Home Buyers Survey Ampthill

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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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Home Buyers Survey Ampthill

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Building Surveyors

Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Ampthill to ensure they deliver a detailed homebuyers report to help you decide whether you should move forward with your home move or if you should pull out.

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Delivery of Reports

We normally have availability within days of you booking and our turnaround for homebuyers survey reports is within 5 working days.

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Panel of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - RICS Surveyors

All of our chartered RICS Surveyors are registered with and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and have indemnity insurance that covers all of the work they undertake in a HomeBuyers Report Ampthill and Building Surveys in Ampthill.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

A Home Buyers Survey is a visual inspection of the grounds and the internal/external structure of the property and identifies defects such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

Some of these defects you may not even see or know what to look for which makes getting a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, if you are considering buying a property in Ampthill, incredibly important.

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 during the structural survey 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. 


Read more about damp testing and repairs

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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. A damp meter is used in a HomeBuyers Report Ampthill survey and the readings included within the report.


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If the HomeBuyers Survey flags up any of these defects in your property in Ampthill 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 has subsidence, or any other defects then you MUST get a HomeBuyers 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 Ampthill


Ampthill is a town with a variety of different types of properties such as semi-detached and detached houses from the Georgian period. Some of these properties can be found in Permiter Way. There are also a variety of different types of modern and recently built houses within the local area including terrace and bungalow builds.

You can find a variety of Georgian period detached houses along Station Road.

Areas such as Fallowfield and Ampthill Gardens are where some of the modern detached and bungalow properties can be found.

There are new build developments available in roads such as Abbey Lane, and Help to Buy is available for some of the properties.

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Some parts of Ampthill might be affected by existing or proposed wind farms or wind turbines. A recent Environmental Search Report taken out for a property in Sollars Way, MK45 3GA noted that it was built within 4km of existing or proposed wind farms or wind turbines. The location of wind farms can have an impact on the surrounding area due to the size of the turbines and the inconvenience of where the turbines are placed.
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Some properties in Ampthill's area may be affected by ground instability. A recent Environmental Search report taken out for a property in Sollars Way, MK45 3GA indicated a moderate potential for natural ground instability within 50m of the property.

You are always to buy a property survey for a home you are thinking of purchasing to identify the nature of the ground on which the property is built. You can find out further information via an Environmental Property Search Report (click for more details).
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Some properties in surrounding areas in Ampthill such as can be found in Lea Road, Arthur Street and Queens Road have a medium (1% - 3.35%) chance of surface flooding each year.

Depending on where in Ampthill you are thinking of buying, your solicitor may advise that you get a Flood Risk Report (click to find out more).
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Bedford itself is halfway between Oxford and Cambridge and a railway line nicknamed the Varsity or Brain Line used to connect the two universities. Bedfordshire contains the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as Woburn Abbey and Safari Park. John Bunyan, author of the Pigrim's Progress, was from the county (born Elstow, just south of Bedford) and actually spent 12 years in Bedford Gaol for his nonconformist views regarding the restoration of the monarchy! 

Listed Building Surveyors Ampthill
We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in the Ampthill area including its surrounds including e.g. Flitwick and Steppingley.

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Ampthill Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Central Bedfordshire Council at Kilgour Court, Bassett Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1AT, telephone 0300 300 8301, 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 Find a surveyor in Ampthill

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Flitwick, Clophill, Steppingley, Millbrook, Houghton Conquest, Haynes Church End and Flitton.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Ampthill. Whether you are buying an old run down 'doer upper' or standard construction freehold house, our RICS surveyors have seen them all.

With a vast number of years of experience completing surveys on properties in Ampthill 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 - 


Home Buyers Survey Ampthill

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • Lipscomb Drive, Bedford, MK45 1XH
  • The Vineyards, Silsoe, MK45 4FX
  • Silver End Road, Beds, MK45 3PP
  • Newbury Lane, Silsoe, Bedford MK45 4EX
  • Sollars Way, Houghton Conquest, MK45 3GA

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

Many mistakenly think that a mortgage valuation is the same as a HomeBuyers Survey and the consequence is that home buyers can subsequently have to shell out money for repairing faults and defects that could well have been part of the bargaining process with the seller on purchase. The surveyor appointed by the lender conducts a mortgage valuation to estimate the value of the property: this survey is not concerned with detailing structural defects.


A HomeBuyers Survey lists and reports on defects and includes a full appraisal and valuation of your property in Ampthill which is completely independent of the mortgage lender. This knowledge can be used to get quotes for the cost of fixing defects and, most importantly, gives you evidence which can be used to bargain with the seller about sharing any such cost.

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