The thing I like most about the area of Essex as a surveyor is that you can travel from what would best be described as a London life area with the hustle and bustle to the beautiful oldie worlde villages and then onto the seaside resorts. The building surveyors at 1stAssociated.co.uk will carry out building surveys in Essex , sometimes known as structural surveys to put your mind at rest before you purchase a property. There is a great variety of places to visit in Essex including Basildon which was designated as a new town in the 1940's and 1950's to cope with the overspill population from East London, Braintree which has a long history starting from the Bronze Age to woollen cloth trade in the 14th century and silk weaving in the 18th century, all of which has been recorded at Braintree District Museum, Brentwood with its pleasant “green” feel with a good scattering of parks, commons and woodland, the unspoilt resort of Brightlingsea, Canvey Island whose Coat of Arms has the motto “Ex Mare Dei Gratia” meaning “From the sea by the Grace of God”, Chelmsford the county town of Essex since 1250 probably best known for Marconi the wireless inventor who was based in the city for many years, Clacton on Sea a popular seaside resort with its sandy beaches and fun packed pier, Chigwell which was made famous in the 1990's from the popular sitcom Birds of a Feather, Colchester Britain's oldest recorded town (Camulodunum was the pre-Roman name for Colchester) referred to in AD77 by the Roman writer, Pliny the Elder, the village of Danbury where you can explore the countryside using the Danbury Footpaths map, the village of East Hanningfield situated south east of Chelmsford, the vast Epping Forest, not forgetting the charming market town of Epping itself , the quiet seaside resort of Frinton on Sea where there was controversy regarding the removal of the “Frinton Gates”, Great Bentley with its huge 43 acre village green, Harlow known as one of the first post war new towns starting expansion in 1947, Harwich which has an interesting maritime history and is still a busy passenger ferry port today, Little Baddow where the History Centre holds many interesting records and photos of the village, Loughton situated in the heart of Epping Forest, Maldon one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex, Manningtree which boasts that it is England's smallest town and was the home of the notorious witch finder Matthew Hopkins, the pretty market town of Saffron Walden, Southend on Sea a popular family seaside resort where you can take a railway trip to the end of the pleasure pier, Stansted the third largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow and Gatwick, Thaxted which is well known for its festival and for the Thaxted Morris Men, the commuter village of Theydon Bois, Theydon Garnon where All Saints Church is a well-known landmark overlooking the M11 and, Waltham Abbey where you can visit the Abbey which in 1540 was the last abbey to be dissolved by Henry VIII.
Over the years we have surveyed many different types of properties in Essex which all have their unique problems. If you are experiencing problems with your property with anything from condensation to structural cracking etc, then we have the experience and knowledge to help you. Is your cracking an early sign of structural problems or nothing for you to worry about? Call us on 0800 298 5424 to discuss this further.
We are very proud of the reports that we produce and have very positive feedback on them from our clients. Our reports are very detailed but are written in an easy to understand format with definitions for any jargon we need to use. We also include internal and external photos throughout the report of the property
An Essex Tudor Property
We have many sketches which we have had especially drawn up for us to use within our reports so as helping you to understand your property.
One of our sketches of air flow through floorboards
All of our surveyors are members of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) with a great love of property and this shows in the work that they do.
Our Surveyors always recommend they meet you at the property to discuss face to face any issues you may have. We also endeavour to chat with the neighbours to establish a feel for the locality and we include any such comments in our Property Report.
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We would divide Essex into three areas, the London side of Essex with places such as Romford and Brentwood . The seaside resorts of Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea , Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze and the rural areas including Constable country such as the Maldon area.
From London life areas like Brentwood, Basildon and Loughton to the beautiful oldie worlde villages which range in size from the quite large market town of Saffron Walden with its market to the smaller towns such as Great Dunmow and Maldon to the seaside resorts of Clacton-on-Sea, Brightlingsea, Bradwell-on-Sea, Burnham on Crouch and of course probably the largest Southend-on-Sea, not forgetting the very beautiful area of Canvey Island which is so different Essex really does have a lot to offer.
It has the benefits of the M25, M11 and the A12. You can fly out from Stansted Airport and there is also an airport in Southend. Essex is covered by a fairly good rail network.
We have looked at all types of properties in the Essex area like the timber framed properties found in the older parts and rural areas, many with the three dimensional rendering and pargeting rendering to weatherboarding which Essex is known for, also called shiplap boarding in some areas of the country. This is simply overlapping boards to protect the outer face of the property. As with most areas in Britain the Victorians had the major influence on them as the transport system developed and bricks got delivered throughout the country along with slate.
Whilst a lot of this is written from our knowledge of Essex here are some websites that we think will be of interest to you in the Essex area some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them thanks for this.
Visitessex.com; Visitcolchester.com; visitsaffrontwalden.gov.uk ; visit southend .co.uk ; dunmow eb.co.uk ; clacton-on-sea -essex.co.uk ; canveyisland .org ; brightlingsea -town.co.uk ; colchester.com; Harwich.net; essex-sunshine-coast.org.uk; frinton.org; visitharlow.com; walthamabbey-tc.gov.uk ; itsaboutmaldon.co.uk; aboutbritain.com; stansted-airport-guide.co.uk; visit-manningtree.co.uk; loughton-tc.gov.uk
Zoopla.co.uk; danbury-essex.gov.uk; littlebaddow.org.uk/; essexwt.org.uk; thaxted.co.uk ; thaxtedmorris.org;