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Desbruslais Chartered Surveyors

Specialising in pre-purchase surveys on listed buildings, premium and complex buildings throughout London and the South East. Desbruslais Chartered Surveyors is regulated by the RICS, and was set up in 2009.

In 2017, the firm was entrusted to prepare detailed surveys of nearly 700 properties with an average value of over £1,000,000, including super-prime homes in central London, large country estates and regular homes throughout the south.

Desbruslais rarely advertise; business is generated by recommendation and repeat clients. Typical introducers include law firms and buying agents acting for private clients purchasing multi-million pound, super-prime residential property in central London, to large country estates.

Their building survey reports reflect a pragmatic approach, avoiding unnecessary caveating and standard phraseology that so often results in unnecessary complications and delays during the conveyancing process. The reports consider a variety of matters including the age, form of construction, materials, ground conditions, environment and the location. Past structural alterations are assessed, including any potential non-conformant issues. Advice can be given on the practicality of any proposed changes a purchaser might be considering, and the implications of a listed building designation.

With a deep knowledge of period property and a combined experience of over 60 years, the building surveyors at Desbruslais take an analytical holistic approach to defects such as timber and damp. Their recommendations often protect the clients from arranging needless, potentially expensive destructive works and unhealthy chemical treatments so often promoted by specialist contractors. As a result, unnecessary worry to both vendors and purchasers alike is avoided.

Other services include the production of maintenance schedules for residential property managers, defect diagnosis, and buildings insurance calculations.

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