Home Buyers Survey High Wycombe

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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 High Wycombe 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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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 involves an examination of the structure of the inside and the outside of a property aimed at pinpointing issues such as subsidence, damp, cracks, infestation and damage. The survey, 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.

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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 you're buying a home in High Wycombe which shows the signs of damp, or any other defects then you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey. 

The costs for making good or repairing some of these defects can run into thousands of pounds; however, If identified within a survey 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 High Wycombe


High Wycombe was substantially rebuilt from 1932, particularly the Newland area. St Mary's Street and the area around it have some excellent Georgian and Victorian properties. The town centre was rebuilt in the 1960s.

The High Street, however, has a number of 18th and 19th century buildings. It ends at the colonnaded Guildhall that was built in 1757 and renovated in 1859. The small octagonal-shaped Cornmarket opposite, known locally as the Pepper Pot, was rebuilt in 1761. The large parish church of All Saints[71] was founded in 1086, enlarged in the 18th century and extensively restored in 1889.

Frogmore still has some surviving Victorian buildings. There are larger blocks of flats built in the recent era around Queen Alexandra Road to accommodate the students who attend Buckinghamshire New University.

New builds are available in Daws Hill Lane, for example Doolittle Village. A large number are modern terrace houses and town houses.



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Properties in High Wycombe which are built near the River Wye, such as in Victoria Street and Oakridge 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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There are a number of environmental factors that can effect a property in High Wycome, one of which is the close proximity of the property to an area of environmental or historical importance.

This was flagged in a recent Environmental Report for Scholars Rise, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, HP14 3FL, as the property was built on the Chilterns which was designated on the 30th March 1990 as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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In section E2 of the HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor will review the roof coverings. This is completed through an inspection of accessible parts up to 3m and with the use of binoculars.

An example of the information included from a survey in City Road, Radnage, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4DW is "The main roof is of a traditional pitched design formed in a cut timber frame with a ridge, purlins and rafters, all clad with concrete tiles. The covering appears in reasonable condition to type and age. The underlining provided to the underside of the roof covering appears in reasonable condition to type and age. The roof structure is generally performing its function adequately and there is no deflection, sagging or any defects noted and no significant repair work necessary".
BuckinghamshireBuckinghamshire is a county which touches the western edges of the Greater London Area and is mainly rural in aspect. Many of the towns and villages on the eastern edges of the county serve as commuter dormitories for London workers, such as Amersham, Chesham and the Chalfonts. The section of the Chiltern Line, which links Aylesbury with London Marylebone via Amersham, has streamlined this daily journey for many workers in the City of London. Buckinghamshire's county town is Buckingham, but there are a number of larger settlements such as High Wycombe and Aylesbury. 

There is considerable affluence in many parts of the county, such as around Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Farnham Common and Stoke Poges. Denham Golf Club, which has its own station on the Chiltern Line, is the haunt of many celebrities who have dwellings in the area. The county is the site of the first modern private university to receive a charter, the University of Buckingham. Buckinghamshire has number of areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as Burnham Beeches and the Chilterns (including the Chess Valley).
 

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High Wycombe Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Wycombe District Council at Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BB, telephone 01494 461 000, 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 High Wycombe

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Beaconsfield, Marlow, Hazlemere, West Wycombe, Flackwell Heath, Highams Park and Handy Cross.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in High Wycombe. 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 High Wycombe we'll be able to give you the detailed report you need to know what defects there are with your property.

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Recently completed Home Buyers Survey in High Wycombe:


  • 147 Amersham Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 5AE
  • 16 Freemantle Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. HP13 7PQ
  • 34 Brimmers Hill, Widmer End, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP15 6NP
  • 27 Colborne Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6XZ
  • 7 Allen Drive, Walters Ash, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4SS

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

People have been known to confuse a mortgage valuation with a HomeBuyers Survey. This confusion can prove costly and end up in a home buyer having to fork out for expensive repair costs which should have been shared with the vendor with this reflected in a reduction in the original sale price. Your lender conducts its own mortgage valuation to calculate the value of the property you are looking at buying in High Wycombe and this is in no sense a report on structural defects.


A HomeBuyers Survey notes defects as well as including a full valuation of a property independently of the mortgage lender or anyone else. The information in it can be used to get quotes for the cost of fixing any issues and presents evidence for bargaining with the seller about sharing repair costs, if appropriate. Call 0333 344 3234 to get the best HomeBuyers Survey for your property in High Wycombe.