The proof is always in the eating, but I’ve included below a few examples of what some clients have kindly said. If you were happy with the service I provided and would like to write a testimonial then I’d be delighted to give you my email address.
“I have total confidence in his abilities .”
“I appointed James as my party wall surveyor on a rear extension to my terrace house in NW5 where he successfully negotiated awards with both of my neighbours. I have total confidence in his abilities and have no hesitation in recommending his services to others.”
— N.M, London NW5
'We would recommend him without hesitation. ”
“James was recommended to us by a friend. We used him in relation to a party wall matter. We found him to be prompt, efficient and easy to deal with. He stuck to his quoted estimate and didn't try to charge any extras. We would recommend him without hesitation. ”
— J & N, London N12
“He was very willing to talk through the issues raised and gave good advice.”
“James undertook surveys of two properties for us last year (2010) both at very short notice. His response to our requests was swift and efficient and the reports extremely thorough. He was very willing to talk through the issues raised and gave good advice. We would have no hesitation in using him again. ”
— A. B-C, London N10
“Very good value for money”
"James was was incredibly helpful in dealing with our neighbours on both sides and their respective surveyors. He took a polite and pragmatic approach and was very good value for money. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. ”
— L.P, London N2
"James also seems to have good contacts in the industry, which is always a very valuable asset"
“James made an informal survey of our new restaurant premises in Angel, Islington in November 2010 and identified several regulatory and building issues which we have now included in our business plan. His visit and report were focused, brief and comprehensive, and helped us to specify the remedial action where required. James also seems to have good contacts in the industry, which is always a very valuable asset; he recommended us an equally reliable and professional asbestos surveyor.”
— C.M, Kipferl Ltd, London N1
"He picked up on flaws that no-one else had spotted"
“We asked James to survey a relatively new house at short notice. He responded very quickly and we received a thorough, good-quality survey that picked up on flaws that no-one else had spotted - not even the original building control during the course of construction. Would we use him again? Yes, certainly.”
— T.R, London N2
"We will always be profoundly grateful for his help.”
“We asked James to arbitrate in an especially tricky - and potentially very costly - dispute with a litigious neighbour who was threatening to derail our flat sale at a very late stage. He did so with exceptional skill, coming across to both parties as truly impartial and trustworthy. He also did so with extreme sensitivity and calm at a time when emotions were threatening to take the situation out of control. We will always be profoundly grateful for his help.”
— N.D, London N10
“The service was speedy and aggravation free, just how I like it! ”
“James carried out a party wall survey on our behalf in August 2011, having never undertaken any kind of property development, James offered clear and concise advise on our obligations. The service was speedy and aggravation free, just how I like it! I'd have no hesitation in recommending his excellent service.”
— A.S, London NW11
"James does very detailed surveys - you know he has looked at everything."
“James did two surveys for us in 2011. We pulled out of the first purchase on the strength of his survey, so were very grateful for his thoroughness. Fortunately for us the second house was in better shape! James does very detailed surveys - you know he has looked at everything - and is happy to explain things that may be alien to the layperson. We found him extremely professional and amenable to deal with and have already recommended him to a friend. We would have no hesitation in using him again.”
— N.C, London N10
“Following your very good email to my client, he has decided to withdraw from the purchase of the flat. This was really what needed to happen so thank you. ”
— N.M, Stones Solicitors LLP
“He gave his time and advice most generously and honestly.”
"Even in my first phone call with Mr Davidson, I noticed his most caring and professional approach. His top priority was to help me understand what the issues were and how to resolve them. He gave his time and advice most generously and honestly. I can highly recommend Mr Davidson to anyone who needs help from a Chartered Building Surveyor."
— T, London N12.
"We found James to be very professional, clear to understand and always available."
“James came recommended to us to undertake a Building Report on a 5 bedroom period house we proposed to purchase. His initial detailed advice and follow-up comments assisted us to make the decision not to proceed with the purchase. We did not imagine that James' thorough report would highlight so many refurbishment issues and now six months on we have no regrets. We found James to be very professional, clear to understand and always available. We were delighted with James' work. ”
— W & A, London N6
"The job would not have been achieved without his keen direction.”
“James was recommended by a neighbour of mine. He proved to be pro active, efficient and dealt with the madness that party wall agreements can supply in spades. In short, the job would not have been achieved without his keen direction.”
— D.S, London N19
"His report was extensive, clearly written and gave us some really sound advice"
“James surveyed our house in April 2009 to help us decide whether or not to undergo extensive renovation work to our Victorian cottage. His report was extensive, clearly written and gave us some really sound advice which helped us make our decision with confidence. He also spent time discussing the implications of the survey with us over the phone and was always very happy to answer questions, no matter how trivial they were!”
