Hi! Natasha Williams here. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m a Blogger, Business Owner and Mum. I’m passionate about surveying properties and spotting property defects. I created this site because of the questions that are asked daily about the surveying process. Things on top of the list are property defects and the home buying process in general.
I started the Shape Surveyors in 2011 after changing careers. As an ordinary house purchaser, I mistakenly believed that the Valuation was a survey and went ahead and purchased my first property an old Victorian house that had been recently refurbished. I fell in love with the house, ready to make it my home. 3 months later damp, movement and rot were uncovered. Several builders inspected the property and the recommendation was to strip the house back and start again. It needed a rewire, damp proof course, treatment for dry rot and timber infestation. The news was devastating. The minimum quote was £27,000. I had just put all of my savings into this purchase and did not have enough money to renovate the property.
I started researching, in those days I did not know anyone who had a survey let alone a surveyor. The Homebuyer Report would have highlighted all of these defects as well as giving me an opportunity to negotiate the price. I decided to go back to university to become an RICS Surveyor. I did not want this to happen to me or anyone else again. After years of training and experience in housebuilding, project management and residential surveying I then decided to set up providing a comprehensive service to homebuyers.
I’m on a mission to keep you informed throughout the home buying process. From viewing the property to closing that important sale, whether you’re a first-time purchaser, upsizer, downsizer or an investor. Property defects are often hidden I’m here to help you uncover them and make the right decision.