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Completing the short form below will  give you a set of estimates for a Building Survey on your property. The prices will come  from Building Surveyors who cover your local area. You will also at once be provided with their full contact details. You can then get in touch with them directly and compare prices and services. If you wish to place an order you deal with them directly.

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Short Summary of Terms & Conditions

This website will help you find suppliers who provide property services.  When you enter your details and press submit, the system will immediately give you the contact details of the suppliers covering your local area.  Where appropriate, initial estimates will also be instantly provided. You can then contact any of the suppliers directly. In addition, your details will be sent to each of the suppliers listed, so they will also be able to contact you. Your details will not be forwarded to any other third parties. Your email address is required but if you do not want to provide your telephone number, please enter 0000. Using this website will not commit you to placing any orders or paying any money. If you do place an order with one of the suppliers, you will be dealing directly with them.  In most cases there is no middle man. Suppliers on this website pay advertising fees to be listed, they do not pay any commission to Local Surveyors Direct. Before placing an order you should ensure that your chosen supplier has satisfactory qualifications, accreditation, experience and insurance. You will receive an email from us requesting feedback a few weeks later. After that we will not use your details again.

Detailed Summary of Terms and Conditions

This agreement describes the terms and conditions of your use, as a Client, of our services provided under the domain and sub-domains of our websites.

For the purposes of this agreement these websites are all refered to as 'The Website'

By using these websites you are agreeing to be bound by this agreement and by our Privacy Policy

The Website

The Website is a tool to facilitate surveyors, engineers and the like (Members) to promote their services to Clients. Members provide information about themselves, their services and their fees (Members Information) which is stored on the Website.  Selected parts of Members' Information may be displayed on the Website and emailed to you in response to your enquires so that you can contact them.  Members will be informed by email whenever any of their information is displayed and/or emailed to you, along with your details so that they can contact you.  We are not involved in any discussions, negotiations or agreements between Members and Clients.

Member's Information

We do not review or check the accuracy or legality of Member's Information.  You are responsible for checking that any Member's Information which you may rely upon is correct.  In particular before placing an order with a member it is your responsibility to ensure that the member has satisfactory qualifications, accreditations, experience and insurance suitable for your requirement.

In the event that any incorrect or misleading Member's Information comes to your attention you must inform us immediately, by email, so that we can request the Member to correct or remove it.

Member's Services and Estimates

Members must only offer to carry out work for which they are sufficiently knowledgeable, experienced, competent and able to carry out, taking into account all relevant factors, including the type of work, the age and type of the property concerned, and its geographical location (Services).  The offer of a Service or the provision of an estimate (Estimate) for a Service through the Website is based on limited information and does not constitute a contract or binding offer.

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Continuous Operation

We will use our reasonable endeavors to ensure that the Website and Members Information is always available to Clients.  However, we cannot and do not guarantee a continuous, uninterrupted operation as this could be affected by many factors beyond our control as well as our need to maintain and further develop the Website. 

Improper Use

You must use the Website only for the purpose of obtaining information about Members and their Services, and Estimates for their Services in respect of genuine enquiries.  You must not use the Website in any improper manner or for any fraudulent purpose, nor with the intention of doing so.

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You must ensure that you do not upload any computer viruses, macro viruses, trojan horses, worms or anything which could interfere with the normal operation of the Website or any other computer, or which could intercept, access, gather or export data from the Website.


In the event that you have any grievance, complaint or claim against a Member, you agree to pursue this directly with the Member, without involving us. We would request that you do inform us of any such event so that we can take any other actions that we feel appropriate.

Limitation of Liability

Nothing in this agreement shall limit or exclude our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation, or for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence. Subject to this, we will not be held liable for any loss or damages arising out of this agreement or the operation or non operation of the Website.


This agreement may revised at any time, without notice, by displaying the revised agreement on the Website.


Notices to us must be delivered to our registered office, The Stables, Rear of 60 The Avenue, Southampton SO17 1XS.

Notices to you will be sent to the email address or postal address which you have provided.

Governing Law

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. If any provisions of this agreement are held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck out and the remaining provisions shall remain. 

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Completing the short form above will  give you a set of estimates for a Building Survey on your property. The prices will come  from Building Surveyors who cover your local area. You will also at once be provided with their full contact details. You can then get in touch with them directly and compare prices and services. If you wish to place an order you deal with them directly.

Building Survey Overview

A Building Survey is the most thorough and detailed report that you can commission on the condition of a property. The survey is usually carried out by a Chartered Surveyor who will be a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in which case he or she will have the letters MRICS or FRICS after his or her name. The RICS ensures that all its members maintain professional standards in their work. When commissioning a Chartered Surveyor to carry out a survey you should be able to feel confident that the results will be appropriate for your needs. 

Another body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of building construction is the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Professionally qualified members will have the letters MCABE or FCABE after their names. 

There is also the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) .  Their members work in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.  Chartered members will have the letters MCIOB or FCIOB after their names.

It should be noted that registered Architects also sometimes carry out surveys.

What Quality of Report Should You Expect For Your Money?

