Survey Portfolio

With over 25 years experience, Desbruslais has surveyed some incredible buildings for prospective buyers. Here are just a few.

Purpose Built Flat

Chelsea

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Town House

Mayfair

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This grade II listed building was unusual in that part of the property over sailed neighbouring property, creating a flying freehold and potential legal complications. As part of our building survey, the conveyancing solicitor had asked us to clarify the configuration to ensure there was a full understanding of the legal implications, and an appropriate cross covenanting arrangement could be agreed.

 

Purpose Built Flat

Hampstead

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This remarkable complex incorporated just a few brand-new, purpose-built flats with communal facilities, incorporating not just this virtually Olympic -sized swimming pool, but also conference and directors meeting rooms, a teenager’s entertainment area, including a small cinema, and a car lift providing access to underground parking.

The agent acting on behalf the buyer asked us specifically to examine the quality of finishing, and provide a snagging list on completion of the development.

Listed Building

West Sussex

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Our private client instructed us to carry out a detailed building survey on this beautiful listed building in Horsham. Of specific concern was the condition of the Horsham stone roof, potentially an expensive element of the building to repair and upgrade if found wanting. There was also a complex period timber frame that required detailed analysis.

Previous sales on the property had fallen through as survey suggested significant works were required. Our detailed inspection, in liaison with contractors, however, revealed that the condition was far better than suggested, enabling our clients to proceed with the purchase in the knowledge that repair liabilities were no more than would be expected for a property of this age and character.

Residential Estate

Chelsea

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We were instructed by solicitors acting on behalf of far eastern clients to carry out a detailed building survey of this large estate, comprising several purpose-built flats and townhouses. Our inspection and report revealed several unexpected defects including deficiencies in roof claddings and glazing.

Converted Barn

West Sussex

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Our clients requested a full building survey on this substantial converted barn. The conversion was carried out toward the end of the last century, and therefore thermal deficiencies were significant, a matter rarely considered during the purchasing process.

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Rectory

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This substantial rectory formed part of a larger estate, including cottages and outbuildings. We carried out a detailed building survey on all structures.

Defect

Analysis

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Often we are instructed to inspect specific defects on behalf of both owners and purchasers. The picture here depicts a significant structural deficiency that has arisen in a substantial period roof frame. Subsequent structural repairs were designed by an engineer, including the installation of steel plates and the structure has now been stabilised.

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