Home Buyers Survey Leatherhead

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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 Leatherhead

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Building Surveyors

Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Leatherhead 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 in a HomeBuyers Report Leatherhead and Building Surveys in Leatherhead.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

A RICS Home Buyers Survey non-intrusively inspects both the external and internal structure of a property for matters which include these, among others; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

If you are thinking of buying a property in Leatherhead, it is vitally important to book a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, for your peace of mind.

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. A damp meter is used in a HomeBuyers Report Leatherhead survey and the readings included within the report.


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If the Home Buyers Survey shows up any such problems in your property in Leatherhead, our appointed surveyor will explain to you what you should do to get more in-depth information about the type and scope of the matter and what is required to fix it.

If you are worried about any defects that you think your property has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might grow to many thousands of pounds as time progresses.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.

Survey tips for properties in Leatherhead


Leatherhead is a town in Surrey. It runs near to the path of Stane Street, an old Roman road, and its parish church was restored in the Victorian era. The Running Horse pub dates back to 1403.

The town expanded considerably in the mid-19th century when 2 railways arrived at the town. The private St John's School was built in the 1870s.

There are some Georgian properties and more Victorian properties in the locale, although much of the housing was built in the early 20th century and then much more recently. 

The centre of the town was redeveloped from the 1970s and early 1980s and there are a fair number of new developments, such as in Kingston Road.



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Properties in Leatherhead which are located in close proximity to the River Mole and its tributaries, channels and feeders, in streets such as Cannon Grove, Cannon Way, Cobham Road and Mill Lane, are in areas which 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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Properties in some areas of Leatherhead may be affected by environmental constraints.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Guildford Road, KT22 9DS revealed that the property was within 250m of an area likely to be impacted by environmental constraints. These included Ancient Woodland and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Surrey Hills.

Areas which have been designated as having environmental or historical importance may impose constraints on property or land developments or alterations.
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Properties sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in Leatherhead.

In a recent environmental search, taken out for a property in Guildford Road, KT22 9DS, the report noted that there was a moderate potential for natural ground instability within 250m 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."

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SurreySurrey is located in the south east of England and is well known for its high property prices and leafy areas. Guildford is the county town, however Surrey County Council can be found just up the A3 in the neighbouring town Kingston Upon Thames. It was in Dorking in Surrey at the White Horse where Charles Dickens wrote much of his Pickwick Papers and apparently based many of the characters on local people

The University of Surrey can be found in Guildford, however Surrey also hosts the Royal Holloway University of London (Egham), University of Law & Kingston University. HG Wells, writer of War of the Worlds, lived at Horsell Common in Woking in Surrey when he wrote the book and this is where, in the book, the Martians first land on Earth. 

Listed Building Surveyors Leatherhead
We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in the Leatherhead area including its surrounds including e.g. Great Bookham and Cobham.

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Leatherhead Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Mole Valley District Council at Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ, telephone 01306 885001, 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 Leatherhead

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Great Bookham, Epsom, Cobham, Ashtead, Fetcham, Box Hill and Mickleham.

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

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • 12 Buffers Lane, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7XG
  • 29 Eastwick Drive, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, KT23 3PY
  • 58 Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7BW
  • 2 Cannon Grove, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9JZ
  • 19 Linden Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7JB

 

What’s the difference between a HomeBuyer Report and a Building Survey?

When it comes to property surveys for home buyers there are two main choices.

The first is the RICS HomeBuyer Report; this survey is specifically designed for post-1950s flats/bungalows/maisonettes or houses of standard construction. The report uses a 'traffic light' format to indicate the opinion of the surveyor on the various aspects of the building under consideration. The HomeBuyer Report includes a current market valuation as standard which can be used to compare with your property's agreed asking price.

The second option is the RICS Building Survey; this survey is reserved for older and larger properties that may have had the original fabric of the property altered or have unique features (i.e. a thatched roof). It is the most detailed visual inspection that can be carried out.

While it doesn’t include the property valuation that comes as standard with a HomeBuyer Report, many surveyors will often include in it an estimate of the cost of works for maintenance or upgrades to help with repairs or renovation to the property.