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We’re celebrating being voted one of the top three Chartered Surveyors in Colchester for two years running! Three Best Rated was created with a simple goal to help you find the top 3 local businesses in your area. They only display businesses that are verified by their employees and believe that local businesses provide better and personal services locally. 

Their thorough 50-point inspection includes local reviews, history, trading standards, trust and price. Their rigorous inspection and high-quality standard make this award even more honourable for us to graciously accept and display on

For the last 25 years, Eyesurvey have provided a variety of professional services, for both residential and commercial properties. 

We aim to provide the best service possible to all customers, as well as the best prices and believe that we have the fastest, and friendliest, response available. 

If you’d like to work with one of the Top Three Chartered Surveyors in Colchester, we’d be more than happy to talk you through any questions you may have regarding our services and if they are right for you. Speak to the Eyesurvey team today, call us on 01206 545 139 or contact us.



Although stressful, house hunting can also be an exciting time for you and your family. When you walk into your potential future home it’s easy to get carried away and forget to ask the key questions.


Don’t agree to buy this place after one 20-minutes whizz around (you will be surprised how many people actually do) – go back and look again if the home is on your short-list.

Here’s a list of 10 questions you’ll need the answers to before you make the leap. We’d always recommend that when you view a house or other home, always go prepared with a list of questions to ask your estate agent. If you don’t do your due diligence then you run the risk of finding yourself in a property with a host of difficult, expensive problems to solve. 


1. Why are the current owners moving? 

This is probably one of the most important and insightful questions you’ll ask. Do they need a bigger house for a growing family? Are they looking to retire and downsize? Or, are they moving because they can’t keep up with the endless money they spend trying to keep the house in working order? If it proves to be the latter, it should ring alarm bells in your mind. 


 2. Has the house had any major building work recently?

It’s recommended to have a full Homebuyers’ Survey on a property you wish to purchase, but it’s worth finding out if any building work has recently be completed, too. If so, find out if there was a particular reason why the work needed to be done and decipher how it could impact you in the future. You can look closely for cracks around outside or inside walls, especially where any extension joins the house.


3. Is the plumbing in good shape?

As well as asking this question to the estate agent, you can also ask to give the taps a whirl, flush the toilets – and look for leaks at the pan outlet connector! Although not one that most people would think of, but actually, trying the taps and loos could bring to light any unexpected problems! 


4. What about other properties in the area? 

 This is something that your estate agent should be confident in answering. It’s a good idea to find out how much other properties in the area have sold for to aid your negotiation should you wish to proceed. You can usually suss whether a property is fairly priced, and if your offer is reasonable, by simply looking at the recent sale price of houses on the same street. If you use websites like Rightmove, they will have something like “House Price or Sold House Prices” comparison tools, free and very easy to use. See the tabs along the top of the page on Rightmove.


5. Is the loft insulated? If so, when was it done?

As well as reducing your monthly heating bills, an insulated loft can go a long way in reducing your home’s carbon footprint and improving its energy efficiency rating. Providing that work was done properly, not leaving gaps over some ceilings so that cold patches get mould stains, or blocking the eaves corners which can cause condensation in roof spaces leading to timbers rotting!

6. Are there good local amenities?

Buying a house is not just about bricks and mortar, it needs to fit in with your lifestyle, too. Are there suitable schools nearby? How far is the closest shop if you need milk? If the area is brand-new to you, be sure to quiz your estate agent and take a drive around the local neighbourhood. Any graffiti on local walls, damaged and empty properties, signs of vandalism, overgrown gardens and debris or junk on display? 


 7. Is the property “listed”, or in a Conservation Area? 

This will often be answered during your Homebuyers’ Survey, but it’s important to get all the information you can before making the big decision, BUT your solicitor must research this for you, and then give you clear advice on the implications. Remember, if your long-term plans include large structural renovations, these could be severely disrupted if the property is listed.


8. How old is the boiler? 

When was it last serviced? It’s recommended that you service your boiler annually to keep it operating safely and at peak efficiency. If this hasn’t been done, why not? And, what condition is the current boiler in? Don’t forget that gas fires or other appliances must be safety checked regularly too!


