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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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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Reading 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 for you.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

A Home Buyers Survey is completed by a qualified RICS surveyor and delivers a visual inspection of the property in Reading and the surrounding garden. The aim of the survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is to identify potential risks or defects that you may not know are there such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

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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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 Reading 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. 

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

Survey tips for properties in Reading


Reading grew considerably when the railway arrived and the legacy of this is the number of Victorian and Edwardian properties still standing. These vary in size from large detached houses (such as you find in Alexandra Road and Kendrick Road) to terraced houses (such as in Caversham Road) to worker's cottages.

Reading's suburbs, including Woodley, Earley, Whitley, Tilehurst and Caversham, have mainly modern properties built since the 1950s. You find period properties in Sonning, such as Victorian terraced houses.

There are many new developments in and around Reading, such as Station Hill, opposite Reading Station, which is set to offer 300 flats, and those which can be found in Longwater Avenue.



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A considerable area of Reading, in the south and southwest and to the north, including buildings in streets such as Rose Kiln Lane and Brook Street West, is subject to flood warnings and alerts, particularly for dwellings built in close proximity to the River Kennet.

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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It is important to review the type of staircasing installed in the property.

In a Building Survey on Lindisfarne Way, Reading, Berks, RG2 0GS, it was noted the staircases was of softwood and plywood construction. The flights were in sound condition but as the soffites were covered with plasterboard no inspection of the actual structures was possible. There had been some shrinkage in the timbers which resulted in saps at the sides of the flights that should be filled prior to redecoration.
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A RICS Building Surveyor is not an expert on services (water, gas electrics) and whilst they comment in general terms on the installations, none of the services will be tested and they are therefore unable to report on their actual working performance. If you require any further information or tests, it is recommend that you engage the appropriate specialist such as Berkshire Sparks Electrical, 1 Quantock Avenue, Reading, RG4 6PY.
Berkshire.pngBerkshire is a county which touches a small part of the borders of West London. It is a home county (because it borders Greater London) and is often called Royal Berkshire because it contains Windsor and Windsor Castle. It hosts a number of iconic UK landmarks such as Ascot (Ascot Racecourse), Wentworth (Golf Course), Sunningdale (Golf Course), Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park and Eton School. Virginia Water was the first postcode area where the average property price exceeded one million.

Like many of the home counties, there are many essentially commuter dormitory settlements which house London workers. Reading (which is Berkshire's county town) in particular is a larger one and is popular because of its very fast rail links with Central London - there are many one-stop services to London Paddington and it is also due to be the western terminus of the Crossrail line. 

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Reading Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Reading Borough Council at Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU, telephone 0118 937 3787, 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 Reading

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Earley, Newbury, Twyford, Henley, Pangbourne, Wimbledon and Shinfield.

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


  • 186 Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6DL
  • 8 Matlock Road, Caversham Heights, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7BS
  • 3 Rotherfield Way, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8PJ
  • 10 Stanbury Gate, Spencers Wood, Reading, RG7 1SR
  • 44 Birdhill Avenue, Reading, RG2 7JU

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

People, particularly first time buyers, have been known to confuse a mortgage valuation with a HomeBuyers Survey. This confusion can prove costly and end up in a home buyer having to spend money on expensive repair costs which should have been divided up with the seller with this reflected in a reduction in the original sale price. Your lender conducts its own mortgage valuation to calculate the value of the property you are trying to buy in Reading and this is in no sense a report on structural defects.

A HomeBuyers Survey notes defects as well as including a full valuation of a property independently of the mortgage lender or anyone else. The information in it can be used to get quotes for the cost of fixing any issues and presents evidence for bargaining with the seller about sharing repair costs, if appropriate, or even deciding not to go ahead with buying a property. Call 0118 324 0432 and speak to our experts to book your HomeBuyers Survey.

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