Richmond 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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Richmond HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Richmond 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.

Richmond HomeBuyers Survey

Panel of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS Surveyors

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, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, 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.

If you are thinking of buying a property in Richmond, it is vitally important to book a Home Buyers Survey for your peace of mind.

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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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 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 in Richmond 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 Richmond


Richmond has many fine period properties as well as Victorian detached and terrace houses, cottages (notably in the Alberts, south of Sheen Road), period conversions and, particularly in the Ham area, modern flats.

New developments are rare but London Square has been converting the Star and Garter home into 1 to 4 bedroom flats. Ham has period houses and cottages and some cheaper flats. 

Manor Grove in North Sheen was actually London's first council estate, built in the 1890s and, in keeping with houses built in the late Victorian period, these houses are substantial and were built to last.

There are also modern, shared ownership flats available such as in Burlington Road in New Malden.



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Buildings close to the banks of the River Thames in Richmond have been subject to flood alerts from time to time and roads such as Petersham Road, Riverside, Friars Lane and Water Lane are areas where flood warnings have also been issued.

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 sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in Richmond.


In a recent environmental search, taken out for a property in Upper Richmond Road, the report noted that there was a moderate potential for natural ground instability within 50m of the property.


This should not be taken to mean that the property in question actually suffered/suffers from subsidence however as "active subsidence will be dependent on local conditions, such as the proximity of trees or areas where trees have been removed, which require an inspection of the site to identify the nature of the ground on which the property is built."


Click to find out more about subsidence
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Some properties in Richmond are built in designated smoke control areas.


Under the terms of Section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993, smoke emissions from all buildings are prohibited unless an exemption has been made by the Secretary of State under Section 21 of the Act.
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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Richmond Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames Council at Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ, telephone 0208 891 1411, 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 Richmond

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Kingston Upon Thames, Twickenham, Kew, Wimbledon, Barnes, Strawberry Hill and Brentford.

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


  • 121 Cedar Terrace, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2BY
  • Flat 19, Kew Court, Richmond Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5DF
  • 140 Lower Morlake Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2LJ
  • 21 Northumbria Court, 6 Sheen Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1AE
  • 7 Sheridan Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7NH

 

Does the surveyor use thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging is not new technology which has historically been used for identifying electrical issues and energy deficiencies not for discovering major defects within a property

Properties being sold in the UK should have an accompanying EPC which will clarify any energy deficiencies and be inspected by an experienced RICS surveyor reporting on defects such as damp, structural movement, roof/loft concerns and drains with the correct tools.