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 57-year-old surveyor living just outside Billericay, Essex, with a vast wealth of experience, having been involved in the construction and the housebuilding 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 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.
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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....
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.
Buying a house or flat is one of the most expensive outlays most people make during their lives. Every house and flat is different in both construction and condition and many properties have been altered and extended over the years. The report will cover all these areas with appropriate advice. Unknown defects and problems can also be expensive to resolve. A proper survey is a good independent written record of the condition of the building at the time of purchase. The report can also be used to re-negotiate the price. The conclusion of the report provides advice on the condition of the property for its age with a list at the end, of defects, repairs, maintenance requirements and points to be aware of.
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.