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Tony Swainston Building Surveyor

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46 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

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    • defect reports
    • full building and home condition surveys

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Informative, detailed, friendly and hugely helpful
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I appointed Tony for a 2 hour verbal/walkthrough survey. This was primarily to assess work I'd had done to my roof, which I suspected was sub-standard. Indeed, after Tony's inspection, he produced a substantial list of problems. Even though the written report that came with this service was intended more as an informal summary, it was sufficiently detailed and comprehensive to show the relevant trade association - who are now helping me pursue a refund. For that purpose alone, Tony's visit was well worth the reasonable price he charged. But beyond this, Tony was also able to provide insight on a number of other niggles I'd been concerned about in my property. Indeed, he also identified a potentially dangerous garden wall issue that I wasn't aware of - a risk that can now be averted. Further still, Tony correctly gauged the level of details I was able to take on board during his visit. So not only were specific problems discussed, but he offered invaluable tips on how I should approach the maintenance of my period property - allowing me to look at things from a more holistic and better informed standpoint. From tips for correct building materials, to specific boiler models and even book recommendations; I feel Tony imparted a vast amount of useful information in a short space of time. He is friendly, unambiguous and clearly very knowledgable... an affable expert who'd be top of my list if I ever need a surveyor again. Very easy to recommend.
Customer in Greater London Posted on 30/07/2021 , work completed 16/07/2021
Great attention to detail
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Tony Swainston provided a full survey on a house that needs some work. When he had finished examining the house, he spent two hours with us going through what he had found. We found this part of his service invaluable. Tony clearly knew his trade and provided many specific detailed pieces of advice which will be extremely helpful. He picked up defects but was equally clear about aspects of the house that did not need work (where, I suspect, some surveyors would be unduly cautious). His professionalism shone through.
Peter in Greater London Posted on 16/07/2021 , work completed 15/07/2021
A real pleasure to work with
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Tony carried out a Home Condition Survey for us on a property in Basingstoke. Right from the start he was both professional and friendly, explaining clearly the different kinds of survey so that we could make the right choice. He wasn't the cheapest quote we had, but compared with the survey our purchasers had on our flat, Tony really gave value for money. He offered the chance to walk round the property with him for the last half-hour of his survey; as we live a long way off, this wasn't practicable, but he made an excellent video instead, pointing out in clear layman's terms all the things that would go in his report. The report was also excellent, crystal clear and well laid out according to an industry standard template. He has also been happy to discuss any matters arising both before and since sending out the report. Who could ask for anything more?
Customer in Hertfordshire Posted on 18/03/2021 , work completed 01/03/2021
Excellent job
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This is the second time I have used Tony's surveying services in the past 3 months. In both cases I found the report including suggestions to be very comprehensive with an excellent report provided. The photographs in the reports were very helpful and clarified the points made in the report very well. One key element of the report was the inclusion of suggestions where improvements could be made. Very helpful. Tony was easy to deal with, communication was excellent and I found him to be very helpful throughout the process. Tony also surveyed the house I was selling and this is how I got to meet him. This is where I could see his thoroughness first hand and immediately I thought he was the person to involve for a survey on the property I was buying.
Customer in North Yorkshire Posted on 07/02/2021 , work completed 19/01/2021
A fine job once again.
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This is the second time we have used Tony and, once again, he has done a sterling job. He happily travelled some distance to the site, having already arranged access directly with the vendor. His subsequent report was comprehensive, thorough, accurate and self-explanatory. As before, he was a pleasure to deal with and I have no hesitation in highly recommending his services.
Customer in Hertfordshire Posted on 31/01/2021 , work completed 05/01/2021
Easy to work with, fast, excellent work
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Tony has helped me greatly with my property searches. He always responds to emails and phone calls with lots of detailed information and with great advice. I love the report that he has produced. The photos taken with a drone are fantastic and there is an abundance of useful information in the report which will help me with my renovation project. I can rest assured that every aspect of the house has been meticulously detailed by a highly knowledgeable professional. Tony enjoys his work and will go the extra mile for you. He is a pleasure to work with.
Customer in Greater London Posted on 09/12/2020 , work completed 08/12/2020
Outstanding Surveyor
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My wife and I were extremely lucky finding a surveyor like Tony. He has carried out three SAVA Home Condition Survey for me for three different properties and I've recommended him to some friends of mine. In all cases, with no exception, Tony worked to the highest standard and his advice was invaluable. For the first survey I instructed Tony, he literally save my wife and me from buying a literally nightmare property, which on the surface seemed a good property. Surprisingly (and shockingly) two bank's surveyors gave the green light to the property with no objections at all, but, thankfully Tony pointed out that the property had multiple serious issues and even didn't meet with building regulations, so, he advice us to think carefully if we really wanted to buy that property. His knowledge about construction, building, regulations, and all relates matters are literally huge, and that is unsurprisingly reflected on the highest quality of his job, his advice and his reports. My wife and I don't buy any property if Tony doesn't survey it. His survey is the only valid green light for my wife and myself.
Customer in Greater London Posted on 25/10/2020 , work completed 21/09/2020
Experienced, knowledgable and full of sound advice
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Tony was a joy to work with - from early conversations to the survey itself, as well as being on hand to provide further information in follow up. He was the epitome of professionalism throughout - providing detailed written information, explaining things thoroughly and going as far as sketching things to visually explain what he meant! He is clearly very good at what he does and seems to genuinely enjoy it - an enthusiasm that you can’t help but admire. I would not hesitate to recommend Tony to anyone looking for a surveyor in the London area.
Customer in Greater London Posted on 14/05/2020 , work completed 22/02/2020
Professional, friendly and competent.
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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 Hertfordshire Posted on 12/12/2019 , work completed 28/10/2019
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 Hampshire Posted on 08/11/2019 , work completed 21/10/2019