Norwich 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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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Norwich 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.

Norwich 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 Norwich, 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 you're buying a home in Norwich 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 Norwich


Norwich is a city – the only city in Norfolk County – on the River Wasum in East Anglia and was the largest city in England other than London in the 11th century.

Norwich Castle was founded soon after the Norman Conquest and Norwich Cathedral was completed in 1145 with the Norman tower you can still see today.

Norwich suffered extensive bomb damage during World War II, affecting large parts of the old city centre and Victorian terrace housing around the centre.

Norwich has suburban areas on the western, northern and eastern sides, including Costessey, Taverham, Hellesdon, Bowthorpe, Old Catton, Sprowston and Thorpe St Andrew.

The 19th century saw an explosion in Norwich's size and much of its housing stock, as well as commercial building in the city centre, dates from this period. The local architect of the Victorian and Edwardian periods who has continued to command most critical respect was George Skipper.

The city continued to grow through the 20th century, and much housing, particularly in areas further out from the city centre, dates from that century.

Much of the replacement postwar stock was designed by the local authority architect, David Percival.

New build developments include detached houses in Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston and Colney Lane, Cringleford; flats in Thorpe Road, apartments in Wherry Road and semi-detached houses in Wroxham Road.



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Properties in Norwich which are built in close proximity to the River Yare and the River Wensum, in streets such as Oak Street and Rosemary Lane, 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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A recent Environmental Search has stated that a property in Meadow Rise Road, Norwich, NR2 3QE, is within 250m of an area where there is the potential for ground instability relating to non-coal mining.

The British Geological Survey has assessed that hazards because of underground non-coal mine workings in this area are highly likely. This area is known or suspected to contain underground mining for minerals and/or other materials where workings are likely to be extensive. This is not necessarily cause for concern; a house buyer's survey should be considered to test for signs of property damage which may relate to non-coal mining. Additionally, it should be noted that there is always the possibility of excavations that are outside of the scope of this dataset which could affect ground stability.
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When a RICS surveyor is carrying out either a building survey or a homebuyer report they will switch the lights on and off. If they feel that there is a problem with the electricity that needs to be investigated they will advise you to consult an electrician.

A local electricion within the Norwich area is C.G Electrical Services, 21 Hughenden Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2PX.
NorfolkNorfolk is a county in the East Anglia region of England and its coastline is on the North Sea, including the Wash. Its county town is Norwich and it is largely rural, although 40% of the population live in just four urban centres, namely Norwich (which is Norfolk's only city), Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Thetford.

One of its major tourist attractions is the Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and lakes, which is a National Park. Adjacent counties include Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

There are no motorways in the county - the principal trunk roads there are the A10 and A11 - although Norwich does have an international airport. There are two universities, namely the University of East Anglia located on the outskirts of Norwich, and Norwich University of the Arts, located in St George's Street in Norwich city centre.

Norfolk has a number of amusement parks, zoos, stately homes and nature reserves, including Thrigby Hall near Great Yarmouth (tiger enclosure, primates and reptiles), Holkham Hall (beautiful 18th century stately home with a deer park, Banham Zoo and Pensthorpe Nature Reserve near Fakenham (lapwing, Eurasian crane, Marabou stork). 

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Norwich Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Norwich City Council at St Peters St, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1NH, telephone 0344 980 3333, 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 Norwich

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Coltishall, Wroxham, Taverham, Costessey, Wymondham, Goring and Brundall.

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


  • 35 Helena Road, Norwich NR2 3BY
  • 37 Ives Road, Norwich, Norfolk. NR6 6DU
  • 2 North Park Drive, Norwich, NR4 7EB
  • 22 Blenheim, Norwich, NR7 8AN
  • 24 Kevill Davis Drive, Little Plumstead, Norwich, Norfolk. NR13 5FB

 

Which walls does the surveyor report on?

RICS surveyors assess the accessible areas of a property of which the roof structure, ceilings, walls and partitions are included. These areas are normally divided up into internal and external sections within the final report.

Often a surveyor will comment on the building materials of the walls or partitions, noting any structural movement or signs of subsidence and on any signs of damp/rising damp.

Also, if requested before the inspection, a surveyor can often provide their professional opinion on works you may have planned for the property.