Home Buyers Survey Exeter

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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"

Val Edwards, Trustpilot review in November 2018.

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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 Exeter

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Exeter 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?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in Exeter, inspects both the inside and the outside of your property and searches in particular for subsidence, damp, infestations and any cracks or other damage to the property.

The procedure, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is non-intrusive.

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 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 in Exeter having any other defects then you MUST get a 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 Exeter


Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon and stretches back to before Roman times as a settlement. It expanded greatly in the 19th century with the wool trade and particularly when the railway arrived in 1844. Its cathedral was originally founded in 1050 and many of its period buildings were built using local dark red sandstone.

There are medieval buildings in Castle Street, Georgian terraces in Belmont Road, Victorian terraces in Elton Road and any number of detached, semi-detached and terrace properties built during the 20th century such as the 1930s detached properties in Hill Barton Road and the ex-council properties in Burnt House Lane.

New build developments include the apartments in Exeter Quay and the detached houses in Baring Crescent.


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Properties in Exeter which are built in close proximity to the River Exe, the Alphin Brook and the Nadder Brook, in streets such as Cowick Street and Regent Street, are in an area where flood warnings and alerts are issued 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, Exeter, including streets such as South Gate and Magdalen Street - B3212, 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 [HIGHEST PERCENTAGE YOU'VE NOTED] (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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Your RICS surveyor inspects drains during a survey of a property in , where the drain cover is accessible and on the site of the property.

If the drains are reported to be blocked you may need to employ a drainage company to inspect the drains with CCTV such as Metro Rod (Exeter).
Devon.pngDevon is a county in South West England and Exeter is its county town. It has two coastlines with both cliffs and sandy shores and the county has many seaside resorts and fishing ports on the coast whereas inland, terrain is rural and predominantly hilly. Population density is low compared to many other counties. The county also contains Dartmoor, the largest open space in southern England. Adjoining counties include Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Largest towns in the county, other than the city of Exeter include Plymouth (a city twice as large in population as Exeter and which is its own unitary authority), Torquay, Paignton, Exmouth, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple.

The county has motorway, the M5 (connecting Exeter with Birmingham), and Exeter has an international airport. There are 3 universities in the county; the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth and the University of St Mark & St John.

The county contains the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor (shared with Somerset). Devon is famous for cream teas, has its own form of wrestling and contains the only place with an exclamation mark in its name in the UK - Westward Ho! 

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

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Exeter Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Exeter City Council at Civic Centre, Paris St, Exeter, EX1 1JJ, telephone 01392 277 888, 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 Exeter

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Bovey Tracey, Exmouth, Dawlish, Crediton, Silverton, Crouchfields and Uffculme.

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


  • Flat 2, 4 Lansdowne Terrace, Exeter, EX2 4JJ
  • 8 Colleton Hill, Exeter, EX2 4AS
  • 22 Bedford St, Exeter EX1 1GJ
  • 332 Pinhoe Rd, Exeter EX4 8AJ
  • 121 Okehampton Rd, Exeter EX4 1EP

 

Does your surveyor check your electrics?

Your RICS surveyor will switch lights in a room on and off to see if the electrical supply is connected while carrying out their inspection for your RICS Home Buyers Survey.

However, they won't carry out any in-depth inspection of the electrical supply or check the wiring for example: this is beyond their scope of work. Their primary focus is on detecting signs and suspicions of major property defects such as subsidence and rising damp.

That said, invariably they can recommend a trusted local electrical tradesperson if you ask them to.