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Chartered Surveyors West London

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Chartered Surveyors Harrow

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Kenton House, 666 Kenton Road, Harrow HA3 9QN

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The Old Bank, 153 The Parade, High Street, Watford WD17 1NA

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Michael Charles Chartered Surveyors

We offer a fast, professional and responsive service at competitive rates, within the areas we cover, and with our three regional offices we are able to offer the best possible service to our clients no matter the location, or the nature of the service required. We are a flexible and adaptable firm which aims to achieve the highest possible standards on all types of work which we do.

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We are regulated by RICS Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors meaning all our work is to the highest standard and conducted with full professionalism.

We offer competitive rates, and this together with the wide geographical area we cover, enables us to serve our clients efficiently and professionally whilst always striving to retain the personal element.

With offices in West London, North London, Harrow and Hertfordshire we cover a wide geographical area including West London and Central London, North West and North London, Middlesex and Hertfordshire and the Home Counties.

Qualified RICS

QUALIFIED RICS

Over 30 years experience

Fast Service

FAST SERVICE

Responsive with quick turnaround time

Short Notice

SHORT NOTICE

Surveys & Valuations at short notice

Local Knowledge

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Extensive expertise in property values

Some of our Services

Building Surveys (formally known as Structural Surveys) are suitable for all residential and commercial property. It is advisable to have a Building Survey if the property which you are considering buying is of unusual construction, has perhaps been extended or altered or where a major extension or renovation is planned.

We undertake all types of residential property valuations include the following: Help To Buy Valuations, Inheritance Tax and Probate Valuations, Matrimonial and Divorce Valuations, Mortgage Lending and Capital Gains Tax. We also provide Commercial Valuations for the purposes of Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, etc.

In order to reach a decision on whether or not to proceed on a purchase of a residential property, it is advisable to have a survey and valuation carried out. It may be that you are having a Mortgage Valuation carried out, however this is prepared only for the lender, and therefore should not be relied upon by any purchaser.

Disputes sometimes arise in respect of a variety of areas including Valuation of residential or commercial property for matrimonial proceedings or, quality of building work, building costs, dilapidations, specifications & project management, Landlord and Tenant issues, where an Expert Witness Report may be required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We can usually book a survey within 2-4 days (subject to availability), sometimes we can do this sooner at short notice if urgently required as slots can open up from cancelled/postponed surveys.

The turn around time from inspection to completion of the survey is usually 2-3 working days maximum.

General: Market Valuation, Location, Construction, Accommodation, Area of property (sq m), Building Insurance Reinstatement cost, Risks to the building/grounds/people.

External: Roof, Chimneys, Rainwater goods, Main walls including signs of any subsidence, Windows, Doors, Conservatory and porches, Joinery, External decoration, Garage, Grounds, gardens and boundaries including checks for signs of Japanese knotweed.

Internal: Roof space/loft, Ceilings, Walls including damp tests for rising damp or water ingress, Floors, Fireplaces, Chimney breasts, Fixtures and fittings, Joinery and woodwork, Bathroom fittings, Internal decoration

Services: Electricity, Gas, Water, Heating, Water heating, Drainage, Common services

General: Location, Type of property and construction, Accommodation, Tenure, Road charges, Town planning.

External: Roofs, Eaves, Chimneys, Rainwater goods, Main walls including checks for signs of subsidence, Air bricks, Damp proof course, Windows, Doors, Joinery, Decorations, Drainage System, Foundations and settlement, Trees, Insurance, Boundaries, Walls, Footpaths, Gardens including any signs of Japanese knotweed, Garages and outbuildings.

Internal: Roof space, Ceilings, Walls including damp tests for rising damp or water ingress, Fireplaces, Flues and chimney breasts, Floors, Windows, Doors, Joinery, Staircases, Fixtures and fittings, Sanitary fittings, Decorations, Thermal and sound insulation, 

Services: Electricity, Gas, Cold water, Hot water, Plumbing, Heating, Dampness, Woodworm, Dry rot, Timber defects, Lighting, Ventilation, Building regulations.

We do not include a valuation or building insurance re-instatement valuation unless requested as an add-on.

The building survey is a longer more detailed report whilst the Homebuyers Survey is shorter and less detailed. The Homebuyer Survey includes a valuation whilst the Building Survey does not (but a valuation can be added if required). Both reports cover similar parts and checks of the property but the building survey will provide more detail on construction and may be more suitable for older properties, or properties which are in poor condition or properties which have undergone major extension.

For more information on the differences between the surveys please see the following guide: Choosing Between Surveys

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Why choose Michael Charles Chartered Surveyors?

Established in 1997 we have built our reputation on providing a personal yet fully professional, fast and responsive service. Our detailed knowledge of West London, North London, North West & West London, Middlesex and Hertfordshire as well as Central London and the Home Counties, ensure that we are able to offer our clients a wide range of services, whilst retaining the personal contact.

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"We received a great service from Michael Charles (particularly Jonathan, the surveyor who worked with us). They fitted us in on really short notice and managed to do our survey within a matter of days. They provided the report within 48 hours. The report was very thorough, detailed and well-written. I had a number of follow up queries (including requests for recommendations for structural engineers) which they helped with and provided advice beyond the survey. Very helpful, professional, responsive and great to work with. We had a number of surveys done in the past but this was by far the best - great report, lovely surveyor, quick, efficient, couldn't recommend them enough. Thank you Jonathan!"
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Ellie Brown

West London
"I had a very positive experience with Michael Charles, our Surveyor Jonathan, was professional and fast to reply to questions, even replying to emails on a Sunday about Local Authority Searches prior to the Buildings Survey. The whole process was very efficient and also quite cheap compared to other quotes from local surveyors, I received the full written survey within 2 days of the survey taking place. Recommended!"
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Nick White

Hertforshire
"Jonathan has done a wonderful job with the building survey and valuation we requested. All received within the provided timelines, comprehensive reports and both email and phone communication was clear and effective. He went beyond our expectations accommodating non-typical requests from our mortgage provider."
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Stamatia-Ann Katriou

West London
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