Building Surveying

At Robert Martell and Partners we specialise in understanding how buildings “work”; how the structure interacts with the building fabric and other various materials used in its construction.  We have acted on listed buildings dating from 1500, where conservation issues are paramount and regularly reported on defects and remedial works required in modern 20th century buildings.


Throughout our understanding of construction, we are able to identify the most appropriate remedial action to suit the age of the property.  Similarly, our appreciation of existing buildings enables us to consider how best to alter or extend buildings, whether they be residential or commercial.  


The aim of a Building Survey is to:


  • help you make a reasoned and informed decision when purchasing the property, or when planning for repairs, maintenance or upgrading of the property; 
  • provide detailed advice on condition; 
  • describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects; 
  • where practicable and agreed, provide an estimate of costs for identified repairs; and 
  • make recommendations as to any further actions or advice which need to be obtained before committing to purchase. 

The service of a Building Survey applies to all residental properties, which typically includes properties that:


  • are of any age;
  • have extensive outbuildings, grounds and leisure facilities;
  • are of unusual type;
  • have load bearing structures or simple frames, or use less common structures;
  • use conventional or non-conventional building materials and construction methods;
  • have service and lifestyle systems not commonly found in domestic residential properties
  • incorporate renewable energy and other sustainability features (e.g. grey water harvesting).

Although, there are no restrictions on the type of property. At RMP, we ensure  there is particular technical skill and experience relevant to the property before accepting an instruction. 


Once the inspection of the property has been completed, RMP will produce a report with the results of your inspection. The report is aimed at providing you with a detailed understanding of the condition of the property to allow you to make an informed decision on serious or urgent repairs, and on maintenance of a wide range of issues reported