During the survey we are always happy to meet you at the property so we can explain in person any defects that are present in the property. Our surveyors will then produce a high quality survey report of the whole of the property which will include an Executive Summary of any problems identified together with the action required and anticipated costs sections to rectify the problems. We don't just tell you what the problems are, we tell you how to rectify them and how much it will cost!
As well as carrying out surveys we also carry out Independent Market Valuations so you are assured that you are buying the property at the right price.
An overview of Surrey
For those of you not familiar with Surrey the county is located to the South East of England. The surrounding counties are Kent to the East, West and East Sussex to the South, Hampshire to the West and Berkshire and Greater London to the North.
Surrey is sometimes known as a commuter belt divided into various districts including Elmbridge, Epsom, Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley and Woking.
If you book a building survey in Surrey with 1stAssociated 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. Building surveys can also be known as Engineers Reports or Structural Surveys.
Over the years our surveyors have listened to the feedback received from our clients and designed our reports accordingly so they are easy to read and any technical terms are fully explained and further explained by the use of photographs and sketches. For example you can see in the photo that there is a crack in the common rafter within the roof space. The majority of purchasers do not view the roof space and indeed many surveyors do not view the roof space.
It is essential that the whole property is viewed by a chartered surveyor before committing to purchase the property to ensure that there are no hidden structural problems.
Crack in common rafter
1stAssociated.co.uk have Surveyors who cover the whole of the UK and throughout Surrey including Ashtead, in Mole Valley always a delight to visit when carrying out buildings surveys, Camberley, with The Obelisk dominating the skyline, Caterham, on the A22, Chertsey, with Thorpe Park's exciting rides, Cranleigh, with Stocklund Square at the centre of the village, Dorking, with St Martin's church spire one of the tallest in the country where we have carried out many residential and commercial surveys over the years, Esher, with Sandown Park racecourse nearby, Epsom, twinned with Chantilly, France, Farnham, known for its air shows and an interesting town to visit to conduct structural surveys, Godalming, on the banks of the River Wey, Godstone, where sandstone was once quarried, Guildford, the county town of Surrey where we again have surveyed many residential and commercial buildings, Haslemere, with its timber and hung tile houses and cottages, Horsley, between Leatherhead and Guildford on the A246, Leatherhead, just off junction 9 of the M25 which is easy to find when travelling around the county conducting residential and commercial surveys, Lingfield, known for races at Lingfield Park, Redhill, with its Aerodrome which first opened in 1934, Reigate, at the foot of the North Downs, Staines, with its elegant stone bridge, Virginia Water, with its beautiful woodland, Walton-on-Thames, with the delightful Jacobean Ashley House, Weybridge, with its Rowing Club in Jessamy Rd, Woking, another commuter town we visit regularly whilst surveying buildings.
Our surveys are written with only your best interest in mind. This is because our independent surveyors are not tied to any bank, building society, mortgage lender or estate agent and therefore do not have a vested interest elsewhere.
We are also experienced commercial building surveyors and can advise you on your commercial building purchase. We can provide commercial building surveys and schedule of condition surveys and give you independent advice on the purchase you are considering. Whether you need a survey on a warehouse, pub, shop, office or even a church don't delay, call today on 0800 298 5424 where one of our surveyors will be able to advise you. We are also experienced in Dilapidations claims on behalf of both landlords and tenants.
Over the years we have carried out many surveys in Surrey . The main towns include Camberley, Caterham, Chertsey, Cobham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Egham, Esher, Epsom, Farnham, Frimley, Gatwick, Godalming, Guildford, with its popular shopping centre, Haslemere, Horley, Horsley, Leatherhead on the banks of the River Mole, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Weybridge, Woking.
Whilst in Surrey carrying out residential and commercial buildings surveys we have visited many of the delightful villages including Abinger Common, Albury, Ash, Ashtead, on the A24, Bagshot, Bletchingley, Box Hill, which is popular with bikers, Bramley, Brockham, Brookwood, Caterham, famous for the Caterham Seven sports car, Charlwood, Chelsham, Chiddingfold, Chilworth, Chobham, Compton, Cranleigh, Dunsfold, with its aerodrome, East Clandon, Ellens Green, Englefield Green, Ewell, Ewhurst, with its dense woodland always a pleasure to visit when surveying in the area, Farleigh, Forest Green, Gomshall, Hamsey Green, Headley, Hooley, on the A23, Kingswood, Knaphill, Langley Vale, Leigh, Lingfield, Merstham, Mytchett, in between Frimley Green and Ash Vale, Ockham, Ockley, Old Coulsdon, Oxshott, Peaslake, Pyrford, Riddlesdown, on the outskirts of Croydon, Ripley, Sanderstead, Send, Shepperton, Stoneleigh, with its many semi-detached properties we have had the pleasure of surveying, Tadworth, Tatsfield, Thames Ditton, Tongham, Walton on the Hill, Warlingham, Whiteley Village designed to meet elderly people's needs and Woldingham.
