How to choose a Building Surveyor

Building Survey in Surrey, building surveyor

We have written quite a lot about which type of Building Survey is best for your potential new home, such as What’s in a Building Survey? or What is a mortgage survey? However, we haven’t focussed on how you choose the right Building Surveyor to carry out your survey. Often we see customers use survey price as their main method … Read More

How to choose the best house survey

Building surveys; best house survey

What’s the best house survey type for your potential new home? A full building survey, a homebuyer’s report, or something else? We outline the choices available for every type of home. Do you know what type of house survey the home you want to buy needs? Whether you’re buying a home for the first time, or the tenth time, it’s … Read More

Your house is ready for delivery

Modular homes, off-site construction

Modular homes are nothing new – prefabricated houses were put up across Britain as a temporary solution to the post-Second World War housing crisis and were meant to last no more than a decade. Yet for over 70 years, thousands of families have continued to call them home. They offered not only cheap rent, but unheard-of luxury to men returning … Read More

British Assessment Bureau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

dorset building surveys Surrey Middlesex Berkshire Hampshire Dorset

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

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

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