Home Buyers Survey St Albans

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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 St Albans Home Buyers Survey


St Albans has many surviving properties going right back to when it was the Roman Verulamium. Fishpool Street has medieval and Georgian buildings for example.

You find Georgian houses in the central conservation area as well as in villages nearby such as Wheathampstead, Chidwick Bury and Aldenham. St Stephen's has houses from the 1930s onwards.

There are many new build developments in the area, such as Ziggurat House (Grosvenor Road) and those constructed in Summerfield Close, Camp Road and London Road. Some are offered as shared ownership. 


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Properties in St Albans built in promixity to the River Ver - including in Fishpool Street and St Michael's Street - 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).
Properties sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in St Albans.

In a recent environmental search, taken out for a property in Lime Tree Court, the report noted that there were natural cavities within 250m of the property.

This should not be taken to mean that the property in question actually suffered/suffers from subsidence however as "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."

Click to find out more about subsidence
A RICS home buyers survey can raise suspicions about whether extension work has been carried out correctly on properties in St Albans.
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A recent RICS building survey on a property in Watford Road had the following to say about a related matter:

"We would recommend that confirmation of Building Regulations approval for the construction of the extension, and for the conversion of the garage into habitable space, is obtained prior to exchange of contracts, to include a completion certificate. If this is not forthcoming, we would advise that a suitably qualified structural engineer is instructed to survey the property and that any recommendations are instigated."

HertfordshireHertfordshire is commonly abbreviated to the name Herts and is a county located in the south of England. it is bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south (it is classed as a 'Home County' for this reason). The county town of Hertfordshire is Hertford.

Hertfordshire has 3 motorways running through it - the M1, the M25 and the A1(M). It is particularly associated with new towns as it contains 5 in total: Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Letchworth. There are two airports just outside Hertfordshire's borders; Luton and Stansted. It also has a university, the University of Hertfordshire, which is in Hatfield. There are a number of independent schools in the area, including, for example, Haileybury (Turnford), St George's Harpenden, Haberdasher's Aske's (Elstree) and Berkhamsted.

For random facts; St Alban, who gave his name to the city in the county, was the earliest British saint - he was reputed to have been beheaded where the cathedral now stands; also Sele Mill near Hertford was the site of the first paper mill in Britain, established about 1488.

Listed Building Surveyors St Albans

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

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St Albans Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting St Albans City & District Council at Civic Centre St Peters Street St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3JE, telephone 01727 866 100, 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 St Albans

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Watford, London Colney, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Pinner and Harpenden.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake Home Buyers Surveys in St Albans. 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 St Albans we'll be able to give you the detailed St Albans HomeBuyers report that you will need to know and what defects there are with your property.


Home Buyers Survey St Albans

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • Buttermere Close, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TD
  • 2 Buttermere Close, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TD
  • 69 Normandy Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5PT
  • 2 Cadoxton Place, 29 Avenue Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3PY
  • 8 Westbourne Mews, St Albans, Herts, AL1 1LS

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of St Albans 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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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 St Albans.

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 St Albans 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 they find any issues during the inspection, our Surveyor will flag them up in the Home Buyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them.

If you are concerned about woodworm in connection with buying or selling a property in St Albans, or 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.
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How long does your survey take?

We book the earliest possible slot for your RICS surveyor to carry out their inspection for your RICS home buyers survey. Then, on the day, they visit the property and inspect all accessible areas, concentrating on signs and suspicions of defects and issues.

The actual time your surveyor takes over the inspection varies with each property – you can imagine that one for a small flat for a HomeBuyers Report will normally take less than one for a large mansion for a Building Survey. It is likely to be anything between 1 ½ hours to 3 hours.

SAM Conveyancing's RICS surveyors call you on the day of the inspection after carrying it out to go over any major concerns and findings and then they complete the report and return it to you within 5 working days.