RICS Chartered Surveyors

Stapleton Consulting is a RICS regulated surveying practice.

Founded in 1868, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction. RICS promotes and enforces the highest international standards across the built and natural environment.

As people continue to demand more assurance of certified standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism.

Building Surveys and Defect Investigation

Our experience in building construction and pathology enables us to undertake detailed pre-acquisition surveys of residential, commercial and industrial property.

Our detailed survey reports can highlight potential liabilities and maintenance issues, provide indicative budget costs, to enable our clients to make an informed decision prior to purchasing.

We provide advice with regard to repairing liabilities under the terms of a lease and provide advice on the future repairing and possible dilapidations liability.

We undertake investigation of defects relating to design or workmanship and provide recommendations for remedial works.

Types of Survey of RICS Survey Reports

RICS Condition Report

Shows the condition of the property, offers guidance to legal advisors and highlights any urgent defects. Typically the lowest priced of the surveys, it is aimed at conventional properties and newer homes. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • Clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that require varying degrees of attention.
  • A summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and other matters including guarantees, planning and building control issues for your legal advisers.

RICS HomeBuyer Report

Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report, plus a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice.

  • A focus on essential defects and problems that are urgent and significant and could have an adverse affect on the value of the property.
  • General condition and features of the property.
  • Particular matters that should be referred to your legal advisers.
  • Any relevant considerations i.e. safety matters, location, environment, insurance etc.
  • Matters which are not judged to be urgent or significant will in general not be included in the report but the surveyor will mention matters judged to be helpful and constructive.
  • A valuation commenting on whether the agreed purchase price is correct and whether it reflects the condition of the property

RICS Building Survey

Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property's condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

  • A thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues
  • A description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws
  • An outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity
  • Advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.

Building Design and Contract Administration

Stapleton Consulting has extensive experience in construction contracts for alterations, extensions and refurbishment of existing buildings to all types of properties whether commercial, industrial or residential. We provide a one-stop service from inception through to completion.

Our services include:

  • Feasibility study and scheme design for alterations, extensions or refurbishment
  • Preparation of drawings and supporting documentation for planning approval
  • Preparation of schedule of works and tender documents
  • Preparation of contract documents
  • Advice on procurement route
  • Competitive tendering
  • Supervision of works on site to control cost, quality and programme
  • Issuing payment Certificates and Agreement of final account
  • Role of Principal Designer the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015
Residential building design and contract administration

Project Management Services

Stapleton Consulting have experience managing all types of construction projects, including new build, alterations, conversions, refurbishments, fitting out-works and repair contracts.

We are involved throughout the process, and advise from the initial client brief and concept stage, through the procurement, design, specification, delivery and handover stages.

Residential project management before
  • Project management inception through to completion
  • Client brief development
  • Feasibility study and scheme design for alterations, extensions or refurbishments
  • Preparation of drawings and supporting documentation for planning approval
  • Preparation of schedule of works and tender documents
  • Preparation of contract documents
  • Advice on procurement strategy
  • Competitive tendering
  • Supervision of works on site to control cost, quality and programme
  • Issuing payment Certificates and Agreement of final account
Residential project management after

Party Wall and Neighbourly Matters

The main purpose of the Party Wall act is etc Act 1996 is to enable joint owners of a structure, such as a wall between two properties, to carry out certain works. Adjoining property owners are served formal notice and a Party Wall Award is prepared. The Party Wall Act also covers building on boundary line and excavating near and adjacent structure.

Stapleton Consulting can provide which knowledge enables the preparation of the requisite documentation for our appointing owners and the administration of the Party Wall. We strictly follow the RICS Guidance Notes for Party Wall matters.

Stapleton consulting will Act for:

  • Building owners - those who want the works carrying out
  • Adjoining owners - those affected by the proposed work
  • Joint owners - impartially oversee works on behalf of both parties as an ‘agreed surveyor’
  • Party Structure - Part of a structure that is jointly owned, such as a floor, wall, or boundary wall
  • Line of Junction - Building on or up to a boundary
  • Adjacent Excavations - Excavations within 6m of an adjacent structure
  • Formal Notices - Served on adjoining owners within set time scales
  • Party Wall Award - legal award agreed by both parties detailing how the works will go ahead

Our services for Party Walls include:

  • Review drawings and structural details to ascertain the application of the Party Wall etc Act 1996
  • Service of and response to Notices for Building and Adjoining Owners
  • Preparation and agreement of Schedule of Condition
  • Preparation, agreement and publication of Award
  • Settling the Award and agreeing compensation/ remedial works upon completion
Party Wall Act 1996

Reinstatement Cost Assessments

Stapleton Consulting can provide cost assessment for insurance reinstatement purposes of residential, commercial and historic buildings.  Having the right insurance cover is essential. If you’re under-insured, you run the risk of running into un-budgeted-for costs. And if you’re over insured, your premiums may be unnecessarily high.

This is where our specialist Reinstatement Cost Assessments team comes in. We complete detailed inspections of your property to give you an accurate cost for rebuilding, with each assessment tailored for the individual building.

Building Alterations

If you are considering altering or extending your property, Stapleton Consulting can offer you a full design service including:

  • Initial feasibility advice and budget costs
  • Preparation of detailed drawings
  • Planning Applications
  • Building Control Applications
  • Specification & Tendering
  • Supervision Contract Administration of the works
  • Agreement of the Final Account
Residential building alterations

Whether you are looking for someone to manage the whole process, or need assistance in a specific area, Stapleton Consulting would be pleased to discuss your requirements.