Generally a Building Survey is considered to be the most comprehensive service available.  Prices vary between different Surveyors and so a common question from homebuyers is: what will I get for my money?  In general most Building Surveys from most surveyors will be fine.  Before carrying out a survey the Surveyor will discuss your situation and then recommend the most appropriate way forward.  When deciding which Surveyor to go with, you may wish to consider the following:

  1. Qualifications, accreditation, experience and insurance.
  2. Likely survey date and likely date for delivery of the resulting survey report.
  3. Will it be possible to meet the surveyor at the property?  Most surveyors are happy to do this but they will probably want to complete the survey first and then do a quick walk around with you afterwards.
  4. What will the report look like?  Most surveyors will be happy to email you an example of a typical report to give an indication of what you can expect.
  5. Will the report contain photographs?  This varies a lot between surveyors.  Having photographs included is not essential but could be useful.  Some surveyors will automatically include lots of photos.  Some surveyors will provide photos but these will just be a separate file and will not be part of the report.  Some surveyors do not generally include photos but will do so for an extra cost.  If the property is in good condition then there will be less need for photographs.  If the property is in poor condition then photographs might be useful.

It should be noted that most surveyors will have much of this information covered on their website.

Appointing a Surveyor

It should be noted that not all Building Surveyors are members of the RICS, they may be members of another professional body and have similar qualifications and experience. Some will provide a good level of service and some will not. In general it is always recommended that you use the services of a qualified Surveyor however, the choice is yours. Before appointing a Surveyor and placing an order you should ensure yourself that your chosen Surveyor has satisfactory qualifications, accreditation, experience and insurance to provide the level of service that you require.

Objective of a Building Survey

The objective of a Building Survey is to identify any particular problems that may exist with a property before you finalise an agreement to purchase. An experienced Building Surveyor will be able to cast an expert’s eye over the building with the possibility that he may pick up things that you have missed. Please note that a Building Survey does not normally include a  valuation.

Building Surveys are sometimes referred to as Full Structural Surveys as they provide a detailed report on the property’s construction and condition. In general terms a Building Survey is recommended for older houses or houses that may have problems however they can be applied to any age of property and are particularly helpful for dilapidated properties and those that have been extensively altered. Building Surveys are also useful if you plan to renovate or convert the property.

Different Types of Survey

If your prospective new home has only recently been built you may wish to consider the alternative of a HomeBuyer Report which will probably work out to be slightly lower in cost. This report follows a format specified by the RICS and is generally suitable for situations where major problems are felt to be unlikely. It replaces what the RICS previously referred to as a Homebuyer Survey.

Your Building Society or Finance provider may commission a Valuation Report. This slimmed down report can be very useful but it should be noted that it is produced more for the lender rather than the purchaser and may not necessarily contain the detail that you require.

If you would like more information on the differences between surveys, please click here.

To discuss your requirement for a possible Survey on your new home the best people to talk to would be one or more of the Building Surveyors who cover the local area. By completing the estimate request form above, you will be given a list of contact details so that you can then speak to these people directly.

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If you are a Building Surveyor and you would like to know how to become listed on Local Surveyors Direct, please click here.

What do our customers say about our surveyors?

We ask all of our Customers to let us have feedback on any of our Surveyors they used. Please see below for some of their comments:

Great service from the website, fast results. I used G Dolden and Associates. Friendly service, very professional and accommodating
Sheila, Islington, London
I chose CharterHouse Surveyors, Gerard Walsh. A good, understandable, in depth survey
Roger, Duserth, North Wales
The website was easy to use, good results. I chose Camsure Homes Limited. Friendly, honest and reliable. Great back up team who let you know what was booked etc every step. Quick turnaround and full detail explained with offer to discuss over phone afterwards. Well worth the money for the knowledge and peace of mind.
Danielle, Hertford, Hertfordshire
The website was really easy to use. I would recommend it to anyone and we used Max Southwell of Greenslade Taylor Hunt. We received an email the next working day from Max Southwell. I rang his office and spoke to a helpful, friendly lady who gave me his mobile. Mr Southwell himself was friendly, listened carefully to the requirements and was punctual for the appointment. He is an extremely knowledgeable chap, who was helpful, detailed and explained his findings clearly. He gave us all the options for dealing with any issues found, and suggested the best things for our specific situation. This was money extremely well spent, Mr Southwell's knowledge has saved us lots of money and ensured we understand what to do to resolve the (much less than we had been led to believe by a company!!) damp issue. I would highly recommend the website, and Mr Max Southwell to anyone needing a surveyor
Denny, Wincanton, Somerset
We chose Leo Horsefield for the survey and are very pleased with them. The survey was done promptly and is very detailed and thorough. We have no hesitation to recommend this company
Danusia. London
I was very pleased with your website and the response was almost immediate. I chose to go with Bryan Johnstone of Bonner & Partners and found his advice crucial to my needs. He has provided me with a very thorough and informative building survey, at a reasonable price and would be happy to recommend him and would use his services again. Keep up the good work. Yours sincerely,
Pat. Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
In reply to your feedback email, I instructed Nina Robinson of Chiltern Surveyors to survey the property. I thought she was excellent - prompt, very professional and thorough. I wouldn't have any hesitation in using her again or in recommending her to others. Her report was extremely good - detailed, with photos and recommendations for actions. She also did some research and gave advice on the value of the property, bearing in mind its condition and sales of comparable property in the area. She replied quickly to all my emails and phone calls
Jennie from Wivenhoe, Essex.

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