is an English chartered surveyor, resident in the Charente, providing bi-lingual property advice and comprehensive project management services.
Check your surveyor is a fully qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors by visiting the Institute’s website www.rics.org. As a member, they should hold comprehensive professional indemnity insurance and acting in your sole interest, offer entirely impartial advice.
Doubts regarding the property? Request that your notaire insert a “clause suspensive” at the ‘compromis’ stage of purchasing. This affords you and your surveyor valuable time to research and resolve issues as well as putting you in a stronger position during purchase price negotiations.
Vendors must provide a “dossier diagnostic technique” reporting on the presence of termites/asbestos/lead, condition of electrical/gas installations,
energy efficiency and waste drainage. DDTs don’t verify the structural stability of walls, floors, roofs or other elements which are essential to the health of your property and protection of your investment.
Your resident surveyor will have a unique insight into the politics of local authorities, construction etiquette, sympathetic building styles and artisanal techniques as well as understanding current property trends and building project prices.
Appointing your surveyor as project manager, within easy reach of your site, the challenges which invariably arise during building works are quickly and efficiently managed. In your absence, they represent you at the mairie and with other local authorities, whilst coordinating your team and keeping you fully advised throughout.