Home Buyers Survey Cambridge

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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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Top tips for a Cambridge Home Buyers Survey


Cambridge is a city of ancient colleges, (Peterhouse, the oldest, was founded in 1284), winding streets and quadrangles as well as the River Cam. King's College Chapel is splendidly Gothic.

Cambridge's centre has some Georgian houses but most of its properties are Victorian. Trumpington Road has large Victorian, Edwardian and detached houses built in in the interwar period. Aberdeen Avenue has prizewinning modern townhouses.

There are plenty of new developments including plans for 10,000 new houses and flats. Seven Acres is set to offer 1 and 2-bedroom energy-efficient flats and 3 and 4-bedroom townhouses.


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Properties in Cambridge which are built near to the River Cam, such as in Riverside, 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).
In section E4 of the HomeBuyer Report, a RICS surveyor reviews the Main Walls of the property. This is internal and external inspection however is does not include commenting on the removal of load bearing walls.

An example of this from a survey in Sydenham Terrace, Halifax Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 3PZ is "The main walls are believed to be of cavity construction. There is a brickwork outer leaf, and we would assume, a blockwork inner leaf. The walls have been dry-lined internally. The walls were found to be it satisfactory structural condition with no significant defects apparent. There are several air vents which provide ventilation to the ground floor void as well as a number of plastic 'weeps' providing ventilation to the cavity".
In section E5 of the HomeBuyer Report, a RICS surveyor reviews the Windows in the property. This is internal and external inspection however is does not include commenting on the removal of load bearing walls.

An example of this from a survey in Harshel Court, Cambridge, CB1 7UB is "The property has timber windows which are all double glazed. These are generally in satisfactory condition and appear to be reasonably decorated externally. Internally the windows have been recently redecorated. In doing so the trickle vents to the top of the window units have become stuck. These should be adjusted so that they can be fully utilised and provide ventilation. Some of the paint to the windows is flaking and will soon need redecorated if further deterioration is to be avoided".

CambridgeshireCambridgeshire is a county in East Anglia and Cambridge is its county town. It has large areas of very low-lying land, known as fenland. Its economy is predominantly agricultural although a large area surrounding Cambridge is concerned with high technology (computing, electronics and biochemistry) and is known as Silicon Fen.

There are two universities in the county; the University of Cambridge, which is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the Angela Ruskin University. Cambridge also hosts a regional centre of the Open University. Cambridge is very much the transport hub of the region; its railway station offers connections to many urban destinations and fast, direct services to London. The A10 runs through the city and the M11 runs nearby to it.

Ely Cathedral contains the only Gothic Dome in the world and Holme Fen to the south of Peterborough is the lowest point in Britain (2.75m below sea level). Catherine of Aragon is buried in Peterborough Cathedral.

Listed Building Surveyors Cambridge

We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in Cambridge. To find out more got to - Listed Building Surveys - Building Surveyor and Survey Cost in Cambridge

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Cambridge Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Cambridge City Council at PO Box 700 Cambridge CB1 0JH, telephone 01223 457775, 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.

Home Buyers Survey in and around Cambridge

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Comberton, Fen Ditton, Milton, Dry Drayton, Great Shelton, Ely and Fulbourn.

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


Home Buyers Survey Cambridge

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • 15 Granta Leys, Cambridge, CB21 4YT
  • 29 Wheat Croft, Cambridge, CB21 4YR
  • 3 Cockburn Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3NB
  • Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1NW
  • 6 Sydenham Terrace, Halifax Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 3PZ

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Local Cambridgeshire 
Building Surveyors

Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Cambridge 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 RICS Surveyors

Ranging from 10 to 40 years 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 Home Buyers Survey in Cambridge.

Home Buyers Survey - What does it cover?

A RICS Home Buyers Survey non-intrusively inspects both the external and internal structure of a property for matters which include these, among others; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

Whichever you opt for out of a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, they are both excellent for peace of mind if you are considering buying a property in Cambridge.

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)
Should any issues be flagged up in the Home Buyers Survey, our surveyor will tell you what you need to do to get more in-depth advice on the extent and seriousness of the issue and what needs to be done to remedy it. 

If you are worried about a crack or cracks or indeed any other defects that you think your property in Cambridge has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might snowball into many thousands of pounds further down the line. As an example of the costs, underpinning a property due to subsidence can be upwards of £10,000.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.
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What should you do when the surveyor finds a defect that affects the property price?

This is a very difficult situation to be in. You have agreed a price with the seller not knowing of this issue and now have the issue of needing to revisit your offer.

The best advice is to inform the seller/estate agent of the issue you have uncovered, provide the specific information from the report from your Building Surveyor (not the full report) and then discuss a solution that accounts for the repair works.

Read more about how to successfully negotiate with your seller.