Surveying Equipment

Leica and Stanley measurement tools

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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

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 Drones

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 with it. The Civil Aviation Authority is quite strict on commercial use even for lightweight (<20kg) drones. Each requires a remote pilot qualification, permissions, risk assessments, insurance, etc. However there are an increasing number of businesses that offer … Read More

Fire Damage Survey and Repair

Argus loft fire damage flat refurbishment

The Argus Lofts in Brighton experienced a serious roof fire, caught here on camera. Chawton Hill were called in to carry out a full building fire damage survey report, specify repairs, liaise with the appointed insurance loss adjusters and project manage the roof reinstatement and flat refurbishments. The roof decking caught alight and at the height of the incident here were … Read More

What’s in a Building Survey?

Building Survey Features We often get asked the difference between a building survey or what used to be called a Structural Survey and a Condition Report and a HomeBuyer Survey. Whilst each survey can be tailored to a property’s specification, here’s a useful guide from RICS on the key differences; Whilst each of our reports are unique to each property, they … Read More