Tonbridge 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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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Tonbridge 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.

Tonbridge 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 Tonbridge.

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 Tonbridge having 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 Tonbridge


Tonbridge has large Victorian and Edwardian period properties as well as smaller cottages and many new – and affordable – homes.

The Kent town saw rapid development with the railway's arrival in 1842. The larger properties tend to be the north of the town centre (such as in Dry Hill Park Road and Yardley Park Road) whereas to its south you find smaller 2 or 3 bedroom workmen's cottages. The Ridgeway and Ridgway Crescent have 1920s detached properties. The Drive, in the centre of town has detached and semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian houses.

The roads leading out of town , for example to Hadlow and Bidborough, have many houses built in the interwar period, particularly semi-detached properties. 
There are also a number of modern developments, such as Cannons Wharf in Medway Wharf Road, which offers 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom flats.

You can also find affordable properties, such as a number being sold in Kentleys Chase, by West Kent Housing Group.


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Tonbridge is situated in the flood plain of the River Medway and so the Environment Agency issues flood warnings and alerts from time to time for the area, including for buildings such as River Lawn Road, Danvers Road and Avebury Avenue.

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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A Tonbridge Building Surveyor will take damp meter reading in the property and advise if you require a damp and timber surveyor to further provide commentary.

If there is a damp issue, a competent person, a reputable damp-proofing contractor who is a member of the Property Care Association (PCA), should be instructed to advise and quote for any remedial treatment, within the property due to its age.
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There are small pockets of radon gas that have small readings in Tonbridge and these include roads just off the A227 Shipbourne Road:

  • Willow Lea, Tonbridge, TN10 3RF
  • Elmshurst Gardens, Tonbridge, TN10
  • Ashden Walk, Tonbridge, TN10
Kent.pngKent, romantically described as 'the garden of England', is a coastal county in the England's south eastern corner. Because it borders Greater London, it is classed as one of the home counties. It contains the Weald and the North Downs. Kent's county town is Maidstone. Other large cities include Gillingham, Chatham, Ashford, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Margate, Dartford and Gravesend. 

Kent has many port towns including Dover, Folkestone and Margate. Adjacent counties include East Sussex, Surrey, Essex (across the River Thames) and, as stated earlier, Greater London. Curiously, Kent used to contain an enclave north of the River Thames until 1965 which equates now to the E16 postcode area and which has now been reclassified as part of the London Borough of Newham. JMW Turner, the great impressionist painter, spent part of his childhood in Margate and regularly returned there in later life. The coastline of East Kent is regarded as the inspiration for many of his works, particularly his fantastic seascapes.
 

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Tonbridge Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council at Gibson Building, Gibson Dr, Kings Hill ME19 4LZ, telephone 01732 844 522, 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 Tonbridge

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Tonbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Hadlow, Hildenborough, Whetsted, Waddon and Southborough.

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


  • 24 Garden Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1PT
  • 2 Cryals Court, Cryals Road, Matfield, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 7HP
  • Cowden Farmhouse, The Annex, Horns Road, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18 4QS
  • Brook Cottage, Hamptons Road, Hadlow, Kent, TN11 9RG
  • Box Cottage, Badsell Road, Five Oak Green, TN12 6RB

 

Can you attend the Survey with the surveyor?

Most surveyors do not allow the client on site whilst carrying out their inspection. They have a long list of defects that they need to check for and they cannot be distracted from the job in hand as they can be held to account for any missed defects.

The surveyors' professional indemnity insurance does not cover for bringing any third party on site with them while they are completing their inspection, therefore, in the event of any damage being sited by a vendor while the survey is taking place, the surveyor would be liable and uninsured.

On the day of the survey if you have any concerns you can make the surveyor aware of this so they can pay special attention to these areas during their inspection.