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With over forty years 'hands on' construction site management, contracts management and surveying experience behind us, we are able to offer:

Key-stage build-quality and compliance site inspections, technical representation...

Designed to overcome: New-build-homes-reputation-problems-developers?

'New-build' Snagging, de-snagging, handover and 'End of Defects' Inspections.

Building Condition Surveys for Home Buyers and for all those involved in property upkeep.

Stock condition surveys and planned maintenance scheduling for Trust Organisations.

For many years Ian Gibb has both Site and Contracts managed many 'new-build' construction projects, including the management of numerous restoration and term maintenance projects on many historic properties including Hampton Court Palace (eight years) along with undertaking all associated survey requirements.
He went on to become Group quality and compliance manager for a large development company inspecting four regional areas, overseeing 60 - 70 plus construction sites. Ian then joined the 'surveying kingdom' full-time, back in 1989.

Ian undertook His first ever property Condition Survey way back in 1974 on Osterley Park Mansion for the V&A Museum prior to managing the restoration and upgrade works to the house and converting the Stables into tapestry repair workshops.
Followed by Garrick’s Temple on the edge of the Thames, HCP, Kneller Hall, Somerset House and Kew Gardens to name just a few! 

Today - Site Inspection Services concentrate their efforts solely on undertaking reliable and accurate Building Condition Surveys for Home-buyer's, trust organisations, and a number of surveying practices directly here and across the channel.
Providing a survey type which has proved to assist greatly in helping / planning for any future expenditure by clearly advising on the properties 'current' condition, and as noted on our home page, providing a survey type most referred to by our valued clients as being: The Homebuyer survey - "most fit for purpose".

It is very important to distinguish between what is generally referred to as patent and /or latent defects...

A patent defect being one that is detectable either at or before apparent ‘practical completion’ or during any contractual and agreed defects liability periods.In the past, the courts have held that patent defects must be apparent on inspection but need not necessarily have been seen by the people carrying out the inspection.

By contract, a latent defect is one which has been concealed / built-in to the works and hidden by / during the construction process and that particular defect may not become apparent, sometimes for many years.

I discovered this company whilst searching the internet for surveyors to carry out a survey on a 2 bedroom maisonette at short notice.
I particularly liked the write up regarding the Propcheck34 survey and decided to take up the service on the understanding that should the property prove to require a more in depth check the cost of the PropCheX34 survey would be deducted from the cost of a full survey.

Not only did I receive this level of service once but twice within a short space of time due to a last minute withdrawal from a purchase.

I was very impressed with the speed and quality of the report I received and highly recommend their services and rate them as exceptional as they most certainly deserve it. A pleasure to do business with a professional company, well done.”    

Contractually, agreed Defects liability periods can, and over the years have most certainly proved to be of great benefit to both the contractor and the employer/ client, with a sum of money set aside (retained) until the End of Defects Liability Period.

Which is an agreed period of time following completion during which a contractor has the right to return to the site to remedy any discovered defects.

A typical defects liability period lasts for 12months.

Clearly of great benefit to all parties involved.

For the contractor, itis likely to be much more economical and efficient for it to carry out any required remedial works itself rather than paying the costs of another contractor ‘hired-in’ by the employer / client with possible ‘loss’ of any contractually agreed DLP / EOD’s retention payments.

From the employer's agent /client’s perspective, it will be much more cost effective and respectful not to hire 'alternative' contractors to carry out any snagging, or any required remedial works and thentry to reclaim the cost from the contractor. This would be better served by calling in an independent site inspector to undertake key-stage quality inspections of the works prior to snagging and agreeing handover.

I contacted an internet site which gave my information to surveyors in my area with a view of surveying a property I was interested in buying.

Having spoken to those surveyors who contacted me I was particularly impressed with Ian Gibb. Having explained to Ian what I wanted the survey report I received from Ian far exceeded my expectations in both content and clarity. Ian was very thorough in all areas and produced photographs of all the relevant points he checked during the survey.

"I highly recommend Ian to anyone requiring his services. He was not only very efficient in his work but also has a very friendly manner.”  

“Thank you so much for your thorough inspection!

I'm so glad that I got you in as I wouldn't have noticed some of these points.

I also wouldn't have recognised some of them as a problem!”

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