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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 Durham

Local Durham 
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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Durham 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 Durham

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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.

Durham HomeBuyers Survey

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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 Durham and Building Surveys in Durham.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

A RICS 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 buy your home.

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)
If they find any issues during the inspection, our Surveyor will flag them up in the Home Buyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them.

If you are concerned about woodworm in connection with buying or selling a property in Durham, or any other defects with the property you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey as the costs of repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds. 

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

Home Buyer Survey tips for buying in Durham


Durham is a city with an extensive history and has buildings constructed in any number of architectural periods, such as St Cuthbert's cathedral, which dates back to Norman times. You can find Georgian buildings on the Bailey and Old Levet, many making up Durham University's colleges. There are numerous examples of terrace properties built in the Victorian period, such as the many in in St Bedes and in Victoria Terrace, Lanchester, for example.

There are many housing estates which were built in the 20th century, particularly from the 1930s onwards such as the Sherburn Road Estate, which has many semi-detached houses as well as terraced housing and detached dwellings.

There are numerous new build developments in Durham such as the Help to Buy detached properties in Eden Field, Newton Aycliffe, the large detached properties in Ramside Park, Carrville, bungalows in Hill Top View, Bowburn and the flats in Kepier Crescent.

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Properties in Durham which are built in close proximity to the River Wear are sometimes subject to flood warnings and alerts, including those in streets such as Frankland Lane and Providence Row.

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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Durham has an extensive coalfield which has been exhaustively mined over many years and old coal mining tunnels can sometimes cause ground stability and contamination issues. If you are in any way concerned about these in relation to a property you're buying in the area, you should consider getting a specialist coal mining search along with the four other main property searches.
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Noise pollution from roads in the Durham built-up area mainly centre around the path of the A690 and the Framwelgate Peth, affecting nearby streets such as Walkergate and Highgate.

Noise pollution from railways in the Durham area are most raised around the path of the mainline railway which passes through Durham Station. The noise affects streets adjoining or very nearby to the railway including, for example, Redhills Lane and Bridge Street.
Durham.pngCounty Durham is a county located in the north of England and its coastline is on the North Sea. Its county town is Durham which is a historic city and is host to the beautiful Durham Castle. The county is perhaps most famously known for Durham Cathedral, otherwise known as The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, first opened in 1018, as well as the collegiate Durham University that was first established in 1832.

The county's major population centres include Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. Surrounding counties are Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to the north, Cumbria to the west and North Yorkshire to the south.

The unitary authority for the majority of County Durham is Durham County Council, however Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees have their own unitary authorities.

County Durham contains many national parks like the North Pennines, Hamsterley Forest and the High Force Waterfall. North Pennines is a section of the Pennines famous for mining and birdwatching.

The only motorway in the county is the A1(M) but there are many dual carriageways with the main ones being the A68 and the A688.
 

Listed Building Surveyors Durham

We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys local to you. To find out more got to - Listed Building Surveys - Building Surveyor and Survey Cost in Durham

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Durham Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council at Stockton Cricket Club, 52A Oxbridge Ave, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LD, telephone 01642 393939, 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 Durham

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Meadowfield, Ushaw Moor, Thornaby, Redmarshall, South Bank, Wolviston and Middlesbrough.

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

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • Victoria Road, Darlington, County Durham, United Kingdom, DL1 5SF
  • Chantry Place, West Rainton, County Durham DH4 6PP
  • Goodyear Crescent, Durham, County Durham, DH1 2EB
  • Silver St, Durham DH1 3RE
  • Cheveley Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 2AA

 

What is the difference between the Building Survey and the HomeBuyers Report?

There are two types of survey, the HomeBuyer Report and the Building Survey. The Building survey is essential for larger or older properties that have had any structural alterations from their original build whereas the HomeBuyers Report is suitable for properties of standard construction and properties that are under 70 years old.

Both Surveys cover the same aspects they are just go into different depths within their report. The Building Survey is the highest visual assessment you can get and goes into a through structural investigation into the construction and fabric of the property, this is a very detailed report and comes with explanations and photos (if the surveyor provides photos in their reports - some don't) and the HomeBuyers report gives a good general review of the property to help identify any defect however this is formatted in a traffic light format, red highlighting any major issues, amber less so and green everything is fine.