Services

I provide a range of surveying services to suit a range of building types and requirements from clients. These are all based on RICS guidance and can provide services that surpass standard surveys available in the market place. I ensure that anyone wanting to find out everything there is to know about a house can come to me for the answer. I have researched and worked with a number of specialists to ensure I can provide reliable, consistent information at reasonable cost and good value.

Types of Survey

Level 2 Plus

Based on the Homebuyer RICS survey, this survey checks everything and points out all the defects. This is ideal for new homes where we don’t expect to find problems but you need peace of mind there is nothing serious. Any defects noted would need further investigation. As a bonus I provide you with optional extras for explanations of defects, all at a set price. This allows you to benefit from my expertise without having to reinstruct or pay for return visits and to provide you with cost certainty. This makes for a superior product that many home buyers value.

Level 3 Comprehensive

This is based on the RICS Level 3 survey and is bundled with the options most clients select and value. This is a convenient way to get the most comprehensive service you can expect in a single easy to understand package. It is ideal for older properties where you need detailed explanation of defects with costs and includes expert opinions from an electrician and heating engineer.

Level 3 Build Your Own

This is where you get to control every aspect of the survey for yourself. It allows you to focus only on those things that concern you most. This service is ideal for project homes, listed buildings or properties that have specific issues you need detailed guidance on. You can elect to join me on site for half an hour to get first hand initial opinion. Clients find this service particularly valuable as they can elect to omit areas they are confident they can assess themselves. If you have a project house you intend to refurbish the survey can be tailored to focus on those parts you feel hold the greatest risk. I can provide insight into how well your proposals fit into the structure and give advice on typical project costs.

Site Visits & Single Defect Reports

This service is designed to get you answers quickly and to get you focused on the right track. You can book me to come to your home to review a problem and give you initial advice. This can range from damp to cracks in walls. If you want to go on to receive a full report I can provide a single defect report. This can either be in bullet points or to fully compliant expert witness report standard. Clients with more experience in property use me as a first opinion on project homes and buy to let purchases.

Fact Sheets

Glossary

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  • Casement

    A hinged opening framework within a composite window or door frame.

  • Cavity Wall

    External wall, comprising inner and outer skin. Brick or block with space between. Properly constructed it is more resistant to damp penetration than solid wall and improves thermal insulation.

  • Cavity Wall Tie

    A fixing used to bind both leaves of a cavity wall together.

  • Cesspool / Pitt

    Water tight chamber in which sewage effluent is collected. Has to be emptied at intervals.

  • Chartered Building Surveyor

    An RICS chartered surveyor specifically trained on building defects, refurbishment projects and legal processes.

  • Chartered Valuation Surveyor

    An RICS chartered surveyor specifically trained to undertake valuations of property for lending or legal purposes. Most straight forward residential surveys are carried out by valuation surveyors

  • Circuit Breaker

    A device located inside the electrical fuse board designed to shut of the power to portions or all of the house if there is a short circuit.

  • Collar (in roof)

    A horizontal length of timber joining pairs of opposing rafters within a roof structure, fixed so as to prevent the feet of each rafter from spreading.

  • Completion

    The day on which the sale or purchase of a property happens; usually the day that you move.

  • Condition of Sale

    A legal term of the contract governing the purchase.

  • Contract

    The legally binding agreement between buyer and seller.

  • Conveyancing

    General term for the legal process of buying and selling houses.

  • Corbel

    The triangular, decorative and supporting member that holds a mantel or horizontal shelf.

  • Cornice

    Coving to a ceiling or over a door head.