Derby 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"

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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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Derby HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Derby 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.

Derby 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 identifies many different defects or potential risks that can be found within a property and is an essential part of any home buying process.

The survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is completed by a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) registered surveyor so they are fully trained to provide you with the detail you need to buy your home.

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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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 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 in Derby 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 Derby


Derby is a city in Derbyshire County in the Midlands region of England and dates back to Roman times. It developed rapidly from being a market town in the Industrial Revolution.

There is a great variety of housing in and around the city, with more period survivals, for example Victorian terrace housing, to be found closer to the city centre.

Slum clearance in the 1920s and 1930s saw the central area of Derby become less heavily populated as families were rehoused on new council estates in the suburbs, where houses for private sale were also constructed.

Rehousing, council house building and private housing developments continued on a large scale for some 30 years after the end of World War II in 1945. Housing development has continued right up to the present time.

New build developments include detached houses in Darraway Gardens, Chellaston and Kedleston Road, Allestree and Station Road, Mickleover; semi-detached houses and terraces in Rykneld Road, Littleover and flats and apartments in Trinity Walk and Friar Gate. 

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Properties in Derby which are built in close proximity to the River Derwent, in streets such as Downing Road and Highfield Lane, are in areas where flood warnings and alerts are issued 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 areas of Derby, including streets such as Wilson Street and Babington Lane, 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 1-3% (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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Noise pollution from roads in the Derby area is at its highest along the main ring road/A601/Ford Street/Lara Croft Way/Holmes Bridge/Eastgate and particularly around the interchange (Darwin Place/Exeter Place/The Underpass/Eastgate).

Noise pollution from railways accompanies the main railway line passing North – South and affecting nearby streets such as Dunton Close and Clarke Street. Therefore the highest noise levels are around where the railway crosses the road (Eastgate and The Underpass).
Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England and contains much of the Peak District national park, the south end of the Pennines and the a portion of the National Forest. It is composed in large part of sparsely populated agricultural land. Adjacent counties include Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Derby city is the most populated conurbation in the county and Derby is also the main transport hub, offering direct train services to London St Pancras International. Derby is also host to the University of Derby. The next largest town is Chesterfield. There is one motorway in the locale – the M1 – and the nearest large airport is East Midlands Airport, close to the county's southern border.

Attractions include Bolsover Castle, Castleton, Chatsworth House and the National Tramway Museum at Crich. Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield is a superb Elizabethan country house, fascinating from an architectural perspective.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club's alumni include former England fast bowler, Devon Malcolm. Little John, Robin Hood’s right hand, is buried in a huge grave at the church in Hathersage.
 

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Derby Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Derby City Council at Council House Corporation Street Derby DE1 2FS, telephone 01332 293 111, 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 Derby

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Ockbrook, Borrowash, Duffield, Mackworth, Willington, Barrow-upon-Trent and Shardlow.

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


  • 37 Langley Street, Derby DE22 3GN
  • 27 Abbey Street Derby DE22 3SJ
  • 310 Normanton Road, Derby, DE23 6WE
  • 25 King Alfred Street, Derby, DE22 3QL
  • 44 Stenson Road, Normanton Derby DE23 1JB

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

Many people are not entirely sure about the difference between a mortgage valuation and a HomeBuyers Survey.

Your lender conducts its own valuation on the property in Derby you intend to buy to check that it is lending you the right sum of money in relation to the property's value. It is not intended to examine any defects which might affect the property.

When you book a HomeBuyers Survey from us, as well as receiving an independent valuation of the property you wish to buy, the primary focus is to establish whether the property has any issues which you should know about, for example rising damp or subsidence, which might, particularly as time passes, end up requiring even tens of thousands of pounds to put right.


This knowledge is naturally of great use to you, given how much you are intending to spend. You might, on the strength of the information, provided, negotiate with the seller to contribute towards the costs of repairing the defects or even pull out buying the property entirely.

Most importantly, any HomeBuyers Survey is entirely for YOUR benefit and is independent of both your lender - if you are buying with a mortgage - and your vendor. Call 0333 344 3234 to get yours and to help your peace of mind.

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