Buckinghamshire 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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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Buckinghamshire 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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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 Buckinghamshire.

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 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, our surveyor will flag them up in the HomeBuyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them.

If you are concerned about woodworm, or any other defects with the property in Buckinghamshire 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 Buckinghamshire


Buckinghamshire is host to a large section of the Chiltern Hills and much of it is classed as Green Belt. It hosts Chequers, the country house of the UK Prime Minister, built in the 16th century and located near Ellesborough, and Bletchley Park, where the Enigma Code was cracked during the 2nd World War.

The most densely-populated urban area is Milton Keynes but the towns of High Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham and the Chalfonts host much of the county's population: these towns are all part of the London commuter belt.

Properties in Milton Keynes are all post-war and largely consist of standard construction detached, semi-detached and terraced houses along with purpose-built flats. Milton Keynes itself has seen some redevelopment in the last 20 or so years. 

Older period properties can be found in the older towns, villages and hamlets such as Marlow. Beaconsfield is a highly affluent town and has some very large detached homes, some of which are period properties but many are 'knock downs', where the original property was knocked down and a new one built in its place.

There are many newer developments, particularly in the more densely populated areas.


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Properties in Buckinghamshire which are built near to major water courses such as the Rivers Thame, Chess, Misbourne and Great Ouse 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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In section E4 of the HomeBuyer Report, a RICS surveyor reviews the Windows in a property. It will be highlighted if there are any double glazed windows for a very important reason.

Since 2002, double glazing should have either building regulation approval or should have been installed by a contractor registered with FENSA (a government approved trade association). If the double glazing was installed before April 2002, enforceable guarantees for the installation should be available.
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In section G1 of the HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor makes comment about the Electrics.

The surveyor is not qualified to test the electrics which is why the report states "Safety warning: The Electrical Safety Council recommends that you should get a registered electrician to check the property and its electrical fittings at least every 10 years, or on change of occupancy. All electrical installation work undertaken after 1 January 2005 should have appropriate certification. For more advice contact the Electrical Safety Council".
BuckinghamshireBuckinghamshire is a county which touches the western edges of the Greater London Area and is mainly rural in aspect. Many of the towns and villages on the eastern edges of the county serve as commuter dormitories for London workers, such as Amersham, Chesham and the Chalfonts. The section of the Chiltern Line, which links Aylesbury with London Marylebone via Amersham, has streamlined this daily journey for many workers in the City of London. Buckinghamshire's county town is Buckingham, but there are a number of larger settlements such as High Wycombe and Aylesbury. 

There is considerable affluence in many parts of the county, such as around Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Farnham Common and Stoke Poges. Denham Golf Club, which has its own station on the Chiltern Line, is the haunt of many celebrities who have dwellings in the area. The county is the site of the first modern private university to receive a charter, the University of Buckingham. Buckinghamshire has number of areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as Burnham Beeches and the Chilterns (including the Chess Valley).
 

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Buckinghamshire Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Buckinghamshire Local Authority Councils at their address, telephone their local number, 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 Buckinghamshire

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Aylesbury, Buckingham, High Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham, Barton and Marlow.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Buckinghamshire. 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 Buckinghamshire we'll be able to give you the detailed report you need to know what defects there are with your property.

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Recently completed Home Buyers Survey in Buckinghamshire:


  • 9 Viridian Square, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7FX
  • 33 Highbridge Road, Aylesbury Bucks, HP21 7RX
  • 67 Fremantle Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 8EH
  • 42 New Meadow Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7AW
  • 40 Albert St, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1LZ

 

Does the surveyor climb onto the roof of the property?

The surveyor carries with them a ladder that allows them access to areas above head height. Due to Health and Safety, a RICS surveyor is not allowed to go higher than 3 meters.

The surveyor will use powerful binoculars to inspect the roof of a property to see signs of damage to the roof, tiles, chimney, soffets and fascias.

Flat roofs can be inspected from opening a window in the property and looking out to view the same.

If there is a need for a closer inspection of the roof, then scaffolding will be required to be obtained to allow safe access to the roof. It is very rare for this type of survey to be completed during the purchase of a property.