Our service does not stop upon the delivery of your survey; we will always make time to talk to you about the content and the implications of certain aspects of the report.
We realise that buying a home may be the biggest purchase and financial commitment that you are likely to make, and our survey may be the deciding factor. We would like to think that we offer an exceptional service, especially to first time buyers.
A Short Introduction
Welcome to AM Surveys
Our principal, Andrew McColl, is a 55 year old surveyor living just outside Billericay, Essex, with a vast wealth of experience, having been involved in the construction and the house building industry since leaving school, and now specialising in comprehensive and affordable surveys for the home buyer. With our small team, we are independent surveyors, with no corporate handcuffs or time restraints, and can therefore give a better value-for-money service.
Our reputation has been built on providing a reliable and personal service to all our clients, big or small, corporate or private. We don't subcontract work, so we take full responsibility for the services that we provide, leaving you free to concentrate on your own day-to-day business.
Speed, efficiency and attention to detail are the keystones of our practice, so you can have the confidence to rely on us to deliver on time, on budget and with the minimum of fuss.
"Speed, efficiency and attention to detail are the keystones of our practice..."
Why AM Surveys?
An independent surveyor, no corporate handcuffs or time restraints
Speed, efficiency and attention to detail are the keystones of the practice
Service does not stop upon the delivery of your survey
Excellent reputation, solid professionalism and customer care
Always make time to talk to you about the content and the implications of the report
Members of many of the leading trade bodies of the industry
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A Few FAQs....
Am Surveys are independent surveyors. We pride ourselves on local knowledge and individual attention to our clients. The most important thing is that you know what you are committing yourself to in purchasing a property. If you would like the surveyor to talk through his findings with you, he will. If you don't understand anything, he will explain in simple terms. If, in six months' time, you get round to doing some work recommended in the survey and you find that you don't actually understand what you need to do, phone us. We will remember you, talk to you, visit to explain on-site if necessary.
No. If you need a mortgage to buy your house then a lender will need you to pay for a mortgage valuation report. However, this is not a survey and should not be mistaken as such. A mortgage valuation report is just that - a valuation of the property for the mortgage lender to confirm that the property is worth the amount that you want to borrow. However, this report will only highlight obvious defects. For a full survey the surveyor works for the buyer and will conduct a more detailed examination into the property's structural integrity, repairs, maintenance and condition.
The best way to make sure that you invest your money in a safe, structurally sound home is to have a survey carried out. A Homebuyer Report should usually be adequate for properties built in the last 100 years. If you have reason to be particularly worried about the structure of the building or are buying a period property, however, then it is probably best to go for a full Building Survey.
For the key differences between the different survey types, see our Surveys section.