Home Buyers Survey Carlisle

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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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Carlisle HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Carlisle 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?

A RICS Home Buyers Survey is a visual inspection of the grounds and the internal/external structure of the property and identifies defects such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

Some of these defects you may not even see or know what to look for which makes getting a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, incredibly important when you are considering buying a home in Carlisle.

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 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 Carlisle 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 Carlisle


Carlisle is a city and the largest settlement in Cumbria in the far northwest of England. It was originally a Roman settlement, built to serve the forts on Hadrian's Wall and Carlisle Castle was built in 1092. It became an important mill town during the Industrial Revolution.

Housing greatly developed in the end of the 19th century, particularly to the west of the city walls. In the 1920s and 1930s the first council houses were built in the city, many of them in the Raffles suburb to the west of the city, which has been greatly redeveloped in the early 2000s.

The city proper has period survivals from many architectural eras. In the north of Carlisle are the suburbs of Kingstown, Lowry Hill and Moorville, and to their south are Stanwix, Edentown, Etterby, St Ann's Hill and Belah which were added to Carlisle in 1912.

The eastern side of the city centre developed in the 19th century into a more affluent area along the main A69 road. It links with the former village of Botcherby to which a large council estate was added in the mid-20th century and later still Durranhill Housing Estate.

South of the city centre is the Botchergate/St Nicholas area of late Victorian terraced housing similar to that found in Denton Holme and Caldewgate. The Botchergate East area until recently had older slum dwellings.

New build developments include the semi-detached houses in Latrigg Road, where Help to Buy has been available to use for purchase; the detached houses in Lowry Street, Blackwell and the bungalows and apartments in Crindledyke Lane among others.



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Properties in Carlisle which are built in close proximity to the River Eden and the River Caldew, in streets such as Willow Holme Road and Mayor's Drive, are in areas where flood warnings and alerts are issued 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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Many areas around Carlisle have been extensively mined for coal for centuries therefore there are chances that this previous activity can impact nearby properties in terms of ground stability, contamination and other issues.

The coal authority publishes maps which indicate some of the areas affected, such as Hallbankgate and Castle Carrock – click to view Carlisle's coalfield plans

If there is an issue with past coal mining and you are buying with a mortgage, it is highly likely that the standard searches returned will advise you to book an additional coal mining search which you can do through us – call 0333 344 3234 to find out more. Click to learn more about the Coal Mining Search
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Noise pollution from railways is at its highest in Carlisle along the line of the main railway, running through the city on a roughly southeast – northwest access and affecting streets nearby such as Regent Street and Manor Place.

Noise pollution from roads is at its highest around the M6 and affects streets nearby such as Brunstock Lane.
CumbriaCumbria is a county in north-west England and came into existence after 1974. Apart from the city of Carlisle, the only city in the county and its county town, the only other major urban area is Barrow-in-Furness.

Cumbria consists of six districts; Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland. It is comparatively sparsely populated. It contains the Lake District National Park, an outstanding area of natural beauty and much of the terrain is mountainous. It includes the tallest peak in England - Scafell Pike.

Historic sites include Carlisle Castle, Furness Abbey and Hadrian's Wall. Adjacent counties include Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland and there are two Scottish council areas - Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders to the north.

The University of Cumbria is based in Carlisle and the city is the transport hub of the county: its rail station offers direct services to London and other major conurbations. The M6 is the only motorway in the county and terminates just over the border, in Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway County), at Gretna junction.

Gretna Green is famous for 'runaway marriages' - English couples who are over 16 but under 18 are still known to go there to get married when they can't get parental consent (they can do so under Scottish law).

The sport of pole vaulting was invented in Cumbria in 1879 - it developed as a technique to cross waterways - and Botchergate in Carlisle is where the first mainland pillar (post) box was sited in mainland Britain, in 1853.
 

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Carlisle Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Carlisle City Council at Civic Centre Rickergate Carlisle CA3 8QG, telephone 01228 817 200, 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 Carlisle

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Houghton, Ginsdale, Little Orton, Cummersdale, Carleton, Cumwhinton and Parkbroom.

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


  • 95 Newlaithes Ave, Carlisle CA2 6PP
  • 42 Blackwell Rd, Carlisle CA2 4AJ
  • 28 Scotch St, Carlisle CA3 8PX
  • 14 Kingmoor Rd, Carlisle CA3 9PS
  • 25 Wood St, Carlisle CA1 2SF

 

I want a survey but the vendor cannot provide access

This is a recurring problem especially with the increase in online estate agents who do not take responsibility for access and rely on the vendors to make themselves available.

On occasion access issues may be due to vendors being away or sometimes simply because they do not want to take time off to allow access for a survey.

Buyers should ensure they complete all their property checks prior to exchange and the RICS survey forms an integral part of these checks.

Delays with vendors providing access can delay the whole conveyancing process. It is important to establish what the issue is to see whether a solution can be found.

If vendors are not available, suggest that the keys are left with the estate agent for collection or alternatively see if the vendor can arrange for a friend or family member to be at the property to allow access.