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

Surveying Equipment

Leica and Stanley measurement tools
What surveying equipment do we regularly use and recommend at Chawton Hill? We ask our team of chartered building surveyors what they take to a full building survey? For more details on what is covered by a building survey please see our Why buy a Building Survey post or  our Building Survey page. Steve Holmes, Director Dragon Anywhere smartphone dictation ... Read More

May House Prices

RICS May house prices

Following on from our review of April House Prices, here’s the data set from RICS for May House Prices. As we close in on the vote for EU membership, the market seems to have ‘shut down’ somewhat whilst people wait to see which way the UK will vote on 23rd June; new buyer enquiries have fallen at their fastest rate … Read More

Removing a chimney

Removing a chimney

Removing a chimney when fires are no longer used increases living space and in certain rooms, such as bedrooms, makes it much easier to arrange furniture. Older properties were built with fireplaces in every room but with modern central heating, chimney breasts are often unused and considered as wasted floor space. Given that in London for example, residential floor space can easily … Read More

Women in surveying

Abi Peters, Women in Surveying, Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors

According to the latest RICS statistics on Women in Surveying as at end of September, 13% of Global Chartered Surveyors (FRICS/MRICS) and 27%  of students are female. Compare this with the 3% female membership at the end of the 1980’s and the progress made in diversifying the profession in less than three decades is clear. In particular, the sector seems to … Read More

House Prices

EU referendum and House Prices

Ahead of the release of the May set of RICS House Price data on Thursday 9th, here’s a quick recap on April’s Residential Market Survey;                                       For the first time since March last year, property demand has slowed. Commentators are putting this … Read More

Site Surveys

Types of site surveys

The success of any building project is often determined by the depth and the quality of the work carried out before any building starts. Over our years of experience we have found that well over 50% of a project will often be spent on preparation and a key part of this is the various site surveys carried out to supplement and … Read More


Patrick Gardner Surveys, alterations and extensions article 2016

Steve Holmes (FRICS)  recently spoke to Patrick Gardner about the long term financial benefits of building surveys, particularly when considering alterations and extensions to your new home. According to RICS research around 1 in 5 home-buyers rely on just a basic mortgage valuation and get caught out with expensive repair bills once they move in, something we highlighted in this … Read More

Exceptional Education Facilities Map

Exceptional Education Facilities

We have over 145 education projects on our server now, so we thought it would be interesting to plot them on Google to create an Exceptional Education Facilities map. Here’s the result. Since 2001, the Education Sector has been a key driver for our business. If you are considering an education facilities project of any sort, please get in touch … Read More

5 tips for education facilities

5 tips for education facilities 5 tips for education facilities Box Hill School - Education sector

5 tips for education facilities – we are often asked what makes our our approach to delivering education facilities so successful? We know from HEAD research by Professor Peter Barrett that great school design helps improve classroom learning by up to 16%, something we discussed in this recent post. However how do we at Chawton Hill deliver exceptional education facilities? 1. … Read More

School Design Improves Learning

School Design Improves Learning

A school design that’s full of natural light, has good air quality, good acoustics, comfortable temperature control and enough space to allow for a range of activities will have a positive outcome on student’s results. However policy can often emphasise quantitative evidence over qualitative, so it was good to find a piece of research conducted by Professor Peter Barrett entitled, … Read More

Education Sector Info-graphic

Education Sector Info-graphic

Here’s our Education sector info-graphic, showing our experience since 2001; Since our incorporation in 2001 we have; delivered over 11,200m2 of newly built education facilities surveyed over 220,500m2 of education facilities completed over 145 education projects finished projects have taken on average 2 years Our education experience includes working with Independent Schools, Foundation Schools and Academies. Our client commissions range … Read More

Why buy a Building Survey?

Building Survey wet rot

Buying a house is the biggest purchase of your life, full of emotion that can lead to expensive mistakes. Around 1 in 5 homebuyers rely on just a basic mortgage valuation and get caught out with expensive repair bills once they move in. These bills are often many times more expensive that an initial RICS Building Survey. My advice would … Read More

Building Survey Drone

Building survey drone Parrot Bebop2

You may be surprised to hear that you can’t just order the latest HD equipped Parrot drone and start a building survey by drone. The Civil Aviation Authority is quite strict on commercial use even for lightweight (<20kg) drones, requiring a remote pilot qualification, permissions, risk assessments, insurances etc However there are an increasing number of businesses that offer this … Read More