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The Value of a Survey

Buying a flat? Never underestimate the value of a survey

   “Many problems that arise in flats after purchase, from licence to alter issues to long-term maintenance requirements, can and should have been spotted before purchase, with a professional survey. Spotting problems in advance means they can be factored into any offer, savi... more

Posted on 26 October, 2017

Earl Kendrick Associates and Finnegan Property Services join forces

Finnegan Property Services are delighted to announce we have now joined Earl Kendrick Associates, Surveyors of the Year for the past four years. We look forward to offering our clients the same personal and professional service, with the added capacity and expertise that comes fo... more

Posted on 12 April, 2017

Surveyor’s diary

Michael Sherlock recounts his journey from plasterer to Operations Manager… How did you become a building surveyor? I left school at 16, enrolled at the college, picked up a plastering trowel and headed straight to site where I worked in the construction industry in the Manches... more

Posted on 17 March, 2017


A Chartered Building Surveyor with ten years’ experience in the industry, Charlie began his career with an architectural practice in London, working on high-end residential properties. He later joined a commercial practice in Central London, where he was able to develop his sk... more

Posted on 16 March, 2017

Condensation a dampener for tenants and landlords

Chartered Surveyor Charlie Kemble-Davies looks at the seasonal problem of condensation and offers tips for breaking the ‘mould’. We have reached  that time of year when condensation can become an issue for both residents and landlords. From October onwards the enquiries star... more

Posted on 25 October, 2016

Making NOTB final at first attempt

Finnegan Property Services made it through to the final of the NOTB (News on the Block) Charity Football Championship at the first attempt. Although our side, The Fabulous Finnegans, was beaten by PMR’s Pink Panthers, we were delighted to progress so far. We donated our runners... more

Posted on 14 June, 2016

Appointing the right contractor

By Damien Finnegan Finding a contractor with the right skills to carry out a major works project can seem like a difficult task. The good news is that it’s not, providing you adopt the right approach. By following the same robust strategy used in preparing and budgeting for maj... more

Posted on 31 May, 2016

How investing in a Building Survey can save buyers thousands in remedial works

By Nicholas Oltarzewski When looking to buy a house, for many it will be the biggest investment decision of their lives. Calling upon the professional services of a building surveyor means that the individual will be receiving an objective and holistic professional opinion on the... more

Posted on 10 May, 2016

Passionate about your career? This Chartered Building Surveyor opportunity is for you

Finnegan Property Services are currently looking for a Chartered Building Surveyor who is confident in their ability to join our growing team. If you are: Driven and enthusiastic with a proven track record Passionate about your career and what you have to offer Dedicated to del... more

Posted on 25 April, 2016

How building surveys help buyers and sellers make the right decisions

By Michael Sherlock Let’s be honest money doesn’t come for free and, as far as most people are concerned, buying a property is most likely to be the largest and most important purchase they will ever make. Especially when considering today’s economic climate, with property ... more

Posted on 7 April, 2016


By Damien Finnegan When buying, selling or living in a property, it is highly advisable to have a full understanding of its true condition. There are many advantages of a survey report and these will differ depending on why the building is being surveyed. There is no doubt that p... more

Posted on 7 April, 2016

Avoiding the ‘ seven deadly sins ’ of block maintenance – don’t get caught in the trap

By Damien Finnegan Having a Planned Maintenance Programme/Capital Expenditure Plan (PMP/Capex Plan) that enables building repairs to be properly scheduled and budgeted for sounds like an obvious solution for the upkeep of blocks of flats and other major buildings. Yet it’s amaz... more

Posted on 5 April, 2016

Is your building at risk from lack of maintenance?

By Damien Finnegan Managing and maintaining blocks of flats effectively require a strategic approach. This not only saves considerable time and money, it will ultimately increase the asset value for all stakeholders in the long term. The most effective strategy for keeping a prop... more

Posted on 30 March, 2016

The top 10 block management oversights on major works

Damien Finnegan, Managing Director of Finnegan Property Services, looks at the most common obstacles to overcome to ensure successful major works project and reveals that it’s all in the planning. When commissioning major works to blocks of flats, it makes sense to plan well, s... more

Posted on 17 March, 2016

Finnegan Property Services Expands Its Surveying Team To Meet a Surge in Demand

Two new building surveyors have been appointed at Finnegan Property Services to help meet the growing demand for the firm’s expanding portfolio of services. Nicholas Oltarzewski and Michael Sherlock together have almost 20 years’ experience in residential and commercial build... more

Posted on 14 March, 2016

Running for a Great Cause

One of Finnegan Property Services’ own is running in the London Marathon for a great cause. Chartered Building Surveyor Lee Davison is running on behalf of Rennie Grove Hospice Care – a wonderful service which provides hospice care at home and in a day hospice for p... more

Posted on 14 March, 2016

Uncovering the cracks in property maintenance

Eamon Roberts, Director at Finnegan Property Services reveals how a relatively simple task of re-asphalting a balcony grew into a major works project, involving eight parties and a year of investigative works and negotiations. You only have to see the damage that water can cause ... more

Posted on 15 January, 2016

Is your project being managed properly?

