Mitcham HomeBuyers Survey

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"First Class Service. We are more than impressed with the quick, professional service we have received from this company, very clear report with good Photograph, of areas of interest, also the Team followed up the report with a phone call to make sure we understood the information that we had received. EXCELLENT. Thank you"

Val Edwards, Trustpilot review in November 2018.

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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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Mitcham HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Mitcham 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.

Mitcham 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?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in Mitcham, 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)
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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 you're buying a home in Mitcham 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 Mitcham


Mitcham has a long history and is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. Old buildings there include The Canons, a house originally built in 1680, Eagle House, which was built in 1705 and Mitcham Common Windmill, which dates from 1806.

Mitcham has a mix of properties: many Victorian and Edwardian, as well as even some Georgian. The majority of properties, however, consist of three bedroom semi-detached 1930s houses.

Various social housing schemes were built in the 1930s, including New Close. Post war, the areas of Eastfields, Phipps Bridge and Pollards Hill were rebuilt to provide cheaper more affordable housing and these were all expanded in the 1960s. The Phipps Bridge estate is the largest council housing project in the area.

Modern developments include Morris Court, which has offered shared ownership. 

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All properties in Mitcham are built in an area where flood alerts are issued from time to time and those built in close proximity to the River Wandle, in streets such as Willow Lane and Wates Way, are in areas which are sometimes subject to 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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Properties in some areas of Mitcham are built in areas where there is a contamination risk from landfill and waste and other contaminants.

A recent local authority search done for a dwelling in Lulworth Crescent, Mitcham, CR4 3RB revealed that it was built within 500m of landfill and waste sites.

Landfill and waste can have a detrimental effect on the surrounding environment, house value and health and where organic material is involved, odours and gas may be produced for many years.

To find out more about what you need to do if a property you're looking to buy is built on suspected contaminated land, click on Buying a Property on Contaminated Land? What you need to do
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Raised levels of noise pollution from roads in the Mitcham area are highest around the roads of Upper Green West, London Road and Raleigh Gardens, affecting nearby streets such as Glebe Court and Langdale Avenue.

Raised levels of noise pollution from railways centre around the railway line which passes through Mitcham Eastfields Station and affecting nearby streets such as Rialto Road and Gaston Road.
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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Mitcham Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Merton Council at Merton Civic Centre, London Rd, Morden SM4 5DX, telephone 020 8274 4901, 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 Mitcham

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Morden, Sutton, Wimbledon, Streatham, Croydon, Ash Vale and Tooting.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Mitcham. 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 Mitcham 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 Mitcham:


  • 21 Edenvale Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 2DP
  • 64 Wilson Avenue, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 3JL
  • 8 Rosedene Avenue, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5RA
  • 55 Tynemouth Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 2BQ
  • 112 Shaldon Drive, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4BH

 

My estate agent told me I don’t need a survey

Fortunately we only come across this on occasion. As we know, English Law puts the emphasis on the buyer in a conveyancing transaction to complete all reasonable checks on the property prior to exchange.

This is explained by the legal term caveat emptor  which is the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made.

Although the estate agent’s intentions may be pure in advising against a survey, in the event of a buyer moving into a property and finding that there are defects that would have been identified in the simplest of RICS surveyor checks, there is no recourse to the estate agent after the fact.

If the surveyor does not identify any significant defects, then the buyer can complete the purchase with peace of mind, however if defects are identified then an informed decision can be made on whether to proceed with the purchase prior to being contractually tied in.

A survey does also on occasion provide an opportunity to renegotiate on price based on newly identified problems not spotted on first inspection.

An estate agent is paid on completion as is the vendor therefore their drivers for additional property checks are very different to those of the buyers’.