New Forest 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"

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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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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of New Forest 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.

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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 is a visual inspection of the grounds and the internal/external structure of the property and identifies defects such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

Some of these defects you may not even see or know what to look for which makes getting a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, incredibly important when you are considering buying a home in New Forest.

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 they find any issues during the inspection, our Surveyor will flag them up in the Home Buyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them.

If you are concerned about woodworm in connection with buying or selling a property in New Forest, or any other defects with the property 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.

Survey tips for properties in New Forest


The New Forest district is a highly affluent area mainly made up from small to medium sized villages and small towns. It has managed to avoid overdevelopment and this was reinforced by the New Forest being designated a National Park in 2005.

Therefore, although there is a fair breadth of types of property, there are notably many dwellings which were built in earlier periods, such as the Georgian (you can find fine Georgian properties in Lower Penington Lane in Lymington), and there are also many properties with thatched roofs, some of which predate even the Georgian period. You can find properties in the latter category in places like Ashley Common Road in New Milton and Salisbury Road, Burton.

Victorian properties are also well represented throughout the area. At the modern end, there are some unique and beautiful properties in the area, such as the architectural marvels in Avon Castle Drive, Ringwood,

Help to Buy is available in some areas, such as the terraced house developments recently built in Greenwood Close, New Milton.

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According to the UK Government's Public Health England, a section of the very north of the New Forest area, Lover, including streets such as Timberley Lane and Hamptworth Road, is in a raised radon area, with properties built there having a higher probability than average of experiencing ground Radon emissions.

The raised Radon area has a maximum radon potential of 1 - 3% (the percentage is the chance of a property being built where Radon emissions might measure above the action level).

If you are concerned that a property you are buying is in an area of raised Radon, please click to visit Public Health England's UK Radon Map. Click also to find out more about Radon, Radon property searches and much more.
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There are many thatched roof properties in the New Forest area and you are always advised to get a building survey if you're looking to buy one.

In a recent building survey carried out on a property in Woodgreen, Fordingbridge in the New Forest area, the surveyor noted, for example, that an electric fire located in a chimney breast opening (a real fire hazard) and that no spark arrester was evident. The surveyor recommended a specialist to test out the safety of the working of the chimney.

Additionally, the surveyor took several photos which highlighted small plastic spars poking through the thatch (these appeared in the report) which the thatch should have been obscuring and are serious signs of wear. The surveyor took the time to send photographs of the roof to a master thatcher who not only gave expert advice as to the lifespan of the thatch (they said it needed replacing in a few years) but also provided an estimate of the cost of the replacement.

The surveyor also noted the presence of a polythene membrane lining one section of the thatched roof area when inspecting the loft space. The surveyor once again consulted an expert thatcher who concluded that the material wasn't detrimental to the thatching.

Thatched roofs are delightful but need maintenance, which can be very expensive. When you hire a surveyor to carry out a building survey for a property with a thatched roof, you can rest assured not only that they will take the time to inspect it carefully and use their own expertise to draw conclusions within their own field, but also, where they feel their knowledge falls short, they will call upon greater expertise in order to advise you more fully as to the viability of the roof.
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Some properties in the New Forest are located nearby to existing or proposed sites for solar farms.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Tavells Lane in Marchwood for example flagged up that the property was built within 2km of existing or proposed solar farms.

The location of wind farms or turbines can be contentious due to visual impact.
Hampshire.pngHampshire is a large county in southern england with the south coast as one of its frontiers. Some 85% of its land mass is classed as rural. Its county town is Winchester although this town's population is dwarfed by the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, which are part of the ceremonial county of Hampshire but not the non-metropolitan county. Other major population centres include Basingstoke, Gosport, Waterlooville, Fareham, Aldershot, Farnborough and Eastleigh.

Hampshire contains the national parks of the South Downs and the New Forest and these cover some 45% of the county's area. The River Test is well known for its growing number of otters. The county contains many seaside resorts, including Hayling Island. Adjacent counties include West Sussex, Berkshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Dorset. It is the birthplace of world-famous literary figures Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. 

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New Forest Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting New Forest District Council at Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington SO41 9ZG, telephone 023 8028 5000, 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 New Forest

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Ferndown, Sixpenny Handley, Whiteparish, Cranborne and Romsey.

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


  • Ringwood Rd, Betsy Ln, Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 8AA
  • Salisbury Rd, Burton, Christchurch BH23 7JN
  • Jumpers Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AR
  • Sandy Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2NJ
  • Barrack Rd, Christchurch BH23 2AW

 

Is a Mortgage valuation a defect survey?

When you buy a home with a mortgage your Mortgage Lender requires you to get a mortgage valuation to assess how much your property is actually worth. You have to pay for this survey and often you may think this is also a structural assessment to identify defects. Sadly the mortgage valuation is just for the mortgage lender which means you need to get your own independent survey of the property that's caught your eye in New Forest to make sure there aren't any defects.

There is some confusion as the mortgage valuation is often referred to as a survey and so many buyers assume this is what is meant by 'have you done your survey?' It is important that when buying a property in New Forest that you arrange your own HomeBuyers Survey that reports on defects or potential issues with the property. The two types of HomeBuyers survey to choose from are the HomeBuyers Report or the Building Survey. Buying without a survey could leave you exposed to any repair costs or defects that you didn't spot. The costs of underpinning a property due to subsidence run into the £10,000s so it is important to get a survey to check for this type of defect. Get your HomeBuyers Survey - call 0333 344 3234.

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