We carry out building surveys and give independent advice in Cambridgeshire on:

Building Surveys, House Surveys, Property Defect Surveys, Commercial Building Surveys , Dilapidation Surveys, Schedule of Condition Surveys

What our Cambridgeshire clients say about us!

We have had some great feedback from clients in Cambridgeshire. Please click on the box to the right to read what they say about us.

Why have a Building Survey?

When buying a property as your family home or as a buy to let investment big decisions have to be made and we are here to help you to get it right. We will carry out a full top to toe survey of your property advising you of any problems we find along with the solution to the problem and approximate costs giving you the tools you need to make the right choices. We have many years of experience of the property world and can give you help and advice. Property problems not dealt with could end up costing you thousands of pounds in the months or years after you have purchased the property if you are not made aware of them initially.

Please call 0800 298 5424 to speak to an expert.


What our building surveys include

Our bespoke reports are written in plain English and if we do have to use jargon within the report we will always define it for you.

We use photos taken with a super optical camera and sketches drawn up especially for us to better explain any problems we may come across or to highlight things of importance to you.

And remember we are real people and are always available to chat to you both before and after the survey.

A sketch typical of those we use in our survey reports



Our surveying equipment


Our surveyors use if required all the latest surveying equipment such as Surface Temperature Readers and Thermal Imagers.

A thermal image


Information from a Property Surveyor on towns and villages in Cambridgeshire

Thousands of visitors flock to the county of Cambridgeshire, which houses one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world, Cambridge University dating back to the 13th Century. Cambridge has a vast array of shops, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy or you can take a relaxing punt down the River Cam.

Parts of the County are situated in Fenland (a reclaimed marshy area of land with a network of waterways) and as you travel around the region you cannot fail to be spellbound by how far you can see across the vast flat areas of land giving rise to spectacular sunsets.

The County was mentioned in the Domesday Book under the name of Grantbridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire has a broad range of property types from the stone in Cambridge to the timber frames and render buildings in the older properties. We at 1stAssociated.co.uk have experience in all these types of properties and will carry out surveys, valuations, etc for you in the Cambridgeshire area. For a no obligation chat please call us on 0800 298 5424 to discuss further.

Without doubt the main attractions of the Cambridgeshire area are the Cambridge University buildings and the oldie worlde city centre of Cambridge. Cambridgeshire has a wealth of history and charm with fascinating places to visit including Brampton, Burwell where the grassy earthwork remains of Burwell Castle can be seen today and well worth a visit as you can capture an essence of the once beautiful castle, Cambourne, Cambridge the County Town of Cambridgeshire which is steeped in history and houses one of the country's most famous universities providing some grand and beautiful architecture with Kings College Chapel being the most famous building to visit, the market town of Chatteris, Cottenham, Duxford with Duxford Imperial War Museum; a great day out for all ages, Eaton Socon, Ely which has one of England's finest cathedrals, Fulbourn, Gamlingay, Girton, Grafham, Godmanchester which boasts England 's largest meadow of Portholme, Great Shelford, Haddenham, Histon, Huntingdon the birth place of Oliver Cromwell and home to Huntingdon Racecourse, Kimbolton which has many Grade II listed buildings, the pretty town of Linton situated on the River Granta, Littleport which is a large village situated in the Fens close to Mare Fen and Burnt Fen, March where you can visit The Ouse Washes nature reserve which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest jointly owned by the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust and is now the biggest area of regularly flooding washland in Britain making it one of the best places to watch swans and ducks as well as many other bird species and insects, Melbourn, Pampisford which is home to one of our favourite places Solopark, Peterborough with its shopping centres including Queensgate Shopping Centre which has over 90 retail units and is home to the beautiful Peterborough Cathedral, Ramsey, Sawston which is situated on the River Cam and is the largest village in Cambridgeshire, Sawtry situated at the edge of the Fens between Peterborough and Huntingdon, Soham which has an annual Carnival including a Heavy Horse Show and Autumn Pumpkin Fair, St Ives which has a 15th century chapel built onto the bridge with a balcony over the river, one of only 4 in England, the market town of St Neots which dates back to the 10th Century when Benedictine monks built a monastery, Wansford where you can visit the Nene Valley Railway and hop on a steam train including Thomas the Tank Engine, Sutton, Waterbeach, Whittlesey, formerly known as Whittlesea, Wicken which is home to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust since 1899, Wisbech once a major port for wool and cotton materials, and finally Yaxley which has some of our favourite buildings include Yaxley Manor which is a timber frame clad in brick built in 1520 and Yaxley Hall, a 16th Century Gothic building.


Places of Interest Properties we have surveyed in this area Facts about this area Types of property in this area


The benefits to you of using an INDEPENDENT Surveyor

Being Independent means we are not tied in with any banks, building societies or mortgage companies so we only have 100% your best interests at heart and not those of the money lender.


Not just Building Surveys

We do not just deal with full building surveys on both Residential and Commercial property but Schedules of Conditions, Dilapidation Reports and Specific Defect Reports.

