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.