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Tony Swainston Building Surveyor

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5.0

38 Reviews

Opening Hours
Today - 07:00–21:00
  • Monday 07:00–21:00
  • Tuesday 07:00–21:00
  • Wednesday 07:00–21:00
  • Thursday 07:00–21:00
  • Friday 07:00–21:00
  • Saturday 07:00–21:00
  • Sunday 07:00–21:00

About

My name is Tony Swainston. I am a qualified Building Surveyor in Chalfont St Peter, a father to 3 girls, and set up my own practice in 2005. I manage to balance this responsibility with my other job of chief school run taxi driver!

I have more than 35 years’ experience. I have undertaken work as a Technical Assessor to trainee candidates and a site auditor checking upon other surveyors for compliance.

I provide Building Surveys and Specific Defect reports (eg. Damp investigations). My reports are written in an easy to understand format and likely include drone photographs of the property clearly identifying any visual defects.

I cover West London, the Home Counties, and surrounding areas. However, all areas are considered, and I have carried out work from Newcastle to Cornwall.

I also offer my clients the chance to join me for the last half an hour of the survey to discuss any defects or health and safety issues that I have identified, or to discuss any costs of improvement work. 07957 870 440

What we do

  • Builders

  • Surveyors

  • More Services

    • defect reports
    • full building and home condition surveys

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Tony carried out surveys on 2 flats for us. He was very easy to deal with and carried out the surveys with the minimum of fuss. On completion he met with us and talked us through the key points, clearly explaining anything we did not understand. His subsequent report was easy to read, accurate and comprehensive. Really, we could not have asked for a better service and I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Customer in Hertfordshire12/12/2019
Reassuring, and generous with his time and knowledge
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We could not have hoped for more from Tony's visit. He was professional, knowledgeable, and generous with his time. He went out his way to listen to and address our concerns, and ensured he used language which was jargon free and easy for the layman to understand. We would not hesitate to engage his services again.
Customer in Hampshire08/11/2019
Very thorough survey
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Tony's report detailed a very thorough survey, and was presented in readily-understood terms, with excellent photographs to clearly illustrate the defects found. As a result I shall undertake more research before deciding whether or not to proceed with the proposed purchase, and will hope that he is available to survey any alternative property that I consider buying.
Customer in Buckinghamshire22/07/2019
Extremely thorough
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If you want to put your mind at rest and be reassured that your potential new home will be surveyed with a fine toothcomb then don't hesitate to commission a survey from Tony Swainston. He provides you with a detailed report and offers to meet with him at the property for a debriefing. I was not able to benefit from this opportunity but he was very amenable to discussing any issues on the phone afterwards. The only problem I had was that the report was some days later than anticipated due to what appear to have been exceptional circumstances. Nevertheless, he did provide me with a verbal summary of significant factors so that I could proceed to organise an additional investigation and to reassure me that there was nothing to warrant not proceeding with the sale.
Customer in Greater London26/06/2019
Home survey
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Tony is a super professional. He is thorough, he is collaborative, he takes genuine interest in your case and will provide the best detailed advice. Tony is really great.
Customer in Greater London13/06/2019
A professional working to the highest standard
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The overall impression of Tony from the very first contact to the final report was one of a professional working to the highest standard. The attention to detail was exceptional, albeit a little overwhelming when reading the report at 2am! I particularly liked the option to visit towards the end of the survey to discuss matters in person at the property.
Customer in Hampshire13/05/2019
Outstanding service
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I was hoping to buy a quaint cottage that was over 150 years old, hence I needed to get a thorough survey done so that I knew just what I was letting myself in for. The nearest Which trusted trader was Tony, & luckily he was willing to travel to Cambridgeshire to do a survey; he carefully explained the various survey types & sent me examples of reports, to help me choose the right one. Tony also asked that I highlight any particular concerns I had about the cottage prior to his visit, so that he could check these out during the survey. On survey day, I met him on site for the last half hour, & he gave me a brief resume of his findings, showing me what he had found. The report was very thorough, with photos to help understand the defects found & also suggested remedial work – very helpful to ensure that one can confidently approach trades people. It also contained a lot of pre-researched information & maps, including historical & flood risk maps. Tony found a major problem with the property that I was totally unaware of, & he advised me how much it might cost to resolve; he was also happy to take my calls, once I had been able to research potential solutions, to help me make an informed decision whether to proceed with the purchase. Unfortunately, the quotes I obtained came in at top end of his estimates, so I had to make the difficult decision to withdraw from the purchase. Therefore, I’m back searching for my next home, and Tony can expect a call from me when I find it!
Customer in Cambridgeshire16/04/2019
Excellent Surveyor
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We were really pleased to find an excellent surveyor like Tony. He is extremely thorough with his work. He is not only professional but really friendly and make you feel very comfortable chatting with him. We were given an option to meet him at the property which was an excellent idea as we wouldn't have so much understanding reading the report itself. He also offered to take calls if we there was any queries from the report. We just felt we had a good personal service. He explained in lay terms to make us understand and we felt we learned many new things which would help us in future. Tony is a good value for money and I will have no hesitation to recommend him to my family and friends.
Customer in Leicestershire13/03/2019
Absolutely fabulous service
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We cannot praise Tony enough - he really is brilliant. Tony is extremely thorough and his attention to detail is second to none. He goes above and beyond to investigate every nook and cranny of a house, spending many more hours at a property than other surveyors. What we loved most about Tony was that he offered to meet us at the property at the end of the survey, so that he could explain his findings. He walked us around the property, and even drew diagrams for us. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt we understood everything really well. He was also happy to answer additional queries on the phone later - nothing was too much trouble! Such a refreshing change from other surveyors we’ve used before. We commissioned Tony twice, both times for a full building survey. The first time, he found a series of major issues in a property and we decided not to buy it on the strength of his findings. When he came to survey the second property, he found no major issues but gave us really great detailed advice about possible improvements we could make. We feel so lucky to have found Tony. We would choose him every time over a cheaper surveyor - he can potentially save you tens of thousands in the long run and is worth every penny.
Customer in Greater London11/03/2019
Very helpful and informative
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We wanted a Specific Defect Report on our house. Tony came round and was very clear in his explanations and shared his comprehensive knowledge of both causes and ways to fix defects. We felt the fee was a bit expensive but worth it.
Customer in Buckinghamshire21/01/2019