Able Surveyors enjoy an established reputation throughout Essex and have provided detailed, comprehensive reports for buyers in Chelmsford for over 25 years. Our experienced team caters to the stunning variety of properties across the area, from conducting building surveys of historic rural estates to providing snagging reports and valuations for the contemporary new-builds springing up around the city.

Our Chelmsford office is less than 10 minutes from the heart of Chelmsford, and we regularly survey homes in the city centre, Writtle, Great Baddow and Chelmer Village. As the exciting new Beaulieu development progresses, we look forward to helping many more house-hunters secure the home of their dreams by providing snagging lists, valuations and condition reports.

Click here to read our case study for an example of our work in Chelmsford.


0207 164 6628

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

We are only a short drive away from Chelmsford and have spent many years surveying the area. Should you wish to write to us please find our address below.

Buying in Chelmsford

Chelmsford’s housing market has been very promising over the last year, with values increasing by almost 3% in the last six months, and maintaining a modest 0.53% growth in the last 12 months. Detached family homes have seen the largest improvements with a 2.87% value increase over the year, while prices remain steady for smaller, semi-detached (‑0.29%) and terraced properties (+0.07%). Considering the tumultuous year we have experienced, these figures are a clear testament to the expanding opportunities within the city.

Our Services

Whether you are making an investment or seeking a new family home, property values are not the only important thing to look for. An alarming number of potential purchasers still fail to arrange any independent surveys on a property, instead relying on seller information and the mortgage valuation as a green light to proceed. This is a very risky practice and leaves buyers vulnerable to hidden defects and unpleasant surprises once they take ownership.

At Able Surveyors, our job is to investigate all kinds of property to document its condition and identify any areas of concern before contracts are signed. This may be in the form of one of our RICS property reports, a specific defect report or simply an independent valuation.

Our team have worked with a diverse cross-section of Chelmsford property and will be happy to help you make an informed, impartial decision before you buy. It’s important to us that you are as satisfied with your report as you are with your new home, so we always take the time to discuss the most appropriate survey for your needs.


Why do I need a survey?

Without any kind of survey (or even the wrong kind of survey), you cannot be sure of the underlying condition of the home you are about to buy. At best, you are going into negotiations blind, and at worse you can find yourself repairing thousands of pounds worth of problems, like faulty roofing, boundary conflicts or subsidence, which were not apparent prior to the sale.

Commissioning a survey gives you an impartial, professional opinion on any defects or concerns with the structure of your property. You can also receive an independent valuation on the house, and benefit from a stronger negotiating position when you have the full results.

What about the mortgage valuation report?

It is a common misconception that a mortgage valuation will raise any defects with the property. A mortgage valuation is designed to simply inform the bank or lender whether a property value meets the agreed loan amount, and won’t provide any additional information to the buyer about the legal or structural issues with the sale.

Which survey do I need?

Each of the RICS reports offer a different level of detail and information, and the most cost-effective survey will depend both on the current condition of the property, and whether you are planning any renovations or extensions once you move in.

The most important thing is to understand the property enough to make informed negotiations with the seller, and to prevent any unpleasant surprises once you move in. In some cases, buyers choose to walk away from a sale after a survey reveals the extent of work required.

To understand the differences between each RICS survey, take a look at our survey comparison table, or contact us to discuss your situation.






A visual inspection of the property to access condition

Detailed visual inspection for hidden defects

A “traffic light” grading system is used to indicate defects severity.

Identifies legal issues disputes pertaining to the property

Informed recommendations for repair options

Technical details of building construction and materials provided

Identifies future maintenance requirements

Mortgage valuation / reinstatement cost
(Where not included this can be provided separately)

Additional Drone Survey
(for a more detailed view of a properties roof)




Andrew Mulvey
I can't say enough good things about Able - not just on the survey quality, but also on the excellent communication. They knew I was in a hurry, and they made sure they gave me the earliest possible slot (about a week after paying). On the day, the surveyor kindly called me and spent half an hour talking through what he found, to put my mind at ease. The next day, I got a summary of the survey. And a couple of days later, the full survey report. It was incredibly detailed, and answered all my questions. It also listed the costs of each repair. A few weeks later, and after the searches came back, I emailed Able with a list of questions. A couple of hours later, the surveyor personally called me and spent an hour going through each point step by step. At no point did I feel rushed, and he spent time reassuring me about each item I was worried about. All in all, dealing with Able was the best experience I have had in the home-buying process, and I would be delighted to use them again if I ever buy another place.
arpana agarwal
Jack did a great job for us and was available for any follow-up questions in a timely manner. We got a thorough and professional report at a much more reasonable cost than other firms. Thank you!
Achilleas Konstantelakis
Excellent service and communication. High quality report with lots of detail. I highly recommend them.
Sharon B
One of the best people you want to use when considering buying a property. Communication was second to none and the report provided was detailed and gave me the assurance I was looking for. Very reasonable price for a first time buyer.
Alireza Mohammadi
I am happy with service they provided. I was in dark regarding a house that I am going to buy but they stepped in and shed some lights and gave me some insights about the condition of the property. They are resposive nd helpful. I am happy with their service and also I have to mention that their price was reasonable.
Vivian Wijaya
My second time using their services, this time with surveyor Jack. As always: professional report, prompt response with follow up call. Honest (refunded unnecessary part of the survey). Got returning customer discount. Absolutely nothing to complain. They are ABLE, as the name says.
Stefan Laxness
Very efficient, very competent, excellent customer service!
Chris Folarin
I felt good because of the impeccable services i received. For keeping me in loop all the way is very professional even when you couldn't reach the agent. The report was very detailed and the attention to details was very impressive. The Initial report i first received was very commendable. Great job and keep it up.