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Are you sure that the property that you are purchasing is defect free?

Our team of friendly and efficient Chartered Surveyors and Building Surveyors can provide you with expert advice for the purchase of a residential or commercial property.

We offer the full RICS suite of services (see below).  Our tailored inspections can deal with any aspect of a property and to a degree that suits your needs.

Property surveys

We can advise you on specific defects, carry out structural reporting, building supervision, CDM (Construction Design Management) and Party Wall Act.

Our commitment is to help you to make a well-informed decision, providing you with all the re-assurances that you need.

Call 01691 652367 today for a fee quote

New Home Survey Standard

survey level one

Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing  problems that may require varying degrees of attention
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and
  • advice on replacement parts guarantees, planning and   control matters for your legal advisers.

An RICS Condition Report is straightforward and does not include a  valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.

Terms of Engagement

(Survey) survey level two

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It costs more than the Condition Report but includes:

  • all of the features in the Condition Report;
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the   property;
  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance;
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions;
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase and
  • information on location, local environment and the recorded    energy efficiency (where available).

Terms of Engagement

(Survey and Valuation) survey level two

As the RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) above but includes:

  • the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘market value’ of the property;
  • an insurance reinstatement figure for the property;
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property;

Terms of Engagement

survey level three

Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works.

The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation or a rebuilding cost appraisal.

Terms of Engagement


As the heading suggests a bespoke survey will be tailored to meet your particular requirements and can be comprise an inspection of the whole property as an alternative to the RICS Building Survey or can be designed simply to address particular areas of concern.


Mike Palmer BSc (Hons), CBuildE, FCABE, FCIOB, MRICS, CMaPS, Registered Valuer
Chartered Building Surveyor, Building Engineer, Construction Manager and a Certified   Member of the Association for Project Safety.
Mike has been involved in construction for over 25 years and during this time he has worked in both private and public sectors specialising in surveying, project management and construction health and safety.

Michael Tomley FRICS Chartered Valuation Surveyor, Registered Valuer
Michael has being undertaking survey and valuation inspections in the area since he qualified in 1983 and joined Bowen Son and Watson in 2016 as a consultant Chartered Surveyor.

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