Bristol 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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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Bristol 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 Bristol, 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 shows up any such problems, our appointed surveyor will explain to you what you should do to get more in-depth information about the type and scope of the matter and what is required to fix it.

If you are worried about any defects that you think your property in Bristol has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might grow to many thousands of pounds as time progresses.

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

Survey tips for properties in Bristol


Bristol is a city in southwest England and has a long maritime history, being one of the largest trading ports in the world in its time. Evidence of Neanderthals during the Middle Palaeolithic period (126,000 – 300,000 years ago) have been found in the St Annes and Shirehampton areas of the city.

Buildings from most architectural periods of the United Kingdom can be seen in the city. Surviving elements of the fortifications and castle date to the medieval period, and the Church of St James dates back to the 12th century.

Bristol's population grew fivefold in the 19th century, when Clifton and Cotham suburbs came into being and which provide architectural examples from the Georgian to the Regency style, with many fine terraces and villas facing the road, and at right angles to it.

Bristol grew steadily during the 20th century but was heavily bombed in the 2nd world war when nearly 100,000 buildings were damaged. The rebuilding of Bristol city centre was characterised by 1960s and 1970s skyscrapers, mid-century modern architecture and road improvements.

Beginning in the 1980s some main roads were closed, the Georgian-era Queen Square and Portland Square were restored, the Broadmead shopping area regenerated, and one of the city centre's tallest mid-century towers was demolished.

There are many new build developments, including in Fishponds, Keynsham, Thronbury, Emersons Green and Yate offering anything from 3,4 and 5-bedroom family houses to 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, depending on the development. Many developments offer shared ownership.



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Properties in Bristol which are in close proximity to either the River Avon or the River Frome, in streets such as Cumberland Road and Canada Way, 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, Bristol, including streets such as Whatley Road and Hurle Crescent, 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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Overhead lines and phone masts can be contentious and may have a visual impact on the surrounding area.

A recent Environmental Search stated that a property on Wordsworth Road, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS7 0EE, has overhead power lines within 250m.
BristolBristol County is a county which predominantly consists of Bristol city and conurbation and is bordered by the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. It is part of a limestone area which runs from the Mendip Hills in the south to the Cotswolds in the northeast.

The main motorway passing through the county is the M5, however there are two 'spur' motorways additionally; the M32, which connects the town centre to the M4 and the M49 which connects the M5 and M4. Bristol has its own international airport.

Bristol has 2 universities, the University of Bristol, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities, and the University of the West of England.

Bristol has strong associations with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the great Victorian engineer, because not only did he design the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London Paddington but also built 2 oceangoing steamships there and not least designed the beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge, which is well worth a visit.

The Bristol Old Vic is arguably the most famous theatre in the city and the largest music venue (Bristol is a hotbed of numerous types of music) is the Colston Hall. Bristol is also home to the Watershed Media Centre and the Arnolfini Gallery, both of which are in dockside warehouses. The city hosts two Football League teams, namely Bristol Rovers and Bristol City. It is also host to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, a first-class county, which plays the majority of its home games at the Bristol County Ground. 

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Bristol Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Bristol City Council at City Hall (formerly The Council House) College Green Bristol BS1 5TR, telephone 0117 922 2000, 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 Bristol

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Bath, Bradley Stoke, Bradley Stoke, Yate, Portishead, Clacton on Sea and Clevedon.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Bristol. 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 Bristol 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 Bristol:


  • 4 Abbotts Close, Whitchurch Close, Bristol, BS14 0UD
  • 21 Luckwell Road, Bristol, BS3 3EW
  • 2 Bath Street, Bristol, BA3 2EF
  • 157 East St, Bristol, Avon BS3 4EJ
  • 689 Wells Rd, Bristol, Avon BS14 9HU

 

Focus and limitations of the HomeBuyer Report

The HomeBuyer Report service is specifically designed for lay people that want a professional opinion at an economic price for the property they are buying. It is, therefore, necessarily less comprehensive than a level 3 building survey.

The focus of the surveyor is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of the property you are buying, and identifying and evaluating the particular features that affect its present value and may affect its future resale. The Building Surveyor's inspection is not exhaustive, and no tests are undertaken. There is, therefore, a risk that certain defects may not be found that would have been uncovered if testing and/or a more substantial inspection had been undertaken. This is a risk that the client must accept.

However, where there is ‘a trail of suspicion’ the surveyor ‘must take reasonable steps to follow the trail’. These ‘reasonable steps’ may include recommending further investigation.