Home Buyers Survey Leighton Buzzard

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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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Leighton Buzzard HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Leighton Buzzard 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 RICS 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 is non-intrusive.

If you are thinking of buying a property in Leighton Buzzard, it is highly advisable to book one, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report,.

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 the Home Buyers Survey shows up any such problems, 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 in Leighton Buzzard 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 Leighton Buzzard


Leighton Buzzard is where the Grand Union Canal originated and hosts All Saints Church which dates from 1277 and has a network of tunnels under the High Street thought to date from medieval times.

The railway arrived in 1838 and brought with it considerable expansion of the populace and housing. The town has period properties such as the Victorian detached homes in South Street and there are many bungalows in and around the area such as in Lynwood Road, Brooklands Drive and Lime Grove, most of which were built in the early 20th century.

There are many modern semi-detached houses and town houses in the town such as in Mannock Way, Theedway and Lindler Court. Modern detached houses can be found in Willow Bank Walk, King Street and Stanbridge Road Terrace. There are numerous semi-detached and terrace houses built in the interwar period.

The town is currently being expanded eastwards with up to 4,500 homes planned for the Luton/Dunstable/Houghton Regis growth area including 35% affordable housing.

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Properties in Leighton Buzzard which are built close to the River Ouzel and the Clipstone Brook, in roads such as Windsor Avenue and Brookside Walk, 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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A recent Environmental Search for a property in Himley Green, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2PY, stated that the dwelling was within 50m of an area with potential for natural ground instability.

The British Geological Survey has assessed the area of search as having moderate potential for natural ground instability. This does not necessarily mean there is cause for concern in terms of the property's stability. 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. A house buyers survey is advised to look for signs of property damage that may indicate poor natural ground conditions.
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Overhead lines and phone masts can be contentious and may have a visual impact on the surrounding area.

A recent Environmental Search stated that a property in Himley Green, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2PY was within 250m of overhead power lines or mobile phone masts.
Bedfordshire.pngBedfordshire is often abbreviated to Beds and is a county located to the East of England. It is a ceremonial county and a historic county, covered by three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton. Bedfordshire is bordered by Cambridgeshire to the northeast, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the southeast.

Bedford itself is halfway between Oxford and Cambridge and a railway line nicknamed the Varsity or Brain Line used to connect the two universities. Bedfordshire contains the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as Woburn Abbey and Safari Park. John Bunyan, author of the Pigrim's Progress, was from the county (born Elstow, just south of Bedford) and actually spent 12 years in Bedford Gaol for his nonconformist views regarding the restoration of the monarchy! 

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Leighton Buzzard Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Central Bedfordshire Council at Bayard Place, Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1FZ, telephone 0300 300 8307, 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 Leighton Buzzard

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Dunstable, Bletchley, Aylesbury, Aston Abbotts, Woburn, Dogmersfield and Stewkley.

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


  • High Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DN
  • 1 Home Farm, Paddington Rd, Tedworth, LU7 9QD
  • 96a Old Road, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 2RE
  • 96a and 96b Old Road, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 2RE
  • 53 Himley Green, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2PY

 

What is included in a Building Survey?

The Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors provides guidance on what you can expect to have included in your survey report.

The main areas included in the inspection are assessments for signs of subsidence, testing for damp, a review of drains and a loft and roof space inspection.

Checks are also made to identify any signs of asbestos or infestation which may require further specialist checks.

Utilities are assessed and any recommendations made if any concerns about age and condition are identified.

Testing of equipment cannot be carried out as tests can only be carried out by qualified specialists such as plumbers or electricians based locally in Leighton Buzzard.

The surveyor provides recommendations in the legal section of the report which should be passed to the legal adviser carrying out the conveyancing to ensure any necessary enquiries are raised with the vendor’s solicitor.