Published by Hannah King
Posted on 1 April 2020
If a basement conversion is high on your list of home renovations to make, one thing to consider is any disruption and how it will affect your neighbours. Often making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, basement conversions are notorious for causing neighbourly disputes. Follow the rules, however, and you’ll not only gain more space but you’ll also retain good friendships. From great communication to a party wall agreement, we have you covered in this week’s post. Read on for how to stay friends with neighbours when undertaking a basement conversion.
Basement conversions in South-West London are pretty infamous for neighbourhood clashes. Getting to know your neighbours, however, prior to the build will go a long way to keeping them onside. Why not pop over with a gift to explain your intentions and avoid any objections with the local council? If your schedules don’t work a letter is fine with your contact details so they can get in touch.
First of all, what exactly is a party wall agreement? Put into action in 1997, the term states there must be an agreement between the parties on either side of the wall. Essentially this means your neighbour has a say in your basement conversion. The agreement was also put into place to alleviate worries and answer any questions that they might have.
Unless your property is detached, with no immediate neighbours then you will need a party wall agreement. This is a legal agreement between you and your neighbour to commence building work on the shared wall. As we’ve already discussed, good communication is key and you should discuss this with them in person upfront. A party wall agreement through the letterbox could ruffle some feathers and your neighbour will most likely refuse the notice. If you reassure your neighbour that the agreement is in place to help you both and protect both properties, they hopefully shouldn’t have a problem with the next stage and basement work can begin.
Waste and noise are two big issues when it comes to most building projects. If it’s possible to find out your neighbour’s schedule try and liaise the bulk of the work around this. For instance, if you’re using big trucks that take up space, arrange this for when most of the street is at work. Although it won’t always be possible to work around others, at least trying to will be seen as respectful.
Thank you for reading this week’s post which explores courteous basement conversions. If you’re planning on converting your basement and would like to stay friends with neighbours, hopefully, this article has been a great help. Building work can be stressful alone without the added stress of neighbourhood fallouts too. So keep them informed and you won’t go wrong – why not get in touch to discuss a project? Thank you for reading.