Q: Are the surveyors at Robert Martell & Partners local and experienced?
A: All our surveyors at Robert Martell & Partners are locally based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and therefore have extensive experience and local knowledge.
Q: Do I need a survey?
A: A survey is optional and would be at your own choice. However, surveys are conducted to help you avoid paying expensive surprises, such as an unexpected rewiring job. With the information from the survey, you might want to reconsider whether to buy the property or use the findings to negotiate the price.
Q: What type of survey is best suited for me?
A: The dependant factor on deciding the appropriate survey, includes the type and age of the property and the level of detail required in the report. It is important to us and for you to discuss the requirements with one of our team, to enable us to fully understand your concerns and ensure you get the best advice for your survey.
Q: How long will I have to wait until i get my report?
We will complete your report within 3-5 working days, however we know that waiting isn't fun, so we will give you a courtesy call the day of the inspection to give you an brief update on our findings, so you know roughly what to expect in the report.
Q: Can I have a survey on a property with a non-traditional construction?
There are many types of non-traditional properties including metal frame, concrete frame, timber frame and concrete.
Depending on the type of construction, we are often able to undertake surveys on properties of this type and some of our surveyors have specialisms. However, if we feel that we do not have the relevant experience to perform a survey we would discuss this with a client and look at the options available.
Q: Can the surveyor check for damp?
A: Yes, all our surveyors use moisture meters, which are known as a protimeter, designed to detect damp in various materials such as wood, plaster and concrete throughout the property as part of our inspections.
Q: I am concerned about Asbestos within the property, can this be detected during the inspection?
Asbestos is a common element in building materials which were widely used in a variety of properties between 1930 to around 1980. Whilst Asbestos is a hazardous material, its presence does not always mean that there is a risk of immediate danger. Therefore, we are able to detect some forms of asbestos in the property. However, if asbestos is found we would offer our recommendation of a detailed specialised survey to be conducted.
Q: What is a Cost Plan?
A Cost Plan is an estimation of the project cost which is prepared by the Quantity Surveyor. The level of detail contained in the Cost Plan depends on the level of design prepared by the Architect and Engineers prepared. It can be detailed with the building elements quantified or prepared on the basis of floor areas.
The Cost Plan is usually updated and revised in parallel with the detailed design to give a more accurate cost.
Q: What is the RICS?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the leading profession for property professionals. It regulates its members to ensure the highest standards; protects clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics; and provides impartial advice and guidance.
The body currently accredits 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with the RICS is subject to quality assurance and is required to keep up to date with current practice through a programme of lifelong learning.
Robert Martell and Partners is regulated by the RICS.