Home Buyers Survey Croydon

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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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Croydon HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Croydon 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 Home Buyers Survey identifies many different defects or potential risks that can be found within a property and is an essential part of any home buying process. The survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is completed by a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) registered Surveyor so they are fully trained to provide you with the detail you need to give you the salient facts when you are looking to buy your home in Croydon.

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 shows up any such problems in your property in Croydon, our appointed surveyor will explain to you what you should do to get more in-depth information about the type and scope of the matter and what is required to fix it.

If you are worried about any defects that you think your property has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might grow to many thousands of pounds as time progresses.

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

Survey tips for properties in Croydon


Croydon's centre has been redeveloped many times although there are remnants and examples of housing from many periods apparent. The High Street, for example, has Wrencote House, a late 17th century Grade II listed building, as well as various Victorian era buildings.

The north of Croydon is not dissimilar to many London boroughs in having a certain number of Victorian terraces and some larger houses, but with the chief property type being the semi-detached house, dating particularly from the interwar period and post war, with many more modern developments.

The south of Croydon is decidedly more leafy with less population density and areas like Sanderstead and Selsdon have some larger Edwardian, Victorian and even Georgian properties.

Many of the modern developments around Croydon offer shared ownership, such as Saffron Central Square, a high-rise modern purpose-built block, Lennard Road (in Lennard Road) and Birchfield in Coulsdon – this development has offered shared ownership houses rather than flats. 

Leon House, a redeveloped and repurposed 22-floor block in Central Croydon, opened October 2018 and by March 2019, there were 96 apartments left to sell out of an original 263. The apartments are 1 and 2 bedroom and Help to Buy is/was available for purchase.


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Properties built in the vicinity of the River Wandle in Croydon, such as in Riverside Close, 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, a large area of Croydon, including streets such as Fawcett Road and The Waldrons, is 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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Properties in some areas of Croydon may be affected by overhead power lines or mobile phone masts.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Girton Gardens revealed that there were overhead power lines or mobile phone masts located within 250m of the dwelling.

Overhead power lines and phone masts can be contentious and additionally may have a visual impact on the surrounding area.
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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. 

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Croydon Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Croydon Council at Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA, telephone 0208 726 6000, 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 Croydon

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Thornton Heath, Sutton, Mitcham, New Addington, Addiscombe, Greenford and Sanderstead.

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


  • 13 Broomhall Road, South Croydon, CR2 0PX
  • 62 Fairholme Rd, Croydon, Greater London, CR0 3PH
  • 21 St James Road, Croydon, CR0 2SD
  • 36 The Ridge Way, Sanderstead, South Croydon, CR2 0LF
  • 17 Lavington Road, Croydon, CR0 4PQ

 

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 Croydon 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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