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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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Home Buyers Survey Watford

Local Hertfordshire 
Building Surveyors

Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Watford 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.

Home Buyers Survey Watford

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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.

Watford HomeBuyers Survey

Panel of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - RICS Surveyors

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 HomeBuyers Report Watford and Building Surveys in Watford.

Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in Watford, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, inspects both the inside and the outside of your property and searches in particular for subsidence, damp, infestations and any cracks or other damage to the property. The procedure is non-intrusive.

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 are concerned about any defects with any property you are looking at buying in Watford, 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.

Home Buyer Survey tips for buying in Watford


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).
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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."
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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 local to you. To find out more got 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 near me in 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 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 report you need to know what defects there are with your property.

You can see some of our expert surveyors by clicking here - 


Home Buyers Survey Watford

Recently completed surveys near you:

  • 53 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

 

Can you attend the Survey with the surveyor?

Most surveyors do not allow the client on site whilst carrying out their inspection. They have a long list of defects that they need to check for and they cannot be distracted from the job in hand as they can be held to account for any missed defects.

The surveyors' professional indemnity insurance does not cover for bringing any third party on site with them while they are completing their inspection, therefore, in the event of any damage being sited by a vendor while the survey is taking place, the surveyor would be liable and uninsured.

On the day of the survey if you have any concerns you can make the surveyor aware of this so they can pay special attention to these areas during their inspection.