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Edwards W G Surveyors W. G Edwards Surveyors Ltd., was incorporated in 1999 by ex-partners of W. G. Edwards & Partners, a general practice partnership formed in 1947. The directors are Chartered Building and Quantity Surveyors respectively and between them have over 80 years of professional experience in all aspects of construction. Our professional staff are all members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

We have offices in Essex and Hampshire which give us the scope to work in London and much of southern England. Our work varies between small one off Inspection Reports to Project Management of multi-million pound building contracts for private and public sector clients. We pride ourselves on a friendly, prompt, professional service and have built up a loyal clientele providing much repeat business over the years.

Our practice is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and we are members of the Surveyors Ombudsman Service.
Highlights

read more › With the value of land, particularly in city centres, so high and the ensuing need to maximise developments, it is not surprising that disputes can occur, often over the smallest difference as to the exact position of a boundary. In residential situations, disputes can occur over the position of hedges, open plan estates with restrictive covenants that prevent the erection of fences, or new neighbours with plans for extensions. In order to establish the truth our surveyors will look at all deeds, covenants, plans and other documentation; then inspect the site, measure it as necessary, and also check on Land Registry Certification.

read more › Our surveyors have many years' experience in the assessment of commercial buildings, having worked for a large number of London's largest property investor clients. These instructions may be for institutional investors wishing to add a property to their portfolio, for purchasers of a freehold interest, or for potential tenants proposing to take a new lease on a full repairing basis. Apart from a detailed site inspection, the work involves a study of construction drawings where available, investigations into the history of the site, and appointment and supervision of professional engineers to report on services.

read more › The original firm of W.G. Edwards was established in 1947 and we have been surveying residential property ever since. We will inspect all parts of a house or flat with a twelve-foot ladder, including a limited assessment of the age and condition of the service plant. We can usually survey a property within one week of instruction. We will report back verbally on the day of inspection and provide a written report within five working days. Our reports include photographs and costs of repair. If required we will attend a meeting to illustrate our findings and advise on savings in the purchase price.

read more › We cannot overemphasise the importance of a properly prepared set of documents prior to obtaining prices and carrying out building work. Whether your intention is to construct a new house or commercial building, to embark on a programme of repair or to alter the property you own, your interest is best protected by having a comprehensive set of drawings and a detailed specification. Without these documents, upon which the contractor can provide an accurate price, you will be unable to properly control both the cost and the timescale of your project.

read more › It is surprising how few tenants think about having a survey of a property carried out before they sign a lease. The repairing covenants are likely to require a tenant to hand a property back to the landlord at the end of the lease in no worse repaired condition than when he took it. Often the exact wording of the lease is significant. The work 'keep' in a lease implies 'put' and this can represent the need for unexpected expenditure. We record in detail the condition of a property and take photographs.

read more › For landlords, we assess the tenant's liability to repair, identify the extent of disrepair, prepare a Schedule and estimate the costs. For tenants, we will assess the requirements of the lease, check the costs and negotiate a settlement with the landlord's surveyor as necessary. The laws relating to dilapidation are complicated and there are various methods of establishing the financial liability which the tenant may owe. Considerable savings have been made for tenants due to the skill and perseverance of our surveyors.

read more › The surveyors at W.G. Edwards have given expert witness on behalf of clients at a variety of court hearings. Our skills have been employed on boundary disputes, cases involving the disputed cost of repairs, rights to light claims, fire insurance assessments, and claims against building contractors for either inadequate or uncompleted work. Before going into court the surveyor must be fully aware of all the facts and have investigated all possibilities. This is essential to ensure that the surveyor's duty to the court is properly fulfilled.

read more › We will provide initial advice regarding the possibility of planning approval, suitability of design to meet your needs, likely cost, competent and trustworthy contractors and overall time scales. The first stage is to sit and discuss your needs and resources. This feasibility exercise is essential to establish the parameters of the scheme. We will then prepare drawings for planning approval, detailed specifications of the work to comply with Building Regulations and cost assessments. On receipt of tenders, we provide a detailed analysis of figures and advice on the best choice of contractors.

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