Customer Comments

What Customers Say

Part of the service includes client aftercare and feedback. Below are some samples of responses received.

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I would be happy to recommend your services to others.

Dear Sirs,

Very many thanks indeed for your report.

We were very pleased to receive your report so promptly; it was extremely thorough and addressed all of our concerns.
I would be happy to recommend your services to others. Thank you again.

Kind regards,

Kathryn Fulford-Jones London SW19

Extremely quick turn around

I appreciate the extremely quick turn around. Everything was clear and easy to understand, and the advice especially on avoiding condensation was useful.


Liz London N4

Clear language, with a true common-sense approach

“We instructed Academy Remedial Surveyors to investigate a woodworm infestation that was flagged up in our homebuyer’s survey. We chose ARS because they are truly independent – previous experience has shown to us that one simply cannot trust any surveying done by companies that also sell the remedial treatments!

Dealing with ARS has been a delight from start to finish, thanks to clear communications, proactivity and swift turnaround time. We were very impressed with the report: At last a survey written in clear language, with a true common-sense approach and hands-on advice how to deal with some remaining issues.

ARS have saved us money that otherwise would have been spent on unnecessary woodworm treatment. We will certainly use ARS for any future surveys and whole-heartedly recommend their services to anyone in need of highly professional surveyors they can 100% trust.”

R Abbas + P Wells

You have my gratitude for saving me from spending money on an unnecessary and unproductive procedure

Thank you for your assistance with the issue of damp in my property. You have my gratitude for saving me from spending money on an unnecessary and unproductive procedure that would not have resulted in solving the situation.

A very professional and speedy service!

I would totally recommend your services to anyone who has been informed of damp on their premises to ensure that they do not become the victim of “cowboys” as I nearly became.

Denise Terzi
Greenford, Middlesex

We would certainly recommend your services

Dear Ray

Thank you very much for the attached report. We would certainly recommend your services or get back in touch if we need help in the future – you have been quick to respond and supply our report, charged very reasonably and been helpful to deal with. We value your independent standpoint – in our case confirming that woodworm was indeed historic and no action was needed.

Best wishes


Ifield Crawley West Sussex

You lead me to the best and most cost effective solution for which I am so grateful

Dear Mr Baker,

I had to write and say a very big thank you for all your help and support with my decaying floor crisis. As a result of your survey advice and survey report, a very distressing situation for me was resolved. You lead me to the best and most cost effective solution for which I am so grateful. I now have a brand new well ventilated sitting room floor and no damp smells!!!!

On your advice I gathered quotes for the work and I did ask the company you mentioned to also quote. I decided to go ahead with them and I have been more than pleased with their fast and efficient service. Their representative was supportive, knowledgeable and able to come in with a quote very close to the figure you mentioned I should budget for beating higher quotes from others.

I also wanted to let you know that no other horrors were discovered once the floor was up, thank heavens!!!!

The contracted company carried out the work exactly based upon your report. Again thank you so very much for your survey report and advice. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to friends, neighbours and colleagues. After all the worry and upheaval I almost have my home back, I’m decorating as I write to you.

Veronica Thorne

Brentford Middlesex

I’m glad we spent the money to get this done

I contacted Ray to enquire about getting a survey done on a property we were purchasing and 4 days later it had been done and we’d had the report emailed through to us. It was really helpful that he was happy for us to meet him so he could talk us through the possible issues and his communication was very clear and easy to understand – not so with other people we’d spoken to.

I would absolutely recommend Ray and having originally tried to avoid paying for a timber and damp survey by using companies that also did the work, I’m glad we spent the money to get this done – we totally trusted his advice and it was well worth the money we spent,

Elspeth Dougall
Whitstable, Kent

Above and beyond the call of duty

“Ray Baker performed above and beyond the call of duty in answering my request swiftly, carrying out an urgent inspection and providing a comprehensive report in a very timely fashion. Highly recommended”.

J Tavendale

Richmond Surrey

Extremely helpful and will assist in my negotiations with the vendor

Dear Sirs,

I just wanted to thank you for the speed with which you have managed to conduct the survey and provide a report (5 days from instruction to report!). This and the results should mean we won’t have to delay the exchange of contracts.

