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Collinson Associates

Collinson Associates is headed by John Collinson, a Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer with over 30 years experience. We specialise in residential building surveying services including HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys, valuations and reports on building defects. 

We are based in South Devon but operate throughout Devon and Cornwall. We have offices in Saltash and Fowey and operate throughout the South West.

Collinson Associates specialises in residential building surveying services including HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys, condition surveys, schedules of dilapidations, design and contract administration, and project management.

There are essentially three types of surveys to be considered, the Building Survey, the HomeBuyer Report, and the basic Valuation. The key differences are discussed below:

Building SurveyA Building Survey is a comprehensive inspection suitable for all properties but especially recommended for listed buildings, those built before 1900, any building constructed in an unusual way regardless of its age, properties you are planning to renovate or alter in any way, or properties which have already had extensive alterations.

A Building Survey involves a detailed examination of all accessible parts of a property and can be tailor-made to suit your individual needs and concerns. It includes all major and minor faults, the implications of any defects and the possible cost of repairs. It will also include recommendations for any further specialist inspections.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation, although we will be able to provide a separate valuation report if required.

HomeBuyer ReportThe HomeBuyer Report is a service carried out to a standard format, defined by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), designed for properties built after 1900, which are of conventional construction and in reasonable condition.

A HomeBuyer Report includes the property's general condition, any significant defects, in accessible parts of the property, which may affect its value, and urgent and significant matters that need assessing before entering into exchanging contracts.

A HomeBuyer Report is not a detailed survey of every aspect of the property and focuses only on significant and urgent matters. It's not suitable for properties built before 1900, those in need of renovation or that you are planning.

We believe in providing plain English reports and are happy to talk through the report afterwards at no additional cost.

Initial advice is freely given so that you commission the correct report – if you’re uncertain which survey is best for you, get in touch. We’re always happy to help.

Collinson Associates provide Building Surveys in Plymouth

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4.8 out of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

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John attended the property the next day to carry out the survey. The report followed 3 days later. He was very throrough and addressed all our concerns we had talked about on the telephone prior to his visit. The report was very clear, well written and had useful pictures attached. The report did contain alot of red and amber, which at first seemed quite daunting. I telephoned John to discuss the points and he really settled our apprehensions and elaborated on the report for the next 45 minutes. I would definitely use John Collinson again and highly recommend.

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Frustrated that my phone messages weren’t replied to.It took 4 days to confirm the survey had been done.

Apologies - it was carried out at a very busy time but there is no excuse for not replying. The terms and conditions that were sent out have the date of the survey in them.

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Excellent service, very good communication, their survey reports are written well and are easy to understand. Very helpful and if any further explanations are required they are quick to answer. More than happy to recommend, very good local firm.

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Perfect service from a highly experienced and intelligent surveyor.

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Very professional and met with full expectations. From request to actual survey being carried out only 4 days, report followed within a further 3 days. Excellent service.

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Very helpful, happy to give time on the phone to talk through the survey, and offer some additional help too.

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Very approachable and super efficient

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A pleasure to deal with and will recommend to everyone.

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Very helpful surveyor and a very thorough report provided.

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John is a gentleman. He was quick, efficient, and gave me a verbal on the report before payment. The report he gave was very thorough and actually we used this to bring the house price down by a significant amount. From emailing to report 4 days! He was also the cheapest...