Bath HomeBuyers Survey

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"First Class Service. We are more than impressed with the quick, professional service we have received from this company, very clear report with good Photograph, of areas of interest, also the Team followed up the report with a phone call to make sure we understood the information that we had received. EXCELLENT. Thank you"

Val Edwards, Trustpilot review in November 2018.

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What Types of House Survey Do We Offer?


SAM is one of the UK’s largest network of Surveyors with local surveyors throughout England. Our most popular property surveys are HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys and these inspections are completed by local RICS surveyors who have years of experience.

We handle all of the booking so you just need to call us for a quote and then we'll handle all of the access for you.
We offer many types of house survey including:
  • Level 2: HomeBuyers Report
  • Level 3: Building Survey
  • Damp & Timber Survey
  • Load Bearing Wall Survey
  • Chimney Breast Removal Survey
  • Snagging Survey
  • Removal of load bearing wall Survey
  • Property Valuation Survey
  • Probate Valuation Survey
  • Leasehold Valuation Survey
  • Structural Engineer Survey

If you are unsure which house survey to book click here or call us and we’ll advise you.

Not sure whether you need a Level 2: HomeBuyers Report or a Level 3: Building Survey? Find out by clicking here and seeing example reports
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We keep the home buyers survey/structural survey cost down regardless of what property survey you need.

Bath HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Bath to ensure they deliver a detailed home report to help you decide whether you should move forward with your home move or if you should pull out.

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We normally have availability within days of you booking and our turnaround for home reports are within 5 working days.

Bath HomeBuyers Survey

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All of our chartered RICS Surveyors are registered with and regulated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and have indemnity insurance that covers all of the work they undertake for you.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

A RICS Home Buyers Survey involves an examination of the structure of the inside and the outside of a property.

Choosing the right survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, to get is important however both a HomeBuyers Report and a Building Survey will identify any suspicions of the main defects discussed below.

NB If you're a first time buyer, you might wish to click on What is a House Survey to find out more, including what happens during the inspection.

Click to find out how much does a house survey cost (free, no obligation quote)
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Subsidence Inspection

The surveyor will look for signs of subsidence within the property paying special attention to signs of cracking internally and to the external walls. As a rule, if you can fit the width of a 50p into a crack in a wall, it could be a sign of subsidence. Our surveyors will flag in their reports if they feel you need to instruct a structural engineer to review a crack further.


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Damp Testing

There are numerous reasons why a property can be affected by damp. The Surveyor will take samples in the property using a damp meter and assess the condition of the property to provide a report on whether they feel the property is affected by damp. Further investigations maybe suggested including getting a damp and timber specialist. 


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Identify Infestations

Woodworm, mice, rats and ants are infestations that your don't want in your home. Your surveyor will look for visible signs of mouse droppings, damage to floor boards (when visible) and damage to wiring, carpets or skirting boards


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Asbestos

Prior to its banned use, asbestos was a commonly used building material, particularly as part of cement products, floor tiles and roofing shingles. Asbestos was used for its durability and resistance to heat and is commonly found in artex ceilings, garage roofing and chimney stacks. Your surveyor will confirm if they suspect any materials in the property have asbestos and if so, suggest getting an asbestos surveyor to intrusively taking samples of the asbestos to confirm the type.


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If the HomeBuyers Survey flags up any of these defects in your property in Bath then our surveyor explains what you need to do to get further advice on how to investigate them and get It resolved.

If you are concerned about your property has subsidence, or any other defects then you MUST get a HomeBuyers Survey as the costs for repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds. If you can identify the defect before you purchase then you can get quotes for fixing it and either share the costs with the seller, or, in worst case examples, choose not to proceed.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.

Survey tips for properties in Bath


Bath has some of the finest architecture in England, from the Roman Baths, to Pulteney Bridge (based on an unused design for the Rialto Bridge) to Bath Abbey, founded in 1499 on the site of an 8th century church.

Georgian architecture, which is the predominant type in Bath (particularly Palladian revival style) can be seen in the Royal Cresent (1770) and The Circus (1760) and many of the city's buildings are constructed of golden coloured Bath Stone.

Bath was bombed during the 2nd world war leading to much development post-war: the villages of Combe Down, Tiverton and Weston were built in the 1950s and much of the construction was by the council, such as the Whiteway estate.

