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We’ve designed our Executive Summaries within our Bespoke RICS bench marked Reports specifically to help solicitors, property buyers and mortgage brokers save countless valuable working hours, reduce the risk of errors, and improve their services.

We’ve just made building surveys easier.

The property transaction process in England and Wales can be protracted to put it lightly, tedious in some cases, to be frank. This is true not just for buyers, but solicitors, agents and financial advisors.

Issues in the process often come down to a lack of communication between all those involved causing delays at best case and costing money in a worst case.

At Fourth Wall Building Consultancy, we’ve created a new way of working and bespoke reporting format to solve this problem. We’re a team of dynamic RICS Chartered Surveyors that’s seeking to remove the antiquated ways of the progression and create innovative surveys that work for all those involved in the property buying process.

We call this ‘The Fourth Wall Standard’. In short, our standard makes understanding property more straightforward, jargon free, and accessible to property buyers, thier solicitors, conveyancers, estate agents and mortgage advisors.

We’ve designed our Executive Summaries within our Bespoke RICS bench marked Reports specifically to help solicitors, property buyers and mortgage brokers save countless valuable working hours, reduce the risk of errors, and improve their services.

The report contains information ranging from property descriptions and urgent defects to regulatory compliance issues and legal matters we have noted. All clearly outlined with any recommended further investigations based on the findings of our inspection.

All accessible at the front of the report, so within a few minutes you know exactly what you need to be focusing on.

What’s included in a Bespoke Fourth Wall Building Survey?

Our Executive Summary’s prevent you from having to search through every detail of the survey report just to find the information that’s relevant to you. Our reports are detailed yet concise, easy to understand yet actionable. In short, our Home Survey and Building Survey Reports are broken down into four main categories:

Introduction

We’ll summarise all the key details you need to know about your client’s property, including its age, size, outdoor areas, and number of rooms.

Overall Summary of Building Fabric & Services

We highlight all urgent defects and safety risks to occupants in our reports so that you can take fast action for the sake of your clients.

Regulatory Compliance

We outline our overall comments of Planning Requirements for development, including whether the property is Grade Listed or located in a Conservation Area; National Park, or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We also provide comment on works to the property which would require Building Regulations approval, whether any documentation was already available to us, or where further investigations are required.

We also outline any work to the property which would fall within the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996, whether any documentation was already available to us, or where further investigations are required.

Lastly, we’ll comment on any other relevant legislation which may require further documentation, depending on the type or use of the property, for example Flats or House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Legal Matters

We clearly outline legal issues noted as part of our inspection including potential boundary discrepancies, recommended warranties, guarantees, leasehold considerations, right of way and easement queries specific to the property.

Further Investigations

We clearly outline further investigations relating to defects identified within the main body of the report, so you can immediately see what should be actioned next.

More solicitors, mortgage advisors and agents are using our surveying services

Save Time and Money

Our RICS Level 2 & 3 Surveys are tailored to each property, providing clear and jargon free advice on a range of issues from the everyday to the complex. Our surveyors are trained to present issues in context to ensure our clients and their advisors gain a thorough understanding and issues aren’t blown out of proportion.

The Fourth Wall Standard Executive Summaries are designed to give direct access to the key issues, without having to spend hours reading through very long and detailed reports to find the parts relevant to you.

Clear, Straightforward Communication

We’ll work directly with you to provide a copy of the report and answer any questions directly to ensure matters are dealt with efficiently to avoid delays or miscommunication. All documentation relating to a survey is available from anywhere with our client portal.

Better outcomes and more completed transactions

We believe we’re here to enable people to buy property, not slow things down, create stress or scare people. Pragmatic, measured advice accessible to all is what’s needed to keep the many wheels of a transaction turning. Our bespoke reporting and post survey support ensures information is easy to find when its needed, giving buyers reassurance when they need it.

Learn more and see how we can work together

If you’re tired of seeing long, convoluted and often boring building surveys; slowing things down, difficult to understand without clear direction. Give our team of expert, independent surveyors a call today, or drop us an email to see how we can bring property surveys into the 21st century.

Get in touch ➡️
contact us via reimagine@fourthwallbc.com / 0161 706 1131 / 0114 400 0254.
Joshua Weston BSc (Hons) MRICS

By Joshua Weston BSc (Hons) MRICS

Josh founded Fourth Wall in late 2020 having had a wide ranging experience of projects and professional instructions across the North West and the UK at various scales and stages of development, design and delivery. He works closely with clients and consultant teams on principally residential and commercial schemes, with a keen interest in appointments which provide social value and rejuvenate existing heritage sites to create interesting and engaging spaces.

Josh studied Building Surveying at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and before founding Fourth Wall worked at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) on a range of commercially led professional appointments and developments, predominantly for institutional investor, transport and public sector clients, across Manchester and the North of England.

Josh has a focused interest in how modern technology and media influence our use of buildings and the practices within the profession, and how this can be engaged to enhance our clients’ experience with the assets they own, manage, or occupy.

When he’s not looking up at building facades or skulking on rooftops, Josh can be found indulging his wildly eclectic taste in food, both inside and outside the kitchen, and exploring the world one beach bar or sunrise mountain top at a time.

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