9. Is there any sound proofing in the house? 

Try viewing the property at different times to hear how much of the neighbour’s television, hi-fi, and street noise you can hear. 


10. Is the guttering sound?

Is there any plant life growing in it, water stains around joints, loose components, or does it need any repair work? Having a reliable, robust guttering system will protect your property from water ingress. Be sure to inquire about the current condition of the water and waste drainage system. Our team here at Eyesurvey can offer Building and HomeBuyers’ Surveys, or just limited condition reports, depending on the level of detail you require. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a property for the first time or the fifth, it is still extremely easy to miss out small but very key details that may have repercussions later on. We know, from over 45 years in the property business, what is a major issue and what isn’t and can pick out the smallest of details that you may have not noticed. This means that when carrying out a survey on a property nothing of concern will be missed. 


 Ready to buy? Book your Homebuyers’ Survey with Eyesurvey, contact us today for a quotation today, including NO VAT ON FEES. Call on 01206 545 139 or contact via the website.

There’s no denying that we live in a digital age, in fact 94% of adults in the UK owns a mobile phone. That’s a whole lot of technology sitting in our pockets every day, and a Surveyor’s report needs to reflect the visual times that we exist in.

While the purposes of surveying remain constant, the tools used to accomplish them have evolved dramatically with human advancement. At Eyesurvey, we strive to always take photographs when on-site, whether that’s for a Building Survey or a Home Buyer's Survey. The invention of digital cameras has revolutionised survey reporting.

A photograph should only go into a survey report if it adds value. It should be useful to a client, and help them understand a potential problem that Eyesurvey has uncovered. We have seen some other firm's reports, actually entitled "Full Structural Survey", that simply consisted of pictures and a few lines of text, all amounting to about 30 pages, but of little value to any client and virtually devoid of any technical information or useful advice.


At Eyesurvey, you can trust that we’re thorough, detail-orientated and focused on delivering you all the information you need. Here’s 3 benefits to our clients about using photography in our comprehensive reports:


 1. Providing clarity to a problem

“A picture is worth ten thousand words.” – Fred R. Barnard

We could spend 15 or 20 words explaining what Japanese knotweed looks like and how it’s so prolific when on a building, or we could simply show you a photograph to demonstrate its nature, and focus our words on the challenge that then presents to your property. A photograph with a simple annotation helps you understand the problem and potential solutions. 


2. A good record of a thorough inspection

Having a bank of up to date images of your property is incredibly useful if your home requires work. Not only does it provide you, the home buyer or owner, with a record of the property, but it also proves beneficial should you need to sought work for a particular problem. It enables you to approach contractors with a visual representation of your issue and allow them to accurate feedback quotations and suggestions. 


3. Provides a dialogue

Naturally, when you can see something, it usually provides you with a clearer understanding, which then provokes more insightful questions between the client and surveyor. Although our annotations provide a deeper insight into the photograph, the client may still naturally have questions concerning the imagery. 


A good photograph allows the Eyesurvey team to then demonstrate and further outline the problem using photographic material, rather than just words that don’t necessarily resonate! We have just checked how many pictures we have archived from our jobs - it's around 21,000 digital images! Many surveyors will just use a compact camera, mobile phone or an iPad to take pictures on site – we prefer to use a quality DSLR, extra lenses, and add a flashgun for poor light. Not quite professional photography standard, but “getting there”.

We even use Photoshop, to improve lighting and bring out details in otherwise too-dark pictures, before compiling the reports. No, we don’t add faults that were not seen, just to make it sensational. 

To book a Building Survey or Home Buyer’s Survey that includes plenty of useful photographs, contact us today for a quotation today, including NO VAT ON FEES. Call on 01206 545 139 or contact via the website.

Get the facts on structural damp, the types of damp that may be present in a property and why it’s important to get a Homebuyer Report before purchasing a new home. Not only does damp on walls have health implications and look terribly unsightly, it can also create permanent damage to woodwork, plaster, paint and finishes. In this article, we’ll outline the type of damp that is most prevalent in properties and the implications for homebuyers.   

1.  Penetrating damp

Penetrating damp can happen at any level within a property, including roofs, ceilings and walls. Although a common problem found within older properties that have solid walls, it can occur in properties of any age. It is the end result of water successfully penetrating the exterior of the building and into your property.

