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Watford's town grew rapidly when it was linked to the Grand Union Canal (1798) and the railway (1837).

You can find properties from many different periods here (the High Street has many brick fronts from the 18th century) although much of the housing dates from the 20th century onwards, for example the developments in Callowland (North Watford) and West Watford, many of which date from the first two decades of the 20th century and consist largely of terraces and semi-detached homes.

The council built municipal housing as well, particularly after the 1st World War, when the Harebreaks estate was developed. The Meriden Estate was built in the 1960s and mainly consists of 2 purpose-built tower blocks.

There are many new build developments, such as High Elms (Woodside Road) and St Margaret's Park. Shared ownership is also quite common, such as can be found in Ashleigh Court and Water Lane.



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Properties in Watford which are built close to the River Colne and its valley and the River Gade, such as in Radlett Road and Rickmansworth Road, 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).
If you get a RICS home buyer survey for the property in Watford which you're looking to buy, the surveyor will consider the local environment, among other matters, for any potentially detrimental issues.

In a recent RICS HomeBuyer Report for a dwelling in Mead Way, the surveyor advised the following regarding landfill and pollution:

"As a precaution, we advise that you instruct your legal adviser to obtain an Enviro All-in-One Report and any adverse result should be referred back to the inspecting surveyor as it could have a detrimental effect on the resaleability and therefore market value."
Properties in some areas of Watford may be affected by overhead power lines.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property Bucknalls Lane revealed that there were overhead power lines within 250m of the dwelling.

Overhead power lines and phone masts can be contentious and additionally may have a visual impact on the surrounding area.

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 Watford

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

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Watford Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Watford Borough Council at Hempstead Road, Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 3EX, telephone 01923 226 400, 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 Watford

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Aldenham, Rickmansworth, Bushey, Northwood, Moor Park, Rotherhithe and Abbots Langley.

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


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Recently completed surveys near you:

  • Catalonia Apartments, Metropolitan Station Approach, Watford, Herts, WD18 7BN
  • 1 Tolpits Close, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 7SX
  • 19 Diamond Rd, Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 5EN
  • 33 Sidmouth Close, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD19 7QN
  • 95a North Western Avenue, Watford, Herts, WD25 0AG

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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 Watford.

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 Watford 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 Watford 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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Can I be present during my Building Survey?

As standard, surveyors do not allow clients on site with them for several reasons. Most importantly, surveyors have a third party liability insurance that covers them whilst they are on the property in the unlikely event of any damages, this does not extend to the client and as such the surveyor would be liable in the event of any damages to the property.

The other reason is that the surveyor is there to do a job and has a long list of defects to look out for which requires their full attention. The presence of the client will understandably cause distractions and may cause the surveyor to miss something, not only could this lead the client to seeking restitution, it would ultimately affect the quality of the survey the client had paid for.