Berkshire Building Surveys

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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

5 tips to sell your home

Top 5 tips to sell your home, building survey in Surrey, Hampshire and North London

Tips to sell your home The latest monthly index from estate agents Your Move  has found that in the three months to the end of April, house sales in Greater London were down 29% on the same period in 2016. Much of the decline follows the government overhaul of property taxes that spurred landlords and other second-home buyers to rush … Read More

Identifying damp in your property

Identifying damp in your property, building survey in Surrey, Hampshire & North London

Damp is one of the more common and damaging problems we find when carrying out a building survey. All our chartered surveyors are equipped with a Protimeter which measures  the percentage of damp in various materials around the property and you will see our surveyors making a visual inspection of an area then taking readings with a protimeter at regular … Read More

ISBA 2017 Conference Winners

Chawton Hill ISBA 2017 3 Putt Challenge

For the ISBA 2017 Conference we decided on a putting competition. A quick survey of our current bursar client base showed a high proportion of golfers and putting was an easy enough game for everyone, golfer or not to have a go. As we were to discover, hockey players and indeed non golfing bursars scored just as well as their … Read More

Top Tips for a Successful Exhibition

Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors ISBA 2017 Stand - Dave Edwards and Steve Holmes successful exhibition

We thought it would be useful to pull together our tips for a successful exhibition following our attendance at this year’s Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) conference in Manchester. The 2017 ISBA conference has been our most successful to date, so it’s good practice to review our approach and see what worked well and where we can improve. Firstly it’s … Read More

ISBA Conference 2017

ISBA Conference in Manchester, education facilities

Education is one of our core business sectors and with the annual ISBA conference  just a few weeks away we have been reviewing our current school projects in time for the conference. As with last years conference, the Chawton Hill team will be demonstrating our 16+ years expertise in; obtaining planning permissions for school buildings, particularly in Greenbelt areas working with … Read More

Postcode comparison tool

HSBC postcode comparison tool

We found this very useful postcode comparison tool on the HSBC website. It allows you to find out some useful comparisons of your current postcode, as well as review the postcode of an area you might be looking to move to. As we mentioned in our CHOOSING THE PERFECT LOCATION article, there are a number of things to consider when … Read More

Choosing the perfect location

Perfect location property, building surevy, choosing the right postcode

Finding the perfect location for your next home isn’t just about looking at the most expensive postcodes, although this is often a good starting point. The key is to list the type of lifestyle you lead and what facilities and amenities are important to you. Then you stand a much better chance of pinpointing the best location for you. First … Read More