It’s most commonly attributed to leaky pipes, poorly maintained brickwork and outside render facings, or overflowing gutters. Not sure if penetrating damp is the culprit in your home? Look for these signs:

 • Damaged plaster inside

 • Black mould growth

 • A musty damp smell 

 Damp patches on walls that do not dry out

 • External cracks, or gaps such as around windows or doors

 • Worn/ frost damaged outside brickwork or missing mortar joints

You may also notice the conditions worsen during or after a heavy rainfall. 

2. Condensation

 Damp caused by condensation is the most common type of damp occurring in our homes here in the UK, and it poses a significant threat between October to April. 

Condensation is simply caused by moist air condensing on cold surfaces (usually below 5deg.C/ 42deg.F) in the home. It’s immediately recognisable on non-porous surfaces such as glass, where small beads or streaks of moisture will form. However, it’s noticeable on porous surfaces such as wall plaster and timber, but no less important. These surfaces may simply absorb the damp and thus encourage the growth of black mould. The most common causes are poor ventilation and inadequate or inconsistent heating temperatures. Even long curtains touching the floor can lead to such problems. If left untreated, it may cause wet rot or more severe, dry rot. 

3. Rising damp

 Rising damp is often diagnosed by the presences of a ‘tide mark’ on the affected wall, damaged skirting boards and floorboards and peeling wallpaper. It’s caused by water from the ground scaling upwards through the brickwork of the property. Although not the most common form of damp, older properties are often more susceptible to rising damp. However, it is not as common as popularly believed, and cannot occur more than 1.5 metres/ 5 feet above ground level.

Damp-proofing infographicView this helpful damp-proofing infographic, courtesy of Wise Property Care.

RICS Homebuyer Report

Our Homebuyer Report gives you a detailed look and valuation of the property. Suitable for most conventional properties built around 1900 onwards, it includes an extensive inspection and highlights defects or anything which may potentially affect the property’s value. It will shed light on any major problems with the house, including rot, damp or subsidence. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a property for the first time or the fifth it is still extremely easy to miss out small but very key details that may have repercussions later on! 

Don’t take the chance, contact Eyesurvey for a RICS Homebuyer Report quotation today, including NO VAT ON FEES. Call on 01206 545 139 or contact via the website.



Drones come under the category of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and are generally piloted from the ground by a highly experienced and licensed operator. The drone has a HD camera that records pictures on a memory card, and may also relay live images to the operator below. The true benefit of drones in chartered surveying is that they can quickly scale walls, fly over roofs or survey large sites with no disruption to the occupants within. Drones can also provide a more cost-effective way of completing surveys of large buildings and mapping projects and can vastly reduce the time spent on projects by collecting accurate surveying data in a much shorter timeframe.

Most recently, Balfour Beatty has been using drones as part of its development of the smart motorway on the M6. Using traditional handheld equipment, they reported that it would take a day to measure the stockpiles and gather the data, whereas the use of drones enabled the team to fly over the compound and process the model in about 2 hours 15 minutes total.

Craig Matthews, principal UAS manager for Balfour Beatty said, “Drones are a great tool to deliver the results safely, quickly and accurately.”

Here are just a few other examples where drone photography and videography services has been contracted for a drone building survey:

  • The preparation of a condition survey of a particularly tall, large or intricate building.
  • Tall structures with limited rooftop access where scaling a great height is simply not possible.
  • A historic site with carved stonework, which is important to view but difficult to reach due to height, age or delicacy of the surrounding structures.
  • Properties with limited access due to proximity to neighbours, bodies of water or access via unstable ground.
  • Upkeep of church spires, or to show the extent of damage from a fire, including the recent Notre-Dame fire.
  • Obviously not for the little flat or a 3-bed semi you’re thinking of buying, but for large projects, it may be a very practical option.

If you feel that your project would benefit from drone photographic or videography services, please contact us for further advice on 01206 545 139. Our team here at Eyesurvey have over 45 years of experience in dealing with a very wide range of residential and commercial property and almost 20 in chartered surveying alone. We are able to carry out assessments on various types of property issues including probate, house valuations/surveys, boundary disputes and more.


