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Tony Swainston Building Surveyor

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44 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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Thorough, professional, put us in the best position to negotiate price
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After getting four quotes we instructed Tony to conduct a Home Condition Report for a 1970s house that we were intending to buy. Reasons we chose Tony were that we wanted a good inspection of the roof and Tony uses WiFi cameras on poles and a drone to inspect inaccessible places, puts (good quality.) photos into the report as visual evidence, requests the property owners to complete a supplementary questionnaire. In the past we have had MRICS surveys so I read up about the schemes through which Tony qualified and was satisfied. Tony was very proactive in asking for specifics that we would like him to look into and was equally proactive in addressing these including finding additional info online. The report itself was absolutely excellent, far more thorough than our past MRICS Home Buyers Reports, excellent photographic evidence, great layout, clearly written in plain English. It does take longer to produce so if you're in a rush, it's worth checking when Tony will produce it. We waited two weeks. Tony gave great advice on follow-on inspections and also on how to build evidence to renegotiate the purchase price. The owners accepted our revised offer without debate, in part I believe because of the strength of evidence from the survey report and the follow-on inspections that we commissioned on Tony's advice. We saved 5X the survey cost on the renegotiated price. Final proof of the pudding: I've just recommended Tony to a good friend who is buying a house.
Nick Brain Posted on 08/09/2018 , work completed 08/09/2018
Helpful, thorough and reliable
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Tony conducted two surveys for us in quick succession as we had to make decisions about how to move forward. He was really easy to deal with, followed up for us with tricky agents and kept us in the loop at all times. His surveys were very thorough and made us feel completely informed about all aspects of the houses we were looking at. It was a great comfort to us as first time buyers to have such a friendly surveyor who was able to help guide us through the various issues we would need to contend with.
Sarah Fairbairn Posted on 15/08/2018 , work completed 15/08/2018
A Geek in Building structure and devil in detail on certain aspects
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Home Condition Survey: External elements including: ======================= Chimney stacks Roof coverings Rain water pipes Main walls Windows Outside doors All other wood Outside decoration Any other outside detail Internal elements including: ======================= Roof structure Ceilings Inside walls Floors Fireplaces & chimney breasts Built in fittings Inside woodwork Bathroom fittings Dampness Any other inside detail Services including: Electricity Gas / Oil Water Heating Drainage
Which? Trusted Traders Consumer Posted on 03/04/2018 , work completed 03/04/2018
Outstanding Building Surveyor
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Tony carried out a SAVA (Surveyors and Valuers Accreditation) Home condition survey on two bedroom semi detached bungalow in Watford. I find Tony very professional, polite and friendly. The surveys he carries out are meticulous and detailed. The information provided is clear and concise and is more than sufficient to assist in deciding to proceed with any house purchase decision.
Which? Trusted Traders Consumer Posted on 29/03/2018 , work completed 29/03/2018
A thoroughly good job carried out. Very helpful
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Home Survey of a property that I was intending to buy. Satisfactory and quite in depth survey completed for me. Tony allowed me to spend 30 min at the property with him for him to point out specific areas of interest. Furthermore, Tony was happy to give me a rough estimate of the approx cost of work required.
Which? Trusted Traders Consumer Posted on 19/02/2018 , work completed 19/02/2018
Recommended
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Tony carried out a full survey prior to purchase on our proposed new house, he gave us a full written report which was easily understood as well as verbally explaining any concerns he felt we should be aware of.
Which? Trusted Traders Consumer Posted on 30/11/2017 , work completed 30/11/2017
A* Service. Thanks Tony
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I found Tony to be not only professional but a pleasure to deal with, he seemed to have a genuine interest in making sure we knew everything about the property and also that we understood what he was talking about. This was our first purchase so we had very little prior knowledge. Tony took this into account and made sure we understood what was being done. The report was in depth and produced in a very timely manner as we had a deadline to meet. I would strongly recommend Tony with no hesitation.
Which? Trusted Traders Consumer Posted on 01/10/2017 , work completed 01/10/2017
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I have used Tony to carry out a survey for a house I wanted to buy. I am a first time buyer. The advise was very good and helpful. I would recommend Tony and use him again.
Which? Local Review , 3920258 Posted on 20/01/2015 , work completed 20/01/2015
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Excellent. Extra information over and above the call of duty.
Which? Local Review , 1245773 Posted on 20/01/2015 , work completed 20/01/2015
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I have used Tony twice and can thoroughly recommend him. Tony is passionate about his work. He is very thorough. I like 2 additional particular things about him. 1. After he has done a survey he invites you to walk round the property and shows you what he has found and discuss the implementations. 2. He has a very good knowledge of the building trade and can recommend possible remedies to building problems and give you a rough estimates of the costs.
Which? Local Review , 122486 Posted on 20/01/2015 , work completed 20/01/2015