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We were referred to Bruce by a friend. Since my first email both Martin and Bruce were very responsive and we were extremely satisfied with Bruce's thoroughness, speed and attention to detail. We were buying a house that seemed to be in pretty good shape, and although Bruce confirmed this, he also spotted problems that were very easy to fix, but that could have escalated quickly. It was really useful having the seller take care of these right away. We also got a great idea of things to keep an eye for, and also things to start saving for, as they would require some attention in the next few years. The report we received will be a great reference to have. ( We also went through the report by phone which was also very helpful ) I had heard too many stories of surveyors "phoning it in", so I didn't mind paying on the higher end of the spectrum and knowing that I was getting a proper survey done. We were not disappointed and we highly recommend Bruce!
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Bruce was professional and created a comprehensive survey report that he kindly went over on Skype with us. Very happy to recommend him to others.
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This was the third time I have used Bruce and he did not disappoint me. He is very thorough and professional. He does not miss anything and was at pains to point out the slightest defect. I would not hesitate in recommending Bruce.
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Great service, and very friendly rundown. I really appreciated the Skye call to go through the survey afterwards. This was a full structural and damp survey. They no longer provide a basic householders survey as it is a pointless service.
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We were very lucky to get an appointment arranged that wasn't originally available due to Bruce freeing up some of his time off due to high demand, which was really kind. Very thorough report. The after Skype call was also very handy as it gave us the opportunity to discuss developments on the house we intended to do once moved in, and the best ways to do these. Really happy with the service. Martin was also very friendly and helpful upon arranging the appointments and keeping us updated before the Survey.
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Domestic Surveys

We are Chartered Building Professionals undertaking Building Surveys throughout the South West. You must see our website!
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Domestic Surveys
14 Court Avenue
Bristol
County of Bristol
BS34 8PJ
United Kingdom
Mobile: 07501 512 397

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Payment methods accepted: Cash, Debit Card, Invoiced Payment
Opening hours
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09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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5.0 out of 5 based on 54 reviews
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We were referred to Bruce by a friend. Since my first email both Martin and Bruce were very responsive and we were extremely satisfied with Bruce's thoroughness, speed and attention to detail.

We were buying a house that seemed to be in pretty good shape, and although Bruce confirmed this, he also spotted problems that were very easy to fix, but that could have escalated quickly. It was really useful having the seller take care of these right away.

We also got a great idea of things to keep an eye for, and also things to start saving for, as they would require some attention in the next few years. The report we received will be a great reference to have. ( We also went through the report by phone which was also very helpful )

I had heard too many stories of surveyors "phoning it in", so I didn't mind paying on the higher end of the spectrum and knowing that I was getting a proper survey done. We were not disappointed and we highly recommend Bruce!

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Bruce was professional and created a comprehensive survey report that he kindly went over on Skype with us. Very happy to recommend him to others.
14th June 2019
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This was the third time I have used Bruce and he did not disappoint me. He is very thorough and professional. He does not miss anything and was at pains to point out the slightest defect. I would not hesitate in recommending Bruce.

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Great service, and very friendly rundown. I really appreciated the Skye call to go through the survey afterwards. This was a full structural and damp survey. They no longer provide a basic householders survey as it is a pointless service.

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We were very lucky to get an appointment arranged that wasn't originally available due to Bruce freeing up some of his time off due to high demand, which was really kind. Very thorough report. The after Skype call was also very handy as it gave us the opportunity to discuss developments on the house we intended to do once moved in, and the best ways to do these. Really happy with the service. Martin was also very friendly and helpful upon arranging the appointments and keeping us updated before the Survey.

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Bruce has surveyed two houses for us and on both occasions his attention to detail have been excellent. He was clear about what needed doing and the follow up call allowed for us to ask any necessary questions. We would definitely recommend him!
23rd September 2018
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Bruce has surveyed 2 houses for me now and he?s been exceptionally thorough on both occasions. He will defintely tell you exactly how it is. The first house he told me straight up that I needed to walk away, which I did! He can be very to the point and not hold back, but he is reliable in what he tells you. He can tell you exactly what year the house was built just by looking at it, and almost has a sixth sense about where all the beams and pipes are! Would recommend.