Wasps will often build their nests in nearby trees, on the edges of roofs and in sheds or garages. If you’re particularly unlucky, the nest may actually be inside your home located in your loft. At Eyesurvey, we encounter all sorts of quite odd and unusual things, and as a client or contact of ours, this happenstance may interest you!

We often find that roof spaces are a mine of the quite odd and unusual, but in some we find really weird things like this. This is a wasp nest. Fortunately, this one was vacated by its previous inhabitants, proving not dangerous to the residents in the property.

What are the signs of a wasp nest?
If you’re experiencing a high number of wasps in your home or garden there is a possibility that there’s a nest nearby, either on your property, in or around your garden or very close by. If you suspect that a nest is present, simply standing and watching for a few minutes is usually enough to establish the flight lines and determine where the main activity is concentrated, this is where the nest will be located. A mature nest in summer can contain thousands of wasps and thus will have a substantial amount of traffic arriving and leaving the nest at any one time.

Identifying a wasp nest
A wasp nest is made by wood fibres being chewed by the insects, and together with their saliva it forms the distinctive papery walls. These walls are similar to papier mache in appearance, just like you may have used at school to create sculptures! Their nests are usually built in sheltered spots with easy access to the outside. You’ll often find wasp nests in open wall cavities, roof spaces, under eaves, in sheds or garages. The largest nest recorded in the UK was over six feet by five feet! You’ll want to spot one well before it reaches anything like that; they start about the size of a golf ball and are usually quite distinguishable by its unique swirling patterns on the outside.

When do wasps die off?
As the summer draws to a close, a wasp colony will produce some new males and queens. They’ll fly away from the nest to mate and then queens will then find somewhere to hibernate. Les Long says, “I was carrying out a house survey during Autumn. As I climbed into the loft and put my hand down, I felt a slight pricking sensation. Looking at my hand, a sleepy wasp had actually put his sting into me, but had not injected his venom. I was lucky to be able to flick him away without actually getting stung!” Whilst the queens are safely hibernating come winter, the males are likely to die due to the cold weather and lack of food. However, if the winter is particularly warm, queens can come out of hibernation early and with limited food resources, they can die of starvation. 

When do wasps come out?
Once the winter has concluded, any surviving queens will come out from hibernation and start on building blocks of a new nest. After the initial structure is in place somewhere sheltered and sturdy, the queen will begin to lay eggs in the nest’s cells. The eggs hatch, the young grow, they continue to build the nest and the process continues for another year! Due to wasps not returning to a nest, you’re safe in the knowledge that once they die off in the autumn, you won’t get troubled from the same place again.

What to do when a nest is found
When approaching the nest, the wasps are likely to feel threatened and will often become aggressive to the perceived threat. This could cause them to sting you en masse to defend their nest. Some people are very sensitive or allergic to even minor stings, and they can then cause death.

Fortunately, wasp nests are a very common form of pest and aren’t over expensive to deal with or remove. Should you locate a wasp nest within your loft, we recommend that you contact a professional pest control company, that are members of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), in order to successfully and safely remove it.

Japanese knotweed is costly and hugely invasive. Affecting 5% of the UK’s homes, this invasive plant has been recently reported in some of Essex’s major towns and cities.

 A poll carried out earlier this year by Environet UK has estimated approximately £20bn has been wiped off the current value of property in the UK market. It states that around 900,000 homes in the UK are affected by this destructive plant and have lost at least 20% off of their value.

Many mortgage lenders will not accept properties affected by it.

Described by the Environment Agency as the UK’s most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant, Japanese knotweed is also having a greater effect on the UK housing market with mortgage lenders refusing lending unless there is a management plan with an insurance backed guarantee in place. Sellers are also required in law to inform any purchaser whether the property is or has been affected by Japanese knotweed. This presents an underlying deterrent for the keenest of purchasers, making it extremely difficult for the house owner to sell and move on. 


Where did it come from and what exactly is it? 

Here’s a few facts about this destructive invader: 

• Japanese knotweed was introduced to the UK from its native home in Japan to stabilise railway embankments in the mid 1800s. That was a bit of a mistake!