There are plenty of 1930s and later semi-detached houses, such as you find in, for example, Stirtingale Avenue and Penn Lea Road. 

There are a number of new developments in and around the city, including, for example, Bath Riverside in Victorian Bridge Road along the banks of the Avon – a modern, purpose built medium-rise block offering studios and larger sized flats up to 4 bedrooms.


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Properties in Bath built very close to the River Avon, such as in St John's Road and Cork Street, are subject to flood warnings and alerts from time to time.

If you are concerned that a property you are looking to buy is in a flood risk area, you should consider getting a flood risk report (click for more details).
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According to the UK Government's Public Health England, some parts of Bath, including streets such as Lower Oldfield Park and Hayesfield Park, are in a raised radon area, with properties built there having a higher probability than average of experiencing ground Radon emissions.

The raised Radon area has a maximum radon potential of greater than 30% (the percentage is the chance of a property being built where Radon emissions might measure above the action level).

If you are concerned that a property you are buying is in an area of raised Radon, please click to visit Public Health England's UK Radon Map. Click also to find out more about Radon, Radon property searches and much more.
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Properties in some areas of Bath may be affected by environmental constraints.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Stirtingale Avenue, Bath BA2 2NQ revealed that the property was within 250m of an area likely to be impacted by environmental constraints. These included the designated World Heritage Site of the City of Bath.

Areas which have been designated as having environmental or historical importance may impose constraints on property or land developments or alterations.
London.pngMiddlesex is a county located in south east of England, however many parts of Middlesex are now commonly known as part of Greater London, with small sections in neighbouring counties.

Strictly speaking Middlesex as a concept is only kept in existence by many people continuing to name it as a county on postal addresses and other contributors such as Middlesex County Cricket Club, whose home ground is at Lord's in St John's Wood, just outside Central London. It is still loved despite it not having any form of administrative function etc.

People hearing about Middlesex assume it was/is a large county because of the amount of Greater London territory (West and North London and Westminster, with the Thames as its southern boundary) which lies within its borders. It is actually the second smallest county in the UK. Middlesex was established in the Anglo-Saxon system from the territory of the Middle Saxons. The largely low-lying county's soil is dominated by clay in its north and alluvium on gravel in its south.

Middlesex contains locations as diverse as Teddington (where the tidal Thames normally finishes), Enfield, Notting Hill, Ickenham, Ealing (where the famous film studios which produced so much early film comedy still exists), Hampstead and Southall. 

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Bath Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Bath & North East Somerset Council at One Stop Shop, 3-4 Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JQ, telephone 01225 47 77 77, or you can check for the most recently stored planning applications online here:


Read the following article if you are thinking about building an extension.

RICS Building Surveyors in Bath

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Bristol, Weston-super -Mare, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Keynsham, West Bromwich and Tormarton.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Bath. Whether you are buying an old run down 'doer upper' or standard construction freehold house, our surveyors have seen them all.

With a vast number of years of experience completing surveys on properties in Bath we'll be able to give you the detailed report you need to know what defects there are with your property.

You can see some of our expert surveyors by clicking here - 


Recently completed HomeBuyer Surveys in Bath:


  • 13 Hanover Terrace, Bath, Bath & North East Somerset, BA1 6LJ
  • Northgate Street, Bath BA1 1AJ
  • 2 Bath Street, Bristol, BA3 2EF
  • Moorland Rd, Bath BA2 3PW
  • Bradford Rd, Combe Down, Bath BA2 5BP

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

It is a common misconception that a mortgage valuation is a HomeBuyers Survey and this can leave home buyers exposed to high repair costs that could have been negotiated with the seller. A mortgage valuation is conducted by the lender’s surveyor to assess the value of the property and they do not provide a detailed report on structural defects.

A HomeBuyers Survey details defects and includes a full appraisal of the property independently to anyone else including the mortgage lender. You can use the information to obtain quotes to fix any defects and gives you the evidence to potentially share the costs with the seller.


Most savvy buyers make sure they get a HomeBuyers survey from an independent surveyor to make sure the property they are buying is free from defects. Call us on 0333 344 3234 to get the best HomeBuyers survey for your property in Bath.

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