Berwick-upon-Tweed HomeBuyers Survey

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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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Berwick-upon-Tweed HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Berwick-upon-Tweed 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.

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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 Home Buyers Survey is a visual inspection of the grounds and the internal/external structure of the property and identifies defects such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

Some of these defects you may not even see or know what to look for which makes getting a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, if you are considering buying a property in Berwick-upon-Tweed, incredibly important.

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 Home Buyers Survey flags up any of these defects in your property in Berwick-upon-Tweed 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 any other defects then you MUST get a RICS Home Buyers 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 Berwick-upon-Tweed


Historic houses in Berwick-upon-Tweed include Paxton House which is thought to be one of the most respectable 18th century country houses in Britain. Lindisfarne Castle on Lindisfarne Island (or Holy Island) was built in 1550 and its remains are a fantastic nearby landmark.

The current architecture of the town mainly consists of grand Victorian houses, such those on Castle Terrace and Main Street. These properties tend to be large, detached houses. There are Victorian terrace houses available along the seafront and along streets such as High Greens and Northumberland Road. The new development Halidon Hill contains new build properties that are generally detached.

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Areas of Berwick-upon-Tweed may be subject to flood alerts from time to time. Streets that may be affected by this include Blakewell Street and West End.

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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Raised levels of noise pollution from the A1 and the A1167 may affect streets such as Newfields and Windmill Way West.
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According to the UK Government's Public Health England, Berwick-upon-Tweed, including streets such as Osborne Road and Brucegate, is 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 10-30% (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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Northumberland is the most northerly county in England. The north of the county is bordered by Scotland, the west is bordered by Cumberland and the south is bordered by Durham. The east of the county is on the coastline of the North Sea. The county town is Alnwick which has a population of 8,116 (2011). Newcastle upon Tyne was a part of the county until 1400 when the city became a county itself.

There are no motorways in the county but there are major roads such as the A1, A68 and the A696. The school system in the county is the three tier system (lower/middle/upper) with many state schools contained within it.

Northumberland National Park is the furthest north national park in England. The north of the park has the Cheviot Hills and the southern part covers sections of Hadrian’s Wall. The county has been the sight of many battles including that of the Viking raid in 793 on the monks living on the Holy Island and a Scottish attack on Northumberland in 1388.
 

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Berwick-upon-Tweed Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Berwick-upon-Tweed at Council Offices, Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1ED, telephone 0845 600 6400, 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 Berwick-upon-Tweed

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in East Ord, Scremerston, Marshall Meadows, Paxton, Tweedmouth, West Allerdean and Mordington Holdings.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Berwick-upon-Tweed. 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 Berwick-upon-Tweed 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 Berwick-upon-Tweed:


  • Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1DU
  • Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1BNTD15 2HL
  • Woolmarket, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1AA
  • Ord Drive, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2XU
  • West End Road, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2HL

 

How long does the survey take?

The time necessary to carry out a survey is relative to each property. Naturally a 6 bed, old Victorian property will take longer to survey than a newly built 1 bed flat as there’s more ground to cover and more defects to look out for. A conservative estimate of around 2 hours can be used as a rough guideline, however the surveyor will spend as much time in the property as necessary in order to make sure all present defects are commented on.

The building surveyor must spend an appropriate amount of time at the property so that they can provide the complete scope of work set out by the RICS for the HomeBuyer Report and the Building Survey.

You an read the scope of work in a HomeBuyer Report here.