• Its natural environment is to colonise Japanese volcanoes.

• Two years of scientific research at Swansea University concluded that no known form of chemicals was able to kill it off completely. 

• It has been known to crack tarmac, block drains, undermine foundations and invade homes. 

• There is an app available for download that tracks Japanese knotweed using a crowd sourcing principle. Over 20,000 downloads and 6,000 known knotweed locations! 

• Growth hotspots are Wales, the South West, London and the South East. 

• You can now buy an insurance Indemnity policy to protect your interests and covers the cost of treatment, repairs and legal costs arising from third party claims and any diminution of the property’s value should knotweed rear its ugly head in the future. 

• The plant is practically immune to burning. It continually rises from the ashes. 

• Survey’s suggest there is at least one infestation for every 10 square kilometres of Britain. 

• It grows up to 10cm per day with a root spread of up to 7 metres. • It will grow anywhere and is happy in good and poor soil.

• The biggest cause of Japanese knotweed spreading is likely to be fly tipping. 

• The site of the London 2012 Olympics was absolutely riddled with it and took the developers four years to get it under control. 

• It sheds its leaves in winter and looks completely dead. However, don’t be fooled, it’ll be back in spring with a vengeance. 


An online map has found 24 infestations within 2.5 miles of Southend-on-Sea town centre and a further 12 infestations within 2.5 miles of Brentwood. Other areas that display high levels of the plant according to the Environet heatmap are Chelmsford, Colchester and Maldon. 


Undoubtedly, this plant is causing many problems for UK home owners, and will continue to do so until scientists come up with a robust method of killing the tenacious weed. In the meantime, homeowners will need to keep a good eye on their gardens to see if this invader has infiltrated their property and put infrastructure at risk. 


How can I identify knotweed, and if I do what should I do about it?


Identifying the weed is not always easy, and yet to ignore it could have very destructive consequences. The best time to identify it is during mid summer or early autumn, and the sure signs it has arrived in your garden is being able to accurately identify its somewhat unique features. Heart or shield shaped leaves are mid-green with a zig zag like leaf pattern which will then be yellow with autumn colour, bamboo like reddening autumn stems have knot-like joints at leaves and small creamy white flowers appearing in late summer and undoubtedly still visible in early autumn. There are also hybrid versions, and these tend to have a crinkled edge to the leaves and a little larger in appearance. 


Other invasive plants


There are some other species you won’t want anywhere near your home. They include Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed (causes skin burns), Rhododendron, and Common Ragwort (very dangerous to horses.) 


If you have or think you have identified Japanese knotweed, or not quite sure but you have some concerns, we would certainly recommend a survey is carried out.


If its presence is confirmed and if it has invaded your home in some way, we can arrange to provide a report, which in turn will give advice on how it can be treated and controlled in the future. The survey would firstly consist of identifying if the plant is present, and then looking for signs of how far it has reached and proximity to your buildings infrastructure whether that is the foundations or indeed drainage pipes and systems.

Top Tips for a More Energy Efficient Home in 2019


With a hike in home energy prices and the need to preserve earth's resources, it’s a perfect time to become more energy efficient to help cut expensive bills in 2019 and protect the future of our planet.


If all of us made just one eco-friendly change, we would significantly impact the Earth, our communities and our energy bills. According to the experts at Nexus Energy Solutions, “By 2020, gas and electricity bills will be as much as 20% higher than they were in 2014.”  Unfortunately, our rising energy costs are here to stay, but we can make changes to help fight the monthly bill. Whether you’re willing to make small, gradual changes to keep an energy efficient home or looking for big-ticket changes you can make, here’s some ideas to help.


Seal all of your windows 

Sealing gaps and cracks in your windows is an easy and inexpensive way to lower energy costs. If your windows are particularly draughty, consider adding weatherstripping around the frames, or add a bead of silicone caulk over any cracks.


Switch to efficient lighting

Making changes to improve your energy efficiency in your home doesn’t have to be complicated; something as simple as changing the light bulbs can make a big difference. Although LED bulbs may cost more initially, they are actually more efficient to use, consuming less electricity and they last longer. Since the average home uses 40 bulbs, switching over your bulbs could save you a bundle on your electricity bill! 


