Home Buyers Survey Ongar

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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 Ongar

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Building Surveyors

Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Ongar 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.

Ongar 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 Ongar and Building Surveys in Ongar.

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; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

The goal of the Home Buyers Survey, whether the Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or the HomeBuyers Report, is to provide reassurance when buying a home and this is the case if you are considering buying a property in Ongar.

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 Ongar survey and the readings included within the report.


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If they find any issues during the inspection of your property in Ongar, our surveyor will flag them up in the Home Buyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them. An example of this is where the surveyor finds evidence of woodworm infestation. 

If you are concerned about any other defects with the property 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.

Survey tips for properties in Ongar


Ongar, or Chipping Ongar, is a small market town in Essex to the northeast of London's borders and used to be on the Central Line on a single track branch which connected to its present eastern terminus of Epping. It hosts the remains of a Norman castle, Ongar Castle, buiklt in the late 11th/early 12th century. It also contains St Andrew's Parish Church (in Greensted), thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world.

Some houses in Ongar date back to the 14th century and there are many surviving properties from the Georgian and Victorian eras, particularly detached homes and villas, although many of these have been converted into flats.

There are plenty of homes built in the 20th century, predominantly detached or semi-detached houses with some terrace housing. You can, for example, find semi-detached houses built around the turn of the century in Castle Street. More modern flats can be found also, such as Waterloo House. Large modern detached mansions can be found in Willingale.

There is a council estate, which mainly contains sturdy semi-detached properties built from the 1920s, in Wood Lane.

New build developments include the 154 homes planned for land adjacent to High Ongar Road and 135 homes planned for land on Bowes Field.


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Properties in Ongar, including Chipping Ongar and High Ongar, which are built in close proximity to the River Roding and Cripsey Brook, in streets such as High Street, the Borough and Longfields, are in an area 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 in some areas of Ongar are built in designated smoke control areas.

A recent local authority search done for a dwelling in The Gables noted that the property was in such a smoke control area.

Under the terms of Section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993, smoke emissions from all buildings are prohibited unless an exemption has been made by the Secretary of State under Section 21 of the Act.
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Your RICS surveyor inspects drains during a survey of a property in Ongar, where the drain cover is accessible and on the site of the property.

If the drains are reported to be blocked you may need to employ a drainage company to inspect the drains with CCTV such as London Drainage Facilities.
EssexEssex is not only a coastal county (the North Sea is to its east) but a home county because it touches Greater London on its eastern borders. Its settlements vary from Colchester, which is very historical and used to be the capital of England as Camulodunum, to Southend, a seaside resort, to Basildon, which is a comparatively modern urban development. The western side of Essex hosts many London workers and there are fast rail links to, for example, Shenfield from London Liverpool Street which aid many city workers.

Essex's county town is Chelmsford (and is the county's only city), where Essex County Cricket Club are based. Essex hosts Stansted Airport and attractions such as the Lakeside Shopping Centre, near Thurrock and Epping Forest, a popular forest for camping and other activities. A large proportion of Essex's boundaries are water (the River Thames and the North Sea), the remainder includes Greater London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Kent is across the River Thames to the south. 

Listed Building Surveyors Ongar
We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in the Ongar area including its surrounds including e.g. Marden Ash and Fyfield.

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Ongar Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Epping Forest District Council at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ, telephone 01992 564 189, 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 Ongar

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Marden Ash, Greensted Green, Fyfield, North Weald Bassett, Moreton, Barlborough and Norton Mandeville.

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

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • 3 The Gables, Ongar, Essex CM5 0GA
  • 103 High St, Ongar, Essex CM5 9DX
  • 42 The St, Ongar CM5 9NE
  • 37a Amesbury Close, Epping, CM16 4JA
  • 4 Hobbs Cross Cottages, Theydon Garnon, Epping CM16 7NY

 

Do you need a RICS Building Survey for a new flat?

The RICS HomeBuyers Report is specifically designed to be an ideal home buyers survey for flats and bungalows and smaller, more modern properties in general.

Your RICS surveyor checks all areas that are accessible within the property for the report, notes any suspicions of property defects such as subsidence and damp and will give a general review of the construction and condition of the property.

The report also gives you a market valuation and reinstatement cost.

A RICS Building Survey is more suited to older properties, larger properties and/or those which have been extended and those made of non-standard construction materials.