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For all prospective clients, we issue an initial budget estimate to offer an idea of feasibility, although this is subject to change, particularly if the design scope changes during the design development stage. In your specific case, our initial estimate was based on a scheme of 20 sqm. Following your instruction to proceed with Design Phase, we carried out the full measured survey and undertook the detailed design consultation. Following this meeting it became apparent that your preference was for a larger scheme of c. 30 sqm. This led to a proportionate increase in the budget estimate which was notified to you in writing immediately following the survey. It is our intention to be as realistic as possible with build estimates, however costs can change as the design process develops and it is for this reason we offer a two-stage process and place no obligation to build with us. Where clients do instruct us to build for them, you are right to point out that we sub-contract the works and coordinate this with our team of project managers.
We are very sorry to hear that you didn’t feel more guided within the Design Phase. We pride ourselves on our design process and assign a dedicated designer to work with you during the design development period. You explored various different options during this period, including three initial options which was followed by seven amended drawing sets. We offer unlimited amendments during this period and always offer advice and guidance on your design.
The Party Wall Service concluded with two consents from both of your adjoining owners (industry standard have approx. 70% of adjoining owners dissent). Consents save you time and money, and as a result, we feel this was a very positive outcome for you. We always recommend completing a Schedule of Condition for your own protection during the Build, but it is at you and your neighbour’s discretion as to whether you have one. We can confirm it is not company policy to suggest that a Schedule of Condition is a requirement of Building Control (which it is not) and having investigated this with the team, it is unclear to us how this misunderstanding arose.
On occasion, and when asked, we might recommend third party suppliers. This is done with best endeavours and we only recommend individuals we have worked with in the past as we can vouch for their quality of service. We can confirm that when we do recommend Party Wall Surveyors we do so impartially and we do not receive a commission for these referrals. A full breakdown of our costs is available to all clients – both existing and prospective – and in this regard we feel that our pricing structure is fair and transparent.
We are pleased that we have been able to assist your building contractor as works progressed on site and we remain available to answer any further queries that may arise. We wish you all the best with the build and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you feel any of your grievances remain unaddressed.
London, Greater London SW9 9AJ