Property Inspection – Expert Witness Report – Ashford

view of a semi detached house from the back garden, it has a white extension and the back doors are open

Collier Stevens clients arranged for a building contractor to build an extension. 

They became concerned with the cost and quality of the work undertaken and wanted to make a claim against the contractor. To do this, they needed a CPR35 compliant expert’s report.

Collier Stevens were asked to inspect the property and we discovered one of the worst examples of construction we had ever seen.  

The contractor had taken on an architectural and structural design role with no expertise. The result was a badly designed, badly constructed, structurally unsound extension which did not, in any respect, comply with building regulations or the safety requirements associated with electrical, water and gas installations.  

Our advice was to demolish and start again. This left our client substantially out of pocket as they had already paid for the work completed to date.

Our client took their case to the Civil Court using our report to support their claim, for compensation against the builder.

Expert witness reports are expensive and taking legal action against a contractor will be costly, stressful and time consuming, often taking years to conclude.

Our advice for any homeowners undertaking any extension or loft conversion, is that they should always use an architect or designer. Very few building contractors have any design or structural qualifications.  

In addition, unless you are confident you know how buildings are constructed and have a knowledge of the building regulations, you should employ a project manager.  

Remember the building inspectors’ job is not to check the quality of construction, simply to ensure the minimum standards of the building regulations are met.

Collier Stevens provides expert witness services and project management for building works. Get in touch if you are undertaking a building project in Ashford and the surrounding area, and you think you might need support for, and if you are concerned about an existing project’s progress or quality, we can advise you on what steps you might need to take.

About the Surveyor
Steve Way - Collier Stevens


Steven Way BSc MIHEEM MFPWS MRICS is the Practice Principal and is a Chartered Building Surveyor. With over 35 years as a practicing surveyor, Steve has a wealth of experience and expertise in both residential and commercial building surveying, party wall advice and disabled access auditing. He has also built his reputation as an expert witness.