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Claim your free phone consultation with an RICS Building Surveyor, to get answers to your most pressing questions about property and construction. Don’t put it off –
just pick up the phone and ask.
An informal conversation is a good place to start. If I don’t answer, I’m probably balancing on a roof or up a ladder, or nosing around a basement. Leave a message
and I’ll reply just as soon as I’m back on terra firma.
Get the Advice of a Building Surveyor You Can Trust
Need property and construction advice you can trust?
You’re probably aware that building work needs to comply with planning and safety guidelines. You may have also discovered that complex technical and legal points can arise during ANY construction
project – both residential and commercial – even for modest adaptations and repairs. And during ANY
property purchase or rental.
Perhaps that’s not exactly what you planned?
Yes, at times property can be a frustrating game. That’s where I come in. You could say I stumbled into surveying, but I certainly feel fortunate in my profession.
A Bit About Me
When I left school I knew I wanted to do something hands on, but I didn’t have a clear idea of what that might be. For a brief spell I worked on a farm, where I was most interested in the
buildings (the animals and machinery came a close second and third). I talked incessantly about the farm buildings, with whoever would listen.
And since I didn’t fancy getting up before dawn every day to milk the cows, the logical step was to train as an RICS Building Surveyor. I’ve been hooked ever
Something about the materials, measurements and construction methods struck a chord. There’s something fascinating about seeing how buildings are put together. I never get tired of the
skill used in a well-designed and built environment.
I’m Still Getting My Hands Dirty ...
Now, more than 30 years later, I count myself lucky to still be surveying locally in Kent, in London and all over the South East. The rewards remain the same and I get real
satisfaction helping clients cut through the clutter to achieve their goals for their property.
Building technology and regulations have changed a fair bit during that time, and keep on changing. I’m always keen to follow industry developments, so I never stop learning, and stay current
with regular continued professional development.
I’m still hands on; and I still talk about buildings at every opportunity ...
Choosing the Right Building Surveyor
It’s a good idea to get expert input, both before and during your building work or property transaction, from a surveyor with proven technical knowledge AND strong
people skills. Someone who can prepare accurate, detailed building reports AND explain the options in language everyone can understand.
If problems come up, you need to be confident of the expertise and negotiating skills of your surveyor. You need someone who asks the right questions, who’s well informed, and who can fight
You need the advice of someone you can trust to find the best way forward.
Check Your Surveyor’s Credentials, Experience & Specialisms
Naturally, you should check your surveyor’s credentials. Also, to make sure they’ll be a good fit for
what you have in mind, ask about their specialisms. No two RICS Building Surveyors will have the same level of expertise and interest in every surveying technique.
See the pages on commercial property and residential
surveying for my own areas of focus, then give me a call on 07967 254296 to see if I can help. If I’m not the best person to
advise you (in which case, I won’t waste your time pretending I am), or if I can’t meet your schedule, I’ll connect you with another surveyor who will be able to help.
A Fully-Accredited RICS Building Surveyor Since 1990
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) was formed way back in 1868 in response to the need for more careful control of the built environment.
I’m among only 10% of surveyors who have the specialist Chartered Building Surveyor designation. As such, I carry substantial professional indemnity insurance which covers you in the event of any
claim arising from my work.
As a professional member of RICS, I use the following guiding principles:
- My aim, always, is to help clients complete satisfactory property negotiations and construction projects they can be proud of.
- All parties to any transaction deserve to be treated with respect.
- I exercise good judgement, based on up-to-date knowledge of construction and three decades of surveying experience with all kinds of buildings and property.
I get a good deal of satisfaction in helping construction projects come to completion. And in bringing about successful property
transactions. Seeing them all done well – and with such quality you know they’ll stand the test of time.
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Become A Chartered Building Surveyor
For anyone interested in joining the surveying profession, I can recommend training to become a professionally qualified Chartered Building Surveyor.
The following video from the University College of Estate Management gives a good introduction to what to expect from a day in the life of an RICS Building Surveyor.