids. Sometimes, building surveyors in London will advise homeowners to hire an electrician for better peace of mind.

Choose Experienced Building Surveyors

If you want to identify the issues in your house, make sure you choose the right building surveyor. Look for a company with years of industry presence to ensure they will do a good job. The building surveyors at All Building will perform plan checking, site inspections and issue you Building Regulations Approval and Completion Certificates. They can also assist clients with Party Wall Act 1996 matters.

Five Reasons To Choose Experienced Building Surveyors In Kensington

Building Surveyors Kensington

Building surveying is an easy way to decide whether the land you are purchasing is worth your investment. It plays a very vital role in almost every construction project. Choosing the best building surveyors in Kensington can be a daunting task. If you want to reap all the benefits of this service, you must ensure you are using experienced building surveyors. Only an expert can make the process hassle-free for you.

Looking For Building Surveyors In Kensington? Benefits Of Choosing Someone Experienced

• Understanding of What You Need

Only an experienced surveyor will understand what you really need from the service. The focus of the right professional is always on fulfilling your needs at the best possible price.

• Expert Knowledge

Experienced building surveyors in Kensington should not only be experts in their field, but should also gather sufficient information about a property before surveying it. The professionals at All Building Control have successfully delivered numerous construction projects, ranging from small-scale residential buildings to large-scale commercial developments.

• Dedication to the Job

For you to get the most out of their services, your building surveyor needs to be totally committed to your project. Always make sure to hire a company with a good reputation, as they are most likely to put in maximum time and effort to maintain their standing in the industry.

• Fewer Disagreements

Experienced building surveyors know how to work and communicate efficiently with their clients to avoid confrontation and disagreements. A good building surveyor should understand that each client they liaise with will have a different way of communicating, and will be able to tailor their services to suit each individual.

• Honesty

Most homeowners thinks that their property is flawless and very valuable. When you hire someone experienced in building surveying, they will perform a thorough assessment and be honest with you about their results. They will let you know whether you are quoting a very high or low price for your property so you can make any necessary changes.

Taking these points into account, it’s time you get in touch with the skilled building surveyors at All Building Control. We are highly experienced in Building Surveillance and can assist clients with any Party Wall Act matters.