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We are an Award Winning firm of RICS Regulated Surveyors. We are residential Surveyors that specialise in RICS HomeBuyer Reports (Level 2's), Building Surveys (Level 3's) and Property Valuations. We have expert Surveyors near you. Our Surveyors are employed by us directly and this is one reason our service is second to none. We regularly save our clients tens of thousands of pounds by finding defects that are not easy to see with an untrained eye.

We are still a Family Run Business and we really care about what we do. Our Corporate Statement: 'To be Rated Excellent by our clients, whilst promoting the highest possible Professional and Ethical Standards in the Surveying Industry'. Our Surveyors carry out HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys (sometimes referred to as Full Structural Surveys) as well as Private Valuations for many purposes, such as Help-to-Buy and Probate.

We further aim to issue our reports within 5 working days after the inspection. Our Surveyors are based locally to each area that we operate.

read more › The Mortgage Valuation-Surveyor will only be at the property for a very short period of time, if at all. Some Mortgage Valuations are done at a desktop, online, or simply by driving past the property. Even if the Mortgage Valuation-Surveyor does attend the property, he/she will carry out a very brief inspection, mainly to asses the quality of the fittings and general presentation. A Homebuyer Report (Level 2) and Building Survey (Level 3) however, cover all aspects of the property, right from the chimneys to the drainage.

read more › It is often difficult to decide which survey to choose. We are keen that you have the survey you want and more importantly, the survey you require. The Home Buyer Survey Level 2 Report is suitable for most traditionally built (brick and tile) properties that have not been significantly extended or altered, are found to be in a reasonable condition and are built after 1900. All aspects of the property are covered within this report including environmental issues: such as landfill sites, flooding, and more recently - the HS2 high speed train line.

read more › We are Multi Award Winning Building Surveyors, who provide detailed Level 3 Home Building Survey Reports. A Building Survey (RICS Level 3) is suitable for all residential properties in almost any condition. The Building Survey Level 3 Home Report provides a full picture of the property's construction and condition. Guidance is also provided for remedial works and associated impending problems - including estimated costs of repair/improvement works. We are an Award Wining Surveying Company, we are rated Excellent and we have over 1500 genuine reviews!

read more › We are a Multi Award Wining firm of Chartered Surveyors, providing Home Buyer Survey Reports (RICS Level 2). We are rated Excellent, with over 1500 reviews!. The Home Survey Level 2 report has been designed to give you concise information about the condition of a property. The RICS Home Buyer Level 2 Survey Report is suitable for all traditionally built houses and apartments, built after 1900, that appear to be in a reasonable condition. The report will help reveal defects that are not easily spotted by an untrained eye.

read more › We are Multi Award Wining Surveyors that carry out Property Valuations on a National Level. We have many years experience delivering Valuation reports to our clients. We are rated Excellent and have over 1500 reviews!. We provide residential property valuations for many purposes, including, but not limited to, Help-to-Buy, Shared Ownership, Tax, Probate and Private Sale. The Surveyor who would carry out the Valuation report will be local to your area; assuring that we provide you with an accurate valuation.

read more › Asbestos is found by most surveyors in London and all over the country almost every day. Asbestos was a common material used in most properties before 1980 and was used in some materials right up until the year 2000. Asbestos is not normally a problem unless it is disturbed and the substance becomes airborne. You will however obviously disturb the asbestos if some work is required to the material and therefore it is good to know whereabouts asbestos is in your property. Our surveyors will be able to alert you to the location of the different types of asbestos in your prospective property and whether or not maintenance is required.

read more › Surveyors often find dampness affecting a property, particularly in older buildings. In fact, in many older buildings, dampness is extremely difficult to completely eradicate but it can be managed if the correct procedures are in place. Many companies will inject walls with chemicals, which we have found, in most circumstances, to be ineffective. Our surveyors have found that putting remedial action in place such as striping non-breathable gypsum plaster and re-plastering with a lime plaster will help to release moisture from the wall; although, cement pointing should also be chopped out and replaced with a lime-based mortar.

