Home Buyers Survey East Sussex

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"First Class Service. We are more than impressed with the quick, professional service we have received from this company, very clear report with good Photograph, of areas of interest, also the Team followed up the report with a phone call to make sure we understood the information that we had received. EXCELLENT. Thank you"

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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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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of East Sussex 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 is a visual inspection of the grounds and the internal/external structure of the property and identifies defects such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

Some of these defects you may not even see or know what to look for which makes getting a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, incredibly important when you are considering buying a home in East Sussex.

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 flags up any of these defects in your property in East Sussex then our surveyor explains what you need to do to get further advice on how to investigate them and get It resolved. 

If you are concerned about your property has any other defects then you MUST get a RICS Home Buyers Survey as the costs for repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds. If you can identify the defect before you purchase then 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 East Sussex


East Sussex hosts castles such as Bodiam, Herstmonceux, Lewes and Pevensey as well as Battle Abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings. Other interesting buildings include Hammerwood Park (Greek Revival architecture) and the University of Sussex buildings in Falmer.

Brighton is the largest urban settlement and has many architectural masterpieces such as the Royal Pavilion and the Grand Hotel and has wonderful Georgian terraces and property types from many eras. It and other seaside towns such as Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea grew particularly popular in the Victorian era and have many period properties as well as 20th century and modern developments.

Towns nearer London, such as East Grinstead, generally expanded with the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century and have surviving period properties from this era and earlier as well as large numbers of standard construction homes built between the 1920s and 1950s. Redevelopment often involved the demolishing of earlier period housing – for better and worse – and further redevelopment may have taken place in the last 20 or so years.

New build developments tend to be located in the outskirts of larger towns, whether on the seaside or further inland.


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Properties in East Sussex which are built close to the coast or large water courses such as the Rivers Rother, Cuckmere, Brede, Tillingham, Uck and Teise among others, 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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A recent Environmental Search for a property in Willowfield Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8AX, stated that the dwelling was within 50m of an area with potential for natural ground instability.

The British Geological Survey has assessed the area of search as having moderate potential for natural ground instability. This does not necessarily mean there is cause for concern in terms of the property's stability. Active subsidence will be dependent on local conditions, such as the proximity of trees or areas where trees have been removed, which require an inspection of the site to identify the nature of the ground on which the property is built. A house buyers survey is advised to look for signs of property damage that may indicate poor natural ground conditions.
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Raised levels of noise pollution from roads in the East Sussex area mainly centre around the main road – M26, impacting roads such as Exedown Road and Kemsing Road.
East SussexEast Sussex is a county in southern England. Coupled with West Sussex, it used to make up the larger ceremonial county of Sussex. It consists of chalk uplands, river gaps, marshlands, both sand and clay soils, sandstone cliffs and forest, such as Ashdown Forest.

The county town is Lewes and other major populated settlements include Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill, Seaford, Rottingdean, Crowborough and Hailsham.

It also contains the large city/conurbation of Brighton and Hove, although this latter is its own unitary authority. Brighton has a whole host of attractions including the Royal Pavilion.

The county contains no motorways. Adjacent counties include Surrey, West Sussex and Kent. There are two universities based in the county; the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. 

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East Sussex Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting East Sussex Local Authority Councils at their address, telephone their local number, 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 East Sussex

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven, Lewes, Hailsham, Newborough and Rye.

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


  • Eagle Cottages, Landgate, Rye, TN31 7LY
  • 38 Udimore Road, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7DS
  • 22 High Street, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5AQ
  • 18 Jevington Close, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3 BB
  • 2 White Horse Cottages, Hurst Green, East Sussex, TN19 7QA

 

How do I arrange access?

On instruction, we take a few key details from you, one of which being the details of the estate agent managing the property. We then organise access with the estate agent and determine whether they hold keys to the property or if the property is accessed via the owner (vendor). We then let the estate agent know the surveyor's intended arrival time and finalise the survey date.

In the event that the property is accessed through the vendor, gaining access can be tricky. Often the vendor will have to find time away from work/private life in order to accommodate the survey which can lead to having to revise the date of survey. Often in worst case scenarios (i.e. the vendor being on holiday), the vendor can leave their keys with the estate agents or a neighbour who are then the port of call to arrange access.