Iconic landmark Condition Survey

condition survey

Following our recent Condition Survey at Cherkley Court in Leatherhead, we were asked to carry out another at the iconic Royal Lancaster Hotel in Bayswater, London. Cherkley Court was acquired in 1910 by Lord Beaverbrook, politician and owner of the Express Newspapers group. During Beaverbrook’s time, the house attracted many famous weekend guests including Winston Churchill, Andrew Bonar Law, Rebecca … Read More

The Perfect Building Surveyor

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

Here’s a graphical, somewhat lighthearted look at the Perfect Building Surveyor. More blog pieces you may like; Women in Surveying Surveying Equipment Homeowners take a serious financial risk Property Maintenance If you are looking for a local, RICS Chartered Building Surveyor for your new property, one that understands the local market & area then please do get in touch. Our … Read More

Modern Methods of Construction

Modern Methods of Construction

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) have been a recurring topic for many years. At last weeks Conservative Party Conference, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, once again referenced MMC but what exactly are they and are they being employed in today’s construction projects? The answer to the last question is not really! Recent research by the  NHBC Foundation found … Read More

£5bn of public money for new homes

£5bn of public money for 1m new homes by 2020

£5bn of public money was pledged at last weeks Conservative Party Conference by Sajiid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Under the latest plan to accelerate building of tens of thousands of homes, ministers will set aside £2bn of new public borrowing to fund an Accelerated Construction Scheme to make public land with planning permission available to builders. The accelerated construction … Read More

Customer Reviews

Customer reviews of our house building surveys in Surrey via SurveyMonkey

We have been collecting Customer Reviews for a few months via SurveyMonkey, mainly for our residential building surveys in and around Surrey. Some of the comments and feedback we have received you can see on our Building Survey Quick Quote page but we thought it would be interesting to share some of the statistics to date. Whilst the sample size is … Read More

Should you rely on a desktop mortgage valuation?

mortgage valuation is not a building survey

It is interesting to see just how reliant High Street mortgage providers are becoming on an automated mortgage valuation. On Your Side A recent experience with one that claimed to be On My Side was a good example. There was an implied acceptance that confirmation of our anticipated valuation identified a ‘good’ property. The mortgage valuation report came back and … Read More

Partner Profile – Urban Point Property Management

Property Management services

The second in our Partner Profile series is with property management company, Urban Point based in New Malden, Surrey. Realising the immense potential within Surrey and with the ever growing need for new residential blocks of flats,  Urban Point was one of the early entrants into the Surrey property management sector over 20 years ago. Our first project together involved reviewing a … Read More

July House Prices

July House Prices RICS data

Latest July house prices – we last looked at house prices just prior to the UK’s historic EU vote. At the time we commented: Extract from May House Prices review ‘The more the Remain campaign pushes the economic advantages of staying within the EU and Leave continue to promote a reduction in immigration, so we believe more sentiment will swing … Read More

Homeowners take a serious financial risk

homeowners take a serious financial risk

New research from Churchill Home Insurance indicates that over seven million UK homeowners take a serious financial risk by choosing not to have a survey completed on their next property. This includes 3.5 million people who did not have any type of independent checks completed. With the price of property stretching many home owners’ budgets, it appears people are scaling … Read More

Block Management Services

Block Management Services - Chartered Surveyors for block management; Flood reinstatement insurance claim

Here at Chawton Hill, we undertake a full range of professional surveying Block Management Services. Our Surveyors work closely with Property Managers to ensure that works are carried efficiently and according to exacting requirements. Our Surveyors are qualified, highly experienced and as such, we can often respond immediately to emergency’s such as flash floods and roofing issues. We have detailed … Read More

Fire Damage Insurance Claims

Fire damage insurance claims Loss Adjusters and Insurance Companies

Like the rest of our Disaster Consultancy Services, we understand fire damage and have years of experience in helping home owners and landlords return their properties back to the condition  they were in prior to the fire. It is an important distinction from an insurance perspective that reinstatement to pre loss condition is the priority. This does not mean the … Read More

Flooded House Action Plan

Chawton Flooded House Action Plan

What to do immediately after a house flood is often the most stressful and upsetting time as you realise the extent of the loss and damage. Will your home ever be the same again?  With so many things to think of, it can quickly become overwhelming and hard to know where to start. To help, we’ve prepared this Flooded House … Read More

RICS Salary Survey

Property sector salary survey

Following on for our Women in Surveying post last month, we take a look at the latest RICS salary survey to see if there is still a significant gap between male and female surveyors. By way of context, the Commission for Employment and Skills records the general UK pay gap as 19% in favour of male professionals. In our own … Read More

Property Maintenance

Property Maintenance; House cut away RICS Building survey in Surrey

Our RICS Building Survey report helps home buyers make an informed decision when purchasing a new property or when planning repairs, property maintenance or upgrades. Each aspect of a property is considered and where possible any potential risks are identified together with estimated repair costs. During a building survey, we often find areas that would benefit from regular property maintenance, so we’ve pulled … Read More

New Building Survey Report

building survey report in surrey, structural survey in surrey

We have been gathering feedback on how our Building Survey Reports are presented and if there were any useful sections we could build in. Recently we looked at how our RICS Building surveyors were now using direct input dictation software loaded on their smartphones to help speed up the delivery of the report to our house-buying customers. Often the draft … Read More

Partner Profile – White & Sons

Partner Profile White and Sons

In the first of our Partner Profile series, we take a look at our recent relationship with White & Sons, a partnership of award winning property experts in Dorking, Oxted, Reigate and Horley. Looking forward to celebrating their bicentennial next year, White & Sons offer a full complement of property services including sales, letting and management and interestingly for us, block … Read More