The case for Property Management

The Case For Property Management

Here at Chawton Hill we have some good experience of working with Property Management company’s and owning income property. Whilst it can be very rewarding and often tempting to retain all of that rental income, property management requires a pretty large commitment of effort and time in the process. Here are some tasks to consider when deciding to go it … Read More

Tips to sell your home

tips to sell your home - 5 senses

Our top tips to sell your home for the best price. As part of our building survey service, we offer a free walkaround with your surveyor to discuss the property. During this half hour or so discussion,  many of our customers mention things like, ‘I just know this is the one’ or ‘it just feels right’. As a home seller, … Read More

New Faces at Chawton Hill

New faces at Chawton Hill – The pace of our recent growth has meant we are a little behind in formally welcoming the latest New Faces at Chawton Hill. It’s been a hectic few months with ongoing project work, pitches for new multi-million pound building schemes and the ongoing expansion of The Chawton Hill Way regional building surveyor programme. The … Read More

999 Emergency Centre – Crawley UPDATE

Project Management of SECAmb HQ & Emergency Control Centre Crawley

Back in April 2016 we outlined our project management work at the new SECAmb HQ and 999 Emergency Centre in Crawley. Earlier this month, the Epsom Guardian reported on the latest phase, with Banstead emergency control staff moving to the new centre… Control staff at the Emergency Operations Centre based in The Horseshoe, off Bolters Lane, relocated to the Manor Royal … Read More

Block management

Block Management - Downswood Court East – Re-Roofing Project

We have carried out a number of building projects with Block Management specialists, White & Sons since we featured them in our Partner Profile  just over a year ago. The latest one completed in July, a full month earlier than scheduled, is the re-roofing of a block of flats at Downswood Court East in Reigate. The previous felt roof system … Read More

Meadow Primary opens new school reception area

Meadow Primary new school reception area

Meadow Primary school had been living with a traditional and slightly gloomy school reception and were looking for a modern, more welcoming new school reception area design that made better use of the available space and light. Having worked with the school before, Chawton Hill were engaged as Principle Designers and Contract Administrators to deliver the best possible design solution, … Read More

Health and Safety

Contractors Health and Safety Accredited

We are delighted to become CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) accredited. The scheme was created by experienced health and safety professionals in 1997 to improve health and safety standards across the UK.​ In partnership with the Association of London Government (ALG), CHAS was a key developer of the core criteria held in the Approved Code of Practice … Read More

Berkshire Building Surveys

berkshire building surveys, Building Surveys in Surrey, Middlesex, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset,

Chawton Hill launch Berkshire building surveys – we are delighted to announce the further expansion of our building survey service to include Berkshire and the surrounding area. Our latest team member is Justin Girard-McMullen who will be working remotely from Warfield, Bracknell in Berkshire offering our well established building survey service to areas such as; Camberley, Lightwater, Bagshot, Windlesham, Wargrave, Wick Hill, … Read More

Dorset Building Surveys

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Chawton Hill launch Dorset building surveys – we are delighted to announce the further expansion of our building survey service to include Dorset and the surrounding area. Our latest team member is Malcolm Howarth who will be working remotely from Blanford Forum, Dorset offering our well established building survey service to areas such as; Bath, Wells, Glastonbury, Castle Cary, Bruton, … Read More

Chim Chiminey

Chim chimneys and building regulations

Chim chiminey, chim chiminey Chim chim cheree! A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be …which is all well and good but you may not be quiet so lucky if the chimneys in your potential new property have been altered or removed. As we highlighted in this Removing a Chimney blog piece any works should be considered as part … Read More

Freedom Leisure Centres

Forward maintenance registers, Freedom Leisure Hailsham Heathfield

Freedom Leisure Centres forward maintenance registers continue with Heathfield and Hailsham. Following completion of forward maintenance registers (FMR’s)  for Crowborough and Uckfield, our surveying team completed Hailsham and Heathfield last week. Freedom Leisure is the UK’s third largest charitable leisure trust operating 75 centres across the South East, Wales and the West of England. Their community ethos is one of … Read More

When Building Projects go wrong!

Fire flood disaster recovery, RICS building projects, chartered surveying in Surrey

We are often asked to review existing building projects and comment on the quality and suitability of the work. We always pay particular attention to ensure the works meet current Building Regulations and are being carried out in accordance with Healthy and Safety Regulations. One such flood damaged project had suffered two failed Contractors and two failed Project Managers, leaving … Read More

Party Wall advice

Complimentary Services inc house extensions, party wall advice, planning approval, project management

Party walls are an important aspect to consider when buying a new property. You’ll need to know if you share any walls, fences or boundaries with the neighbours, and whether they’ve got any plans to build before you move in. A building survey can tell you everything you need to know about party walls, but we’ve made a good start … Read More

Subsidence risk 2017

Rainfail map 201617 for subsidence risk

Subsidence risk is directly linked to an unusually wet winter followed by a particularly dry summer. With the potential of UK property owners suffering hundreds of millions of pounds in damage resulting from shrink/swell subsidence it’s well worth keeping an eye on the Met Office website Luckily the weather over winter 2016/17 was generally drier than the average since 1981 … Read More

Online Estate Agents

Online estate agents fees

Online estate agents now account for around 5% of the property sales market. Whilst most of us have heard of Purplebricks with their heavy TV advertising, the actual list of providers is surprisingly long and is set to get longer. Last year Which produced this comparison of the largest eight online estate agents; Online estate agent Fees* Included in all … Read More

A Dog is a Building Surveyors Best Friend

Building Surveying Dogs nose

Building Surveying dogs Our surveyors are often followed around a property by the owner’s dog(s) when carrying out a building survey. Most are just keen to see what’s going on and keep an eye on ‘their’ house! We recently posted a few ‘surveying dog’ pictures on Twitter, a couple of which are re-posted below. We had also written an article … Read More