If you’re looking to have damp or timber treatment carried out there are essentially three options:
1. Get a free quote.
2. Pay for a contractor’s survey
3. Pay for an independent survey
Property Care Consultants offer independent surveys and we genuinely feel that this is the way to go. Here’s why:
In general free quotes come from either commission based surveyors or from people who aren’t qualified to provide a survey. When surveyors are commission based there is a clear impetus to specify work which may not be vital or to push a product or technique which is more profitable. When an unqualified person is providing a fee quote there is the significant risk of the underlying cause not being property identified and this can lead to unnecessary work being carried out.
I used to be a contractor who billed for surveys. As a qualified surveyor carrying out a thorough job (spending up to an hour on a standard survey) its hard to justify carrying this out free of charge. The problem is, how many contractors do you pay to get a couple of quotes and then how do you compare the differing specifications and solutions?
We offer independent surveys and have no biased to specifying our most profitable service because we won’t carry out the work. This gives us the freedom to recommend the best solution in each situation. Furthermore we can offer a schedule of works which may be presented to contractors. This has sufficient information for the contractor to provide a quote without having to carry out their own survey and because the specification is the same it is easier to compare quotes.