Hemel Hempstead 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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Hemel Hempstead HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Hemel Hempstead 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 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, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, 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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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 Hemel Hempstead 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 Hemel Hempstead


Hemel Hempstead was built as a new town in 1946 after the 2nd world war, although its parish church of St Mary's was built in the Norman period in 1140 and there are a few property survivals predating the new town development, including some medieval cottages in Piccotts End.

The railway arrived in 1877, after which the old town grew steadily, although it was extensively bombed in the 2nd world war and this destroyed a large amount of property.

Much of the present housing is therefore post-war 1950s standard construction and largely consists of semi-detached houses, terrace houses and some larger detached properties, such as can be found in Kiln Ground, Bennetts End and in Adeyfield. Boxmoor has older Victorian properties and Felden has much larger and wealthier detached houses.

Woodhall Farm was built in the mid to late 1970s and has properties ranging from 4-bedroom detached houses to 1-bedroom low-rise flats. New builds are available in Boxmoor Village, some of which fall under Help to Buy.



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Properties in Hemel Hempstead which are built near the River Bulbourne or the River Gade, such as in Kingsland Road and Lawn Lane, 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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A recent Environmental Search on Wadley Close, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4JJ, stated that the property was within 50m of an area with potential for natural ground instability, although there were no natural cavities within 250m. This does not mean the property has subsidence as the only way to assess this is through a surveyor attending the property and looking for physical signs of movement.

This data is obtained from the British Geological Survey who assessed the Hemel Hempstead area.
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Section E1 within a HomeBuyer Report discuses about the condition of the Chimney Stack at the property. For adjoining properties such as terrace or semi-detached, you may share a chimney stack with your neighbour.

An example of this, in a recent HomeBuyer Report in Windmill Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. HP2 4BY it was noted "There is a shared brick built chimney stack with the property adjoining. The weather proof seal (flashing) between the stack and the roof covering is formed in lead. A gas cowl is fitted for the central heating boiler flue. Remaining chimney flues are no longer in use. The stack is showing general effects of wear, age and weathering. There are no indications of urgent or significant defects. Condition Rating 1. This chimney stack or stacks should remain serviceable providing regular checks and maintenance are carried out."
HertfordshireHertfordshire is commonly abbreviated to the name Herts and is a county located in the south of England. it is bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south (it is classed as a 'Home County' for this reason). The county town of Hertfordshire is Hertford.

Hertfordshire has 3 motorways running through it - the M1, the M25 and the A1(M). It is particularly associated with new towns as it contains 5 in total: Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Letchworth. There are two airports just outside Hertfordshire's borders; Luton and Stansted. It also has a university, the University of Hertfordshire, which is in Hatfield. There are a number of independent schools in the area, including, for example, Haileybury (Turnford), St George's Harpenden, Haberdasher's Aske's (Elstree) and Berkhamsted.

For random facts; St Alban, who gave his name to the city in the county, was the earliest British saint - he was reputed to have been beheaded where the cathedral now stands; also Sele Mill near Hertford was the site of the first paper mill in Britain, established about 1488. 

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Hemel Hempstead Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Dacorum Borough Council at Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre Marlowes Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP1 1HH, telephone 01442 228000, 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 Hemel Hempstead

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Kings Langley, Berkhamstead, Bourne End, St Albans, Church End, Loudwater and Sarratt.

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


  • 23 Feacey Down, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 3ES
  • 8 Claymore, Grove Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 6LL
  • 88 Weymouth Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9SH
  • 26 Trebellan Drive, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 5EL
  • 7 Charles Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1JH

 

What happens if the conveyancing falls through before the survey takes place will I get a full refund?

If you need to cancel the survey for any reason at all you need to ensure that you have given the surveyor 48 hours’ notice before the survey takes place. If the surveyor has 48 or more hours’ notice then you will be provided with a full refund.

If however you only give the surveyor 24 hours’ notice then there will be a penalty of £50 due to the fact that the surveyor will not be able to fill that slot in time.

If you cancel on the same day as the Survey Date, or any time after the surveyor has attended the property then no refund is due however the report will be delivered in accordance with the terms agreed with the surveyor.