Brick Frog Ltd is the trading name of Ian Rhodes-Elson, MRICS.
Not just a quirky name, most bricks have a frog - have a look at the blog!
Carrying out a survey inspection and completion of the report in a timely fashion is of the utmost importance, both for the client and for myself as their surveyor. Access to a property is obviously at the will of the vendor, but most are keen to progress their sale without undue delay.
Survey reports should be available to the client within 3 to 5 working days of instruction. The client is kept informed of the date of inspection and given an estimate for delivery of the completed report.
As a sole trader I rely heavily on my reputation. I am always accessible, I discuss any particular requirements at the point of instruction, and will meet a client on site (subject to agreement with the vendor), or elsewhere, to discuss the survey findings. I am always happy to explain any part of a survey report that the client might not fully understand.
I moved to Cambridge in 1983 and trained as a surveyor with an independent firm in Cambridge. I have practised in the area ever since.
Over the past 30 odd years I have undertaken a wide variety of work but have concentrated on Homebuyer Reports, Home Condition Reports and Building Surveys on residential property of all types.
Cambridge and Cambridgeshire are fairly unique as there is a wide range of construction type and materials used, from standard solid and cavity masonry, to variations on those (such as rat trap bond), hewn chalk (clunch), large blocks of clay (clay bat), and stone rubble walls, not to mention a large range of non-standard construction used after the second world war, a good proportion of which is not considered to be suitable security for mortgage lending.
Roofing materials vary from concrete and clay tiles to slate, collyweston slates, thatch (straw and reed), and the like.