Chelmsford 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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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Chelmsford 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.

Chelmsford 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?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in Chelmsford, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, inspects both the inside and the outside of your property and searches in particular for subsidence, damp, infestations and any cracks or other damage to the property. The procedure is non-intrusive.

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.

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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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Should any issues be flagged up in the Home Buyers Survey, our surveyor will tell you what you need to do to get more in-depth advice on the extent and seriousness of the issue affecting your property in Chelmsford and what needs to be done to remedy it.

If you are worried about a crack or cracks or indeed any other defects that you think your property has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might snowball into many thousands of pounds further down the line.

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

Survey tips for properties in Chelmsford


Chelmsford was built near the site of the old Roman road from London to Colchester (now the A12) and its city centre has mainly Victorian and Edwardian homes of varying sizes. Moulsham has many examples of smaller Victorian terrace houses.

The city has been growing larger since the 1970s and this has brought about new settlements in the locale such as Chancellor Park, Beaulieu Park and Chelmer Village. Beaulieu Park has some very large modern detached houses.

There are many period houses in the surrounding villages of Little Baddow, Danbury, Writtle and Galleywood.

There are 3,600 new homes planned to be built around Beaulieu Park and shared ownership is available in Mary Munnion Quarter, for example.


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Properties in Chelmsford which are built near to the Rivers Chelmer and Can, such as in Seventh Avenue and Beachs Drive, 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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Section I3 of the HomeBuyer Report reports on Other Matters to be answered by the client's solicitor. These can vary from information relating to the lease term to information about service charges.

In a HomeBuyer Report in Wickham crescent ,Chelmsford, CM1 4WD it stated "Your legal adviser should confirm that the property is leasehold. We understand that the remaining term on the lease is approximately 800 years. Your legal adviser should confirm if there are any current or future repairs which are planned explain your liability as a lessee for the repair and maintenance of the communal areas. Your legal adviser should also confirm that the maintenance/service charge is £575 payable biannually, that the ground rent is £25pa as well as your rights and liabilities in respect of the allocated parking".
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Section J3 of the HomeBuyer Report sets out any Risks to People in the property.

An example of the type of risk stated here is "Due to the age of the property it is highly unlikely that there will be asbestos present in the textured ceiling finishes due to it being phased out by the time of construction. However, due to the small chance that ‘old stock’ may have been used it would be prudent to have a sample laboratory tested prior to sanding, cutting or drilling the textured finishes".
EssexEssex is not only a coastal county (the North Sea is to its east) but a home county because it touches Greater London on its eastern borders. Its settlements vary from Colchester, which is very historical and used to be the capital of England as Camulodunum, to Southend, a seaside resort, to Basildon, which is a comparatively modern urban development. The western side of Essex hosts many London workers and there are fast rail links to, for example, Shenfield from London Liverpool Street which aid many city workers.

Essex's county town is Chelmsford (and is the county's only city), where Essex County Cricket Club are based. Essex hosts Stansted Airport and attractions such as the Lakeside Shopping Centre, near Thurrock and Epping Forest, a popular forest for camping and other activities. A large proportion of Essex's boundaries are water (the River Thames and the North Sea), the remainder includes Greater London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Kent is across the River Thames to the south. 

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Chelmsford Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Chelmsford City Council at Duke St, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JE, telephone 01245 606606, 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 Chelmsford

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Great Baddow, Newney Green, Writtle, Broomfield, Howe Green, Broxbourne and Boyton Cross.

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


  • 28 Donald Way Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9JD
  • 41 Albemarle Link, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 6AH
  • 112 Chelwater, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7UR
  • 32 Wembley Ave, Maylandsea, Chelmsford, Essex. CM3 6AY.
  • 10 Ashmeads, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FJ

 

When and how will I receive my survey report?

Our RICS surveyors complete the report on their inspection and send it to you within 5 working days after they've visited the property. They will, however, call you on the day they inspect the property, after their assessment, to discuss their main findings with you.

They send the report to you via email (PDF) as well as sending it in hard copy form via Royal Mail.

Click to find out more about what happens during a house survey