Bradleys Chartered Surveyors
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  • 'I'd never buy a Listed house'


    I’ve heard that remark a few times. But what are the pros and cons of buying a Listed house?


    There are half a million Listed houses. The really smart ones are Grade I and ones with a very special feature or two are Grade II*. The rest, 90% of them, are Grade II.


    It is rare in the West Country to come across a Grade I or Grade II*. If you are buying one of those then you really have to be careful and well informed before taking one on.


    But with the Grade II properties it is more straightforward. The rule of thumb guide is that you need Listed Planning Consent (separate to your normal consent) for any changes you are proposing to make – extensions, replacement windows, removing walls etc etc. If you are simply redecorating or carrying out small repairs no consent is required (but be sensible – if you paint the outside blue with pink spots then that is taking the mickey and you are going too far).


    The main thing to remember is that you are required to keep the character of the property and use traditional materials and sometimes specialised labour. Don’t expect to be able to replace single glazed timber windows with UPVC double glazed units. Whether an older house is Listed or not, your running costs will be higher than with a modern house. But just because it is Listed doesn’t mean it will be a lot more than a similar old house that is not Listed.


    A few things to bear in mind:

    1. If you buy a Listed house where the previous owner has carried out unauthorised alterations you could be liable to put them right.

    2. If you have plans for a Listed house – speak to the Listed planning officer first, before you buy.

    And the third thing of course – remember to have a survey!


    Tom Davies

    Tom Davies

    Managing Director

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  • About Us
  • Bradleys Surveyors are a firm of Chartered Surveyors with vast experience operating throughout the core of the West Country, providing a straightforward and thorough service throughout Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset.


    Our RICS accredited Surveyors can aid you in a wide range of property services such as a Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report to assist you with your house purchase or one of the various valuations we specialise in. We have expertise in both residential and commercial property to satisfy our many different clients.


    Recent research has revealed that up to 90% of the residential properties inspected today suffer from some kind of defect. As a result, many buyers are unknowingly setting themselves up with the average bill of £5,750 to overcome hidden problems which would have been acknowledged by one of our surveyors in a report often costing as little as 10% of that bill! For many purchasing a property will be the largest investment of their life so don’t delay in gaining friendly and comprehensive reassurance from one of our surveyors today!

  • Homebuyers Report
  • The RICS HomeBuyer Report is a user friendly document presenting clear recommendations to the client, providing that extra reassurance before commitment to purchase is made. Comments are made in respect of the interior and exterior structure, services, grounds and legal issues in conjunction with a traffic light condition rating system. The knowledge of any existing or potential areas of concern allows the client to make a reasoned and informed judgement on their future home.

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  • Building Surveys
  • The most comprehensive survey available, a Building Survey will provide a technical breakdown of construction and condition of the structure and its main components. Any existing or potential defects will be identified, an opinion on origin given along with recommendations to overcome and prevent in the future. Information regarding specific issues such as structural movement, timber defects and dampness will be included providing you with a detailed assessment of your future home.

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  • Valuations
  • Our Chartered Surveyors are highly experienced in undertaking a wide range of valuation services, all in accordance with RICS standards. We can provide you with a valuation for many purposes (both residential and commercial) including Matrimonial Disputes, Probate/Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax and more. On contact with a member of our friendly, knowledgeable staff we will be able to understand your needs and direct you appropriately and efficiently.

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  • Specialist Services
  • In addition, we at Bradleys Surveyors also offer a range of specialist services to meet our vast experience of this unique area of tht your survey needs. These include Expert Witness Reports, Concrete Testing and Professional Consultant’s Certificates to name a few. With the many issues specific to Cornwall, Devon and Somersee Country will fill you with confidence in all aspects of survey work.

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Career Opportunities

Chartered Surveyor required for North Devon area

Full time or possible four day a week position. Company car and competitive salary provided. Please contact Tom Davies on 07791 717056 or email tomdavies@beagroup.co.uk

Toms Update!

'I'd never buy a Listed house'


I’ve heard that remark a few times. But what are the pros and cons of buying a Listed house?


There are half a million Listed houses. The really smart ones are Grade I and ones with a very special feature or two are Grade II*. The rest, 90% of them, are Grade II.


It is rare in the West Country to come across a Grade I or Grade II*. If you are buying one of those then you really have to be careful and well informed before taking one on.


But with the Grade II properties it is more straightforward. The rule of thumb guide is that you need Listed Planning Consent (separate to your normal consent) for any changes you are proposing to make – extensions, replacement windows, removing walls etc etc. If you are simply redecorating or carrying out small repairs no consent is required (but be sensible – if you paint the outside blue with pink spots then that is taking the mickey and you are going too far).


The main thing to remember is that you are required to keep the character of the property and use traditional materials and sometimes specialised labour. Don’t expect to be able to replace single glazed timber windows with UPVC double glazed units. Whether an older house is Listed or not, your running costs will be higher than with a modern house. But just because it is Listed doesn’t mean it will be a lot more than a similar old house that is not Listed.


A few things to bear in mind:

1. If you buy a Listed house where the previous owner has carried out unauthorised alterations you could be liable to put them right.

2. If you have plans for a Listed house – speak to the Listed planning officer first, before you buy.

And the third thing of course – remember to have a survey!


Tom Davies

Tom Davies

Managing Director

Latest News

About Us

Bradleys Surveyors are a firm of Chartered Surveyors with vast experience operating throughout the core of the West Country, providing a straightforward and thorough service throughout Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset.


Our RICS accredited Surveyors can aid you in a wide range of property services such as a Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report to assist you with your house purchase or one of the various valuations we specialise in. We have expertise in both residential and commercial property to satisfy our many different clients.


Recent research has revealed that up to 90% of the residential properties inspected today suffer from some kind of defect. As a result, many buyers are unknowingly setting themselves up with the average bill of £5,750 to overcome hidden problems which would have been acknowledged by one of our surveyors in a report often costing as little as 10% of that bill! For many purchasing a property will be the largest investment of their life so don’t delay in gaining friendly and comprehensive reassurance from one of our surveyors today!