Simon Topple

“It’s interesting that no matter how long you’re in this game you can miss things.

I have a purchase going through at the moment and even though the house looked fine with no significant issues (beyond a shonky flat roof that I knew would need some work) I got a building survey carried out by a local surveyor (Jon Battle/JDB Surveying & Architectural).

He picked up a number of issues including one that would have significant implications for the use of the property including a lack of building regs sign off on the extension. This was actually significant as it meant the room couldn’t actually be used and I’d likely get significant issues long term.

It’s the first time I’ve had a survey done that actually checked BC filings, and the only one I’ve had that included info on how to mitigate the issues.

Off the back of the report I was able to get a reasonable chunk off the asking price that will more than cover the cost to make lawful.

Don’t skimp on professional surveys – they’re worth every penny. “

Simon Topple

Vicki Peers

“Huge “Thank You” to Jon Battle for his diligence when compiling a RICS valuation on one of our properties last week.

Our freeholder had instructed a RICS valuer of their choosing, whose valuation was questionable at best, making reference to weak comparables.

I instructed Jon to carry out a second RICS valuation and his decades of experience shone through. He worked tirelessly to get an accurate valuation – which is no mean feat in the current market – referencing multiple sources, including spending time calling agents to get accurate up to the minute sold/completion numbers.

Jon’s valuation was much more in-depth than what we’d had previously and his expertise meant he saved us £7,750. Can’t thank him enough!

If you need a survey or a valuation doing in Liverpool, or beyond, you’ll be safe in his hands”

Vicki Peers

Thomas Hessey

“I recently appointed Jon Battle from JDB Surveying to carry out a survey on a house we are buying. Jon identified many issues that would have gone unnoticed to the untrained eye but the main issue was possible asbestos in the artex, which runs right through the house.

Jon advised us to get this tested by a specialist and the results came back with asbestos right through the downstairs of the house.

We managed to negotiate a massive £15,000 off the asking price with the vendor, to cover the cost of putting things right.

I cannot recommend enough that you take Jon’s advice and get an independent survey done.”

Thomas Hessey

Iain Gamble

“Jon carried out a full building survey on an Edwardian property in Aigburth for us and spotted a number of things we didn’t see when we viewed it. In particular, he suspected some rotten timbers in the floor of one room and carried out a further subfloor inspection for us.

We used Jon’s reports to renegotiate the price and agreed a suitable deduction with the seller. The reports were very user-friendly and thorough. Without Jon’s input, we would have been left having to sort these things out at our own cost when they came to light and had probably got worse.

We have already recommended Jon to a friend and would definitely use him again!”

Iain Gamble

Jenny Keast

“We used Jon at JDB for a full building survey on a property we were buying to be our family home. The survey was so comprehensive, very detailed, and even if it had come back that the house was perfect, it would have been worth the fee.

The house wasn’t perfect though, and the survey raised a number of issues that required further investigation. The biggest of which was asbestos in all of the old artex.

We had a further specialist survey carried out and, as a result of this and some other smaller issues, we have managed to renegotiate the purchase price and get a £10,000 reduction. Without the detail and care in the survey we would never have known about the issues and would’ve been liable for these costs down the line. Can’t recommend enough!”

Jenny Keast

Levins Solicitors

“Jon recently completed a survey for a client of ours which saved her a massive £18,500!

We were pushed for time and the surveyor recommended by the lender was in no hurry to actually carry out the survey. Jon stepped up and carried out the survey with no messing around.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Jon to any of our clients moving forward. It is quite possible the whole deal may have fallen through without his efficiency.”

Jessica Flaherty
Assistant Solicitor
Head of Private Client and Conveyancing
Levins Solicitors

Mrs T Quirk

“Thank you to JDB Surveying and Architectural for the survey report carried out on the property we were purchasing.

We instructed you to carry out a full building survey report which we found to be very, very informative.

It raised some issues which required further investigation and as a result we instructed other professionals to go out to check the areas which you had pinpointed as being potentially problematic or detrimental to the property.

On further reports being carried out, it materialised that everything was in good order but we did also have some things to take into account as a result of your survey report in respect of costs.

