Building Surveys during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

building surveys, covid19

All our Building Surveys are carried out under our Terms of Engagement and the latest RICS Professional statement. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have temporarily amended these terms. This is so our surveyors and clients remain safe at all times during Building Surveys. On our Quick RICS Building Survey Quote form and our RICS Building Survey Booking Form, we … Read More

How to choose the best house survey

Building surveys; best house survey

What’s the best house survey type for your potential new home? A full building survey, a homebuyer’s report, or something else? We outline the choices available for every type of home. Do you know what type of house survey the home you want to buy needs? Whether you’re buying a home for the first time, or the tenth time, it’s … Read More

Your house is ready for delivery

Modular homes, off-site construction

Modular homes are nothing new – prefabricated houses were put up across Britain as a temporary solution to the post-Second World War housing crisis and were meant to last no more than a decade. Yet for over 70 years, thousands of families have continued to call them home. They offered not only cheap rent, but unheard-of luxury to men returning … Read More

Party Wall FAQ

Party wall FAQs

We have been managing party wall matters for many years and have built up quite a few answers to particular questions. We thought an FAQ might be useful. The government website has lots of good explanations on the Party Wall Act etc.1996 including the main types of party walls; Party wall type A: a wall that stands on the lands of 2 … Read More

Top 5 tips for choosing a Building Surveying Business

How to choose a building surveying business

It’s well known that buying a new home can be a stressful experience but often the focus centres on mortgages, solicitors and estate agents. Having the property surveyed by a building surveying business seems to fall down the moving list but our experience is you should never underestimate the importance of having a clear idea of the state a property, … Read More

Phew what a scorcher!

Subsidence

2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England, according to the Met Office. Whilst most were enjoying endless days of blue skies, around 10,000 homes made insurance claims during July, August and September after the intense heat lead to subsidence. This was an unprecedented figure & only just short … Read More

December 2018 House Prices

House prices pre Brexit

House prices haven’t dropped this much since the 2012 London Olympics! Rightmove, the UK’s number one property portal and the UK’s largest property marketplace has found the price of property coming to market dropped by 1.5 percentage points in December, down a monetary value of -£4,496 on November’s average house price. After a second consecutive monthly fall, average new seller asking … Read More

RICS looking to simplify Home Surveys

The Perfect Building Survey best home surveyor for residential RICS Building Surveys in Surrey

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is looking at plans to simplify the system of home surveys by scrapping the three current options and replacing them with one instead. The proposals have been worked on for a number of months by a RICS panel but only recently have some of the details emerged of a possible future policy. In an article … Read More

Being a Chawton Hill Consultant Building Surveyor

Consultant Building Surveyor role

Our Consultant Building Surveyor programme has been running for over a year now. With seven regional building surveyors now established on the programme we’ve collected below their various experiences so far and found out what they think of The Chawton Hill Way. We receive most of our enquiries for RICS Building Surveys from referrals. Having taken a look at the … Read More

Chawton Hill – what do you do then?

Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors & Project Managers

Actually quite a lot more than you might at first think when you hear Chawton Hill, Chartered Surveyors. The business is well into its late teens now, having been established in 2001 by Stephen Holmes and David Edwards, both Fellows of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Whilst Building Projects & Building Surveys neatly describes the two areas of our … Read More

RICS Rules of Conduct

RICS Rules of Conduct guide

We often refer to being bound by the RICS Rules of Conduct but what do they actually cover? Here we list the latest guide, effective form 25th April 2017, from RICS; Conduct of Business Professional behaviour A Firm shall at all times act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with … Read More

Why Do I Need a Building Survey?

Building Survey, Structural Survey, how much is a building survey

Our own Steve Holmes (FRICS) explains the benefits of a building survey. “It’s very easy not to see the ‘wood for the trees’ when we view a property for the first time. Not only do we have all the time pressures of the viewing, there is also the knowledge that there are now other willing buyers queuing up behind you … Read More

Trail of Suspicion

Trail of Suspicion in Building Surveys

Whilst the most detailed survey available, even a full RICS Level 3 Building Survey can leave some questions that require further inspection and can lead to a longer trail of suspicion. We often get asked which sort of survey is required for a particular property. As we only offer Building Surveys, we tend to recommend it where the property is … Read More

Buying a house at Auction

A property auction can be a great way to snap up a bargain. It is a quick and cost effective method when buying a property. However, it is important that you understand the process and are prepared for the issues that may lie ahead. Before the auction The first step to take is to look on the internet or visit … Read More

What is a mortgage survey?

RICS Survey types v mortgage survey

What is a mortgage survey? When buying a property with a mortgage, most providers will require that you undertake a mortgage survey before lending is approved. The sole aim of this survey is to satisfy the lender that the property you are purchasing has enough value to cover the amount they are lending you. The surveyor will briefly inspect the … Read More

Property Market in 2035

Wearable tech property market 2035

What will the property market look like in 2035? Back in 1995 we were in the early days of the internet, we worked in cubicles and our computers were chunky and powered by Windows 95. There were no touch screen phones or flat screen TVs; people laughed at the idea of reading electronic books, and watching a home movie meant … Read More