Portsmouth 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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Portsmouth HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Portsmouth 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.

Portsmouth 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 these, among others; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

Whichever you opt for out of a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, they are both excellent for peace of mind if you are considering buying a property in Portsmouth.

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 flags up any of these defects then our surveyor explains what you need to do to get further advice on how to investigate them and get It resolved. 

If you are concerned about your property in Portsmouth has subsidence, or any other defects then you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey as the costs for repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds. If you can identify the defect before you purchase then 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 Portsmouth


Portsmouth has a long history which goes back to Roman times and it has, for example, the world's oldest dry dock, is the site of a number of Palmerston Forts (built in 1859 for defence against possible invasion from the continent) and was extensively bombed in the second world war.

In terms of its housing, there are survivals from many eras but much of the property development has come about as a result of the aforesaid wartime blitz bombing. Initially there were many prefabricated houses constructed and Paulsgrove council estate was completed in 1953. 

Leigh Park had housing estates built in it between 1949 and 1974. Council housing built in the 1960s and 1970s in Landport, Somerstown and Buckland replaced previous housing which had been ruled as 'unfit for human habitation'. Over time, many properties have been sold under the 'Right to Buy' scheme and there has been much renovation.

There are various modern housing developments in and around Portsmouth offering new build housing, such as at Gunwharf Keys.



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Homes in many areas around Portsmouth, particularly alongside the coast, are subject to flood warnings, including, for example, the coast around Southsea, Farlington, the west of Portchester and the northwest of Portsea Island, including streets such as Quatremaine Road and Dundas Spur, and including Hilsea in particular.

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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For some properties in Portsmouth dated around 1930s the external walls are 265mm thick cavity brickwork.

The walls should be inspected by a Building Surveyors to ensure the condition is satisfactory with no evidence of cracks or bulges.
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There are pockets of Portsmouth that have minor readings for radon gas including Hope Street, Commercial Road and Lake Road.
You can view more specific data related to your property on the Government website - UK radon.
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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Portsmouth Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Portsmouth City Council at Civic Offices Guildhall Square Portsmouth PO1 2AU, telephone 023 9283 4334, 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 Portsmouth

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Waterlooville, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island, Witney and Portchester.

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


  • 18 Moortown Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1EP
  • 26 & 26a Solent Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1HH
  • 31 Pink RIdge, Bedhampton, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 3LT
  • 6 Valiant Gardens, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9NZ
  • 5 Truro Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4NP

 

Don't release your survey report to anyone!

The survey report belongs to you and should be used to support you in the decision of whether to proceed with buying the property at the current asking price.

You should never release the full surveyor's report to the seller or the selling estate agent as it may contain information that could weaken your bargaining position. The best advice is to only release snippets from the report that you are discussing with the seller or are looking to negotiate on.

Read more about how to successfully negotiate with your seller.