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APA Property Services Ltd.

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Pre-Purchase, Condition Survey and, Defect Analysis by Certified CAA Pilots

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Why do you need a Drone Survey?

Your property is the single largest financial investment you will ever undertake, understanding what you are purchasing or indeed maintaining an existing buildings condition is a costly exercise.

Because the majority of roofs are inaccessible, traditional surveys require costly access ladders, cherry picker platforms and/or scaffolding. Our UAV surveys offer significant savings on both,  costs and time when undertaking surveys on all types of historic, commercial, industrial and residential buildings. The site element of a survey can be completed in a matter of hours rather than weeks. 

Doctor-Drone uses state-of-the-art UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles—otherwise known as drones) to present accurate data and information. All of our UAV pilots are also qualified Chartered Building Engineers and Building Surveyors which maximises the opportunity to fully identify the condition and defects of properties to present accurate and informative data on the condition of the property.


Not all residential roofs are accessible from ground level before committing to purchase a property it is important to know the full extent of the condition of the roof, its structure, coverings etc. drones facilitate full access to provide the surveyors the opportunity to give the proper advice to the purchaser.


Historic buildings have unusual and quirky roof constructions as can be seen from the photograph of this Grade II listed farmhouse which was not fully accessible or visible from ground level. The use of a drone facilitated full access to find all of the issues and defects without the need for expensive scaffolding and/or access towers.


Accessing large industrial commercial buildings during and post-construction for pre-purchase surveys are achievable with the use of drones, avoiding the use of expensive scaffolding for high rise commercial buildings and/or large buildings which can be surveyed in a significantly shorter time than if using traditional methods.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are drone surveys cheaper than using scaffolding?

With traditional roof surveys, a good portion of the costs will be due to the setup and tear-down of scaffolding safely. By using a qualified drone surveyor to inspect your property we are able to complete site surveys, not in weeks, but hours. Which will result in not only a faster completion but lower costs too!

How safe are drone surveys compared to traditional roof inspections?

By using drones we can eliminate most, if not all, of the typical hazards of traditional roof surveys. As our operators conduct their inspections from a safe distance away, there is no need to work at height, be in contact with potentially fragile materials and/or asbestos.

I live in a location with restricted or limited access, would I still be able to get a full survey?

Yes! All of our pilots operate under CAA valid permission for Commercial Operations, this allows us to operate even within built-up areas like cities. If you are unsure, fill out our enquiry form and detail your circumstances and we can come back to you with a definite answer.

Are there any risks to my property?

Our drones are fitted with cameras that allow us to produce detailed photographic data without the need to set foot on your roof avoiding any risk of damage to the roof covering or other parts of your property.

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We at APA Property are proud to have been supporting the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for the past 10 years, leading to us becoming a recorded friend of the regiment .

Our continued support has been recognised as we have been recorded as friends of the regiment in 2021 , 2022 and 2023.

Judges Comments and Opinions regarding Dr. Antino

  • Miss Recorder Rowlands H01CL719 in Moore v Ahmed 2023

    I accept Mr Antino's (as he then was) evidence that Mr Tugby had sought instructions form Dr Ahmed as to the lien of the boundary.

    Dr Antino - Managing Director
  • The party wall world is relatively small, the stage of this world contains a number of well-known players, Mr Antino is one of these well-known players and so are his owners instructing solicitor Mr Ashley Bean of Thirsk Winton

    HHJ Bailey - [2016]
  • The Claimants have a very experienced legal team comprising Mr David Mayall of lambchambers & Mr Ashley Bean of thirsK winton and their surveyro Dr. Philip Antino. The evidence in particular of the Defendant’s plans for both the Accessway and the plans and how it impacted upon the Claimants business was important information that The Defendants ahd not provided when requested.

    HHJ Freedland QC - [2021]
  • "Mr Antino is a palpable witness, Mr Antino's explanation of the unique attributes of the "Thompson Plan" greatly assisted the Court to understand the location and extent of the claimants’ boundaries” (Best & Best v Perkins & Dennis in the County Court at Luton).

    HHJ Hildyard - [2015]
  • The appeal was a preliminary hearing of two points in respect of an Award served by Mr Antino and a surveyor appointed by Mr Antino under s.10(4) on behalf of the Building Owners the Appellants. HHJ Luba QC sitting in the Central London County Court held "In my judgment the Award is valid, the use of s.10(4) was the appropriate procedure given the Building Owners refusal to appoint a surveyor. A dispute had arisen that satisfied s.10 procedures, The Award is an impressive piece of work". Schmid v Hulls and Athananasou).

    HHJ Luba QC - [2016]
  • “Mr Antino is an acknowledged expert in the field of party wall issues.”

    HHJ Murfitt QC 2013 - [2015]
  • “I have known Philip for many years as a surveyor, he is a very good surveyor, as this book shows he is a very good author and this book can only advance his reputation”

    HHJ Philip Bartle QC - [2012]
  • “In the appeal of an ex-parte Award served by Mr Antino on behalf of the respondents, in my judgment the respondent is correct. Mr Antino’s contention that it is not a matter for negotiation directly between one surveyor and the other surveyor’s client. Since I have determined that the ex-parte Award was valid the court is still able to determine the Award and under the statutory powers to modify the Award if appropriate. I am grateful to Mr Antino suggesting that I now determine the Award issue “I accept that Mr Antino’s hourly rate is not in my judgment unreasonable. It follows that the fee set out in the ex-parte Award had been properly justified and I therefore award Mr Antino’s fees”. (Bansal v Myers Romford County Court).

    HHJ Platt - [2007]

During 2023 we supported the Regiment of Support Services by assisting British World War II veterans to visit the annual Normandy Memorial Service in France .

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