I was undertaking a Building Survey on a 3-bed semi-detached house in South London and, when I turned the key in the door I suddenly felt my chest tighten and became short of breath.
Something didn't feel quite right and I thought there might be a carbon monoxide issue in the house, so I opened the windows and doors to allow the air to flow through the property to give me some more oxygen.
I continued to feel uneasy in the property, so went outside to inspect the roof and structure, while I hoped I would be able to pull myself together.
When I came back inside to set up my ladders and get into the loft, I placed my iPad (which I use to data capture in the property) on the side with the screen lock on. I entered the loft and had a good look around. I found some damp to the chimney stack and some timber issues, so climbed back down the ladder to get my iPad to record what I had found.
When picking up the iPad, I had a massive shock.
“Bob.” was written on the screen!
I spoke to the neighbour and they confirmed that an elderly lady had lived in the property for 50 years and they didn't know a Bob who lived there. So the identity of Bob remains a mystery.
Unfortunately Bob didn't help me to write up the rest of my survey!
Perhaps he found some comfort in me telling him: "Don't worry Bob, I am a surveyor not a slayer!”.
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Joe is the guiding force behind Arnold & Baldwin and has overall responsibility for all commercial and residential surveys and valuations. Passionate about delivering the highest quality products at the fairest prices possible, he has been consistently searching for new and innovative client-focused services since founding the company with Jobie in 2007
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The surveyor went above and beyond to check for
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