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Building Surveyor in Colchester

"To find out some interesting facts about Colchester and places of interest in Colchester and the surrounding areas you can click on the four boxes below."

To get a quote on a survey in Colchester, carried out by an Independent Building Surveyor, click on the red 'quick quote' box above.

If you book a survey with 1st Associated you will find that we take great pride in the quality of our survey and produce a very detailed survey report. We use plain English to explain any problems with the property to ensure that you understand the problems and how to resolve them.

We carry out residential structural survey and commercial survey in Colchester. Colchester is a town which is situated in Essex.

Information on Colchester

Colchester is apparently Britain 's oldest recorded town having been recorded in AD77 as Camulodunum which was it's pre-roman name. Just off the High Street in Castle Park stands Colchester Castle , a Norman castle dating back to 1076 which is now a museum. As surveyors we love the mix of architecture in the town but in particular there are some fantastic 15th and 16th century buildings around Stockwell Street and also near North Bridge. Of course no visit to Colchester is complete without a trip to Colchester Zoo.

Colchester has many areas offering high quality accommodation including Dedham, Nayland and Kingsford with a variety of property types including Regency, Georgian and modern design.

1stAssociated.co.uk have had the experience of carrying out many surveys in Colchester and Essex as a whole. If you are in the process of purchasing a property in Colchester and require a survey then please call 1stAssociated.co.uk on 0800 298 5424 . A survey prior to purchase could potentially save you thousands as you are advised of any potential property issues on which you can renegotiate the purchase price. Also a survey on your home in Colchester if you are experiencing a building dispute for example can be invaluable as we give an independent opinion as to how to resolve the issue which will be helpful when negotiating with the builder.

Building Survey Colchester

If you are planning to book a building survey on a property you are purchasing in Colchester or the surrounding area then we would like to assure you that we always send a suitably qualified and experienced surveyor to carry out the job. This ensures that you get expert advice on any issues that we may find with the property we are surveying. All our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS - and are Independent Building Surveyors. Being 'independent' means that they are working for you and you alone; they do not work for a mortgage company or an estate agents, so they have your best interests at heart.

All our survey contain lots of images, clearly showing any problems that we have identified at the property such as woodworm, rising damp or cracking to the walls. We also use sketches in our survey which are aimed at helping you to understand how certain areas are constructed or to help show more clearly a problem that we have identified. You will also find lots of definitions of any building terminology that we may use in our survey, as we firmly believe in 'Plain English' and really want you to fully understand what we are saying in the survey report.


Independent Building Surveyor

1st Associated Surveyors cover the whole of the UK including all areas of Essex for example in:

Abridge, Aveley, Basildon, which was designated as a new town in the 1940's and 1950's to cope with the overspill population from East London, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, which has a long history starting from the Bronze Age to woollen cloth trade in the 14 th century and silk weaving in the 18 th century, all of which has been recorded at Colchester District Museum, Brentwood, the unspoilt resort of Brightlingsea, Burnham on Crouch, Canvey, 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, Canvey Island, Chigwell, Chipping Ongar, Clacton on Sea, a popular seaside resort with its sandy beaches and fun packed pier, Coggeshall, 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, Danbury built on the site of an Iron Age fort,orringham, Danbury, Earl's Colne, the charming market town of Epping, the vast Epping Forest, the quiet seaside resort of Frinton on Sea where there was controversy regarding the removal of the “Frinton Gates”, Grays, Great Baddow, Great Bentley, with its huge 43 acre village green, Great Dunmow, Halstead, Harlow, known as one of the first post war new towns starting expansion in 1947, Harwich has an in teresting maritime history and is still a busy passenger ferry port today, Loughton, 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, Ockendon, 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, Southminster, Stanford le Hope, Stansted, the third largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow and Gatwick, Thaxted, which has a variety of Tudor and Georgian properties, Theydon Bois, Tilbury, Tiptree, Waltham Abbey, where you can visit the Abbey which in 1540 was the last abbey to be dissolved by Henry VIII, Walton on the Naze, West Mersea, Westcliff-on-Sea, Wickford and Witham, Wivenhoe, Woodham Ferrers.


Places of InterestProperties we have surveyed in this area Facts about this area Types of property in this area


We always recommend that people have a building survey carried out by an Independent Surveyor. It is laughable to expect that a mortgage owned / estate agent owned surveyors will give impartial advice. Call an Independent Surveyor o 0800 298 5424 for an impartial survey.

1st Associated provide house surveys, commercial surveys, engineers reports, property training plus more all carried out by RICS surveyors in Colchester and the surrounding areas.

Contact us today for a free, no obligation quotation, including building survey, structural survey, homebuyers reports and pre sales reports, for Colchester and the surrounding towns and villages.

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Whilst a lot of this is written from general knowledge and local knowledge of the area and 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 credit 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


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