Independent Chartered Surveyors
Hocking Associates are a team of independent chartered surveyors who draw from over 30 years’ experience surveying properties of all types throughout Cornwall. With specific experience in surveying everything from cob and thatched cottages to modern timber framed buildings and large country manors, Hocking Associates take pride in providing thorough, bespoke survey reports presented in a clear and concise manner.
Hocking Associates have a wide range of clients, these often including those looking to invest in holiday homes, local families wishing to move home, young people buying their first home, parents purchasing accommodation for their student children and those looking for a retirement home.
Areas We Cover
Hocking Associates operate throughout a wide area of Cornwall, primarily covering Newquay to Lands End, although we also encompass the Wadebridge, Padstow and Rock areas. Based in Falmouth, we frequently inspect properties in Mylor Bridge and Flushing, Mawnan Smith and Helford Passage, Restronguet, Hayle, Lelant, Truro, St Mawes, Helston, Redruth, Camborne, Penzance, Carbis Bay and St Ives together with the surrounding villages.
We tailor our service to suit the specific needs of each client, whether they need to know if the property in question is fit for purpose, whether they are considering a buy-to-let investment or they are looking for advice in relation to value. Our refreshingly honest and straightforward approach is welcomed by our clients, and the advice we are able offer often exceeds their expectations.
Services We Provide
Building Condition Survey (not to be confused with the RICS Condition Report): In undertaking a Building Condition Survey report we will carry out an inspection of the property from the top down on the outside, to include for the chimney, roof, gutters, walls and windows. We will do the same on the inside, to include for the roof space, internal ceilings, internal walls, kitchen and bathroom facilities. We will comment on wiring, plumbing and heating, although we will not independently test these services. We will test for damp and comment on woodworm. We will lift up manhole covers and report on drainage runs as far as is practical and advise on any other matters pertinent to the building such as tree growth, nearby rivers etc. We will photograph the whole of the exterior and the whole of the interior, including the roof space, and these photographs will be incorporated within our report; some photographs may depict specific defects noted in our inspection. The prime purpose of the report is to identify any major defects and areas of expenditure.
The Building Condition Survey is a comprehensive report, usually running to between 25 and 40 pages, dependent upon the size of property. We call our client on the day of our inspection with a verbal summary of our findings, and aim to provide an emailed copy of our report within 24 hours, with the hard copy following by post. Our clients are always very welcome to contact us to discuss the report or to seek further advice should they so wish.
Full Building Survey: This report covers the same elements as the Building Condition Survey inspection, but explains defects found in greater detail and is more technical in its terminology and perhaps advice given. By way of an example, if we were reporting on the roof, we may state in the Building Condition Survey that ‘one or two tiles were noted to have slipped out of position’, however in the Full Building Survey we would identify the specific tile, for example ‘the third tile in from the left hand side, second course down from the ridge was noted to have slipped out of position’. We will probably also advise in more detail about such matters as the wall thickness, levels of insulation and maybe specific advice regarding a given type of construction, such as cob or thatch.
In preparing both types of report we are able to remain flexible and can include specific areas of concern that clients may have raised, although the majority of these would be included within our reports in any event. It does leave us the option of being able to configure reports specifically for our clients’ needs, for example where the client concerned is disabled and may have specific requirements in relation to lift hoists, door widths, ramps etc. Similarly, if a client intends to use part of a building as a home office or as a therapy room, these matters can be addressed accordingly.
Alongside our main two services we also provide a range of other services designed to help our clients, including Valuation Reports, Schedules of Condition/Dilapidations, Major Defects Reports, Home Security Reports and more. Our services provide all the relevant information to ensure that our clients have everything they need to enter into property negotiations in an informed manner, so that they aren’t subject to surprise renovation or reparation costs once they have completed the purchase of the property. As purchasing a property is one of the most important investments we will make in our lifetime, it is essential that we have all the information to hand before entering into a legal commitment to purchase.
Offering a number of services throughout Cornwall, Hocking Associates have over 30 years’ experience providing comprehensive surveys and reports to clients looking to purchase a property in Cornwall. Whether you are looking for advice on a property purchase, you would like to request a survey or you would simply like to find out more about the services we provide, please get in touch with us today.