who we are
what we do
John Martin has now retired.
We have enjoyed our many years of survey and valuation work for our clients, but are taking no more business.
Surveys and Valuations on all types of residential properties, for all sorts of reasons.
Asbestos -- Although we do not carry out asbestos surveys, if you are concerned that you might have asbestos in your property, we can give specialist advice and arrange for safe testing of the material.
Part Surveys -- You may be worried about a single aspect of your own property -- damp penetration, unexplained cracking, roof spread, drains. We can give practical advice, with a short report for you to keep, or to pass onto a builder, or a future owner.
Miscellaneous -- John Martin has many years of experience over a wide range of matters, including acting as an expert surveyor for the BBC on several of its property problem programmes. We now specialise in residential surveys and valuations, but are happy to give free advice on a range of problems -- just ask.
The Building Survey (previously called the Structural Survey)
A detailed report, to address the specific needs and interests of the Client, and relevant to any type of property, especially those that are unusual, old, or in obviously poor condition. It is more detailed than the HomeBuyer Survey and includes technical information about the construction of the property and what action is needed to remedy problems.
The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey & Valuation)
Designed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to provide a prospective purchaser with information about the general condition of a property and its construction, any repairs and replacements the property needs, and significant factors that might influence value. It is a moderately priced Survey, designed for 'normal' houses and flats in apparently habitable condition. This type of Survey is not suitable for very large, unusual, or Listed houses, or those that have been extensively converted, extended or altered.
The report has condition ratings for each part of the property, to let you know where repairs are needed and how urgently these need to be carried out.
This type of Survey also provides a market value and insurance figure, and so can be particularly useful for those who are not having a mortgage and would like to know that they are paying a fair price for the property, and need to know what to insure it for on their Building Insurance policy.
The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey)
If you do not want the double-check of a valuation and insurance figure with your HomeBuyer Report, we now offer a HomeBuyer Survey only.
The RICS Condition Report
This is a 2011 addition to RICS Surveys, and the least expensive of the three types of Survey. It provides a basic assessment of condition, where the property you are buying is of standard, modern construction. Like the HomeBuyer Report, it provides condition ratings for each part of the property.
However, it does not include a valuation or insurance figure or comment on the location in which the property is situated. Drain covers are not lifted, and the roof is only inspected from the loft hatch.
The Private Valuation Report
Useful for establishing or confirming the value of a property, for a variety of purposes, including: purchase of a property, buying out a Housing Association share, Help to Buy valuations, marital disputes, taxation purposes (such as inheritance tax), etc. Although the short report will briefly outline what the building is made of, and identify any glaring defects, it is not a Survey and is not designed to offer the peace of mind about structure that a Survey provides.
Please do not hesitate to phone (0117 925 2652) or email for a precise quote. YOU WILL NOT BE GIVEN A HARD SELL.
Prices of Surveys vary depending on the size, age, and complexity of the property, and the proposed purchase price.
As a very rough guide:
- A Building Survey on a 3-bedroomed Georgian Listed townhouse would be approximately £700-£1,000 including VAT.
- A RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey & Valuation) on a 1950s 2-bedroomed bungalow or a 1980s 3-bedroom semi would be £400-£700 including VAT.
- A RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) is about 10% less than the HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation).
- A RICS Condition Report is about 20% less than the HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation).