Caversham 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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Caversham HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Caversham 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 in Caversham, 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.

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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 you're buying a home in Caversham which shows the signs of damp, or any other defects then you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey. 

The costs for making good or repairing some of these defects can run into thousands of pounds; however, If identified within a survey 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 Caversham


Caversham is a suburb of Reading which extends from the River Thames' flood plain to just south of the Chilterns. Caversham Park House was built in 1850.

There are houses in Caversham from many periods, from Georgian to modern, and there are a large number of detached homes. Older properties tend to be around Central Caversham whereas more recent developments are where the suburb has developed, such as Lower Caversham, Caversham Park Village. Emmer Green to its north is an older village.

Most Caversham properties are low-rise in elevation. New build developments are often detached houses, such as in The Warren, or even bungalows, such as in Peppard Road. There are developments offering shared ownership, such as Millers Court in The Causeway.


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Many dwellings in the south of Caversham, particularly in Lower Caversham, which are near to or on the banks of the River Thames, such as in Paddock Road and Piggotts Road, 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, some parts of Caversham, including streets such as Rotherfield Way and Balmore Drive, are 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 1 – 3% (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 for a property in Lowfield Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6PQ noted that there was a moderate potential for natural ground instability in the area within 50m of the property.

This finding did not necessarily mean that there was a cause for concern in terms of the property's stability: active subsidence depends on local conditions such as the proximity of trees. A house buyers survey is advised to look for signs of property damage that may indicate poor natural ground conditions.
Berkshire.pngBerkshire is a county which touches a small part of the borders of West London. It is a home county (because it borders Greater London) and is often called Royal Berkshire because it contains Windsor and Windsor Castle. It hosts a number of iconic UK landmarks such as Ascot (Ascot Racecourse), Wentworth (Golf Course), Sunningdale (Golf Course), Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park and Eton School. Virginia Water was the first postcode area where the average property price exceeded one million.

Like many of the home counties, there are many essentially commuter dormitory settlements which house London workers. Reading (which is Berkshire's county town) in particular is a larger one and is popular because of its very fast rail links with Central London - there are many one-stop services to London Paddington and it is also due to be the western terminus of the Crossrail line. 

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Caversham Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Reading Borough Council at Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU, telephone 0118 937 3787, 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 Caversham

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Reading, Earley, Henley on Thames, Pangbourne, Twyford, Chertsey and Play Hatch.

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


  • 131 Kidmore Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7NH
  • 14 Kingsway, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6RA
  • 10 Dovesdale Close, Caversham Heights, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7AL
  • 3 Rotherfield Way, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8PJ
  • 271 Gosbrook Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8DX

 

What’s the difference between the HomeBuyer Report and a Building Survey?

The HomeBuyer Report is a survey carried out on smaller properties of a simpler design such as purpose built flats, bungalows, maisonettes and post-1950s houses of standard construction. The HomeBuyer Report comes in a standard format and can give a great general view regarding a property's construction and condition.

In contrast, Building Surveys are bespoke and better suited to larger and/or older properties where the original construction material may have degraded and requires further commenting on outside of the scope of a HomeBuyer Report.