Upgrade your boiler

Boilers are rated on a scale of A to G, with A being the most energy efficient. If yours is at the lower end of the scale then investing in a new one could save you a staggering amount over the long-term. It’s also a great way to dramatically reduce your home’s carbon emissions – boilers account for 60% of the carbon dioxide emissions in a gas heated home!


Insulate your loft

During those colder months that we all have our heating on full whack to keep warm, heat can easily escape through poorly insulated roofs and walls. However, with decent loft insulation, each UK home could save £160 each on average every year, the Department for Energy and Climate Change claimed. 

Present advice is to increase loft insulations over ceilings to a total depth of 275mm/ 11”. The normal arrangement is to lay two layers, one between the ceiling timbers, the next at right angles across the first layer and the timbers, to achieve that total depth. DON’T block eaves corners by stuffing insulation in tightly, you need a couple of inches/ 50mm clearance left into the corner to allow airflow, or your roof timbers may rot! Don’t forget the loft tanks then need extra lagging too.


Cavity wall insulation

This is an easy process in most homes built from the around late 1920s built with cavity walls, in other words with two skins with an air gap between. You can identify them by the total thickness (around 275mm/ 11” nominal thickness), and the arrangement of the outer bricks (all laid lengthwise, called “stretcher bond”, rather than long and short alternately which will normally then be only 225mm/ 9 nominal thickness). 

Some homes have upper walls that are not cavity built, often with a cement coating called “rendering”, possibly pebble-dashed to finish. You must NEVER have cavity insulation installed in a “Timber-framed” home, quite common construction since the late 1980s. The wall must be checked first to see the cavities are not obstructed by mortar droppings and debris when built. Such obstructions will let damp accumulate or transfer into the inner wall, causing wood rot to skirtings and floors, or simply damaged plaster and decorations. 

The contractor then drills holes in mortar joints, pumps in the insulation – usually spun mineral wool fibres – and completes the job by neatly plugging the holes with matching and neatly finished mortar. You will get a lifetime (or at least 25-years) guarantee on the work. If well-installed, you may save over half to three-quarters of the heat lost through the walls – that’s a big saving.

Use your electrical appliances efficiently

Did you know that the average UK household has 40-50 electrical appliances? Mobile phone and battery chargers that are plugged in but are not in use are often referred to as ‘energy vampires.’ 

Unplugging these chargers, switching your TV off instead of leaving it on standby mode, turning lights off when you leave a room and only filling the kettle with the water that you plan to use can collectively help make a positive impact to your energy usage and bills. These all have an impact on your carbon footprint and your electric bill and are easy changes to make – why not get started today?

10% Discount on all our services

Do you serve in the Military or have done so in the past, including Gurkha regiments, perhaps now retired? All serving and retired Armed Forces personnel receive a 10% discount on all our services, all you need is your military ID Card. Just inform our team when enquiring about our services. Eyesurvey is happy to support all our armed forces both past and present. For more information on support for military staff and retired personnel please see



 Are Dilapidations causing problems for you?

The word ‘Dilapidations’ and the whole process that comes along with it is always very daunting especially when you don’t know exactly what is going on. Put simply it is the money stated as needed from the tenant in the dilapidation report to put the property back to what is was before it was put up for rent. Many people can be over charged especially in commercial properties. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you our highly experienced staff will carry out a building survey of the property. If you feel that you are in this situation don’t over-pay, instead give us a call today.  


 Making sure you get the very best

To ensure you choose the right Chartered Surveyor that caters to all your needs the Independent Surveyors & Valuers Association have published a list of their top tips in choosing Surveyors. It is vital that they have many years of experience in the trade and have shown that they can deal with a wide range of problems as quickly as possible. Call a number of different companies and see who offers the best price but also the best service. When problems arise with your home or property you want to know that you are in safe hands.  


 Is Japanese Knotweed taking over your home?

Do you know the harmful and long-lasting effects that Japanese Knotweed can have on your home or property? Even if the slightest section of the plant such as its spores are left behind, that is still enough for it to start growing and causing havoc again. With its roots growing up to 3 metres underground, the damage it can cause may cost you thousands or even stop a home sale or purchase as mortgages can be declined. 

