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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 Canary Wharf

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Building Surveyors

Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Canary Wharf 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 Canary Wharf

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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.

Canary Wharf HomeBuyers Survey

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 Canary Wharf and Building Surveys in Canary Wharf.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in Canary Wharf, 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, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, 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 Canary Wharf survey and the readings included within the report.


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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 affecting your property in Canary Wharf 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 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.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.

Survey tips for properties in Canary Wharf


Canary Wharf is a commercial estate with a variety of different types of properties such as detached, and semi-detached houses built in the Victorian period as well as larger modern apartments which can be found in South Quay Square and the large modern commercial and residential high-rise blocks with which it is particularly associated.

You can find some Victorian town houses built in the 1830s along Manchester Road.

Apartments can be found in areas such as Biscayne Avenue and some properties along Astoria Way, Poplar where you can find new builds sold under the Help to Buy scheme.

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Some parts of Canary Wharf might be affected by existing or proposed wind farms or wind turbines. A recent Environmental Search Report taken out for a property in Flat 1, Tequila Wharf, Commercial Road E14 7LG 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.

Click to find out more about Environmental Search Reports.
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Properties sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in Richmond.

In a recent Environmental Search, taken out for a property in Flat 1, Tequila Wharf, Commercial Road E14 7LG, revealed that there was a moderate potential for natural ground instability within 50m of the property. The level of ground stability in the surrounding area will be dependent on local conditions.

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Some properties in the surrounding areas in Canary Wharf including Upper Bank Street, East Ferry Road and Byng Street have a medium chance (1% - 3.35%) of surface flooding occurring each year.

Depending on where in Canary Wharf you are thinking of buying, your solicitor may advise that you get an additional Flood Risk Report (click to find out more).
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Many parts of Greater London were originally administered by the counties which surround London and these counties are often called the home counties. Enfield, for example, used to be classed as being part of Middlesex, but is now near the northern border of Greater London. Greater London's borders often coincide with a zone of 'green belt': areas where it has been decided that open spaces, parks, forests and wildlife reserves should act as a buffer against urban sprawl. London has numerous landmarks, anything from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Karl Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetery.

Greater London contains more than 9 million inhabitants, a number growing daily, and as this is approximately 1/7 of the population of the UK, it can be seen that Greater Londoners have a large influence on the rest of the country politically and this is enhanced by the concentration of skilled workers gravitating towards the capital. 

Listed Building Surveyors Canary Wharf
We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in the Canary Wharf area including its surrounds including e.g. Millwall and Isle of Dogs.

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Canary Wharf Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Tower Hamlets at Council Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG, telephone 020 7364 5020, 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 Canary Wharf

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Millwall, Poplar, Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Deptford, Aberfeldy Village and Whitechapel.

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

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • Hutchings Street, Nr Canary Wharf, London E14 8JR
  • Hickin St, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3LW
  • Chipka St, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3LD
  • Strattondale St, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HG
  • Strattondale St, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HG

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

Mortgage lenders in England and Wales require you to a valuation for the property you are buying so that they can gauge whether the amount you are paying is appropriate. This survey is called a Mortgage Valuation. The mortgage valuation is paid for by you however the results aren't always shared with you as the survey belongs to the mortgage lender. On top of which it doesn't include any survey into potential defects or structural issues that are too often found in properties.

There is also a degree of confusion because the mortgage valuation is referred to as a survey and so many buyers assume this is what is meant by 'have you done your survey?' It is important that when buying a property in Canary Wharf that you arrange your own Homebuyers Survey that reports on defects or potential issues with the property; either a HomeBuyers Report or a Building Survey. Buying without a survey could leave you at the mercy of undetected defects such as rising damp which can cost thousands to repair and would affect your future sale price if not repaired.

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