Runcorn 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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Runcorn HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Runcorn 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.

Runcorn 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 is a visual inspection of the grounds and the internal/external structure of the property and identifies defects such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

Some of these defects you may not even see or know what to look for which makes getting a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, incredibly important when you are considering buying a home in Runcorn.

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 Runcorn 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 Runcorn


Up until the late 18th, Runcorn was a small village in Halton, Cheshire. After the industrial revolution it grew and is now considered an industrial town. A major landmark is Halton Castle, that is thought to have been built in the 15th century with only the ruins remaining today. In 1598 Seneschal’s House was built which still stands today.

There is a variety of architecture in Runcorn. Some Victorian houses lie on Norfolk street and some Edwardian houses on Wicksten Drive. There are a range of detached, semi-detached and terrace houses available on these streets. A new development in Runcorn is Hatters Park which has 3 and 4 bedroom modern homes. Most of these are detached houses.

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Flood warnings and alerts in Runcorn are generally restricted to homes on the immediate south bank of the River Mersey for example those on Mersey Road and Old Coach Road.

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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Raised levels of noise pollution from roads in Runcorn mainly centre around the main roads - the A557, impacting roads such as Percival Lane and Picow Farm Road, and the A533 impacting roads including Ashbridge Street and Leiria Way.
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According to the UK Government's Public Health England, Runcorn is 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.
Cheshire.pngCheshire is a county situated in North West England. Surrounding English counties are Merseyside to the north, Greater Manchester also to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire to the south-east, Shropshire to the south and Wales situated to the west.

The unitary authorities are Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington and Halton. Cheshire County Council was abolished in 2009 which lead to the birth of Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester. The county town is Chester which is a walled city, west of Cheshire near the boarder with Wales.

Cheshire’s notable landmarks include Chester Cathedral, Eaton Hall and Little Moreton Hall which is a manor house with wonky architecture. Prehistorical burial grounds have been found in Cheshire at The Bridestones which is a chambered cairn. Cheshire is also home to many remains of Iron Age hill forts that can be visited today.
 

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Runcorn Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Halton Borough Council at Municipal Building, Widnes, WA8 7QF, telephone 0303 333 4300, 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 Runcorn

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Widnes, Windmill Hill, Sutton Weaver, Frodsham, Preston Brook, Hale and Walton.

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


  • The Uplands, Palacefields, Runcorn, WA7 2UG
  • Church St, Runcorn WA7 1LR
  • Grangeway, Runcorn WA7 5LY
  • Village St, Runcorn WA7 2ST
  • Windmill Hill, Runcorn WA7 6QZ

 

What’s the difference between the HomeBuyer Report and a Building Survey?

The HomeBuyer Report is a survey carried out on smaller properties of a simpler design such as purpose built flats, bungalows, maisonettes and post-1950s houses of standard construction. The HomeBuyer Report comes in a standard format and can give a great general view regarding a property's construction and condition.

In contrast, Building Surveys are bespoke and better suited to larger and/or older properties where the original construction material may have degraded and requires further commenting on outside of the scope of a HomeBuyer Report.