Ipswich HomeBuyers Survey

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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.

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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 Surveyors use their local knowledge of Ipswich to ensure they deliver a detailed home 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 home reports are within 5 working days.

Ipswich HomeBuyers Survey

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All of our chartered RICS Surveyors are registered with and regulated by the Royal Institute 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 these, among others; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

Whichever you opt for out of a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, they are both excellent for peace of mind if you are considering buying a property in Ipswich.

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 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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The Home Buyer Survey will report on issues found, however you need to make sure that you choose the right Home Buyer Survey for your property because some defects require further detail and this is best served by booking a Building Survey.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.

Survey tips for properties in Ipswich


Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and dates back at least as far as the Roman period.

It has several medieval Ipswich churches, the grandest being St Mary le Tower, rebuilt by the Victorians. Holy Trinity Church by Ipswich Waterfront is one of the few churches in the country which was built during the reign of William IV.

Districts outside the town centre include Bixley Farm, Broke Hall, California, Castle Hill, The Dales, Gainsborough, Greenwich, Kesgrave (which is actually a separate town situated in Suffolk Coastal District), Maidenhall, Pinewood, Priory Heath, Racecourse, Ravenswood (built on a former airfield), Rose Hill, Rushmere, Springvale, St Margarets, Stoke, Warren Heath, Westbourne, Whitehouse and Whitton.

New build developments include Grafton Way, where 250 homes (135 houses, 120 flats) are set to be built; Lower Brook Street, which is earmarked for a 51-home retirement development; Rope Walk, where the former county council offices at St Edmund House have been converted into 74 flats and Museum Street, where original townhouses built in the 18th and 19th century are set to be refurbished, among other projects.



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Properties in Ipswich which are built in close proximity to the River Gipping, in streets such as Alderman Road and Canham Street, are in areas where flood warnings and alerts are issued 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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Properties sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in Ipswich.

In a recent environmental search, taken out for a property in Freehold Road, the report noted that there was a moderate potential for natural ground instability within 50m 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."

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Some properties in Ipswich may be located in an area which is subject to a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

A recent local authority search for a property in Eider Close revealed that it was within a CIL area.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. Development may be liable for a charge under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), if your local planning authority has chosen to set a charge in its area.

Click to find out more about the Community Infrastructure Levy(CIL)
Suffolk.pngSuffolk is a county in the East Anglian region of England. It is very low-lying with few hills and the soil type is very arable. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Other than the county town, Ipswich, other important towns in the county include Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket (which is where the UK horse racing industry is based) and Felixstowe (one of the largest container ports in Europe). Adjacent counties include Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Suffolk hosts one university, the University of Suffolk and there are no motorways in the county. The nearest large airport is Stansted. The main transport hub is Ipswich, which offers frequent direct train services to London Liverpool Street.

Suffolk is the home of the Greene King brewery – and you can visit the headquarters – and Branston Pickle. The county was home to two of the UK's most famous painters, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. More latterly, Bernie Ecclestone, Ed Sheeran, Tim Westwood and Ralph Fiennes hail from the county. Lowestoft Ness in the county is Britain’s most easterly point and the smallest pub in Britain is the Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds which opened in 1867.
 

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Ipswich Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Ipswich Borough Council at Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2DE, telephone 01473 432 000, or you can check for the most recently stored planning applications online here:


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RICS Building Surveyors in Ipswich

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Martlesham, Claydon, Bramford, Copdock, Trimley St Mary, Woodbridge and Hintlesham.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Ipswich. Whether you are buying an old run down 'doer upper' or standard construction freehold house, our surveyors have seen them all.

With a vast number of years of experience completing surveys on properties in Ipswich 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 HomeBuyer Surveys in Ipswich:


  • 86 Siloam Place, Ipswich, IP3 0FE
  • 147 Freehold Road, Ipswich, IP4 5JP
  • 637 Bramford Rd, Ipswich IP1 5BD
  • 73 Cliff Ln, Ipswich IP3 0PQ
  • 189 Brunswick Rd, Ipswich IP4 4DB

 

What if your surveyor misses something which ends up costing £1,000s?

Our RICS surveyors are required to have indemnity insurance which matches the value of a property they're inspecting.

That means that if they miss something vital which later turns out to be an expensive defect and one which they should have spotted, you can claim the costs of remedy from them.