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Practice Profile

John SparksJohn Sparks is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and has been preparing survey reports on residential property in Ipswich and South Suffolk since 1985. Over the years I have built up considerable background knowledge of the local area, not only with regard to the various housing types and their problems but also the soil types and their issues.

Coming from a family involved in in architectural history and engineering over many generations I inherited an early interest in old buildings. I trained as a General Practice Surveyor with both Gerald Eve & Co and the Crown Estate Surveyor’s Office in London before returning to East Kent to concentrate on residential surveys. I qualified (ARICS) in 1983 but in 1985 moved to the Shotley Peninsula to work for Rogers & Grundy in Ipswich. In 1991 I set up on my own account.

All inspections and reports are prepared by me. On taking instructions I will want to discuss your concerns relating to the property and any proposals you may have, such as are you proposing to let the house out or is it for your own occupation? Advice can then be individually designed to meet the needs of each client. My aim is to concentrate on quality of work, not volume. The source of much of my work is through recommendations from local solicitors or clients for whom I have surveyed a series of houses over the years.

Reports include colour photographs and sketches. Over the years I have built up a library of useful sketches to show best practice and help explain some of the more technical issues. If I think it helpful an individual sketch such as a section through the building may be produced for that particular report


While the larger part of my work covers more modern housing in Ipswich and the villages to the south, I have a particular interest and knowledge of old houses, especially the more modest vernacular architecture of the county. The houses are built using such materials as timber frame and clay lump. A significant part of my “Life Long Learning” is comprised in keeping up to speed with developments in conservation issues both the technical side and some “hands on” practical experience.

In addition to providing surveys for prospective buyers, I can also advise on defects you may have in your existing home.

The Practice is “Regulated by the RICS” and all reports are covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy which is bound by an Alternative Dispute Resolution System provided by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)..

When I am not working, I will generally be either sailing or maintaining my small keel boat.