Eltham 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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Eltham HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Eltham 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.

Eltham 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 Eltham, 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 the Home Buyers Survey flags up any of these defects 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 in Eltham has subsidence, or any other defects then you MUST get a 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 Eltham


Eltham was essentially a rural area which expanded rapidly when the railway arrived in 1895. Eltham Palace is its most notable landmark, dates from the 13th century but has been significantly redeveloped over the centuries, particularly in Tudor times and latterly in the 1930s.

Cameron Corbett bought the Eltham Park Estate and developed the village streets around the palace with well-built suburban housing between 1900 and 1914 (essentially the Edwardian period). Municipal housing was developed further after that, particularly to house wartime workers in the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. The Progress Estate consisted of council housing built to a good standard.

Today's housing is very mixed, with, for example, cottages built around 1800; villas and terrace houses existing there since the 1880s and plenty of standard construction semi-detached houses built between the 1930s and 1960s. 

Purpose-built flats built in the 1980s replaced many of the original Victorian villas and there are, here and there, very modern developments, such as Quilters Place which has offered shared ownership.


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Properties built in the vicinity of the Quaggy River in Eltham, such as in Eltham Palace Road, 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, some parts of Eltham, including streets such as Court Road and Tarnwood Park, 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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Road noise pollution in Eltham centres on the two main roads of Eltham High Street and the A2, affecting nearby streets such as Archery Road and Dunvegan Road respectively. Noise pollution from the railway line as it passes through Eltham Station affects nearby streets such as Glenlea Road and Westmount Road. The railway runs alongside the A2 going east, combining both aspects of noise pollution, and affecting streets such as Glenesk Road and Eltham Park Gardens.
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Many parts of Greater London were originally administered by the counties which surround London and these counties are often called the home counties. Enfield, for example, used to be classed as being part of Middlesex, but is now near the northern border of Greater London. Greater London's borders often coincide with a zone of 'green belt': areas where it has been decided that open spaces, parks, forests and wildlife reserves should act as a buffer against urban sprawl. London has numerous landmarks, anything from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Karl Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetery.

Greater London contains more than 9 million inhabitants, a number growing daily, and as this is approximately 1/7 of the population of the UK, it can be seen that Greater Londoners have a large influence on the rest of the country politically and this is enhanced by the concentration of skilled workers gravitating towards the capital. 

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Eltham Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Royal Borough of Greenwich Council at The Woolwich Centre Wellington Street Woolwich SE18 6HQ, telephone 020 8854 8888, 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 Eltham

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Lewisham, Kidbrooke, Woolwich, Catford, Hither Green, Herne Hill and Welling.

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


  • 450 Rochester Way, Eltham, London, SE9 8LJ
  • 339 Footscray Road, Eltham, London, SE9 2EH
  • 46 Green Lane, Eltham, London, SE9 2AG
  • 29 Campbell Court, 3 Embry Road, Kidbrooke, London, SE9 6BT
  • 129 Westmount Road, Eltha, London, SE9 1XX

 

What does the Building Surveyor bring on site?

The RICS Survey is a defect report and the surveyor has an exhaustive list of checks he is required to carry out as part of his inspection.

He comes armed with a kit box which includes items such as a ladder, binoculars, a key for manhole covers, a damp meter, a camera, a tape measure, a hammer, a compass and various other items to measure, record and facilitate access for his inspection.

Click to read more about a Building Surveyor's Equipment.