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Grafton Building Consultancy Welcome to Grafton Building Consultancy, an independent Chartered Building Surveying Practice located in Hertford. At Grafton Building Consultancy, we offer expert, professional advice at every stage of the property lifecycle. As Chartered Building Surveyors we are the principal profession to appoint and act impartially to administer the act. We can act on your behalf, as Building Owners, Adjoining Owners or the Agreed Surveyor.

We know how worrying it can be when you notice a crack or damp staining within your home, or indeed any other defect. We can identify and diagnosis the cause of water ingress, mould growth, structural movement or timber decay. Whether you are moving home and require a Building Survey of HomeBuyers Report or a Schedule of Condition to a lease or Party Wall, we are able to undertake these on your behalf.

We offer advice on planned building maintenance including the formulation of planned preventative maintenance (PPM) programmes and guidance on physical implementation of maintenance work.
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read more › We are a small firm of Chartered Building Surveyors regulated by the RICS based in Hertford, offering expert professional advice at every stage of the property lifecycle. With over 15 years expertise in commercial, education, leisure and residential surveying whether you need a feasibility study for a new building, office refurbishment, building survey, party wall advice or even an extension to your home Grafton Building Consultancy will be able to assist you. We do not go travelling nationwide for our clients, we seek local opportunities thus enabling us to be proactive to meet clients demands.

read more › In each area of service that we offer, we promise that you will receive the very best legal treatment in the industry. We know how worrying it can be when you notice a crack or damp staining within your home, or indeed any other defect. We can identify and diagnosis the cause of water ingress, mould growth, structural movement or timber decay. Whether you are moving home and require a Building Survey of HomeBuyers Report or a Schedule of Condition to a lease or Party Wall, we are able to undertake these on your behalf.

read more › Our architectural work encompasses new builds, extensions, conversions, refurbishments & listed building work using innovative or traditional materials and techniques, for both residential and commercial premises. Through initial consultation we will develop your ideas and combine our architectural expertise to produce a feasible design. We ensure that designs are functional for the application and effectively blend the styling, environment and usage. We will find the extra light and space you didn't know you had, suggest materials you hadn't thought of and can if required, guide you to the right builder at a fair price.

read more › We know how worrying it can be when you notice a crack or damp staining within your home, or indeed any other defect. We can identify and diagnose the cause of water ingress, mould growth, structural movement or timber decay. If further investigations are required we have expertise to call upon and manage these specialists acting as a single point of contact. Following the diagnosis we can produce remedial works specifications and drawings where required and oversee the implementation of the works through to completion.

read more › Buying a house is considered one of the most expensive and stressful times of our lives. As a result it can be tempting to cut corners, or hope for the best. However, we have found that more and more people are turning to professionals from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to provide a report that can be used not only as a guide for whether the property being bought is a sound investment, but also as a tool for negotiating on the purchase price. At Grafton Building Consultancy we are able to undertake Building Surveys and HomeBuyers Reports excluding the property valuation and estimated rebuilding (or "reinstatement") cost of the property for insurance purposes.

read more › We have carried out the role of Contract Administrator on numerous projects with experience of contract values from 25k to 3m covering a multitude of project types within education, office, industrial, residential and leisure sectors. We have extensive experience in working on extensions, new builds, construction and refurbishment projects, common area refurbishments, roof renewals and external repairs and redecoration contracts within occupied buildings. We are also able to assist and oversee works on historic buildings, both listed and within conservation areas.

read more › We have a wealth of knowledge in the education sector and an understanding of the drivers and constraints. We can help to deliver innovative, sustainable and affordable solutions that meet the education objectives of a project or programme. There is no giving you something which isn't suitable, we have a reputation to uphold and we therefore listen and engage with you as the client. We are used to hitting projects hard during school holidays, but still have a practical sense on longer projects of segregating contractors and the school during term time.

read more › We provide insurance reinstatement services when a building has been damaged following an insured event such as fire, flood or water damage, storm damage or impact damage. We are appointed and act on behalf of the insured party to oversee the insurance reinstatement process and restore the property back to its original condition. This usually follows the appointment of a loss adjuster by the insurance company. We work with them and the insured to ensure the complicated process of building restoration is carried out as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

read more › A Reinstatement Cost Assessment for building insurance purposes is a calculated estimate of the cost to rebuild a property on the basis of total loss, including situations of substantial damage where complete building demolition and rebuilding would be necessary. An accurate cost assessment is important to ensure your building asset is insured for the correct amount, avoiding situations of under and over insurance. If your property is undervalued, insurance payments may not adequately cover the cost of rebuilding.

read more › We offer advice on planned building maintenance including the formulation of planned preventative maintenance (PPM) programmes and guidance on physical implementation of maintenance work. Our experience enables us to offer pragmatic advice to building owners, occupiers and property managers for the full range of existing and new build commercial, residential and public buildings. We can recommend economically viable solutions for maintenance to enhance value and protect property assets, ensuring that the advice given is tailored to meet the client's aspirations for the property and the budget available.

read more › Have you recently been successful with your Condition Improvement Fund - CIF bid and require consultants to take the works forward on your behalf, or have you received assistance from Consultants for the CIF process? We would be pleased to meet with you to provide a more competitive fee quote for administering the works whereby fees could be directed to where it matters - your facilities. We can even evaluate your quotes and re-tender if the tenders appear uncompetitive at a far more competitive fee than your existing consultants.

read more › Another satisfied customer following approval of a single storey extension to a property in Ware. The extension will provide a great new kitchen along with a fantastic dining room with large bi-fold doors all overlooking the rear garden. We made the client aware of the various consultancy process from planning, building regulations and Party Wall matters from the outset along with budgets for the various stages.

read more › The RICS has provided a summary of its actions and UK government requirements in response to the Grenfell Tower fire. The RICS are continuing to offer advice and support to the recently appointed Housing Minister; Devolved Mayors and local administrations; and Government Departments such as DCLG. To respond effectively to the evolving situation, the RICS are convening a working group of industry, and other interested parties. The group will provide expert advice, counsel and immediate assistance when required.

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