Case Study 2 – Consideration of Third Party Costs


Introduction:

When completing a delivery to the property in question, the client’s vehicle reversed into the third party’s garden wall causing structural damage.

 



Basis of Appointment:

Our client had accepted liability for the damage and agreed for the  third party to engage his own contractor.

The third party’s contractor had advised our client that the 1940’s bespoke construction of the wall had been completely compromised following the impact and that since the brickwork was of a non-standard type, it would be prohibitively expensive to reinstate as existing. The contractor had suggested that the most economical resolution would be replacement of the existing wall with a hand built random stone wall to match the adjoining property.

Completion of this option was quoted at £6,937 (net).

Findings:

Recognising that this represented a significant case of betterment, our surveyor engaged with one of our approved repair contractors in order to establish if, as suspected, the bespoke elements of the wall could be saved and the non-standard bricks cleaned for re-use.

 

An additional option was also considered which involved reconstruction on a like for like basis, utilising new materials which were as closely matched to the originals as possible.

 

Outcome:

In conjunction with our approved contractor, our surveyor determined that the existing wall could be either rebuilt or repaired as above and considering the third party’s right to claim for a matching reinstatement, costs were agreed in the sum of £2,979 (net) to complete the more labour intensive stage repair with cleaned and re-used materials.

 

Client benefit:

On this occasion, the third party decided not to utilise the reinstatement service offered, however the client was able to utilise our report and its confirmed costs to avoid incurring costs linked to the betterment of the third party's property and was ultimately able to agree settlement at a figure much lower than that originally quoted.

 

Overall Saving to client - £3,958 (net)

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