Kingston Upon Thames HomeBuyers Survey

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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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Kingston Upon Thames HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Kingston Upon Thames 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.

Kingston Upon Thames 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 involves an examination of the structure of the inside and the outside of a property aimed at pinpointing issues such as subsidence, damp, cracks, infestation and damage.

The survey is non-intrusive. If you are thinking of buying a property in Kingston Upon Thames, it is highly advisable to book one, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report,.

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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If the Home Buyers Survey shows up any such problems, our appointed surveyor will explain to you what you should do to get more in-depth information about the type and scope of the matter and what is required to fix it.

If you are worried about any defects that you think your property in Kingston Upon Thames has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might grow to many thousands of pounds as time progresses.

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

Survey tips for properties in Kingston Upon Thames


Kingston Upon Thames has mainly Victorian and interwar housing as well as newer build riverside apartments. There are large detached houses from the interwar period in the Coombe estate.

North Kingston has many large Victorian semi-detached houses and you can find mock Tudor houses built in the 1930s in streets like Cardinal Avenue and Wolsey Drive.

Some developments, such as in Denmark Road, offer shared ownership terms. 

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Dwellings in close proximity to the River Thames in Kingston-upon Thames or the River Hogsmill are subject to being issued with flood alerts from time to time.

Those around the confluence of these two water courses, particularly centring around Eden Street, have additionally received flood warnings 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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The Building Surveyor will aim to inform you of the current situation of the property being inspected an dopinion provided using tyhe surveyor's local experience.

An example of this is in a recent Building Survey in Beresford Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT2 6LR, where we state the property is situated on the south side of Beresford Road which is a quiet road to the north of the town centre. The locality is a well-established residential area of mainly Victorian houses. Local shopping facilities are within a few minutes walk. Kingston town centre is easily accessible on foot or by public transport. Parking is available in the street but a Resident’s Parking Permit will be required and visitors will need to display a temporary parking permit to avoid the risk of parking tickets.
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Many of the Victorian houses found in Kingston-Upon-Thames have two main pitched slopes which meet at a central ridge parallel with the larger dimension of the house. The slopes are normally covered with traditional slates with special blue clay tiles bedded in mortar along the ridge. The tiles will need to be examined slating from ground level to ensure known are cracked or missing.
SurreySurrey is located in the south east of England and is well known for its high property prices and leafy areas. Guildford is the county town, however Surrey County Council can be found just up the A3 in the neighbouring town Kingston Upon Thames. It was in Dorking in Surrey at the White Horse where Charles Dickens wrote much of his Pickwick Papers and apparently based many of the characters on local people

The University of Surrey can be found in Guildford, however Surrey also hosts the Royal Holloway University of London (Egham), University of Law & Kingston University. HG Wells, writer of War of the Worlds, lived at Horsell Common in Woking in Surrey when he wrote the book and this is where, in the book, the Martians first land on Earth. 

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Kingston Upon Thames Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames Council at Guildhall 2, High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EU, telephone 0208 547 5002, 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 Building Surveyors in Kingston Upon Thames

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Richmond, Epsom, Hampton, Teddington, New Malden, Banstead and Tolworth.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Kingston Upon Thames. 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 Kingston Upon Thames 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 Kingston Upon Thames:


  • Flat 1, 20 Surbiton Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2HX
  • 12 Wolsey Close, Coombe, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7ER
  • 4 Shortlands Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 6HD
  • Flat 19, Kew Court, Richmond Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5DF
  • 8 Ernest Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 3LL

 

What happens if your surveyor is does not inspect an area of the property?

There can be a number of reasons a surveyor might not inspect an area during their survey of a property.

Most commonly it is down to access (or lack thereof) to a certain part of the property (i.e. roof/garage) where a vendor may have forgotten to leave the key used to gain entry to the area in question. Additionally if your surveyor is physically unable to gain access to an area because, for example, there are objects in the way, they will equally be unable to inspect it in the normal way and report back on it.

Your surveyor may agree to return to a property to cover the areas that were missed in the original survey, assuming that steps have been taken to enable them to access the areas in question easily and once a date/time to return has been agreed with the vendor.