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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.


The colder months here in the UK are one of the best times of year for mould to grow and expand. As well as ruining your prized possessions, this fungus can also become a health hazard.

 In this article, we look at what mould is, why it grows, its impact on a person’s health, and how to stop it.

What is mould?

Mould spores are microscopic and are naturally found in the air we breathe indoors and outdoors.

Yeast, used in brewing, winemaking, and baking bread, is a similar common fungus. But so is the “Dry Rot” fungus, Serpula Lacrymans, which can rapidly make timber severely weakened, and lead to collapse of floors or stairs within a few months. However, when large amounts of the spores grow, that’s when someone’s health may be compromised. 

Mould spores flourish in environments that are moist and not too warm, so when they land on a damp spot, they begin to cultivate. Condensation and still air provide ideal conditions, both for mould and for Dry Rot. 

As they grow, they may actually consume the material that they are growing on. These surfaces may include fabric, paper, wood, glass, and plastic. 

How does damp and mould affect health? 

If you have damp and mould in your home you’re more likely to have respiratory problems, including allergies or asthma.

Although some people are more sensitive than others to the conditions, such as babies, children and elderly people, inhaling and touching mould spores may still cause an allergic reaction, with symptoms including: 

 • sneezing

 • a blocked or runny nose

 • watery eyes

 • an itchy nose and/or throat

 • a skin rash

Those who have a mould allergy and also have asthma may experience a higher risk of having an asthma attack when there is mould present in an environment.

What can be done to prevent mould?

Rife in the winter months, mould is often encountered near sources of water and moisture on suitable surfaces where it can easily grow and reproduce. However, prevention is what will continue to keep your lungs healthy and homes and buildings strong.

If not dealt with quickly, the spores can become so deeply entrenched in the plasterwork that they can’t be properly eradicated, so that the only cure then is to strip the affected plaster, and re-plaster afresh after treating the wall beneath with fungicide. That’s messy, and expensive. Here are a few ways you can help eliminate mould and damp from your home this winter:

• Keep all areas clean within your home. Ensure there is good air circulation, for example, use an exhaust fan or open a window when showering or cooking.

•Make sure all the seals on your windows and doors are in good-working condition and are not compromised in any way 

•Use the partly-open “secure” position on locking window handles, or any “trickle ventilators”, if fitted. 

•Long curtains or net curtains must not obstruct airflow, especially near French or patio doors. 

•Clean and repair roof gutters regularly – no overflows or leaks!

•Act quickly if you see condensation on windows, pipes, or walls inside a building

•Dry clothes outside to minimise condensation in the home

•Internal drying of laundry, if unavoidable, is best done in the bathroom if there is an extractor. Articles may be hung on drying racks, with the extractor left running to carry away moisture before it can condense and cause damage.

•Extractors will need regular cleaning, as dust build-up reduces efficiency. 

•Ban smoking indoors 

•Do not overfill bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cupboards, allow air to circulate freely inside 

•Regularly clean your carpets

•Bathe and dry your pets; wash their bedding regularly during winter

The best solution for condensation is adequate ventilation, in order to vent condensation your home needs to have a satisfactory air flow and must be kept at a good temperature.

Increase heating temperatures in all rooms, especially those which are north or east facing, to ensure that local temperatures do not fall below 42 degrees F./ 6 degrees C. Consistent heating limits condensation and costs little more than part-time heating.

When conducting a HomeBuyers’ Survey subsidence and damp are fundamental in our inspections. A good quality surveyor will thoroughly check for cracking, movement and signs of subsidence and settlement.

Internal doors that won’t close properly, and plaster cracks above doorways; door frames going out of square, and timber floors obviously not level, are all common warning signs. The surveyor’s experienced eyes will readily spot those points. 

Damp and fungus have distinctive smells. The surveyor will be looking for reasons, as well as carrying out tests with his moisture meter.

A HomeBuyers’ Survey from Eyesurvey will inform you about any major problems with the house such as rot, damp or subsidence etc. 

To find out more about our HomeBuyers’ Survey, get in touch with us on 01206 545 139. 

We will not rest until you have every last detail about a house you require; after all customer satisfaction is our number one priority!



The annual summer holiday is over, the children have returned to school and property buyers are on the hunt for a new home in time for Christmas. 


