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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 Didcot

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Didcot 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 Didcot

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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 in a HomeBuyers Report Didcot and Building Surveys in Didcot.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

A Home Buyers Survey is completed by a qualified RICS surveyor and delivers a visual inspection of the property in Didcot and the surrounding garden. The aim of the survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is to identify potential risks or defects that you may not know are there such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

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 Didcot survey and the readings included within the report.


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The Home Buyer Survey will report on issues found, however you need to make sure that you choose the right Home Buyer Survey for your property because some defects require further detail and this is best served by booking a Building Survey.

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

Survey tips for properties in Didcot


Didcot's White Cottage is the oldest dwelling still standing in the town and dates to the early 16th century. The following small houses are also still standing and were built in the early to mid-17th century: The Nook, Thorney Down Cottage and Manor Cottage.

The town expanded considerably after the railway arrived in 1839 and there are surviving properties from this period, the mid-Victorian. You can find Victorian cottages on Wessex Road (as well as more modern properties), detached homes from the era in the High Street and Victorian terraces in the Northbourne Conservation Area.

The council built a large estate in the 1920s (around Wessex Road, Kynaston Road, Newlands Avenue and Hagbourne Road; many of these houses were redeveloped in the recent period) and in 1928/29, the Georgetown Garden City Estate (private) was built which centred on Wantage Road, Foxhall Road and Glyn Avenue (mainly detached, semi-detached and terraced housing).

After the war and up to the 1970s, many council and private estates were built, such as the Fleetway Estate of the 1970s.

There are some very recent developments and plans for more housing in the pipeline. More than 4,000 homes are planned for Valley Park, next to Great Western Park. Many of these are set to be sold under shared ownership terms.


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Properties built in the vicinity of Hakka's Brook and its channels and tributaries in the Hagbourne area, such as in Main Road and Blewbury 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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Properties in some areas of Didcot may be subject to environmental constraints, by virtue of being located in or near areas designated as being of environmental and historical importance.

A recent Environmental Search taken out for a property in Chilton Field Way, Chilton, Didcot, OX11 0SQ revealed that the dwelling was located within 250m of an area likely to be impacted by environmental constraints. Homes in the area may face strictures regarding land developments or alterations.
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Raised levels of noise pollution from roads in the Didcot area are highest around the main A4130 and affecting nearby streets such as Mendip Heights.

Raised levels of noise pollution from railways centre around the railway line which passes through Didcot Parkway Station, affecting nearby streets such as Lydalls Road and Hitchcock Way.
OxfordshireOxfordshire is a county located in the south east of England and can be known by the abbreviated name of Oxon. It's the most rural county in the South East. Although it's reputed to be the furthest location from the sea, it has numerous canals and rivers for boating. King Alfred burnt the cakes in Wantage. Blenheim Palace, built between 1705 and 1722, a Baroque masterpiece, was the birthplace of Winston Churchill and has a landscape garden fashioned by 'Capability' Brown.

Undoubtedly the county is most well-known for the collegiate university town of Oxford itself, with its dreaming spires dating back to the 13th century but there are so many other attractions such as the Cotswolds (from where the River Thames springs from) and even the family-friendly Didcot Railway Centre. The county borders Warwickshire to the north/north-west, Northamptonshire to the north/north-east, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, Wiltshire to the south-west and Gloucestershire to the west. 

Listed Building Surveyors Didcot
We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in the Didcot area including its surrounds including e.g. and .

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Didcot Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Oxfordshire County Council at County Hall New Road Oxford OX1 1ND, telephone 01865 792422, 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.

Home buyers survey near me in Didcot

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Drayton, Rowstock, Abingdon, Appleford, Radley, Motspur Park and South Moreton.

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

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • Annex 19, Mereland Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8BE
  • 78 Mereland Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8AY
  • Broadway, Didcot OX11 8RN
  • Wantage Road, Oxon, OX11 0BT
  • 5 Abbott Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8JB

 

How long does your survey take?

We book the earliest possible slot for your RICS surveyor to carry out their inspection for your RICS home buyers survey. Then, on the day, they visit the property and inspect all accessible areas, concentrating on signs and suspicions of defects and issues.

The actual time your surveyor takes over the inspection varies with each property – you can imagine that one for a small flat for a HomeBuyers Report will normally take less than one for a large mansion for a Building Survey. It is likely to be anything between 1 ½ hours to 3 hours.

SAM Conveyancing's RICS surveyors call you on the day of the inspection after carrying it out to go over any major concerns and findings and then they complete the report and return it to you within 5 working days.