The information was very informative and very accurate, and as a result we went on to buy our dream home, with which we have had no problems.

The issues JDB Surveying and Architectural identified as being problematic have been resolved at no other cost than what was expected and I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anybody for any surveys in the future.

You were also available to answer any questions post-survey in a friendly and professional manner.”

Mrs T. Quirk

Jackson Lees Solicitors

“We referred Jon to a homebuyer client of ours in Autumn 2019 and they were very pleased with his survey and valuation which identified that the agreed sale price was far above the market value. Jon’s valuation assistance helped our client to reduce the price by £35,000. We would recommend him highly.”

Pamela Chan
Conveyancing Solicitor
Jackson Lees

The Whitechapel Centre

“JDB provided us with a very comprehensive survey, with excellent recommendations and advice. It was a very speedy turn-around which meant we were able to agree the contract and move into the property in a matter of a few months.”

Ruth McCaughley
Fundraising Manager
The Whitechapel Centre

R. Priday

“Many thanks for your very thorough survey and photos.

It has really helped me with some very sound advice re. Transfer of Warranties on the Damp Proof Course and the expected work that will need to be done.

Your work has really been appreciated!”

R. Priday

Ms B Haldane

“I became acquainted with Jon, of JDB Surveying and Architectural, when I wanted to buy a beautiful but sadly neglected Victorian Villa.

His survey was fantastic, thorough and professional, and the report better than any I had previously seen. Clear and professional with copious photos, but understandable, and set out so that the problem areas were clearly identified, prioritised and even approximately costed.

Beyond this however, he kept in touch throughout and made what was quite a daunting undertaking much easier. In fact, without his help and expertise I doubt that I would now be living happily in My Ideal Home.

I am absolutely delighted to have found a surveyor who is so professionally competent and also approachable, reassuring, and able to explain complicated issues in a way I could understand. His advice has been proved completely sound, and I have been able to get on with all my building works following his suggestions.

Couldn’t have done it without you Jon!”

Ms B. Haldane

Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College

“Over the last couple of years JDB have provided a high quality consultancy in the execution of capital, responsive and planned maintenance property management services at the National Construction Academy (Aintree) part of a Division of the Newcastle College Group.”

John Griffiths
Director of Estates and Facilities
Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College
(A Division of Newcastle College Property Group)

Halton Borough Council

“We were very happy with the standard of condition survey that Jon produced for us last year.”

John Hughes
Head of Operations Property Services
Halton Borough Council

Taylor Young

“JDB have provided Taylor Young with condition surveys for three large heritage buildings in the Bolton Area and Merseyside.

We were happy with the depth and level of information provided in each of the Reports. We would be more than happy to continue to work with JDB Surveys in the future.”

Mark Hitchmough
Taylor Young

CML Group Ltd

“Having worked with JDB for the past 18 months on the development of our new 60,000 sqft state of the art Composites facility I can say with confidence that I would use their services again for future projects both large and small.

Managing a project of this magnitude always has its complications however JDB’s constant support and advice helped CML to successfully negotiate our way around many issues and bring our project in ahead of schedule.

I found one of the major advantages of using JDB was the extent of services they can offer i.e. Structural Engineer’s advice and design.”

John A Toner
Programme & Supply Chain Manager
CML Group Ltd

Alexander Myerson & Co Chartered Accountants

“Thank you for the services you have provided for me personally. The service provided was professional and to a high standard.

The care you show in your work and the professional manner you go about it has guaranteed that any future work I need doing, you will be the first person I call.

I would also be only to pleased to recommend you on to my contact base for your services and know I could do this with confidence.”

Paul Burns
Alexander Myerson & Co Chartered Accountants

Hertfordshire County Council

“I worked with Jon for a year in my role as Head of Property at Brighthouse Stores during 2008.

Jon is personable and dedicated with an eye for the detailed issues. He always demonstrated excellent knowledge and experience of building issues, tendering, and project management. He is financially astute and incredibly diligent on contract management.

Above all Jon is a reliable, conscientious person and would be an asset to any organisation in a consultancy capacity.”

Kevin Flynn
Senior Estates Surveyor
Hertfordshire County Council

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