Home Buyers Survey Slough

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"First Class Service. We are more than impressed with the quick, professional service we have received from this company, very clear report with good Photograph, of areas of interest, also the Team followed up the report with a phone call to make sure we understood the information that we had received. EXCELLENT. Thank you"

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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 Slough 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 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 Slough.

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.


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If you are concerned about any defects with any property you are looking at buying in Slough, 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 Slough


Slough has seen extensive redevelopment in the last century or so and this can be seen in its housing. The closer to the centre you go, the more likely that an area has been redeveloped, however there are survivals from many housing eras.

This is even the case with some of its previously industrial areas, many of which have been redeveloped into modern housing. 

However the outlying parts of Slough and moving towards locations close by such as Datchet, you frequently see Victorian detached (such as can be seen in Eton Road) and semi-detached properties. Alpha Street and Ledgers Road have classic Victorian terraces.

There are many new build developments, such as in Windsor Road, Langley Road and Castleview Road, some of which are made up of very large dwellings. Shared ownership is also quite common; this is offered in places like, for example, Northampton Place, Pursers Court and Skye Lodge.



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Properties built in close proximity to the water courses around the Upton Court Park area of Slough and Ditton Park are sometimes subject to flood alerts and warnings, such as in Creak Cottage and Ditton Park Road.

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 RICS surveyor conducting a RICS Home Buyers Survey on a property in Slough will also visually examine central heating elements and make recommendations where these are relevant.
A recent RICS building survey carried out on a property in St Johns Road noted the following:

"There is a build-up of scale on the stop valves each side of the pump in the roof. This normally occurs due to minor leakage from the unions. I recommend that a plumber is engaged to drain down the system, remove the valves and fit new valves of a better quality. The system will then need to be refilled."

If you need a central heating engineer in Slough, you should use a recommended, experienced company such as Tru-Heat, 72 Barnfield, Slough SL1 5JW.
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Properties in some areas of Slough may be affected by being built on or close to contaminated land or land which may be contaminated.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Millbrook Way revealed that the property was built within 25m of land which may be contaminated. The risk factors listed included 'other potential contaminative land uses', which detailed a factory and mineral products non-metallic (including abrasives and asbestos).

Suspected contaminated land may have many implications for a property built on or it and, if this is flagged up, the report sets down the next steps you should take.
To find out more about what you need to do if a property you're looking to buy is built on suspected contaminated land, click on Buying a Property on Contaminated Land? What you need to do
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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Slough Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Slough Borough Council at Landmark Place High Street Slough SL1 1JL, telephone 01753 475 111, 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 Slough

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Windsor, Maidenhead, Datchet, Eton, Farnham Royal, Holyport and Stoke Poges.

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


Recently completed Home Buyers Survey in Slough:


  • 72 Norway Drive, Wexham, Slough, Berkshire SL2 5QW
  • 31 Millstream Lane, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 5DY
  • Oak Cottage, 42 Eton Road, Datchett, Slough, SL3 9AY
  • 53 Langley Road, Slough, Berks, SL3 7AH
  • 37 Salt Hill Way, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3TR

 

How long does my survey inspection take?

The only definitive answer that can be given is ‘as long as the surveyor needs to complete a thorough inspection of all relevant areas of the property'.

Naturally, each property varies in scope and will have its own individual features that need to be commented upon – you wouldn’t expect a modern 2 bed flat to take the same amount of time as a 7 bed, Victorian manor house!

Many surveyors might, for example, take 2 hours or so doing an inspection but you cannot specifically predict this for any particular property.