After a 45+ years career working as an Independent Chartered Surveyor in my home area of The English Lakes and NW England with forays Internationally to Australia and Canada to work in Commercial Property Asset Management, I have now decided to establish Call the Butler Ltd to offer an all encompassing personal Property Consultancy.
My aim is to provide a bespoke personal service on all aspects of period properties for present and future owners, and assist them to enjoy, maintain and enhance their homes to meet their needs as fully as possible.
My depth of experience gained over 45+ years of inspecting and valuing all classes of property gives me an un paralleled ability to assist my Clients with solving their property issues and requirements by the most appropriate and economic methods while maintain the integrity of their property.
This is most important with our period properties many of which have over their life been in appropriately repaired by well meaning owners /contractors.
I can assist in creating repair, upgrade, maintenance plans for all sizes of property, and am particularly passionate about maintenance and correct enhancement of period and conservation properties utilising my experience, and modern technology such as my Thermal Imaging Camera, Drones for hard to reach high areas, along with the more traditional Damp and Relative Humidity Meters.
This service can be tailored fully to my Client’s needs, determined after discussion for example in a Pre Property Purchase scenario where there is a requirement to know faults as existing, with the property, but also taking account of the needs for alteration/upgrade works to ensure the property fulfils all the future requirements of the Client.
Within my reports I make my best efforts to provide indicative costs as far as this is possible, for the works highlighted and in the pre purchase scenario this allows the Client to proceed fully “armed” with required information to ensure they make the most appropriate purchase at the appropriate level within their budget.
Clients who already own their properties can utilise Call the Butler to provide advice on fault and defect diagnosis and appropriate maintenance methods taking account of all aspects of the property, its construction, location etc to arrive at a sustainable solution via a holistic forensic approach.
Pre Property Sale Advice
Call the Butler would also be pleased to provide an informed opinion on the existing condition of the property if the client is considering offering the property for sale highlighting repairs which could be picked out in the normal pre purchase cash / mortgage survey and market valuation, so my Client can the sale armed with all information available and prevent spurious attempts from purchasers to obtain inappropriate discount on their offer price as the sale reaches its critical period when the Client may be put under pressure to exchange etc.
Conservation and Period Property Repair
My passion and enthusiasm over the years of my career is to ensure the correct conservation, care and maintenance of our historic period properties utilising correct traditional repair methods and materials which requires a caring approach and appropriate scheduling, and can advise on all aspects of this as necessary.
I have in my career built a network of appropriately qualified and like minded traditional consultants and contractors as required with whom I have worked on projects successfully and will facilitate works with them acting as Clients Representative monitoring their performance, if required for an hourly fee with pre agreed limits.
Property Monitoring and Checking Service
Through Call the Butler I am also offering a property caretaking inspection service Golden Key to Clients where I will inspect on a fortnightly basis ( a requirement of most Insurers if properties are to be vacant under their policy terms and conditions) checking security, heating, logging condition and if required acting for the Client as their local contact arranging repairs as necessary and if necessary preparing the property for family visitors, if the Client can not carry this out themselves for whatever reason.
This would be charged on a monthly fee basis paid by standing order to be agreed, and can ensure the Clients Insurance Broker can obtain the best possible Policy Premium and Excess Terms.
Furniture and Furnishings
Call the Butler can also advise on furnishing your period property sourcing appropriate furniture and advising with appropriate consultants and contractors on interior design decoration and finish.
My 45+ years have also involved selling by Auction Antique Furniture Furnishings and Effects.
So whatever the Property related problem inside or out Call the Butler would welcome your contact as to how I may be able to help you.