Beautifully Naive Thoughts
Our Independent Surveyors are happy to help and advise you with regard to building surveys, independent valuations, property surveys, structural surveys, engineer's reports, specific defects report regarding problems such as cold bridging and dampness, home buyers reports or any other property matters and yes we will also help you design your loft conversion. Please free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat.
Originally the Company was set up with some beautifully naive aims - these being that if we offered the best surveys we would make a good honest living.
So this means the Estate Agent can recommend the Surveyors and Mortgage lenders - all owned ultimately by the same company.
Sometimes the Lender may give you the "choice" of companies on their panel - these companies usually/often have reciprocal agreements with the recommending company. They make it very difficult to use anyone outside this group - just try asking. Try our 'match the estate agent card game' - click here
Too important to leave to a production line
We have written many other building surveying articles. Here are some that may be of help to you when buying a property:
All Surveyors are not the same
We often see survey reports that are not worth the paper they are written on. We recently carried out a survey where the owners were so impressed with what we did they asked us to carry out a survey for them - the amazing thing was that they had just had a survey carried out by another Surveyor and could not understand it! Having read it we could see why, it did not give an opinion at all, it used technical language and had no heart and soul to it. Have a look at our contest for the worst Survey report in the 'Not worth the paper they are written on' section - available here
It may be easy but is it sensible?
An independent voice
Cause not Effect
We find time and time again that owners, builders and surveyors alike treat the effect of a problem without establishing the cause. It's often relatively easy to see the problem and effect and hard to see the cause. We always try to find the cause of the problem and would start by sending you a questionnaire to complete before the survey is carried out - you can view the questionnaire by clicking here.
A safety net - peace of mind
And finally a survey should give you a safety net. We take great pride in what we do. We will try and be conclusive in what we say (not always possible). On the building surveys for example, if something needs opening up, a floor for example, we will do our best to get it open (present owner's permission required of course).
If you feel we have missed something we are happy to return free of charge. We will talk and talk with you until you are happy to make a decision. Ultimately the decision is yours of course - we advise, you decide.
Beautifully naive thoughts
We still have beautifully naïve thoughts but now many years on we understand the property game. We have built up a fantastic client base on word of mouth recommendations from people who have discovered us one way or another.
Yes, sometimes you may have to wait a bit longer than you may want in an ideal world, but we do work as fast as we can, whilst offering the very best we can.
What do the circles and ovals mean?
Our Good, Bad & Ugly Building Surveys!
We would also like to introduce to you what we call our good, bad and ugly 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 and amended and altered our surveys to make them easy to read and describe issues clearly. The key factor we believe is that our surveys are easy to understand in plain English
Have a look at examples of our Building Surveys
If you would like to see an example of our tailor made building surveys, w e are more than happy to provide you with them via email. Our building surveys contain an Executive Summary that highlights problems as well as photos, sketches and definitions that help to explain the specific problems that we find within the property.
Independent SurveyorsIf you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a surveyor with regard to valuations, mortgages, mortgage companies, surveys, building surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, structural surveys, home buyers reports or any other property matters please contact 0800 298 5424 for a surveyor to give you a call back.
Commercial PropertyIf you have a commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold then sooner or later you may get involved with dilapidation claims. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com
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).
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