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Wonderful. Bruce and Martin both went out of there way to facilitate our survey. Access to the property was blocked by the vendors at last minute on three occasions causing great stress to myself and husband but Bruce and Martin remained calm and reassured us they would fit us in as soon as the situation resolved. They were flexible, professional and most importantly great communicators. Couldn?t recommend them more highly.
18th September 2018
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Friendly and helpful intro call with Martin; responsive too. Bruce did two surveys for me (the first house sale fell through). I have recommended him twice to friends already. I have just moved in and he seems to have caught everything except for a couple of small damp patches in the living room. Thanks Bruce and team.

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Full Buildings Survey done of future property. Genuinely really impressed with service, cost and turnaround. Recommended by a friend and would definitely recommend them ourselves. Thank you!

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Bruce did a very thorough survey on our house with fantastic attention to detail, and real consideration of the things that can be annoying when you move in, not just the big ticket items most surveyors concentrate on. Combined with a quick turn around, competitive price and willingness to go through the report in detail on the phone, I was really happy with the survey. I know there are lots of five star reviews here, but I struggled to find any category that didn't warrant full marks!
23rd April 2018
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My second time using Bruce for a full building survey having been recommened by a couple of friends who had used. The first survey identified a number of structural defects that in the end I was not prepared to enter into. The second highlighted a number of areas for attention but were far more inline with expectations. Both times, comprehensive reports were produced within 24 hrs of the survey and they reflect a lot of work and expertise in the subject matter. I feel a lot more confident entering into a purchase following Bruce's advice on the condition of the underlying structure and other aspects like the roof which are difficult to examine on a viewing. I feel I have personally learnt a lot of useful knowledge from reading the reports and speaking to Bruce on Skype and have feedback on what maintenance to undertake on the new property.

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Excellent service. Thorough, knowledgeable and efficient.
22nd February 2018
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First time I've bought an independant survey outside of the 'reccomened' surveys by mortgage companies etc, and I havr been super impressed.
The key to this was Bruce, not only a rapid service, (one week from call to survey), I had a huge report plus a Skype call follow up.
Bruce removed some fears about the property, but also pointed out some great positives.
I particularly liked his passion, urging me to keep original features and restore the property where we could back to its original beauty.

Thoroughly recommend this business, they have been a key resource, in what is the biggest purchase of our lives to date.
Thanks Bruce and Martin.

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The company responded very promptly to our initial enquiry setting up the survey of a property in Bristol in the period just before Christmas. Bruce Marfell carried out a very thorough survey and produced a helpful report within a short space of time. Unfortunately he identified a number of issues with the property which meant we decided not to go ahead with the purchase.
Our conversation by Skype after receiving the report allowed us to ask a number of questions which have made us much more aware of what to look for before putting in an offer on a property in the future. We would certainly recommend the company.
17th February 2018
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Excellent service from start to finish.
More thorough a survey than I've ever had before.
Great to talk over findings also at the end. Broad advice given.

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Bruce surveyed a house I'm purchasing in Stoke Gifford. I'm so pleased I went ahead with the survey as it was very thorough and meant that I knew about issues that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. It also totally reassured me that buying the house is the right move and I feel totally informed about what work needs doing on it. Bruce was clearly very knowledgeable and experienced and kindly helped me with another couple of queries I had after the survey was completed. I'd definitely use him again in future

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I used Domestic Surveys and surveyor Bruce Marfell for a survey on my first flat purchase in Bristol. They were recommended by a colleague and were excellent from start to finish. Martin was quick to respond to my initial query and gave helpful and tailored advice. I got 5 quotes for the survey and Domestic Surveys offered both the most comprehensive package and the most reasonably priced. Bruce was thorough and professional with his survey, providing a detailed report and photos, and talking through the results with me afterwards via Skype. I would thoroughly recommend!

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This is the second time we have used Domestic Surveys (Bruce) this year. The first full survey identified a number of significant issues with the property and we were unable to renegotiate a sufficient price reduction to go forward with the purchase. When we found our next property, we got back in touch with Domestic Survey without hesitation. Bruce has just completed another survey for us and again he has demonstrated his skill and knowledge in identifying areas for improvement with the property; from a structural point of view, for reduced maintenance and for safety. When talking to him, his passion for this subject is obvious and it is evident how he cares for his clients. I could not recommend Domestic Surveys highly enough. I would not hesitate in using them again.

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Very satisfied with the house survey conducted by Bruce. The report was provided quickly -
it was thorough and written with clarity. The skype call to discuss the findings was a brilliant idea and enabled me to progress my purchase with confidence. I had some follow up queries a few weeks later and Bruce answered my email almost immediately

By on 21st September 2017


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