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Building surveyor Dorset

Dorset is located to the South West of England, known as the West Country. Dorset borders Devon, Somerset , Wiltshire and Hampshire. For more information on the Dorset area please keep scrolling down.

If you are looking for a survey in Dorset then you have come to the right place; 1stAssociated.co.uk have Surveyors who cover the whole of the UK including Dorset. Please free phone 0800 298 5424 to discuss the types of surveys we offer including residential building surveys and home buyers reports.

Dorset Building Surveyor

If you are purchasing a property in Dorset, please ensure that you have a building survey carried out on it. A building survey, prepared by a Chartered Building Surveyor could literally save you thousands of pounds. The survey only needs to uncover one potential problem with the property and the cost of the building survey is more than recovered.

Home Surveyor in Dorset

If you book a building survey in Dorset with 1st Associated surveyors you will find that we take great pride in the quality of our building survey and produce a very detailed building survey report, whether it be for a residential property or a commercial property. We use plain English in our building surveys to explain any problems with the property to ensure that you understand the problems and how to resolve them.

1st Associated Building Surveyors cover the whole of the UK including all towns and villages in Dorset for example in: Alderholt, Beaminster, Bere Regis, Blandford Forum, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Bovington, Bridport, Broadmayne, Broadwey, Burton Bradstock, Cerne Abbas, Charminster, Charmouth, Chickerell, Child Okeford / Shillingstone, Christchurch, Corfe Castle with of course the ruins of Corfe Castle, Corfe Mullen, Crossways, Dorchester, East Lulworth, Easton, Ferndown, Gillingham, Hamworthy, Lyme Regis, Poole, Preston, Puddletown, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Stalbridge, St Leonards & St Ives, Swanage, Tisbury, Upton, Upwey, Verwood , Wareham, West Lulworth, West Bay, West Knighton, West Moors, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster, Wool and Wyke Regis.

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Building Surveyor Dorset

Discover more about us and why an INDEPENDENT BUILDING SURVEY is so important

We are independent surveyors who carry out building surveys in Dorset. We are independent of any lender or bank or mortgage company. When we are surveying a property we are working for you, not them. This means we are working towards your best interests. We want to ensure that your property investment is sound and that you are receiving value for money.

Residential Building Surveyors Dorset

We are a building surveyors that operate throughout the UK. As a building surveyors we are often asked to work on not only a building survey but also a boundary walls dispute survey, a schedule of condition survey and a specific defect survey.

Commercial Building Surveyor Dorset

We are also a commercial building surveyors - still operating Dorset, we can provide schedule of condition survey, dilapidations reports and a commercial building survey - our building surveyors have the skills and experience to save you money on your commercial building purchase.


Information on Dorset and where to get a building survey

If you are purchasing a property in Dorset and need a building survey or valuation then 1stAssociated are here to help. Please call us on 0800 298 5424 to discuss these and the other services we offer. Dorset has the best of both worlds with the lushness of The New Forest National Park and miles of coastline with outstanding water sports facilities which the 2012 Olympic sailing athletes will use.

In addition to surveying we are keen sailors so a trip to carry out a survey in Dorset is a real pleasure for us! We love the area including the picturesque village of Abbotsbury which has beautiful 16th century cottages and a fascinating historical background dating back to the Bronze and Iron Age, Boscombe where you can try out Europe's first artificial surf reef, Alderholt, Beaminster, Bere Regis, Blandford Forum, Boscombe where you can try out Europe's first artificial surf reef, Bournemouth a popular seaside resort with sandy beaches and pier, have a great day out at the Tank Museum at Bovington, Bridport, Broadmayne, Broadway, catch a ferry to Brownsea Island where the first Boy Scouts group was established, Burton Bradstock, Cerne Abbas which has the largest hill drawing in Britain, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Charminster, Charmouth, Chesil Beach a vast 18 miles of Jurassic Coast, Chickerell, Child Okeford / Shillingstone, Christchurch with the magnificent architecture of Christchurch Priory, Corfe Castle with of course the ruins of Corfe Castle, Corfe Mullen, Crossways, Dorchester where Thomas Hardy lived for most of his life, East Lulworth, the pretty village of Easton with wide streets and Portland stone houses, Portland Island, Ferndown, Gillingham, Hamworthy, the seaside town of Highcliffe on Sea, go fossil hunting on the beaches at Lyme Regis, Poole Harbour which is said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world next to Sydney, Portland which quarries the famous Portland stone which has been used in many prestigious buildings including the restoration of St Pauls Cathedral, Preston, Puddletown, Sandbanks which reputably has one of the most expensive land values in the world, Gold Hill in Shaftesbury where the famous Hovis bread advert was filmed, Sherborne which has two castles and a 15th century abbey, Stalbridge, St Leonards, St Ives, catch the ferry to Swanage, visit Old Wardour Castle near Tisbury, Upton, Upwey, Verwood, Wareham where you can visit the rescued apes at Monkey World, West Bay, West Knighton, West Lulworth, West Moors, Weymouth which has a colourful sea front with Regency properties, Wimborne Minster, Wool and Wyke Regis.


The World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast stretches through Dorset and East Devon totalling around 95 miles. The amazing coastline and wonderful countryside in the area make this a popular tourist location as well as an enviable place to live. Dorset and The New Forest have lots of castles in the area some of which are tourist attractions and some are homes. Corfe Castle, Lulworth Castle, Sherborne Castle and Maiden Castle to name but a few.


Brownsea Island is accessed by ferry from Poole or Sandbanks. The Island has a fascinating history with several private owners over the years until it was taken over by the National Trust in 1962. Its beautiful landscape is a haven for wildlife including the threatened red squirrel and a brilliant location for bird watching.

Brownsea is credited as being where boy scouts was established when Robert Baden-Powell organised a camping trip there for young boys in 1907. The Girl Guides were established soon after. The island is still a location used by scouting groups and The Baden Powell Outdoor Centre offers campsite, hostel and a fantastic selection of outdoor activities


The 1stAssociated.co.uk website will show you examples of surveys we have done in the Dorset area as well as lots of interesting facts about the area in general.
1stAssociated are an independent surveying firm with a wealth of experience of carrying out surveys in Dorset amongst many other areas in the UK . If you would like further information on our company or require a building survey for a property you are purchasing please call us on 0800 298 5424.



Whilst a lot of this is written from general knowledge and local knowledge of the area and here are some websites that we think will be of interest to you in the Dorset area some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this.

bournemouth.co.uk/; dorchesterdorset.com; theheritagetrail.co.uk; dorchester.co.uk; visitweymouth.co.uk; iknow-dorset.co.uk; lymeregis.org; tankmuseum.org; dorsets.co.uk; vrpool.co.uk; isleofpurbeck.com; nationaltrust.org.uk; cerneabbas.org.uk; dorsets.co.uk; abbotsbury.co.uk; dorset-newforest.com; visitdorset.com; zoopla.co.uk


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