Get to know Sidedoor
Sidedoor was founded by Charles Thackray in 2017, who has worked in the property market for 15 years.
Both as a consumer and a property developer he grew frustrated with the process of finding a good quality surveyor at the right location and price, so he decided to do something about it. He came up with the idea of linking up consumers with surveyors in the local area, who are reviewed by fellow customers to ensure those who deliver a strong service, succeed.
Buying a property is an emotional and stressful process – and the current time-consuming nature of finding a suitable surveyor, doesn’t help.
While you can search for a surveyor on the RICS website it’s not a fun process. After putting in a postcode you’re left to scour a list of firms sorted alphabetically. There are no reviews, you’re given little information about the firms and you don’t know which are the closest. Sidedoor works differently by having RICS surveyors quote for your work to compete on price, before allowing you to choose what’s best for you.
By making things easier, Charles also hopes to more consumers to take out a home survey generally. As it stands the complex nature of finding a surveyor elsewhere not only makes the process harder and more stressful than it needs to be; it puts off some consumers from undertaking one altogether. As it stands 75% of property transactions don’t involve a home survey and Charles wants to prevent Homebuyers from putting themselves at risk, especially when on average a £5,750 worth of unexpected issues are typically found after buying (Research from ComRes, on behalf of RICS).
For surveyors, Sidedoor will help those who do a good job get a conveyor belt of customers and broaden their online presence.
Sidedoor is a member of both the RICS Tech Affiliate Program and the UK Proptech Association.
Charles has worked in property development and finance for much of his career. After working for Barclays in London he returned to his roots by investing in property in Harrogate, North Yorkshire – a stone’s throw from his hometown of Ripon.
This is where he first encountered problems with finding the right surveyor, as he ended up calling one firm after another.
Once he could afford to buy property in London he had the same issue, only magnified because there was more choice and some firms were charging way over the odds.
With this in mind, he grew determined to change things – and Sidedoor was born.
Founder & CEO
Maulik has worked with a number of startups in a product development capacity. From 2013 to 2015 he was founding CTO of Landbay, a mortgage lender and investment platform now backed by Zoopla.
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.