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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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Top tips for a Reading Home Buyers Survey


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).
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.
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.

Listed Building Surveyors Reading

We have local RICS surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in Reading. To find out more got to - Listed Building Surveys - Building Surveyor and Survey Cost in Reading

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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.

Home Buyers Survey in and around Reading

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Earley, Newbury, Twyford, Wokingham, Pangbourne, Caversham and Bracknell.

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 surveys near you:

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

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Building Surveyors

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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Delivery of Reports

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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Panel of RICS Surveyors

Ranging from 10 to 40 years 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 Home Buyers Survey in Reading.

Home Buyers 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.

Click to find out how much does a house survey cost (free, no obligation quote)
If you're buying a home in Reading which shows the signs of damp, or any other defects then you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey. 

The costs for making good or repairing some of these defects can run into thousands of pounds; however, If identified within a survey you can get quotes for fixing it and either share the costs with the seller, or, in worst case examples, choose not to proceed.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.
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FREE Online Conveyancing Process for Buyers

Includes online checklists, videos, downloads and tips - plus it is completely free to use from start to finish and saves your progress along the way.


 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

Any number of people have been understandably confused between a mortgage valuation and a HomeBuyers Survey.

Your lender conducts its own valuation on the property in Reading you intend to buy to check that it is lending you the right sum of money in relation to the property's value. It is not intended to examine any defects the property may have.

When you book a HomeBuyers Survey from us, as well as receiving an independent valuation of the property you wish to buy, the primary focus is to establish whether the property has any defects which you should know about, for example rising damp or subsidence, which might, particularly as time passes, end up requiring even tens of thousands of pounds to put right.

This knowledge is naturally of great use to you, given how much you are intending to spend. You might, on the strength of the information, provided, negotiate with the seller to contribute towards the costs of repairing the defects or even pull out buying the property entirely.


Most importantly, any HomeBuyers Survey is squarely for your benefit and is independent of both your lender - if you are buying with a mortgage - and your vendor. Call 0118 324 0432 to get yours and to help your peace of mind.

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