Edward Watson Associates was established in 1873 and is still going strong today

About Us

  • Edward Watson Associates have been serving the North East of England since 1873. We put our success down to our expert advice and level of service.


  • As a local independent firm of Chartered Surveyors we pride ourselves on our customer-focused approach and professionalism. We act promptly on every instruction and are proud to deliver an outstanding service to all of our clients.


  • Our Surveyor, Paul McSkimmings BSc (Hons), MRICS has many valuable years experience of surveying practise particularly Surveys and Valuations of residential property.


  • With over 145 years experience in the North East property market, we know the area inside out and can tailor our service to meet your needs.

We are regulated by RICS, which means ...

  • Our firm is Regulated by RICS, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. This ensures you get a professional, cost-effective service to the highest industry standards.

  • Our Surveyor, Paul McSkimmings is a qualified experienced Members of the RICS and is also an RICS Registered Valuer.

Paul McSkimmings

BSc (Hons) MRICS
Principal of Edward Watson Associates

  • Paul became a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2000. Paul was a Partner with Edward Watson Associates from 2004, and became Principal in 2009.

  • He has over 20 years experience in surveying in the North East of England and is an RICS Registered Valuer.



  • RICS HomeBuyer Reports and RICS Building Surveys

  • Help to Buy Valuations

  • Residential Property Valuations

  • Valuation Reports for SIPPs

  • Preparation of Expert Witness Reports relating to Housing Disrepairs, Matrimonial Matters and alleged Valuation Negligence.

Helen McSkimmings

BSc (Hons)

Survey Coordinator

  • Helen has worked at the firm for over 15 years


  • She is the first point of contact for clients and deals with all enquiries.

  • She organises the surveys and keeps everything running smoothly.

If you you have any queries we would be happy to help

Meet our team

How can we be of assistance?

I'm buying a new home
I need a Help to Buy Report
I need a Valuation Report
I'm transferring my
property into my pension
I need a Probate Valuation Report

What people say about us ...

“With our thanks on your very prompt and professional services for the survey on our new home. Highly recommended! The decorating has begun!”

Mr & Mrs Grey

Co Durham

“I was very satisfied with the service you provided and would be happy to recommend your company to others; in fact I’ve already done just that to a colleague who is in the process of selling his home.”

Mr Moore

Mr Moore

“I recently spoke to our clients MS and SG regarding the survey you undertook for them. Miss S and Mr G were delighted with the service you provided and thrilled with the promptness in which you were able to complete the survey. They also commented how you were happy to explain things and take them through the report. They will be recommending you to their friends.”

TMJ Legal Services LLP

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“Many thanks for the survey you carried out and the advice which you have given me. It has helped me to buy my first home in confidence.”

Miss Pepper


“A big thank you for helping us in our time of need. Paul came to see our houses for building insurance purposes and damp issues. He came at short notice, was very professional and able to give advice with other property issues. Very reasonable cost, I would have no hesitation in recommending you to others - which I have done already."

Mrs Camp

Co Durham

“Thank you for your advice and assistance in connection with the drive-by valuation for my client in Morpeth. I was delighted with the service you provided; your prompt attention to my enquiry and the professional and comprehensive nature of your report. The valuation has been very helpful to my client in assessing the purchase of the property. I feel that my reputation has been enhanced by making the referral. It was a pleasure doing business with you and I would be pleased to recommend your services to anyone requiring a property valuation.”

Frank Harrison

MEW Architects

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"Just a quick note of thanks on behalf of my elderly father regards the survey. From booking to completion took only 8 days, the ONLY thing to happen quickly at the stressful time of trying to move house. The survey you supplied was thorough, correct and everything we’d expected.
However, it wasn’t until our experience with another surveyor that the quality of YOUR service was truly highlighted. They took OVER 3 weeks from visiting my Father’s house to supply the written report on behalf of his buyer, and the survey they supplied was riddled with mistakes and false claims making his buyers pull-out.
Having discussed this in length with people in the profession, I have realised the service given by Edward Watson is streets ahead of many of the so-called big surveying firms and I will not hesitate in recommending you to everyone I know."

Mr RF Bell

Stannington, Morpeth

“We contacted Paul at Edward Watson Associates when moving into bigger rental premises in Newcastle City Centre. We were very impressed with how quickly he responded, performed the survey and produced the report, especially as we were under very short time-scales. Paul was informative and offered advice thought. The report itself was extremely comprehensive and easy to read, which has left is feeling confident that we are now protected against any future issues which may arise. As a small business it was important that we considered costs and services very carefully. Had we not had Paul’s support then we were at risk of incurring unnecessary and unexpected costs. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Edward Watson Associates.”

Dr H Potts

Centred Chirporactic

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