Home Buyers Survey Braintree

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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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We keep the house survey cost down regardless of what property survey you need and tell you how much does a survey cost.

Home Buyers Survey Braintree

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Building Surveyors

Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Braintree 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.

Home Buyers Survey Braintree

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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.

Braintree HomeBuyers Survey

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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 Braintree and Building Surveys in Braintree.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in Braintree, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, inspects both the inside and the outside of your property and searches in particular for subsidence, damp, infestations and any cracks or other damage to the property. The procedure 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.

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. 


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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 Braintree survey and the readings included within the report.


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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 Braintree 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 Braintree


Braintree has many Victorian properties which were built when people moved into the area in large numbers on the back of the success of its silk manufacturing in the 19th century in which the town developed largely into the town we see today. Victorian town houses and other terrace houses can be found on Mary Ruck Way and Church Street. Larger properties from this era are situated on Sunnyside and Harold Road. There are also large Edwardian terrace properties on Grenville Road and New London Road.

New developments in and around the town include those in Notley Grange which has two to five bedroom houses. There are other new builds dotted around the town including those in Panfield and on Coggeshall Road in Ushers Meadow.

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There are two rivers running through Braintree - the River Brain and the River Blackwater. Because of this, properties in Braintree may be subject to flood alerts every so often. Properties such as these include those on St. Johns Avenue and Mill Park Drive, both by the River Brain, as well as River Mead and Blackwater Way, both by the River Blackwater.

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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Braintree is in an area of raised noise pollution because of th dual carriageways within the town. Streets near these larger roads such as Goldingham Drive, Meadow Park and Bridport Way may be affected.
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A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Witham, which is a nearby town, showed there was a moderate potential for ground instability within 50m of the property. The survey claimed subsidence will be dependent on local conditions, so this could also be and issue for Braintree.

Essex.pngEssex is not only a coastal county (the North Sea is to its east) but a home county because it touches Greater London on its eastern borders. Its settlements vary from Colchester, which is very historical and used to be the capital of England as Camulodunum, to Southend, a seaside resort, to Basildon, which is a comparatively modern urban development. The western side of Essex hosts many London workers and there are fast rail links to, for example, Shenfield from London Liverpool Street which aid many city workers.

Essex's county town is Chelmsford (and is the county's only city), where Essex County Cricket Club are based. Essex hosts Stansted Airport and attractions such as the Lakeside Shopping Centre, near Thurrock and Epping Forest, a popular forest for camping and other activities. A large proportion of Essex's boundaries are water (the River Thames and the North Sea), the remainder includes Greater London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Kent is across the River Thames to the south. 

Listed Building Surveyors Braintree
We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in the Braintree area including its surrounds including e.g. Rayne and Great Notley.

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Braintree Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Braintree District Council at Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9HB, telephone 01376 552525, 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 Braintree

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Rayne, Black Notley, Great Notley, Cressing, Stisted, Bradwell and Bartholomew Green.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Braintree. 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 Braintree 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 Braintree

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • Jersey Way, Braintree, CM7 2FA
  • Kings Lane, Stisted, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8AG
  • Crown Meadow, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9EX
  • Clockhouse Way, Braintree,Essex CM7 3RD
  • Church Street, Braintree, CM7 5LQ

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

It is a common misconception that a mortgage valuation is a HomeBuyers Survey and this can leave HomeBuyers exposed to high repair costs that could have been negotiated with the seller. A mortgage valuation is conducted by the lender’s surveyor to assess the value of the property you are interested in buying in Braintree and they do not provide a detailed report on structural defects.

A HomeBuyers Survey details defects and includes a full appraisal of the property independently to anyone else including the mortgage lender. You can use the information to obtain quotes to fix any defects and gives you the evidence to potentially share the costs with the seller.

Most savvy buyers make sure they get a HomeBuyers survey from an independent surveyor to make sure the property they are buying is free from defects. Call us on 0333 344 3234 to get the best HomeBuyers survey for your property in Braintree.

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