Rickmansworth 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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Rickmansworth HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Rickmansworth 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.

Rickmansworth 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, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is non-intrusive and is highly recommended if you are looking at buying a property in Rickmansworth.

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 are concerned about any defects with any property you are looking at buying in Rickmansworth, 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 Rickmansworth


Rickmansworth is an affluent town in Hertfordshire just outside the northwest of the Greater London Area and sits at the junction of 3 rivers, namely the Gade, the Chess and the Colne as well as the Grand Union Canal.

It has everything from small Victorian cottages to Twenties and Thirties detached and semi-detached houses and modern flats. You find large detached houses in the Moor Park conservation area and similarly in Loudwater conservation area, including the McNamara houses, which have thatched roofs and look like cottages.

Chorleywood village nearby has fine Arts & Crafts-inspired Edwardian houses and you can find excellent period houses and cottages in the villages of Chenies, Chipperfield, Sarratt and Flaunden.

There are various new developments, particularly in the Croxley Green area, where Merchant Taylors Place offers 156 3, 4 and 5-bedroom houses and converted flats in Durrants House, a Victorian mansion, and 46 are being sold as affordable.


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Properties in Rickmansworth which are built in the vicinity of the River Chess, the River Colne and the lakes to the south of the area, in streets such as Ebury Road, Norfolk Road and Bury Lane, are subject to flood warnings 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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According to the UK Government's Public Health England, some parts of Richmansworth, including streets such as Windmill Drive and Scots Hill Close, are 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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Raised levels of noise pollution from roads in the Richmansworth area mainly centre around the main road – A404, Riverside Drive, impacting roads and streets such as Ebury Road and Frogmoor Lane.
HertfordshireHertfordshire is commonly abbreviated to the name Herts and is a county located in the south of England. it is bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south (it is classed as a 'Home County' for this reason). The county town of Hertfordshire is Hertford.

Hertfordshire has 3 motorways running through it - the M1, the M25 and the A1(M). It is particularly associated with new towns as it contains 5 in total: Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Letchworth. There are two airports just outside Hertfordshire's borders; Luton and Stansted. It also has a university, the University of Hertfordshire, which is in Hatfield. There are a number of independent schools in the area, including, for example, Haileybury (Turnford), St George's Harpenden, Haberdasher's Aske's (Elstree) and Berkhamsted.

For random facts; St Alban, who gave his name to the city in the county, was the earliest British saint - he was reputed to have been beheaded where the cathedral now stands; also Sele Mill near Hertford was the site of the first paper mill in Britain, established about 1488. 

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Rickmansworth Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Three Rivers District Council at Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth WD3 1RL, telephone 01923 776 611, 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 Rickmansworth

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Croxley Green, Moneyhill, Mill End, Batchworth, Loudwater, Strood Green and Maple Cross.

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


  • 38 Eastwick Crescent, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 8YJ
  • 21, Burvale Court, Rickmansworth Road, Watford
  • 16 Springwell Avenue, Rickmansworth, WD3 8PZ
  • 15B Beechwood Cottages, Heronsgate Road, Chorley Wood, WD3 5BW
  • 6 Durham Road East, Watford WD18 0RN

 

Who organises the access for the Building Survey?

The Building Surveyors will organise the access for the survey after your instruct them to do so. The access will either be:

  • Access through the vendor; or
  • Key collection from the estate agent

It is important that whoever grants access allows the building surveyor to have access to all areas of the property including the garage, loft space, eaves, cellars and out buildings.