As Surveyors in Surrey driving through the area the main roads we use are the M25, M23 and the A3, A22, A24 and A31. Of course there is also the busy Gatwick Airport if you want to go further afield!
We often travel along the A3 which takes you into Leatherhead, Esher and London starting from Guildford and is approximately 30 miles from Central London . The A3 goes off to Ripley, Woking and Dorking and there are a few services along the road some of them used to be Little Chefs and there are some that still are and some that have changed. The A3 also goes off to the M25, Heathrow, Gatwick, Chertsey and Leatherhead; we are happy to carry out surveys in any of these areas. You can carry on to visit Hampton Court , Sandown Park and Walton-on-Thames on the A245 as well as Weybridge, Fleet, Cobham and Esher on the A307. As you travel closer into London Kingston-upon-Thames is an area that we have come to quite a lot over the years and seem to get a number of surveys around Hampton Wick. Whilst the road is quite level the countryside around it is quite rolling and you can still see it is farmed with dairy herds and has lots of trees and a fair number of horses too.
Surrey has a vast array of properties from 1930s and 1950s suburb houses with classic rendered fronts of many colours all with a pebble dash render and many square fronts but many also having the classic semi-circular fronts with vertical tiling between the ground floor bay and the first floor bay.
If you take a typical house along the A3 it would no doubt have a bay window, painted pebble dash render, red brick features, usually a hipped roof originally in a clay tile but now replaced in most cases with a concrete tile.
There is also the occasional neighbourhood shopping precinct and the occasional redevelopment where there are offices or factories, not forgetting the occasional speed camera so do not drive too fast in that area! The post war houses continue as you get closer to Kingston and Merton, many of them have the decorative timber Tudor type look on the bay windows and we also believe that there are some Art Deco style properties.
Throughout our reports we use sketches to explain technical terms
Interestingly many of the post war houses have had loft conversions and we can see from the Velux (one of the main manufacturers and now almost a generic trade name) roof lights.
If you are wondering how much a loft conversion would cost or the problems you can have we would recommend you read one of our many articles we have written on loft conversions.
Typical 1930's / 1950's house with loft conversion
Whilst a lot of this is written from general knowledge and local knowledge of the area we detail below some websites that we think will be of interest to you in the Surrey area, some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this.
Walton-on-Thames.org, VisitSurrey.com, BritOval.com, SurreyHills.org, SurreyProperty.com, SurreyWildlifeTrust.co.uk, SurreyMuseums.org.uk, SurreyHearld.co.uk, GetSurrey.co.uk, CamberleyOnThe.Net, WaltonOnTheThames.org, Midhurst.org, VisitChichester.org, CFT.Org, LocalHistories.Org, InformationBritain.co.uk, NationalTrust.org, GuinnessPartnership.com, StMarks-Battersea.co.uk, WandsworthParish.co.uk, Moxley.co.uk, VisionofBritain.org.uk, BansteadHistory.com , Brockham.org, Compton-Surrey.co.uk, WattsGallery.org.uk, ExploringSurreysPast.org.uk, ImagesofEngland.org.uk, Egham.co.uk, VisitThames.co.uk, WSPC.Org.uk, Zoopla.co.uk, BritishListedBuildings.co.uk, Epsom.TownPage.co.uk, ForestGreenVillage.co.uk, FrimleyParish.org.uk, HeadleySurrey.org.uk, HeadleyBoxhillChurches.org.uk, ArchwayTheatre.co.uk, HorleyRescue.com, Leigh-Surrey.org.uk, ExploringSurreysPast.org.uk, British-History.ac.uk, Oofgchurch.org.uk, Telegraph.co.uk, OxtedPramRace.co.uk, RoyalSwan.co.uk, SunburyEmbroidery.co.uk, StoneleighandAuriol.org, StJohnsStoneleigh.org.uk, BourneSociety.org.uk, Warlinghampc.org.uk, AllAboutWeybridge.co.uk and BrooklandsMuseum.com.