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Why are our surveys better than the competition?

We feel our surveys are better than the competition because like for like we do not feel we can be beaten on quality or price.  


When carrying out surveys our Surveyors give you an Executive Summary, which explains what the problem is, the action required and the approximate cost. We utilise digital photography and sketches that are unique to us and produce a unique survey report which we feel is the Rolls Royce of reports.


Very importantly we are independent - that means we are not owned by banks, building societies, or any form of mortgage lender and are most certainly not owned by estate agents like many surveying companies and mortgage adviser (sometimes one company will own them all under different names).

We offer a full range of surveys, from residential building surveys to commercial building surveys on freehold properties and schedules of condition and property reports on leasehold commercial properties, to dilapidations reports, to specific defects reports on your existing home or boundary disputes, to property valuations. Our Surveyors can help give you party wall advice and expert witness advice.

We like to give you a personal service and the Surveyor will meet you at the property to go through the various issues that they find.

For a friendly chat please contact us on freephone 0800 298 5424.

Below are examples of our surveys. We are more than happy to show you the type of survey we produce. We are always looking to improve our building surveys and we also have owned and developed our own data base on property problems for many years.


Compare our Website

We suggest that you look at some of our many articles on this website (we believe we have more than any other property company). We are sure you will find something relevant to the property problems you have or the property that you are looking to purchase, as we have literally over 100 of our surveys on the website too.

Take your time, as it's important to make the right decision when looking for a Surveyor.


Click the link below to compare one of our surveys with one that has been put together by a surveyor owned by a mortgage company.

Compare home buyers reports new survey styles

Commerce ValuationScott SurveySchedule of conditionSpecific defect reports


If you would like to see how our surveys actually look please view some of the examples below.  These are simply PDF's of the Word documents that are used to create the surveys, therefore they look exactly the same as this. Your survey would also follow these lines in terms of content and photography.

Home Buyers Survey

Barn conversion
Building Survey

Building Survey
DIY conversion
Building Survey
Building Survey
Home buyers Survey barn conversion survey bungalow building survey diy conversion building survey Edwardian building survey
Georgian Converted Flat Modern Property Post War semi-detached Victorian Chalet style home Georgian
Building Survey
Georgian Converted Flat building survey Modern building survey Post War building survey bungalow building survey survey of a georgian property
Converted Flat
Building Survey
Building Survey
Building Survey
Victorian Property Download PDF reader
survey on a converted flat survey of regency property short survey Victorian Building survey

We are sure you'll agree our surveys are considerably better than the rivals.

To get a quote for a survey on your property click here.


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).

Here are a few articles that you may be interested in. We pride ourselves on our variety and wealth of information we have. We also have many more articles on the home page of our website if you would like more information on buying or selling a property.

Expert Witness

Can You Trust a Surveyors Valuation?

Party Wall Basics

What does a Surveyor do on a Structural Survey?

Boundary Disputes Solved with Common Sense

The Importance of Appending a Schedule of Condition to a Lease

Dilapidations, The Negotiation


Independent Surveyor's Advice

If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a surveyor with regard to structural surveys, building surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, defects report, including things such as cracks, dampness, condensation, foundation problems, etc, dilapidations, homebuyers reports or any other property matters please free phone 0800 298 5424 for a surveyor to give you a call back.


Independent Commercial Property Surveyors


If you have a commercial property, be it leasehold or freehold, then you may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site .


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Have a Structural Survey to protect you against structural problems

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NHBC National House Building Council

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

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Dilapidations and Negotiations

Dilapidations Claim by a Landlord

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Property TV Reviews by an Independent Surveyor

Schedules of Condition Leasing a Commercial Property

Scotts Schedule and Section 18 Valuation

Tenants Surveying Advice

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Snow and Ice

Strong Winds

Reviews from clients on Commercial Building Surveys

Churches and Charities, helpful reviews from our clients

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

Shops and Retail, helpful reviews from our clients


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Buying and Selling Houses for the experienced house and home purchaser

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

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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

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House and Home Surveys

Commercial Building Surveys

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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

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