I am greatly relieved that, in contrast to the “high levels of dampness” found by the original buildings surveyor, you have found no significant evidence of water penetration in the basement. This gives me the confidence to proceed with the purchase. Furthermore, the information provided around costings for the maintenance of the drainage system is extremely helpful and will assist in my negotiations with the vendor as well as helping me budget for the future.

Thanks again,

Godalming Surrey

It has saved me an awful lot of money in unnecessary damp proofing works.

I just wanted to say I found your service extremely efficient and organised. The survey was done with the minimum of fuss and all my questions were answered well. I am so pleased I got your specialist advice as it has saved me an awful lot of money in unnecessary damp proofing works. If I were ever asked to recommend a damp specialist I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you. Thanks so much for all your help.

K Woolley

Croydon, Surrey.

Thank you for your excellent service


Just a note to thank you for your excellent service on behalf of Jonathan & Emma.
This is their first purchase and when the issue of “damp” is raised there is obvious cause for concern.

It is refreshing in these somewhat ‘heady’ times to be able to enter an ‘Association’ web site, get a name, make a call, book an appointment, make the payment, services offered in advance of the agreed appointment and most importantly for the end result to be favourable.

Your contact details will be retained for the future.

Once again many thanks.


John Twycross

Professional and comprehensive

I was pleased with how quickly the survey was carried out. The report was professional and comprehensive.
I would recommend you to anybody who needs a survey.

R Kent

Bantley, Hampshire.

Absolutely excellent

Absolutely excellent, we exchanged contracts last week and will be moving just after Christmas. The buyers are satisfied the woodworm does not require treating. You were right about the guarantee, can’t find the company anywhere!!!!!!!!
Many many thanks.

S Eams

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Your advice has saved me an astonishing £2,800

We’ve had a builder around and got a quote for the work you detailed. We were quoted £6,000 prior to purchase from a damp proofing company to carry out damp and timber remedial works which your survey identified were not necessary apart from the timber ground floors and some re-plastering. The builder has now completely overhauled the entire ground floor and laid a superb hardwood surface, the re-plastering will soon be done as to will the other works you recommended.

The builders quote is a mere £3,200 for all that work over and above just damp and timber remedial work meaning your advice has saved me an astonishing £2,800 and we’ve got a lot more for our money. We want to thank you for your prompt attention in the first instance, your professionalism, and on-going help when needed.

R Screene

Winchester, Hampshire

Thank you very much for a very professional service

Yes we did receive your report as promised, thank you for being so prompt. The contents, layout and information there-in are surprisingly understandable and legible and considering your advisory notes we will act upon them immediately. When the recommend work is complete we may well ask you to visit again to check it has been done properly. We would wish to thank you very much for a very professional service which is gratefully received.

D & L Cupit


Plain common sense

Yep, understand it all, not rocket science but plain common sense.

I have logged on the web sites you gave me and will be ordering the materials you listed to do the job. I have a mate who can do the plastering and I can do the chippy work so great. No worries at all about putting me on your web site, least I can do mate.

L Richardson


A massive time-saver

For our mortgage company we needed reports on damp, timber and cavity wall ties.

We found Academy through the Property Care Association and chose them because they are specialists in all of these areas.

On meeting Ray from Academy we were struck by his friendliness and openness, talking us through the survey procedures and findings and giving us tips.

We new because Academy are not contractors that they would not be looking for problems and that their report would be completely independent.

Some active woodworm was found and several weeks later I needed to obtain quotes for the required work Academy had recommended.
Contacting Ray again informally to ask him a couple of questions he offered to liaise with a reputable firm he had worked with before so that they would be able to quote accurately without needing access to the property. At this time we had no formal legal access to the property meaning this was a massive time-saver.

As it turned out this company was a little more expensive than others I had approached. Ray spoke with them again and managed to get the cost down by over £200.00 including vat.

All of the above was outside of his remit and on his own time.
He helped us because he is a genuinely good guy, who knows his stuff inside out and is always willing to go the extra mile for his customers.

Thank you Academy and Ray in particular for making this part of our first house purchase so easy and stress-free.

Best wishes,

Amy Stevens

West Sussex