— C.T, Beaconsfield, Bucks
"James represented us and concluded the agreements efficiently and professionally"
“We asked James to work on our behalf in establishing party wall settlements with our neighbours. We live in a mid-terrace house, and so had two sets of neighbours to consider. With one set, James represented us and concluded the agreements efficiently and professionally. We were grateful for this and also for his insight and informal advice in the early stages of the process on the interpersonal and tactical aspects of working with challenging neighbours. On the other side, I served the initial notices myself, and James gave helpful advice on how to go about it. All round, we had full confidence in James and will call on him again when we need a surveyor. We have no hesitation in recommending him.”
— M.R, London NW6
"His broad knowledge of his field, very reasonable rates and flexibility are some of the many reasons I would not hesitate in recommending him or consulting him again."
“After being very disappointed with the survey I received when buying my first flat I was convinced that surveys were a necessary but wholly pointless exercise. I found the surveying company I used very keen to get in and get out and charge me and, even worse, seemed frightened to reach any definite conclusions about the property. James has changed my mind about surveyors. I chose James to do the surveying of my second home as he was a member of the RICS. I was immediately impressed by James' clear, accommodating and professional manner. He recommended questions for my solicitor to raise that eventually resulted in a price reduction. He helped me in choosing damp proofing specialists and helped me consider their findings. He also recommended me architects/builders in the area which is a great help to the lay person. His broad knowledge of his field, very reasonable rates and flexibility are some of the many reasons I would not hesitate in recommending him or consulting him again. In all, I found James the consummate professional. He is someone who first and foremost wants to do the job properly for the client.”
— R.C, London N20
"He has a quiet calm, professional and thorough approach which made us feel completely confident at all times."
“Building work was carried out on the two houses either side of ours last summer and James acted as the building surveyor on behalf of our property. He has a quiet calm, professional and thorough approach which made us feel completely confident at all times. James picked up on a number of things that, without his attention to detail, would have made our property vulnerable and our lives more difficult during that time. I would recommend him to others 100%.”
— L.B, London N6
"His advice and work were indeed beyond reproach."
“James recently advised us on our first house purchase. He came highly recommended by our friends, and his advice and work were indeed beyond reproach. Before starting work, James asked us many questions about our circumstances and objectives for the survey. The scope of his work was then tailored according to our wishes - more of what we wanted to discover and less of what we did not consider important. James was very thorough in his survey and spent time laying out his conclusions in a lengthy, well organised and detailed report. James was also very good in "after-sales service": I got distracted and did not follow up with James for over three weeks after he reported to us. However, when I did call, James had everything fresh in his memory and took a lot of time going over his report. That set us on the righteous path with our new property. Thank you!”
— G.L, London N10
“His professionalism was superb.”
“For three years my wife and I had been trying to resolve a situation with a property we own in the Isles of Scilly. A neighbour had been trying to stop the re-building of an extension to a property by whatever means available. A local surveyor had been trying to obtain a Party Wall Award during this time, and matters were made worse because the neighbour was challenging the local planning authority to make our consent invalid! After all this time, my wife and I were helpless to try and resolve this situation. Until we were recommended to contact James Davidson. I was initially concerned that a London surveyor would not be able to handle a problem as far away as the Isles of Scilly, but James assured us that he could deal with it, and quickly. His professionalism was superb, and in particular, because his knowledge and understanding of the Party Wall Act, he was able to make the neighbour's professionals aware of exactly what could or could not be done. It was like a breath of fresh air, as James made it clear to all parties that the Party Wall Act is there to try and stop litigation rather than create it. An agreement was made and our building could then be finished. James saved the day for us, and we shall be always grateful for what he did for us. As a footnote, I am an architect; and I am not a specialist in the Party Wall Act. Clients of mine now use James to resolve Party Wall issues.”
— B.C, Dorset.
“James was unceasingly positive, and generous.”
“James completed two surveys for us during what was extremely painful search process in 2009. He provided an absolutely fantastic service on both occasions, and I have gone out of my way to recommend him to friends since. There were a number of reasons why I would recommend James: - He is phenomenally thorough - on both occasions, James provided us with extremely detailed survey reports, with lots of information about the property. As a result, I was very confident that he had given us an accurate view of the properties, so we were going in with our eyes very much open. - He is extremely accommodating - we were dealing with difficult vendors in both cases, which meant that things seemed to change by the day. As a result, I ended up scheduling surveys, and then cancelling surveys, on more occasions that I wish to mention. James was unceasingly positive, and generous is accommodating these constant movements. - He is extremely fast - James turned round his reports remarkably quickly, enabling us to keep the process moving forward rapidly. We were hugely appreciative of his willingness to work around other commitments to get the report written up. - He recommended other experts willingly - James provided some excellent recommendations to other tradesmen, including a specialist drains company that proved to be as good as he said they would be. In summary, James is a surveyor that I would happily recommend to anyone buying a property. He does a thorough job, is incredibly responsive and gets things done quickly. ”
— J.L, London N20