Please call us on 0800 298 5424 to speak to a property expert.


Website articles to help you

We have written a range of property related articles about many things such as buying your first property to chimney issues which you can read on our website by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.


Whilst most of this is written from our knowledge of Cambridgeshire here are some websites that we think may interest you in the area, some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this. We are only human so if there are any amendments or additions or updates we would be pleased to receive your feedback so we can keep our website as up to date as possible.

ZOOPLA.co.uk; Cambridge2000.com, Trinity College – the Wren library; British Listed buildings.co.uk; huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk ; Cam.ac.uk; localhistory.org/wishbech; Elgoods-brewery.co.uk; visitcambridgeshire.org


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All you need to know about Building Surveys

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Designers and Architects will they save me money or will they cost me money

Enviroment, Your Building and Garden Gnomes

Estate Agents help sell houses and work for the vendors

Have a Structural Survey to protect you against structural problems

Home improvements, builder problems and ideas for you on how to solve them

How a Surveyor values a property, Chartered Surveyors and Regulated Valuers

How Chartered Engineers and Building Engineers can help you

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

NHBC National House Building Council

Structural Surveys and How We Can Help You

Traditional and Non-Traditional Houses and Mortgage Problems

Valuations and how much is the building worth?

Whats the difference between a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Surveyor and an Independent Surveyor

Useful property problem articles by Chartered Surveyors explaining building issues to avoid

External - Helpful information on building problems on the outside of the property

Chimney issues and problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Flat Roof Problems, how we can solve them

Foundations and Structures and Settlement and Subsidence and Underpinning

Pitched Roofs Problems and Solutions

Roof Problems

Wall Problems

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Internal - House problems we have investigated inside

All you ever need to know about floors

Asbestos in your home, what you need to know

Ceiling Cracks and Structural Problems

Condensation, Damp and Black Mould Problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Woodworm is it a problem or not? Is it active or not?

Services - Building help and advice on costly services

Drainage, what's underground can affect what's above ground

Heating; I just can't get my house warm enough or alternatively I just can't get my house cool enough

You can't mess around with the electric, you need an expert


Commercial Property Services

Building Terms Explained and Directories

Commercial Property Surveys

Commercial Structural Surveys

Leisure Facilites

Offices Large and Small

Shops and Retail

Warehouse and Industrial Buildings

Dilapidations Help and Advice What is a Dilapidations Notice?

A Beginner's Guide to Dilaps

Damp Mould and Condensation

Dampness Rising Damp Mould Black Mould Condensation

Dilapidations and Negotiations

Dilapidations Claim by a Landlord

Energy Saving what can I do?

Finance what is a Financial Adviser (We are not Financial Advisors)

Fire Risk and Help

Health and Safety Risks

Insurance how do I get the correct property insurance?

Landlords Surveying Advice

Property Investment how can I invest in property?

Property TV Reviews by an Independent Surveyor

Schedules of Condition Leasing a Commercial Property

Scotts Schedule and Section 18 Valuation

Tenants Surveying Advice

Weather how does weather affect my property?



Snow and Ice

Strong Winds

Reviews from clients on Commercial Building Surveys

Churches and Charities, helpful reviews from our clients

Industrial Buildings and Warehouses and what our clients say about us

Offices Large and Small, reviews and feedback from our clients

Pubs, Restaurants, Hotels and other Leisure facilities we have surveyed over the years

Shops and Retail, helpful reviews from our clients


First Time Buyers

Buying a Leasehold or Shared Freehold Home

Buying and Selling Houses for the experienced house and home purchaser

First Time Buyers how do I go about buying my first house and home?

Improve your property knowledge with our presentations on house, homes and commercial property

Building Surveys

Building Surveying Useful Information


Dilapidations Presentations in Detail

Final Year Building Surveying Exams for University Students or those that would like to know more

How old is your Building? Which era was it built in?

Party Walls

Surveyors and Design Tools

Disputes and Party Walls

Boundary Disputes

Building and Property Disputes

Party Wall Book Reviews

Party Walls Your Rights and Responsibilities

1stAssociated Surveyors Review for Structural Surveys and Building Surveys

Building Surveys, reviews and feedback from satisfied customers

Buy to let property clients, what they say about our structural surveys

Buying at auction, review of the survey

Buying bungalows and retirement properties and how our surveyors can help

Both at work / busy couples, how we can help and some 1stAssociated client reviews

Families with a young person flying the nest, reviews and feedback

First Time Buyers, what they say about us

Listed buildings, structural surveys

Older buildings, a review of buying an older house

Families with children looking for a new home, feedback and reviews

Buying a Non-Traditional Property

Residential Surveys

House and Home Surveys

Commercial Building Surveys

Commercial Surveys

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East Anglia and East

South and South East

West Country and South West


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London Markets

London Parks



Areas of Britain

1stAssociated Independent Expert Property Surveyors

Specialists in Home Buyers Reports, Building Surveys and Structural Surveys and Schedules of Condition

All Surveyors are Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors qualified and RICS regulated

and are Members of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association

Putting the Client First

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