Get professional help

Your flat is probably your biggest investment and, for many people, it’s their pension. It’s worth getting professional help to protect your investment, get best value for your money, and avoid making costly mistakes.

The upfront cost of using a professional is usually repaid through the savings they can make in helping you do the right thing safely, at the right time, and preventing further problems from occurring.

If you are a well-organised group of owners, with an owners’ association to give leadership, you may be able to undertake some simpler tasks yourself. There is no hard and fast rule about when you need technical help. Much depends on how much you know about your building and your own skills to find and manage really good trades firms.

Use this guide to help you decide at what point you need to get professional assistance.

Management professionals

Many owners benefit from the assistance of professional property factors and managers. These are well-managed and regulated organisations, and flat owners often have a good choice of firms and some housing associations to choose from.

Where owners can’t access a firm, or have owners who don’t want to pay management fees, then self-factoring is required.

Your local council may be able to help where you have difficulty dealing with other owners and builders, but you can also call on solicitorsadvice centres, and mediation bodies.

Solicitors
Solicitors

If you are considering legal action, it is worth talking to a solicitor first. You may be able to get a free first interview or legal aid - ask your…

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Architects
Architects

Architects do not only design new buildings - many also have considerable experience in managing tenement repairs. They will also carry out building condition surveys and prepare maintenance plans. How…

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Surveyors
Surveyors

A building surveyor will help you specify, tender for, and supervise repairs. They will also carry out building condition surveys and prepare maintenance plans. There are several types of surveyor,…

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Quantity surveyors
Quantity surveyors

Often used on larger jobs, a quantity surveyor will normally be brought in by your architect or surveyor. On jobs of the size or larger than a full roof replacement, a…

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Clerk of works
Clerk of works

Employed by the client in a construction project, the job of the clerk of works is to keep an eye on the building works. Employed by the client in a…

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Structural engineers
Structural engineers

A structural engineer can advise on the significance of cracks or subsidence and any remedial measures you need to take. You should enlist the help of a structural engineer if…

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Acoustic engineers
Acoustic engineers

Acoustic engineers are trained in the study of sound and how it moves through different materials. Acoustic engineers can advise on how to deal with noise problems in your building…

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Getting advice
Getting advice

Many areas have local advice centres where you can go to talk through difficulties you're facing. Money advice Finding a money advice centre near you Free legal advice Free legal…

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