Southampton 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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We keep the home buyers survey/structural survey cost down regardless of what property survey you need.

Southampton HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Southampton 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.

Southampton 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 involves an examination of the structure of the inside and the outside of a property.

Choosing the right survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, to get is important however both a HomeBuyers Report and a Building Survey will identify any suspicions of the main defects discussed below.

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 they find any issues during the inspection, our Surveyor will flag them up in the Home Buyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them.

If you are concerned about woodworm in connection with buying or selling a property in Southampton, or any other defects with the property 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 Southampton


Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire and has a major maritime history.

Southampton Castle was built in the 12th century and there are surviving remains of 12th century houses such as King John's House and Canute's Palace. The city walls include God's House Tower, built in 1417, the first purpose-built artillery fortification in England.

The town expanded greatly in the Victorian era, particularly when the Southampton Docks were formed, starting from 1842. Pockets of Georgian architecture survived the 2nd world war, but much of the city was levelled. There has been extensive redevelopment since then. Council estates are in the Weston, Thornhill and Townhill Park districts.

New build developments include Fen Meadow (2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses) and are in areas such as Sarisbury Green, Swanmore and Whippingham.


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Properties in Southampton which are built in close proximity to the River Itchen, in streets like Janaway Gardens and Priory Road, are subject to flood warnings and alerts 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 Southampton, including streets such as Exmoor Road and Clovelly Road, 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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Some areas are designated as having environmental or historical importance; as such there may be constraints on property or land developments or alterations.

A recent envirosearch reported that a property in Keppel Rise, Centenary Quay, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9UD, was within 250m of an area likely to be impacted by environmental constraints.
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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Southampton Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Southampton City Council at Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY, telephone 023 8083 3000, 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 Southampton

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Eastleigh, North Baddesley, Upton, Cadnam, Lyndhurst, Harefield and Bursledon.

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


  • Mandalay, Forester Road, Soberton Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 3QG
  • 12 Keppel Rise, Centenary Quay, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9UD
  • 65 Gordon Avenue, Southampton, SO14 6WH
  • 167a Spring Road, Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire SO19 2NU
  • Holly Lodge, Empress Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire. SO43 7A

 

What equipment does a surveyor use?

RICS Surveyors are equipped with a core set of devices and tools to assist in their inspections of properties that are geared towards uncovering defects which may affect the property’s value or the buyers decision.

The equipment can be split into categories such as; equipment for recording information, measuring equipment, equipment for assessing remote and concealed areas and Health and Safety equipment.

Additional tools can include large screwdrivers, hammers, small crowbars, bolsters, mirrors on extendable poles, borescopes (or boroscopes - tools which allow remote visual inspection of entities such as drains and pipes) and metal detectors to help provide in-depth reports to clients prior to them exchanging contracts.

Click to find out about Building Surveying Equipment