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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 Ipswich

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Ipswich 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 Ipswich

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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.

Ipswich 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 Ipswich and Building Surveys in Ipswich.

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 you are concerned about any defects with any property you are looking at buying in Ipswich, 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 Ipswich


Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and dates back at least as far as the Roman period.

It has several medieval Ipswich churches, the grandest being St Mary le Tower, rebuilt by the Victorians. Holy Trinity Church by Ipswich Waterfront is one of the few churches in the country which was built during the reign of William IV.

Districts outside the town centre include Bixley Farm, Broke Hall, California, Castle Hill, The Dales, Gainsborough, Greenwich, Kesgrave (which is actually a separate town situated in Suffolk Coastal District), Maidenhall, Pinewood, Priory Heath, Racecourse, Ravenswood (built on a former airfield), Rose Hill, Rushmere, Springvale, St Margarets, Stoke, Warren Heath, Westbourne, Whitehouse and Whitton.

New build developments include Grafton Way, where 250 homes (135 houses, 120 flats) are set to be built; Lower Brook Street, which is earmarked for a 51-home retirement development; Rope Walk, where the former county council offices at St Edmund House have been converted into 74 flats and Museum Street, where original townhouses built in the 18th and 19th century are set to be refurbished, among other projects.



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Properties in Ipswich which are built in close proximity to the River Gipping, in streets such as Alderman Road and Canham Street, are in areas 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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Properties sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in Ipswich.

In a recent environmental search, taken out for a property in Freehold Road, the report noted that there was a moderate potential for natural ground instability within 50m of the property.

This should not be taken to mean that the property in question actually suffered/suffers from subsidence however as "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."

Click to find out more about subsidence
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Some properties in Ipswich may be located in an area which is subject to a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

A recent local authority search for a property in Eider Close revealed that it was within a CIL area.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. Development may be liable for a charge under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), if your local planning authority has chosen to set a charge in its area.

Click to find out more about the Community Infrastructure Levy(CIL)
Suffolk.pngSuffolk is a county in the East Anglian region of England. It is very low-lying with few hills and the soil type is very arable. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Other than the county town, Ipswich, other important towns in the county include Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket (which is where the UK horse racing industry is based) and Felixstowe (one of the largest container ports in Europe). Adjacent counties include Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Suffolk hosts one university, the University of Suffolk and there are no motorways in the county. The nearest large airport is Stansted. The main transport hub is Ipswich, which offers frequent direct train services to London Liverpool Street.

Suffolk is the home of the Greene King brewery – and you can visit the headquarters – and Branston Pickle. The county was home to two of the UK's most famous painters, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. More latterly, Bernie Ecclestone, Ed Sheeran, Tim Westwood and Ralph Fiennes hail from the county. Lowestoft Ness in the county is Britain’s most easterly point and the smallest pub in Britain is the Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds which opened in 1867.
 

Listed Building Surveyors Ipswich

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 Ipswich

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Ipswich Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Ipswich Borough Council at Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2DE, telephone 01473 432 000, 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.

Home buyers survey near me in Ipswich

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Martlesham, Claydon, Bramford, Copdock, Trimley St Mary, Woodbridge and Hintlesham.

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

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • 86 Siloam Place, Ipswich, IP3 0FE
  • 147 Freehold Road, Ipswich, IP4 5JP
  • 637 Bramford Rd, Ipswich IP1 5BD
  • 73 Cliff Ln, Ipswich IP3 0PQ
  • 189 Brunswick Rd, Ipswich IP4 4DB

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

When you buy a home with a mortgage your Mortgage Lender requires you to get a mortgage valuation to assess how much your property is actually worth. You have to pay for this survey and often you may think this is also a structural assessment to identify defects.

Sadly the mortgage valuation is just for the mortgage lender which means you need to get your own independent survey of the property that you'd like to buy in Ipswich to make sure there aren't any defects.

There is some confusion as the mortgage valuation is often referred to as a survey and so many buyers assume this is what is meant by 'have you done your survey?' It is important that when buying a property in Ipswich that you arrange your own HomeBuyers Survey that reports on defects or potential issues with the property.

The two types of HomeBuyers Survey to choose from are the HomeBuyers Report or the Building Survey. Buying without a survey could leave you exposed to any repair costs or defects that you didn't spot. The costs of underpinning a property due to subsidence run into the £10,000s so it is important to get a survey to check for this type of defect. Buy your HomeBuyers Survey - call 0333 344 3234.

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