If you believe or know that there is Japanese Knotweed growing around your property, then call immediately to book an assessment with our highly qualified team.


 Is your home ready for summer?

We know here at Eyesurvey that the slightest issue with your property can cause the biggest hassle. With summer now here it is the perfect time to sort out any issues with your property. Our team can help advise on the reasons cracks have appeared on the external walls of your property or identify the issue that means leaking gutters or overflow pipes suddenly arise. With countless years of experience we have dealt with these issues many times before, we are the perfect team for you.


 What Services Do We Offer?

With years of experience in our field our team can help you with almost everything from making sure your business rates are not too high to advising on the best course of action to settle a boundary dispute. Our team also complete valuations on commercial as well as residential properties, ensuring you receive an accurate price. For more information on the services we have to offer, take a further look round our website or all a member of our staff today.


 We are a 'One Stop Shop' for Property!

Here at Eyesurvey we cover everything you could possibly think of to do with properties, and with our staff having over 45 years of experience in the trade when you choose us you are getting the very best. All problems our team deal with are completed as quickly and swiftly possible to cause the least disruption. Have a further look round our website and if you have any questions please call our staff today where they will be happy to help you.


 Business Rates might not be boring!

Did you know that the government are expecting to pay back £4.2 billion to business whose business rates are too high and as a result have overpaid? Here at Eyesurvey we can ensure that you receive the right Rateable Value of your property to ensure that your business rates aren’t set too high. Our team have over 45 years of experience in this sector so you will receive the best service every time. If you think that you are owed a portion of this money, then please call our team today for further information.


It's the 'S' word!

Was your property built before the mid 1960’s? With last years summer being the hottest on record and this summer being no different there are key things that you should look out for on your property. Subsidence has a strong correlation with hot weather as less water is in the soil meaning it can move cause the building to subside. To prevent this from happening you can check pipes or drains regularly to make sure there are no blockages, also trees should be pruned easily to reduce the water uptake.



Spring is in the air

With spring now here it is the perfect time to carry out simple but necessary checks in your home or property to ensure that everything is functioning how it should. Our team have put together a list of tasks and tips that you should carry out each springtime. It includes making sure all electrics are working properly and safely, all doors and windows are sealed after the cold months, seeing if your roof is in pristine condition and much more. So please head over to our page titled ‘other services and info’ to have a look for yourself.


Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

Moving into a new home is stressful at the best of times and one thing that most can rely on is having friendly neighbours, but many know it doesn’t always work out like that. Disagreements can arise very quickly if you and your neighbour aren’t the best of friends. Our highly qualified team here at Eyesurvey will give you right advice on how to proceed; whether the dispute is over property boundaries or overhanging trees our team will be on hand to help you.


Springtime Checks

With winter nearing the end now is the right time to asses your property to see if the cold winter months have had an effect. What you thought was a small damp patch or crack in the autumn may have turned into something much more serious over the winter which may cost you further down the line. It is essential that you check your house from the roof right down to the foundations and everything in between to ensure that it is all in order. If you notice anything wrong, then please do not hesitate and call our team today where they will be on hand to help.


Probate Problems 

When a loved one has passed away the last thing many want to think about is what is going to happen to the property. Probate can be a very long process, that is why our team of Chartered Surveyors have years of experience in dealing with cases just like this. They will help the Executor to deal with the assets left behind in the will including money and belongings that come with the property/properties. If you feel you have any questions, please do not hesitate and call our staff today.


Valuation Advice

Our team here at Eyesurvey take many different factors into consideration when carrying out a valuation or market appraisal of a property to always ensure it is reliable and highly accurate. We consider development plans, level of demand, school catchment areas and even public services. Estate Agents when completing one of these valuations cannot be held accountable if it turns out to be imprecise. So never settle for anything but the best and call our team today where they will be on hand to help.



Happy New Year!

From our team here at Eyesurvey we would like to wish each and every one of our customers, past or present, a happy New Year. As always, our team will be on hand to help you with whatever 2019 has to offer; whether that be carrying out a Homebuyers Survey ensuring you pay the right price for your chosen property, or checking your business rates making sure that you are not overpaying. Each job will be carried out to the highest standard, always striving to leave our customers 100% satisfied once the job has been completed.



