Normandy 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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Normandy HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Normandy 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.

Normandy 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; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

The goal of the Home Buyers Survey, whether the Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or the HomeBuyers Report, is to provide reassurance when buying a home and this is the case if you are considering buying a property in Normandy.

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.

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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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Should any issues be flagged up in the Home Buyers Survey, our surveyor will tell you what you need to do to get more in-depth advice on the extent and seriousness of the issue affecting your property in Normandy and what needs to be done to remedy it.

If you are worried about a crack or cracks or indeed any other defects that you think your property has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might snowball into many thousands of pounds further down the line.

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

Survey tips for properties in Normandy


Normandy is a village in Surrey surrounded by hill ranges, north of the 'Hog's Back', which is the narrowest part of the North Downs. It is in a Green Belt area.

The Duke of Normandy, a local pub which closed in 2012, was built in the 1860s.

Housing comes from many different architectural periods. Most of the properties in the area are detached, some very large. There are few terrace properties and even fewer flats. There are bungalows and barn conversions and a number of country houses, particularly from the Georgian period.

The Guildford Road area has many different types of property, with Edwardian semi-detached houses, modern detached properties, Edwardian cottages and bungalows represented.

Plans to develop a site for 1,100 homes in the locale is being strongly contested by local residents' groups.


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Flooding is known to affect various locations around Normandy. During heavy downpours, apparently all floodwater from the hill in Westwood Lane and fields (South of the railway embankment) eventually discharges into the culvert at the corner on the south side of the Lane outside “Meadow View” (flooded out on 3 separate occasions). Normandy is also known for subsidence issues, due to its clay soils.
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A RICS surveyor will always give an overall opinion on a property surveyed in Normandy, to make sure any issues are summarised 'in a nutshell'.

A recent RICS HomeBuyer Report conducted on a property in Orchard Close noted the following overall opinion from the surveyor:

"The property is generally in satisfactory condition, although there are numerous elements requiring maintenance or minor repair. The vinyl floor tiles in the built-in hallway cupboard may contain asbestos. Boundaries require maintenance."

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Raised levels of noise pollution from roads in Normandy area mainly centre around the main Guildford Road and the main roads coming off it such as Glaziers Lane.
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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Normandy Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Guildford Borough Council at Millmead House Millmead Guildford Surrey GU2 4BB, telephone 01483 50 50 50, 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 Normandy

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Guildford, Ash, Tongham, Fairlands, Pirbright, Farnborough and Mytchett.

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


  • 2 Willey Green Cottages, Guildford Road, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2AT
  • 26 Orchard Close, Normandy, Surrey, GU3 2EU
  • 2 Willey Green Cottages, Guildford Road, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2AT
  • 41 Boxgrove Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 2TD
  • 21 Old School Close, Ash, Hants, GU12 5EX

 

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’.