Home Buyers Survey Brighton

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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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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Brighton 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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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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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 for you.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey, 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. It is highly recommended that you get one, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, if you are thinking of buying a property in Brighton.

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.


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If they find any issues during the inspection of your property in Brighton, our surveyor will flag them up in the Home Buyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them. An example of this is where the surveyor finds evidence of woodworm infestation. 

If you are concerned about any other defects with the property 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 Brighton


Brighton is concentrated along and back from the seafront with a mixture of grand squares where most of the buildings have been divided into spacious flats, and smaller terrace houses.

Hove has a blend of Regency (as found in Tongdean Avenue, Withdean Road, Clifton Terrace and Montpelier Villas) and Victorian houses. The rest of Brighton is dominated by streets of simple Victorian terraces, although in the Tongdean and Withdean areas there are large detached Twenties houses.

The Government’s Help to Buy scheme is available at Oldbury Row in Dudley Road in the Hollingdean area of Brighton and the Super B development in New England Square offers shared ownership apartments.



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Properties in Brighton in Brighton Marina Village, in streets such as in streets like The Strand and The Waterfront, 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, Brighton, including streets such as Ewhurst Road and Redvers Road, is 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 3-5% (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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A recent Environmental Search stated that a property on Denmark Terrace, Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, BN1 3AN, was within 50m of an area with potential for natural ground instability.

The British Geological Survey has assessed the area of search as having moderate potential for natural ground instability. This does not necessarily mean there is cause for concern in terms of the property's stability. Active subsidence will be dependent on local conditions, such as the proximity of trees or areas where trees have been removed, which require an inspection of the site to identify the nature of the ground on which the property is built. A house buyers survey is advised to look for signs of property damage that may indicate poor natural ground conditions.
East SussexEast Sussex is a county in southern England. Coupled with West Sussex, it used to make up the larger ceremonial county of Sussex. It consists of chalk uplands, river gaps, marshlands, both sand and clay soils, sandstone cliffs and forest, such as Ashdown Forest.

The county town is Lewes and other major populated settlements include Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill, Seaford, Rottingdean, Crowborough and Hailsham.

It also contains the large city/conurbation of Brighton and Hove, although this latter is its own unitary authority. Brighton has a whole host of attractions including the Royal Pavilion.

The county contains no motorways. Adjacent counties include Surrey, West Sussex and Kent. There are two universities based in the county; the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. 

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Brighton Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Brighton & Hove City Council at Brighton Customer Service Centre Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JE, telephone 01273 290000, 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 Brighton

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Hove, Southwick, Shoreham by Sea, Falmer, Stanmer, Chew Magna and Saltdean.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Brighton. 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 Brighton 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 Home Buyers Survey in Brighton:


  • Flat 3, Greyhound Court, 82 Brighton Rd, Readhill, RH1 6QP
  • Flat 4, 22 Clarendon Villas, Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove BN3 3RB
  • 392 Old Shoreham Road, Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove BN3 7GJ
  • Flat 13, Harrington House, 3 Roedale Road, Brighton, BN1 7GX
  • 1 Manor Road, Brighton, BN2 5EE

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

People have been known to confuse a mortgage valuation with a HomeBuyers Survey. This confusion can prove costly and end up in a home buyer having to fork out for expensive repair costs which should have been shared with the vendor with this reflected in a reduction in the original sale price. If you're buying a property in Brighton with a mortgage, your lender conducts its own mortgage valuation to calculate the value of the property and this is in no sense a report on structural defects.


A HomeBuyers Survey notes defects as well as including a full valuation of a property independently of the mortgage lender or anyone else. The information in it can be used to get quotes for the cost of fixing any issues and presents evidence for bargaining with the seller about sharing repair costs, if appropriate.

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