Surveyors - Building Surveys, House Surveys Property Surveys by
Robert White Associates
White Associates are a Bristol based Chartered
Building surveyors covering the Bristol, Bath,
Chipping Sodbury, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon
areas. Robert White MRICS is a RICS (Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors) member.
has more than 30 years experience in conducting pre-purchase
property surveys of residential and commercial property.
We aim to provide a swift, personal service,
to inspect a property within 3 days of being instructed
and submit reports written in plain English within a
can carry out the Homebuyer
Survey and Valuation Service on most properties,
or the more detailed Structural
Property Inspection also known as a Building Survey
on properties that are old or have been altered, or
Limited Inspections to discuss specific defects.
Please refer to the attached web-pages for details of
the type of surveys available and how to select the
appropriate type for your proposed purchase.
are by prior agreement, based upon the size, age and
location of the property.
quoted are fixed, include vat and are not subject to
the addition of extras. We will make the inspection
as soon as possible and your report will be released
on receipt of your payment.
Cover The Following Areas: North
Somerset, Bristol, Glouscestershire, Wiltshire,
Worcestershire (southern area) and South Wales
- Gwent, South Glamorgan Mid Glamorgan and Monmouthshire
Have a Survey? Your
mortgage lender will commission a valuation, a
copy of which is likely to be made available to
you, but it is only a valuation to ensure that
the loan is adequately secured upon the house,
it is not a condition survey.
people take more care buying a used car than buying
a house. They will check the log book and the
service history, take it for a test drive, most likely
be covered by a 12 month warranty and take out a finance
agreement for a year or three. By comparison,
most mortgages are for terms of up to 25 years, a house
will not be covered by a warranty, it will require regular
maintenance to keep it in good condition and many houses
will require initial expenditure soon after purchase
to put right existing defects. There is no recourse
to the purchaser is defects come to light and in some
cases the property will be uninhabitable while repairs
& improvements are undertaken.
Can You Answer The
Following 10 Questions?
the cracks in the front wall normal thermal cracking
that can be ignored, or do they indicate structural
- The trees
look great, but are they likely to affect the foundations?
- Will you
be liable if they damage the neighbour’s house?
- Is the
damp stain on the dining room wall rising damp, dry
rot, or only a tea-stain?
- So the
house has white plastic lights and sockets, but is
the cabling potentially dangerous two-core, or has
it been botched in the loft?
- Does the
boiler work, are the radiators large enough, are they
falling off the walls, is there a suitable expansion
- The wood
windows look good, but has the vendor filled the rot
and painted it over?
- Many old
houses have been re-roofed, but have the new (heavier)
concrete tiles over-loaded the old roof structure,
causing it to become unsound?
- Do the
drains work, or are they blocked?
- The old
ceilings are cracked, but do they need replacing?
an informed decision about whether or not to invest
in a tthe purchase of a particular property is important
to avoid future heartache and problems and to increase
your chances of being happy with your new home. Having
a professional survey and valuation of the property
which interests you can be a very wide investment in
itself. Find out more
about choosing a survey here
detailed advice upon the condition
of a property, and main structural aspects of a house
having due regard to its age, character and location
These are ofetn more appropriate for older proiperties,
properties of unusual or unconventional materials or
more individual and less standard constructions and
/ or properties that have been extended, added to, or
significantly altered over time. Find
out about Building Surveys here
|The Homebuyer and Valuation
Service focuses on the general condition
of a property and the particular features which affect
its present value and may affect its future resale. Find
out about Homebuyer Surveys here.
|ROBERT WHITE ASSOCIATES (Chartered
Surveyors), Mill Lodge, Mill Crescent , Westerleigh,
Bristol BS37 8QS
Call us now on your local number or send
an e-mail with your requirements.
We are available from 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday
and 9.00am to 5.00pm weekends.
you afford to take the risk? Can
you afford NOT to have a survey?
Remember, to make a really
informed decision on such a large an important investment as a home
is importnat to have a professional survey of the property . Before
you decide to go ahead and commit yourself legally, you can help
to minimise the risks by asking a qualified surveyor to help you
to answer important bur basic questions like:
- Is the agreed price reasonable?
- Are there drawbacks I don't know
- If so, what do I need to do about
Commissioning your own
survey is the simple, economical way to avoid unpleasant and perhaps
very costly surprises after moving in. In some cases the surveyor's
report may enable you to renegotiate the price. Even if you are
seeking a mortgage and may be paying for a Mortgage Valuation report
it is still advisable and prudent to arrange a survey by your own
surveyor. The Consumers' Association Which? magazine and the Council
of Mortgage Lenders both give this advice. The reason is that a
Mortgage Valuation report is prepared for the lender and not for
you, the borrower. The report answers only the lender's questions
concerning the appropriate security for the loan and will be unlikely
to give you the more detailed information that you may need about
the condition of the property and any underlying problems and potential
risks further down the line.
RICS members also
offer surveys which are specifically designed to help homebuyers:
A Building Survey is suitable for all residential properties and,
property inspections provides a full picture of their construction
Need a Chartered
Robert White Associates are Chartered Building Surveyors. Although
based in Bristol Robert White Associates also cover areas including,
Chipping Sodbury, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon.
Robert White MRICS is a RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
member with more than over 30 years experience in conducting pre-purchase
Some of the important services that Robert White Associates provide
include surveying services for residential and commercial properties.
These include pre-purchase and structural / building surveys.
Why Choose a Chartered Surveyor?
Chartered Surveyor is a term applied to a profession where the professional
has a broad range of skills and knowledge based around 3 main areas
of land, property and construction and there are different types
of surveyors within these areas. As a member of the Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) a Chartered Surveyor has a relevant
/ approved degree in the first place, and worked in their surveyor’s
job to achieve the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
Passing this important professional qualification takes years (at
least 2 years training), demonstrates proof of professional integrity,
shows that the surveyor’s work is regulated by a professional
organisation, and allows the surveyor to then use the MRICS (Member
of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) after their name.
By engaging the services of a Chartered Surveyor you are therefore
choosing a person who meets the minimum academic standards for chartership,
and has demonstrated dedication to lifelong learning, professional
practice, accountability and ethics. The work and study involved
in achieving this qualification means that you are also likely to
be choosing a person who has a good level of experience and knowledge
in matters relating to land, property and construction.
A Chartered Surveyor can assess the value and condition of a physical
property such as a house or a construction project. They can also
help to plan the creation of a new development, give advice on obtaining
planning permission, renovating a property, or many environmental
issues. Chartered Surveyors have property expertise and experience
in dealing local authorities.
Taking these things into account you may therefore decide that when
it comes to matters relating to what may well be your most important
and expensive investment (your house or property) it would be beneficial
to get a professional opinion from somebody who can conduct a thorough
investigation and give you high quality advice. A Surveyor may also
have access to information, and services, and have the experience
to look at the evidence before them in a way that you may not.
Using the Services of a Chartered Surveyor for Residential
Residential surveys and valuations are very important ways in which
Surveyors supply vital support to anybody who owns or is involved
in a transaction of ownership of property. The advice provided on
the housing market and the condition of a property from a competent
source can help people to make well informed decisions about what
can be potentially high risk purchases and investments.
Chartered surveyors also provide vital advice to lenders for valuation
Using the Services of a Chartered Surveyor for Commercial
Chartered Surveyors also provide a number of important services
related to the buying, selling, management and leasing of commercial
/ business premises. They also play a role in landlord and tenant
negotiations. Besides providing valuations of commercial land and
buildings Surveyors can also help with the management of commercial