read more › Our surveyors find that chimney stacks can suffer from many types of defects due to the amount of exposure they receive from elements. Continuous stress from the weather can make older chimneys lean, which of course can mean the occupant's safety is at risk. A certain degree of lean can be acceptable but eventually, most taller chimneys will require partial or complete reconstruction. Surveyors find other defects can pose less risk to the occupants but can be quite serious for the property, such as ripped or dislodged flashing.

read more › Faulty drainage is a very common defect found by our surveyors, especially when surveying older properties. Particularly in some areas where there are many old buildings, such as York, drainage pipes are usually brittle and generally have little protection; then, slight degrees of movement in the ground can cause cracks to appear in the runs allowing water to soften the earth/substrata around them. This can be a problem when the drain runs close to a property as the pipework is usually below the foundations.

read more › The Victorians were amazing in many ways and we have much to thank them for, but bringing Japanese Knotweed to the U.K. is not one of them! Japanese Knotweed, also known as JKW, originated in Asia with its growth controlled by environmental factors. Here in the U.K. however the plant has no natural predators, and due to its rapid growth (up to 10cm per day), it outperforms other native plants to the point that if left untreated the emerging shoots can exploit weaknesses in brick, metal piling and even tarmac which can in turn cause damage to buildings.

read more › Our surveyors find that masonry paint has been used prolifically in places like London and York. It is often used on older buildings that have been rendered, including rows of Edwardian townhouses in London and traditional timber-framed buildings in York. This may not be an issue if it is used on masonry that is likely to remain dry, but any dampness within the building can cause the paint to blister as well as the masonry to perish. It is not always possible for a surveyor to identify the type of paint that has been used, but mineral paint can also be acceptable as this allows the masonry to breathe.

read more › Surveyors consider the way in which a property supports vertical and lateral loads through its fabric. It is therefore assessed whether the structural parts of the building i.e. walls, floors and roof, will provide adequate strength and rigidity at all times. Although dwellings can be built in a number of different shapes and sizes, all must satisfy constructional principles which will ensure that the building does not fail when built or when reasonable loads are placed upon it. Lateral restraint to the walls is usually provided by load-bearing masonry, internal partitions, fixed wall plates, floor and ceiling joists.

read more › Perished brickwork is probably one of the most common defects found by our surveyors. The phenomenon can be associated with other issues that either cause the problem or exasperate it. Something as simple as using materials that are unsympathetic to the building can cause masonry to deteriorate, such as cement based mortars and renders. Cement pointing can help to trap moisture around the edge of the brick and then when freezing temperatures expand the liquid, the fair face of the brick can break away.

read more › Our surveyors in London and all parts of the country often find that retaining walls are overlooked by prospective purchasers. Retaining walls can however cost a significant amount of money to replace. Our surveyors find that many retaining walls are built of single skin masonry or even timber and are not strong enough for their intended purpose. Also, there should be gravel behind and weep holes in the wall to help drain built-up water behind. When built incorrectly, eventually the walls deteriorate, crack and lean, which can make them dangerous in the event of collapsing.

read more › Our highly experienced surveyors will use binoculars where appropriate to aid their inspection of roof coverings. Many defects can affect the roof of a property and more often than not this is the most expensive part of the property to repair in comparison to other issues. The largest cost can be incurred when the roof requires completely re-covering. Our surveyors usually find that most Victorian roofs are now coming towards the end of their useful lives. This happens because the nails used at the time of the original installation to fix the slates were not galvanised and they have corroded over time and this is what is known as 'nail sickness'.

read more › Sometimes surveyors find Finlock concrete guttering that was cast at the time of the original construction in Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and many other parts of the country. The system comprises an integrated concrete gutter, lintel, and eaves that fit typically 200mm to 250mm width which sit on the cavity closer and over sail the outer face of the walls, forming a gutter. Our surveyors find that many defects can occur. Typically, the waterproof coating that lines the concrete gutters often this needs to be repaired or replaced.

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