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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 Kent

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Kent 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 Kent

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Delivery of Reports

We normally have availability within days of you booking and our turnaround for homebuyers survey reports is within 5 working days.

Kent HomeBuyers Survey

Panel of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - RICS Surveyors

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 Kent and Building Surveys in Kent.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in Kent, 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)
Should any issues be flagged up in the Home Buyers Survey, our surveyor will tell you what you need to do to get more in-depth advice on the extent and seriousness of the issue and what needs to be done to remedy it. 

If you are worried about a crack or cracks or indeed any other defects that you think your property in Kent has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might snowball into many thousands of pounds further down the line. As an example of the costs, underpinning a property due to subsidence can be upwards of £10,000.

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 Kent


Kent is an affluent county with a large coastline and has a series of ridges and valleys running east-west across the county. Areas where it adjoins London are part of the urban sprawl, such as Dartford; areas along the coast are dominated by several large coastal towns, such as Folkestone and Dover, and the mid-part of Kent has urban areas and a fair few rural ones.

Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Ashford, and Folkestone are built on greensand while Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells are built on sandstone. Dartford, Gravesend, the Medway towns, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Canterbury, Deal, and Dover are built on chalk.

Canterbury Cathedral is the United Kingdom's metropolitan cathedral; it was founded in AD 598 and displays architecture from all periods. There are nine Anglo-Saxon churches in Kent. Rochester Cathedral is England's second oldest cathedral, the present building built in the Early English Style.

Kent has three unique vernacular architecture forms: the Oast house, the Wealden hall house, and Kentish peg-tiles.



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Properties in Kent built in close proximity to the path of the River Rother and the River Medway, the Great Stour and other water courses have been 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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According to the UK Government's Public Health England, some areas of Kent, including around Rochester and Chatham and particularly including a large area of land between Folkestone and Dover and extending northwards (including Aylesham for example and streets such as Spinney Lane in Aylesham), are in a raised radon area, with properties built there having a higher probability than average of experiencing ground Radon emissions.

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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Some properties in Kent may be built in areas where there are natural cavities nearby, which can affect ground stability.


A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Tubbenden Lane near Orpington indicated that there were natural cavities located within 250m of the property, creating a moderate potential for natural ground instability in the area within 50m of the property.

Click to find out more about subsidence
Kent.pngKent, romantically described as 'the garden of England', is a coastal county in the England's south eastern corner. Because it borders Greater London, it is classed as one of the home counties. It contains the Weald and the North Downs. Kent's county town is Maidstone. Other large cities include Gillingham, Chatham, Ashford, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Margate, Dartford and Gravesend. 

Kent has many port towns including Dover, Folkestone and Margate. Adjacent counties include East Sussex, Surrey, Essex (across the River Thames) and, as stated earlier, Greater London. Curiously, Kent used to contain an enclave north of the River Thames until 1965 which equates now to the E16 postcode area and which has now been reclassified as part of the London Borough of Newham. JMW Turner, the great impressionist painter, spent part of his childhood in Margate and regularly returned there in later life. The coastline of East Kent is regarded as the inspiration for many of his works, particularly his fantastic seascapes.
 

Listed Building Surveyors Kent

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 Kent

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Kent Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Kent 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.

Home buyers survey near me in Kent

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Gillingham, Maidstone, Chatham, Forest Gate and Tunbridge Wells.

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

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • 38 Quarry Road, Tonbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2EZ
  • 13 Bellegrove Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 3PA
  • The Cottage, Vicarage Road, Yalding, Kent, ME18 6DR
  • 33 St Georges Crescent, Aycliffe, Dover, Kent, CT17 9HW
  • 35a Castleton Avenue, Barnehurst, Kent, DA7 6QT

 

Why does the surveyor need to be local

It is important to get a surveyor to attend the property who is local to your area.

A local surveyor will have extensive local knowledge of the area and will know if there are any issues that occur on properties locally. A local surveyor will also be aware of the market conditions in the area and it is more than likely that they have surveyed properties of a similar condition before.

It is also more efficient to work with a surveyor who is local to Kent or who is used to completing surveys in England as driving for several hours to complete a survey can delay the report turnaround.