RICS looking to simplify Home Surveys

The Perfect Building 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

British Assessment Bureau

Chartered Building Surveyors in Surrey & South East. British Assessment Bureau

Chawton Hill has once again achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 standard, establishing us as one of the leading businesses in the Chartered Surveying field. This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading Certification Body, and demonstrates our commitment to ISO 9001: customer service and quality in delivery. We have now earned the right … 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

Updating a John Nash Regency House

Updating a John Nash property

Designed by architect John Nash, and built in 1808, this Regency house is situated within a conservation area, so we had to approach the updating project with a simple overriding objective – our design had to ‘enhance and preserve the area’. The brief was to design internal alterations and external repairs to provide a new loft room and generally refurbish … 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 Surveys & Building Projects 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

Greenfield site to new Community Building

East Whittering Downview Community Building

East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council approached Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors to design a new Youth and Community Building predominantly for use by the Girl Guides Movement, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women. The brief for the Community Building included; a badminton/multipurpose Community Hall for recreational use a Youth Hall for use by the Girl Guides a … Read More

Condition Data Collection

A4-Education-at-cost-condition-surveys

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) launched their Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme in early 2017 setting it to run through to Autumn 2019 in five, separate tranches. The CDC is one of the biggest condition data collection exercises in the UK public sector. The aim is to visit every government maintained school in England to collect data about … Read More

The ‘family GP’ for your Church

Our Lady of the Sorrows, Effingham Most other denominations and many secular organisations which are responsible for historic buildings now adopt a similar approach to inspections.

What are Quinquennial Inspection Reports? Under the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955, as amended by the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, all consecrated buildings of the Church of England must by law be inspected once in every five years by a registered architect or chartered building surveyor (the ‘Quinquennial Inspector’ or QI) who is approved by the … 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

Building Defects

https://www.chawtonhill.com/structural-and-building-surveys/

As part of our Building Survey report, we summarize any building defects found by our chartered surveyors in an easy to read table, prioritizing them using our traffic light system & adding estimated cost for repairs. With thousands of completed Building Surveys on our server, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the most common building … 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

Building Surveying – The Chawton Hill Way

Building surveying the Chawton Hill Way

We launched our regional building surveying programme nearly 10 months ago & we now cover 8 counties in the South; Surrey, Middlesex, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Essex, Suffolk, Kent & Sussex. Local building surveyors are being attracted by our full service proposition whereby we generate bookings in a pre-agreed set of postcodes and our HQ team handle all survey administration. This leaves … Read More