Merry Christmas! 

Christmas is an expensive time of year; buying countless Christmas presents for family and friends and not forgetting about going to nativity plays, work parties and family gatherings. So, its quite easy to forget or put off seeing to the damp patch on your ceiling that’s getting bigger or that the guttering is beginning to fall off and leak. Do not put this off till the new year! The last thing anyone wants at Christmas is to have an emergency replacement costing you a fortune. So, don’t delay and call our friendly staff today where they can advise you on the best course of action.


Capital Gains Tax - Put Simply

Many find Capital Gains Tax complicated and are unsure whether their property fits into the bracket. Put simply it is calculated by valuing the property when it was bought, then once again after it has been sold; the difference between the two is known as the ‘gain’. The tax calculated is then paid into the profit of the property once the sale has gone through. As always it is difficult to know whether your home or property falls within the bracket, that’s why our staff know everything there is to know so you don’t have to. So please do not hesitate and call one of our team today for more information.


Inheritance Tax can be tricky

The laws around inheritance tax are very strict but can be confusing to the layperson especially around property. This tax is paid by a person who inherits assets such as property from someone who has passed away. Currently the tax is 40% above a certain threshold. We are able to value the property accurately so you know how much tax may be liable. In 30 years or more we have completed many valuations of this kind and always keep up with the rules and regulations around the law so you know you are in safe hands.


Expert Witness Service

Do you feel you need an expert witness to guide you through any sort of civil action. Well with over 45 years’ experience in anything from boundary, valuation or landlord and tenant disputes to business rate appeals, our highly qualified team are the perfect people to handle the job. Please don’t be hesitant in calling our team today to arrange an appointment, or instead head over to our ‘Expert Witness’ page for more information on the matter.


Enfranchisement - It's a tricky business. 

The word enfranchisement often seems daunting to many, but it is actually quite simple once you get your head around it. In simple terms it is the process by which a leaseholder is purchasing the freehold or being able to extend the lease on a property. Enfranchisement can be carried out on commercial and domestic properties and can determine mortgage options available to you. If this process sounds complicated, then it’s always best to seek legal advice. That’s why our team here a Eyesurvey are on hand to help you every step of the way.



Choosing the right survey 

When buying a property, whether it be commercial or residential, it is hard to know what survey is best to purchase. The three main surveys: RICS Condition Report, RICS Homebuyer Report and RICS Building Survey sound complicated to many people. Having to consider how old the property is, if it’s joined onto another property or whether its listed is enough to make anyone’s head spin when it comes to choosing the right level of surveyance. This is why our team here at Eyesurvey know all there is to know so you don’t have to. If you have any questions or queries, then please call today and we will be happy to help. Just pick up the phone and book an appointment.



Is your property in tip top shape?  

With Autumn approaching soon it has never been a better time to prepare your house or property for the colder months ahead. We think of Autumn as the time where all the bright colours come out on the trees and leaves fall by the dozen but most are blissfully unaware of the damage the winds and rain could potentially do to our homes. Anything from crumbling masonry, cracks on walls, inside and out or simply roof tiles missing or leaking. It is best to get your house checked. So please, call our team today where our experienced staff will be on hand to help.



How to get the best from Leasehold 

Are you the owner of a domestic or commercial property and are wanting to extend the lease? Or are you wishing to purchase the freehold of your house, flat or building? Have you been experiencing problems trying to sell your flat because of the length of the lease? Here at Eyesurvey we know that enfranchisement (the legal term for leasehold regulation) can be the extremely confusing to understand at the best of times as there is so much information to take in, much of which can seem contradictory. This is why we make sure our team know everything there is to know so you don’t have to. If you are experiencing any of these issues, then please call our team today.


Damp in the Summer, Really? 

As the temperatures keep rising and rising most of us are unaware that damp can still occur. As most of us have experienced in the last week or so we do still get unexpected heavy rainfall which is when damp can occur. Damp is caused when a damp course is not correctly installed; if you have a lack of ventilation to a room or property. If you think damp is starting to arise in your home then do not leave it to get worse, please call our experienced team today, and they will advise you on the best course of treatment.