Swansea 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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Swansea HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Swansea 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.

Swansea 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.

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 the HomeBuyers Survey flags up any of these defects in your property in Swansea 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 has subsidence, or any other defects then you MUST get a HomeBuyers 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 Swansea


Swansea significantly expanded in population – and with it, housing development – in the Victorian era and many of its listed buildings were built in this period. There are Georgian properties here and there, including, for example, in Park Place, Gower. The Tabernacle Chapel at Morriston was built in 1872 by John Humphreys of Swansea.

There are any number of Victorian properties to be seen, for example the semi-detached properties in Terrace Road, Mount Pleasant and large classic terrace properties in Victoria Gardens, Neath.

Housing also developed greatly in the 20th century and there are a number of council estates that were built in the earlier part of the century onwards, such as Townhill, built in the Garden City style layout and overseen by Ernest Morgan, the Swansea city architect, in the early 1920s with housing a mix of detached, terrace and semi-detached properties.
There are many new build properties available in the area, such as the purpose-built flats in Sway Road, the town houses in Langdon Road and large, detached properties in Heol Pentre Bach, Casllwchwr. There are new, Help to Buy properties in Awel-y-Mor, Lon Masarn, Ty Coch.

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Properties in Swansea which are built in close proximity to the floodplain of the River Tawe, affecting streets such as Trawler Road and Cambrian Place, are sometimes subject to flood warnings and alerts.

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, most of Swansea, including streets such as De La Beche Street and Dynevor Place, 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 3 – 5% (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 properties in Swansea may be built in areas where there are natural cavities nearby, which can affect ground stability.


A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Bryncerdin Road, Newton indicated that there was a moderate potential for natural ground instability in the area within 50m of the property.

Click to find out more about subsidence
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The City and County of Swansea is a city and county in on the south coast of Wales. It includes the Gower Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the city is the second largest in Wales after Cardiff.

Swansea's most populated areas are Morriston, Sketty and the city centre and around tree-quarters of the land mass is surrounded by sea, variously the Loughor Estuary, Swansea Bay and the Bristol Channel.

The River Tawe passes through the city centre and the River Loughor flows on the northern border with Carmarthenshire.
 

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Swansea Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting City and County of Swansea Council at 2 School Rd, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6HZ, telephone 01792 636000, 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 Swansea

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in The Mumbles, Three Crosses, Gowerton, Morriston, Skewen, Briton Ferry and Fforest-fach.

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


  • The Old Vicarage, Llandewi, Reynoldston, Swansea SA3 1AU
  • 65 Killan Road, Dunvant, Swansea, SA2 7TH
  • 10 Lon Coed Bran, Cockett, Swansea SA2 0YQ
  • Newton Road, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BN
  • Gower Rd, Killay, Swansea SA2 7AL

 

Does a surveyor report on signs of infestation?

A RICS surveyor will always highlight any signs or suspicions of infestations during their inspection of a property, whether this is the visible signs of droppings, jagged markings from insect tunnelling or burrowings.

The main culprits of infestation in property are rats and mice, woodworm and termites, dry/wet rot and Japanese Knotweed and surveyors will highlight signs of these to you over the phone or within their report and will always direct you to a specialist to ascertain the remedy for removal.