There is no excuse for a poorly managed project. At the outset of a project, every client understandably expects to see it delivered on time, on or under budget and to an exceptional quality. However, too often failure to achieve this is down to poor project management. A Project... more

Posted on 14 January, 2016

Ring out the old, ring in the new

Ring out the old, ring in the new ! What a year it’s been for the team at Finnegan Property Services. We’ve experienced some big changes, not least launching this new website and moving to a new home. All this has prepared us to start 2016 as we mean to go on. That is to [&he... more

Posted on 17 December, 2015

Planning, budgeting and preparing for major works

Preparation, preparation, preparation – is the key to the success of any major works project. This cannot be stressed strongly enough. Or, to put it another way, ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’. So what constitutes an effective preparation process? Ideally a Planned Maintenanc... more

Posted on 21 October, 2015

Restoration, Restoration, Restoration!

Finnegan Property Services have recently been appointed by a private developer client  to oversee the refurbishment of Crossways a derelict Grade- ll, two-storey house in West London. The project involves the sensitive restoration of this sizeable and attractive building and si... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

Party Wall: Effective for intended use?

What is the ‘intended use’ of a wall? I think we can all agree that most of us understand the main purpose of a wall. However in the eyes of the Party Wall Act there are subtle differences in the ‘intended use’ of a wall, over and above just ensuring that your building re... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

The Board Of Directors Review A Recently Completed Project

The Directors of Rosemont Court Ltd had been exploring options for a major works project on the balcony walkways to their 1930′s block comprising of 40 flats since 2007. The balcony walkways had deteriorated greatly in the last few years and visible rusting was getting worse du... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

Dry Rot: Not your average type of rot

Background Dry rot is the decay due to specific strains of fungi, the most common of which in the UK is known as Serpula Lacrymans, causing the deterioration of timber in buildings. Unlike other more common forms of rot, it is able to spread quickly and not only into surrounding... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

The Party Wall etc. Act – All building owners must be named

The Party Wall etc. Act is commonly known and widely regarded as highly effective in helping avoid potential disputes over work taking place which may impact upon an adjoining property. The Act requires the building owner, who will be the instigator of the works, to serve a ‘no... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

The cost of Health and Safety non-compliance has risen

Following the application of the Fee for Intervention (FFI) coming into force as of the 1st October 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) now has the power to charge offending parties for the cost of investigating and dealing with breaches of health and safety regulations. ... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

Don’t get caught out: Changes to the JCT Minor Works Building Contract

Despite the revised JCT 2011 suite of contracts being in circulation for almost a year, legal disputes resulting from misunderstanding the contract appearing in the industry press is still commonplace. A period of uncertainty often follows a change to standard form construction c... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

Japanese Knotweed: A pragmatic approach

Japanese knotweed was first introduced to the UK from Japan in 1825 as an ornamental plant and it is easy to see why, it is not unattractive. However, nearly two centuries on and despite a number of initiatives and restrictions being in place to prevent the spread of the plant, i... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

Are you ensuring you buildings are ‘fit for purpose’?

Whether it is within our work or our personal life, we spend a considerable amount of time budgeting and prioritising. We constantly look ahead to match our income with expenditure, as well as putting a little away for use in emergencies. We do this because we know that it is ne... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

What does a Chartered Building Surveyor do?

The majority of people have heard of a Building Surveyor, but ask what it is they actually do and many will struggle. The simple answer to this question is that Building Surveyors provide expert professional advice in all aspects of property and construction. This answer may see... more

Posted on 2 October, 2015

The Dangers of Employing the Lowest-Priced Contractor

Two of the most overused adages in construction, and many other industries for that matter, are ‘you get what you pay for’, and ‘there is no substitute for experience’; there is a reason these tiresome sayings have stood the test of time though – they are true. In these... more

Posted on 30 September, 2015

The most common defects Property Managers are often faced with… (Part 1 of 2)

No two buildings are the same. Each will differ in terms of age, design, and construction methods and materials. Other factors such as their location, the elements they are exposed to, how they are used, and modifications made to them over time, will also determine the extent and... more

Posted on 2 January, 2014

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