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Why work with us

We’ve just made building surveys easier.

The property transaction process in England and Wales can be protracted to put it lightly, tedious in some cases, to be frank. This is true not just for buyers, but solicitors, agents and financial advisors.

Issues in the process often come down to a lack of communication between all those involved causing delays at best case and costing money in a worst case.

At Fourth Wall Building Consultancy, we’ve created a new way of working and bespoke reporting format to solve this problem. We’re a team of dynamic RICS Chartered Surveyors that’s seeking to remove the antiquated ways of the progression and create innovative surveys that work for all those involved in the property buying process.

We call this ‘The Fourth Wall Standard’. In short, our standard makes understanding property more straightforward, jargon free, and accessible to property buyers, thier solicitors, conveyancers, estate agents and mortgage advisors.

We’ve designed our Executive Summaries within our Bespoke RICS bench marked Reports specifically to help solicitors, property buyers and mortgage brokers save countless valuable working hours, reduce the risk of errors, and improve their services.

The report contains information ranging from property descriptions and urgent defects to regulatory compliance issues and legal matters we have noted. All clearly outlined with any recommended further investigations based on the findings of our inspection.

All accessible at the front of the report, so within a few minutes you know exactly what you need to be focusing on.

What’s included in a Bespoke Fourth Wall Building Survey?

Our Executive Summary’s prevent you from having to search through every detail of the survey report just to find the information that’s relevant to you. Our reports are detailed yet concise, easy to understand yet actionable. In short, our Home Survey and Building Survey Reports are broken down into four main categories:


We’ll summarise all the key details you need to know about your client’s property, including its age, size, outdoor areas, and number of rooms.

Overall Summary of Building Fabric & Services

We highlight all urgent defects and safety risks to occupants in our reports so that you can take fast action for the sake of your clients.

Regulatory Compliance

We outline our overall comments of Planning Requirements for development, including whether the property is Grade Listed or located in a Conservation Area; National Park, or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We also provide comment on works to the property which would require Building Regulations approval, whether any documentation was already available to us, or where further investigations are required.

We also outline any work to the property which would fall within the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996, whether any documentation was already available to us, or where further investigations are required.

Lastly, we’ll comment on any other relevant legislation which may require further documentation, depending on the type or use of the property, for example Flats or House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Legal Matters

We clearly outline legal issues noted as part of our inspection including potential boundary discrepancies, recommended warranties, guarantees, leasehold considerations, right of way and easement queries specific to the property.

Further Investigations

We clearly outline further investigations relating to defects identified within the main body of the report, so you can immediately see what should be actioned next.

More solicitors, mortgage advisors and agents are using our surveying services

Save Time and Money

Our RICS Level 2 & 3 Surveys are tailored to each property, providing clear and jargon free advice on a range of issues from the everyday to the complex. Our surveyors are trained to present issues in context to ensure our clients and their advisors gain a thorough understanding and issues aren’t blown out of proportion.

The Fourth Wall Standard Executive Summaries are designed to give direct access to the key issues, without having to spend hours reading through very long and detailed reports to find the parts relevant to you.

Clear, Straightforward Communication

We’ll work directly with you to provide a copy of the report and answer any questions directly to ensure matters are dealt with efficiently to avoid delays or miscommunication. All documentation relating to a survey is available from anywhere with our client portal.

Better outcomes and more completed transactions

We believe we’re here to enable people to buy property, not slow things down, create stress or scare people. Pragmatic, measured advice accessible to all is what’s needed to keep the many wheels of a transaction turning. Our bespoke reporting and post survey support ensures information is easy to find when its needed, giving buyers reassurance when they need it.

Learn more and see how we can work together

If you’re tired of seeing long, convoluted and often boring building surveys; slowing things down, difficult to understand without clear direction. Give our team of expert, independent surveyors a call today, or drop us an email to see how we can bring property surveys into the 21st century.

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contact us via / 0161 706 1131 / 0114 400 0254.

Join the Fourth Wall team!

We’re seeking MRICS or AssocRICS residential surveyors at all levels to join our dynamic and innovative practice, on a mission to re-imagine building surveying, cut the jargon and speak directly to our clients in a language we all understand.

We aren’t a high volume based practice. We provide the best quality service to our clients, with industry leading detail, using the latest technology to offer reporting that is truly at the forefront of the industry.

With a strong pipeline of instructions across the UK servicing a variety of clients, from the general public to commercial investors with large portfolios, we’re now looking for another surveyor with a keen desire to develop themselves and grow with the business.

We want the best people, so we’re offering:

  • Development potential including growing the business, leading a team, and share opportunities.
  • Base salary of £30-50k plus car allowance depending on skill set and experience.
  • Transparent bonus structure of 10-25% of fee revenue after meeting base target, depending on seniority.
  • Flexible working within a permanent, full time contract.
  • Remote working, with the option of a co-working space.
  • Networking and social budget with optional team trips abroad.
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays + Christmas shut down.
  • RICS fees paid and CPD budget.
  • We offer all the best equipment and the ability to diversify your skillset with specialist training in areas such as: drone operation, damp and timber, heritage and conservation.
  • Opportunity to assist with commercial surveying instructions and specialist support and training to progress to MRICS/ FRICS status, where desired.

Above all else, we’re looking for a Building Surveyor who fits with our company ethos, works well with our team, and wants to be involved in the growth of the business, but these are some other attributes we’re keen on:

  • MRICS or AssocRICS, be that newly chartered or an experienced surveyor.
  • Full clean driving licence and the availability to travel regularly to inspections.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills to confidently build relationships with colleagues and clients, and write top class reports.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and experience with AutoCAD would be a bonus.
  • Enthusiastic, driven and keen to develop. We’re planning to grow Fourth Wall and we want someone keen to be in the fold of that.

To apply, drop us an email at or give us a call on 0161 706 1131 to discuss the role further.