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Where can I find

a Chartered Surveyor?


Our Building Surveyors are only a free phone call away on 0800 298 5424 to help you. Our experienced independent building Surveyors can help answer your property questions.


You cannot afford for your Chartered Surveyor and Building Surveyor not to be of top quality

When buying a house you cannot afford for mistakes to happen or for the Surveyor not to know what they are doing. You will get an experienced Surveyor if you call us for a structural building survey on 0800 298 5424.

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Meet your Surveyor at the property

We always recommend meeting your Surveyor at the property to talk through any property issues.

Independent Building Surveyors

As independent Surveyors we carry out structural building surveys which identify any property issues in our clearly laid out survey reports.

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Why it is important to have a building survey and what does caveat emptor mean?

Caveat emptor translated means buyer beware and is why you need to have a building survey to find out if there are any property problems within the property; the estate agent certainly will not advise you of any.

Bear in mind the building Surveyor that you employ will be the only person working for you with your interests a principal concern.

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What do the circles and ovals mean in our building surveys?

The circles and ovals are a method that we use within our structural surveys and building surveys to highlight property problem areas so that you are not left wondering what the property problem is. In addition to this if the photographs do not we believe explain the property problem enough together with our survey report we also insert in one of our own survey sketches to explain the property issue further.


Where can I find

a Chartered Surveyor?

If you are looking for a Chartered Surveyor then is your first step. Just call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 and our knowledgeable property experts, namely our Chartered Surveyors, will be able to help with your property matters.

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There are many types of Surveyors, when you are buying a house and home you need a Chartered Building Surveyor.

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Our Chartered Surveyors can help you with Building Surveys often known as Structural Surveys, Home Buyers Reports, Specific Defect Reports, Valuations or any other property matters.

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Chartered Surveyor defined:

After years of academic training and direct training with a Surveyor then specialist training a Surveyor becomes registered by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors becoming a Chartered Surveyor.


Please see our surveying articles on:-

Cheap Building Surveys or being wrongly advised by your Surveyor?

Why have a residential survey?

Building disputes


Our Good, Bad & Ugly surveys!

We would also like to introduce to you what we call our Good, Bad and Ugly structural survey which is a building survey, sometimes known as a structural survey, and is something that we have developed over many years, in fact several decades. We have listened to feedback from our clients (in fact we have not just listened to feedback we have had marketing company carry out research for us) and amended and altered our building surveys to make them easy to read, cover the points that you wish them to cover and describe property issues clearly and any associated costs as well as of course how to solve the property problems. The key factor we believe is that our surveys are easy to understand as they are written in plain English. In addition we use sketches and photographs having survey sketches drawn exclusively for us.


Specialised equipment and instruments we use as Surveyors

As building Surveyors w e use various pieces of equipment that aid us in reaching decisions such as thermal imaging cameras and resistance meters.

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We can email you examples of our structural surveys

If you are interested in having a structural survey please call us on free phone us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424.

We would also be happy to email you some examples of our tailor made reports, Schedules of Condition, Structural Surveys and Property Reports.

We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).

The content of the website is for general information only and is not intended to be relied upon for specific or general decisions. Appropriate independent professional advice should be paid for before making such a decision. Free phone on 0800 298 5424


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