Home Buyers Survey Crawley

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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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Crawley HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Crawley 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 non-intrusively inspects both the external and internal structure of a property for matters which include; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

The goal of the Home Buyers Survey, whether the Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or the HomeBuyers Report, is to provide reassurance when buying a home and this is the case if you are considering buying a property in Crawley.

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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Should any issues be flagged up in the HomeBuyers 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 Crawley 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 Crawley


Crawley in West Sussex has been a market town for centuries but grew greatly firstly when the railway arrived in 1841 and then when Gatwick Airport opened nearby in the 1940s.

You can find period properties in the area - such as Georgian detached houses in Ifield Green – a large number of semi-detached and terrace houses built from the 1940s to the 1970s – such as can be found in New Street – and many very recent developments such as can be found all over Maidenbower.



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Properties built close to the Gatwick Stream in Crawley, in streets such as Bycroft Way, are subject to flood alerts and warnings 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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Some properties in Crawley are located nearby to areas to be explored for their energy potential by the oil & gas industry – they must be licensed by the Oil and Gas Authority – and such exploration includes areas subject to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") investigation.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Hillingdale, Crawley RH11 9PF for example, flagged up that the property was within 4km of a well used for energy exploration or extraction.
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Properties in some areas of Crawley are built in designated smoke control areas.

A recent local authority search done for a dwelling in Honeysuckle Lane, Crawley, RH11 7TQ noted that the property was in such a smoke control area.

Under the terms of Section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993, smoke emissions from all buildings are prohibited unless an exemption has been made by the Secretary of State under Section 21 of the Act.
West-SussexWest Sussex along with East Sussex used to make up the larger ceremonial county of Sussex. Land in West Sussex is varied and is part coastal, part downland and part wealden. The only city in the county is Chichester, which is also the county town but there are major towns including Crawley, Horsham, Midhurst, Worthing, Arundel, Bognor Regis and Shoreham-by-Sea among others.

Among the many excellent places to visit in West Sussex are Arundel Castle (classic, fairtytale-like castle built during the reign of William the Conqueror), the Vandalian Tower and Wings Museum. Counties adjacent to West Sussex include Surrey, Hampshire, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. 

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Crawley Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Crawley Borough Council at Town Hall The Boulevard Crawley West Sussex RH10 1UZ, telephone 01293 438000, 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 Crawley

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Gatwick, Holmbush, Dorking, Copthorne, Haywards Heath, Bracknell and Redhill.

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


  • 12 Woodlands, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 3DL
  • 42 Hyde Heath Court, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 3UQ
  • 9 Downland Court, Caburn Heights, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8SR
  • 10 Wye Close, Broadfield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9QZ
  • 15 Dakin Close, Maidenbower, Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 7LJ

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

When you purchase a home in Crawley using a mortgage your Mortgage Lender will require you to get a mortgage valuation to assess how much your property is actually worth. You have to pay for this survey and often you may assume this is also a structural assessment to identify defects. Unfortunately the mortgage valuation is just for the mortgage lender which means you need to get your own independent survey of the property to make sure there aren't any defects.

There is some confusion as the mortgage valuation is often 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 Crawley you arrange your own HomeBuyers Survey that reports on defects or potential issues with the property. The two types of HomeBuyers Survey to choose from are the HomeBuyers Report or the Building Survey. Buying without a survey could leave you exposed to any repair costs or defects that you didn't spot. The costs of underpinning a property due to subsidence run into the £10,000s so it is important to get a survey to check for this type of defect particularly.

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