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About us

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Marshalls Chartered Surveyors was formed in 1979 by David Marshall in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The company was initially involved in quality professional services, estate agency and financial services.

Marshalls prospered during the boom years of the 1980's, but the retirement of the financial services partner saw this successful area of the business sold, at what proved later to be the peak of the market.

Marshalls estate agency business suffered during the 1990's recession and the decision was made to concentrate solely on quality professional survey services. This proved to be a winning formula, as there was and still is, a great demand for completely impartial quality survey advice. Not being involved in a sales chain, nor offering insurance or mortgage products gives clients the reassurance that they will receive completely impartial advice. Unlike some, Marshalls never give or receive, introductory commissions.

David Marshall retired in 1998, but continues as a consultant to the company. David Blomley and Richard Foulkes joined the company and the business continued to grow. Mark Shirley joined in 2002.

After 27 years based in Abingdon, January 2006 saw us bid a fond farewell to the town and complete a move to a new head office in Oxford. Situated close to the City and Ring Road, we were ideally placed to continue giving our clients the top quality service they expect and deserve.

Richard Mawer joined the company in 2007 bringing a wealth of commercial experience gained as a director for a national retailer.

April 2015 saw David Blomley retire after 17 years of sterling service - he will be missed.

September 2015 saw the Oxford office re-located to larger premises in Kidlington.

Marshalls Directors:

Richard Foulkes MRICS

Mark A Shirley FRICS

Richard W Mawer BSc (hons) MRICS


Instructing us to undertake your survey or valuation couldn’t be easier. Simply pick from the drop-downs below, get an instant quote and instruct us online, anytime.

Building surveys

Marshalls offer two types of residential building survey: The Marshalls Building Survey Report and The RICS Building Survey Report.

These are our most detailed surveys and are suitable for most types and ages of property, particularly older houses.

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RICS home surveys

Marshalls offer the full range of RICS Home Surveys: The RICS Building Survey, The RICS Homebuyer Report and The RICS Condition Report.

These surveys have the popular traffic light condition rating format and are mainly suitable for more modern houses and flats.

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Marshalls undertake residential valuation instructions for mortgage lending, Inheritance tax (probate), shared ownership, Housing Association, Charities Act, matrimonial and other purposes. We also undertake expert witness work and can advise on leasehold enfranchisement (lease extension).

All of our Chartered Surveyors are RICS Registered Valuers highly experienced in the local property market.

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In addition to residential surveys and valuations, Marshalls offer a full range of commercial services, including commercial surveys, schedules of condition and dilapidations advice on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

Note: we do not undertake commercial valuations.

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Party Wall

Marshalls offer a full range of specialist Party Wall services, working for both building owners and adjoining owners.

If you have received party wall notices from your neighbour or you are planning to carry out works, which may come under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, we can advise you of your options.

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Lease extensions

A lease is a wasting asset and as the remaining term becomes shorter, a residential property may be difficult to sell or mortgage. As a general rule, any lease with less than 70 years remaining can be problematical and you may need to consider a lease extension or possibly a freehold purchase.

Marshalls offer comprehensive Leasehold enfranchisement advice, both for landlords and tenants.

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Your choice of survey report has never been wider: Marshalls undertake five types of survey on residential properties.

Marshalls were established in 1979 and can offer great local knowledge and experience of all types of building. We might not be the cheapest, but you can be confident that we are the experts in our field.

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Property Advice

A range of pages offering useful advice on various survey, valuation and general property matters.

From asbestos and bats through to toxic mould and woodworm, we hope this general property advice is useful.

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Contact Us

Marshalls have offices in Oxford (01865-863020) and Newbury (01635-529777).

We cover Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

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