 To try to ensure a successful sale of your property this autumn, we take a look at some tips that will help you to help your surveyor when they conduct their survey on your home. If you’re planning to put your house on the market this season, here’s a few top tips that will go a long way in ensuring the smooth completion of your survey.

Let there be light!

The surveyor must have light to see the home, its faults and condition in general. He cannot work after dark, except to finish minor work he’s in process of checking. Artificial light can mask problems, unlike daylight. Don’t expect him to come in the evening to suit you – his working time HAS to be in the daylight. From the end of October, the clocks go back, and his days are shorter. 

Declutter space

By decluttering any mess in your house, it’ll give the surveyor easy access to all areas in your home. To provide your surveyor with as much space and time as possible, try to ensure that the house is as empty as possible on the day. To reduce any delays or overcrowding, consider only having one or two people at the property to greet the surveyor. Incidentally, there are many female surveyors, fully qualified in such work. You don’t have to move out – nor shift everything into the garage. The garage must be inspected too! 

Clear windowsills It’s a common occurrence for damp and mould to be found on windowsills – it may lead to wood rot. Be sure to clear them from plants and other belongings to give your surveyor easy access when it comes to examining it. 

Further information

Not all surveyors are “Chartered” – that is, fully qualified members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – MRICS or FRICS after his name on paperwork or cards. Your surveyor will also request further information about the property from the owners. To guarantee that you’re ready to answer their questions, make sure you have the following information to hand in preparation:

 • Replacement window and doors

 • Woodworm or damp treatment

 • Cavity wall insulation guarantees

 • Dates of extensions – they won’t need copies of Planning Permission or Building Regulations approvals – your solicitor deals with those. 

Likewise, if there’s anything you have noticed that’s potentially dangerous, it’s best to notify the surveyor before they start the survey. Your surveyor will not be able to offer their expert opinion on how to fix these areas of concern once they have inspected them – please remember, he’s working for the buyer, not you!

Easy access to the loft

To avoid any unnecessary delays to your survey, ensure that the loft door is easy to open and isn’t just fixed closed. The surveyor will bring his own ladder for access, if one is not fitted. Once he goes in the loft, you’ll also want to give your surveyor as much space as possible to examine the area safely, including looking at accessible tanks. 

This means that it’s best to empty your loft from any obstructions – as far as practical - before the date of your survey. If you’re not used to working safely in such areas – don’t do it! 

Don’t move large furniture away from the walls

Helping your surveyor conduct their survey on your home is all about safety and ease of access. But do not try to move any large furniture away from the walls, you might hurt yourself or cause other damage, thinking you’ll allow easy access for the surveyor – he will work around them, and he will not lift fixed or fitted floor coverings. 

He’s not looking behind walls or underneath floorboards, unless there are loose sections he can open or lift without damage. Just try to give him enough space to adequately complete his checks. As well as minor furniture, any boxes of belongings should also be out of the way.

Fix minor issues before the survey

Another way to prepare for a property survey is to fix minor defects yourself. Do not try to complete any major works without an expert to assist, but by all means take on smaller issues before the big day. However, the surveyor is mainly looking for matters that will materially affect value, structural integrity, and saleability. 

Mould, cracked tiles, hairline plaster cracks and dripping taps are all easy fixes that you could try before the surveyor arrives. Be sure to adequately research the best way to fix each issue before you begin, or bring in a competent tradesman. 

Local knowledge is key to providing a reliable valuation. At Eyesurvey we always have our finger on the property price pulse. Do you know how much your home is worth? Call us to arrange an appointment on 01206 545 139.



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.

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



What is a Leasehold and how does it affect you? 

A leasehold on a property can cause a number of problems when the lease is too short when it comes to sell a property. Leasehold refers to the ownership of the land a property in built on, so you own the property but not the land. At Eyesurvey we can assist with enfranchisement, this is the legal term for leasehold regulation when it comes to renewing, extending or buying the lease on a property. The regulations have to be followed to the letter which can be tricky when many leasehold contracts are full of technical jargon. That is where we come in.


Don't let damp become a resident in your home. 

As we are nearing the colder months and the rainfall becomes heavier and more frequent it is the perfect time for damp patches to appear. Damp can be caused by a number of things from leaking pipes, rain seeping in or there is a lack of ventilation in the property, so the excess moisture is trapped. The damp then spreads to wherever it is able to; it can be difficult to get rid of as well. If you start to see damp patches in your home call straight away as the earlier you catch it, the easier it is to treat it.


 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.