Get to know Sidedoor
Sidedoor was founded by Charles Thackray in 2017, who has worked in the property market for over 15 years.
Both as a homeowner and a property developer he grew frustrated with the process of finding chartered surveyors at the right location, price and time, so he decided to do something about it.
He came up with the idea of connecting homebuyers with market leading local RICS surveyors who are reviewed by fellow customers, to ensure those who deliver a strong service and product, succeed.
Buying a property is an emotional and stressful process and the current time-consuming nature of finding a suitable surveyor, doesn’t help. Sidedoor gives the homebuyer instant quotes for 3 types of surveys and works only with market leading surveyors who have the capability to be able to have a quick turnaround. Speed, availability, quality and price are the keys to a good survey.
Sidedoor works with many property technology & services companies as well as Estate agents and Conveyancing firms to help protect homebuyers when buying a house.
By making things easier, Charles also hopes to increase the number of homebuyers that take out a survey. As it stands, the complex nature of finding a surveyor not only makes the process harder and more stressful than it needs to be, it puts off some homebuyers from undertaking one altogether. Currently, 75% of residential property transactions don’t involve a home survey and even though, on average a £5,750 is spent on unexpected repair bills that could have been avoided with a survey (Research from ComRes, on behalf of RICS).
Sidedoor is a member of both the RICS Tech Affiliate Program and the UK Proptech Association.
Founder & CEO
Oliver focusses on the day to day operations of Sidedoor as well as managing the accounts of multiple b2b partners.
Other names on his CV include property investment company Brickowner, luxury e-commerce portal AtMayfair, as well as big names like Microsoft, the BBC and the Wall Street Journal.