Durham 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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Durham HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Durham 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.

Durham 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 aimed at pinpointing issues such as subsidence, damp, cracks, infestation and damage.

The survey is non-intrusive. If you are thinking of buying a property in Durham, it is highly advisable to book one, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report,.

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 they find any issues during the inspection, our surveyor will flag them up in the HomeBuyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them.

If you are concerned about woodworm, or any other defects with the property in Durham you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey as the costs of repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds. 

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

Survey tips for properties in Durham


Durham is a city with an extensive history and has buildings constructed in any number of architectural periods, such as St Cuthbert's cathedral, which dates back to Norman times. You can find Georgian buildings on the Bailey and Old Levet, many making up Durham University's colleges. There are numerous examples of terrace properties built in the Victorian period, such as the many in in St Bedes and in Victoria Terrace, Lanchester, for example.

There are many housing estates which were built in the 20th century, particularly from the 1930s onwards such as the Sherburn Road Estate, which has many semi-detached houses as well as terraced housing and detached dwellings.

There are numerous new build developments in Durham such as the Help to Buy detached properties in Eden Field, Newton Aycliffe, the large detached properties in Ramside Park, Carrville, bungalows in Hill Top View, Bowburn and the flats in Kepier Crescent.

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Properties in Durham which are built in close proximity to the River Wear are sometimes subject to flood warnings and alerts, including those in streets such as Frankland Lane and Providence Row.

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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Durham has an extensive coalfield which has been exhaustively mined over many years and old coal mining tunnels can sometimes cause ground stability and contamination issues. If you are in any way concerned about these in relation to a property you're buying in the area, you should consider getting a specialist coal mining search along with the four other main property searches.
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Noise pollution from roads in the Durham built-up area mainly centre around the path of the A690 and the Framwelgate Peth, affecting nearby streets such as Walkergate and Highgate.

Noise pollution from railways in the Durham area are most raised around the path of the mainline railway which passes through Durham Station. The noise affects streets adjoining or very nearby to the railway including, for example, Redhills Lane and Bridge Street.
Durham.pngCounty Durham is a county located in the north of England and its coastline is on the North Sea. Its county town is Durham which is a historic city and is host to the beautiful Durham Castle. The county is perhaps most famously known for Durham Cathedral, otherwise known as The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, first opened in 1018, as well as the collegiate Durham University that was first established in 1832.

The county's major population centres include Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. Surrounding counties are Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to the north, Cumbria to the west and North Yorkshire to the south.

The unitary authority for the majority of County Durham is Durham County Council, however Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees have their own unitary authorities.

County Durham contains many national parks like the North Pennines, Hamsterley Forest and the High Force Waterfall. North Pennines is a section of the Pennines famous for mining and birdwatching.

The only motorway in the county is the A1(M) but there are many dual carriageways with the main ones being the A68 and the A688.
 

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Durham Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council at Stockton Cricket Club, 52A Oxbridge Ave, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LD, telephone 01642 393939, 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 Durham

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Meadowfield, Ushaw Moor, Thornaby, Redmarshall, South Bank, Wolviston and Middlesbrough.

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


  • Victoria Road, Darlington, County Durham, United Kingdom, DL1 5SF
  • Chantry Place, West Rainton, County Durham DH4 6PP
  • Goodyear Crescent, Durham, County Durham, DH1 2EB
  • Silver St, Durham DH1 3RE
  • Cheveley Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 2AA

 

Don't release your survey report to anyone!

The survey report belongs to you and should be used to support you in the decision of whether to proceed with buying the property at the current asking price.

You should never release the full surveyor's report to the seller or the selling estate agent as it may contain information that could weaken your bargaining position. The best advice is to only release snippets from the report that you are discussing with the seller or are looking to negotiate on.

Read more about how to successfully negotiate with your seller.