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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

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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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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.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey, 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. It is highly recommended that you get one, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, if you are thinking of buying a property in Watford.

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. A damp meter is used in a HomeBuyers Report Watford survey and the readings included within the report.


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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.

Survey tips for properties 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 in the Watford area including its surrounds including e.g. Aldenham and Bushey.

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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.

RICS Find a surveyor 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

 

My property is a period flat, do I need a building survey?

This is a commonly asked question and it depends on the property to be inspected.

For a homebuyers report the surveyor is inspecting the property itself and common parts. If the property is a first floor flat with a garden flat below and a top floor flat above, there really is very little merit in instructing a full building survey as the surveyor has limits to what he can comment on.

If however the property to be purchased is the garden flat, then the surveyor is likely to have access to the front and rear of the property so is able to complete a more thorough inspection and therefore able to provide a more detailed report. So a building survey would be possible.

Always provide the postcode so that you can get guidance on what survey best suit your property.