Walthamstow 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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Walthamstow HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Walthamstow 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.

Walthamstow 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 Home Buyers Survey is completed by a qualified RICS surveyor and delivers a visual inspection of the property in Walthamstow and the surrounding garden. The aim of the survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is to identify potential risks or defects that you may not know are there such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

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 Walthamstow 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 Walthamstow


Walthamstow has a 12th century church (St Mary's, in Walthamstow Village) and 400-year-old almshouses but in the main consists of Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses, alongside a number of social housing estates built in the postwar period – the town was heavily bombed.

Many of the terrace houses have been converted into period flats such as can be found in Markhouse Road. Houses are considerably larger in the Rectory Manor estate, in streets such as Rectory Road, Howard Road and Falmer Road. The roads off Clementina Road have purpose-built flats in the style of master architect TCT Warner.

The council has plans to build more than 2,000 homes in the Blackhorse Lane area and housing association L&Q is building nearly 300 homes on the site of the former Walthamstow greyhound stadium. There are many shared ownership properties in the area, such as Bedgebury Court and Unity Works (both in the Waltham Forest area).


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Properties in Walthamstow which are built close to the River Lea, its many reservoirs and the Dagenham Brook, such as Elmfield 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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A RICS home buyers survey always gives you a great summary overview of the state of a property you're looking to buy in Walthamstow, along with evidence and discussion as well as giving directions about useful fault-correction.

In a recent RICS building survey carried out on a property in Clarendon Road, the surveyor noted the following:

"A stepped crack and loose mortar pointing were identified to the left hand side of the building above the landing window. This should be cut out and made good."
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A RICS home buyers survey considers the local environment and how it might affect a property you're looking to buy in Walthamstow.

In a recent RICS HomeBuyer Report on a property in Chamberlain Place, the surveyor noted the following:

"The property is in a location that could be affected by electromagnetic fields from an electricity sub-station located near the property. In addition to being unsightly, it may cause noise and disturbance which may deter some future buyers thus limiting your future ability to sell the property and there may be risks to the health of certain categories of people."
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Many parts of Greater London were originally administered by the counties which surround London and these counties are often called the home counties. Enfield, for example, used to be classed as being part of Middlesex, but is now near the northern border of Greater London. Greater London's borders often coincide with a zone of 'green belt': areas where it has been decided that open spaces, parks, forests and wildlife reserves should act as a buffer against urban sprawl. London has numerous landmarks, anything from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Karl Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetery.

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Walthamstow Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting London Borough of Waltham Forest Council at Waltham Forest Town Hall, 701 Forest Rd, Walthamstow, Greater London E17 4JF, telephone 0208 496 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 Walthamstow

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Leyton, Woodford, Highams Park, Snaresbrook, Tottenham, Leytonstone and Leytonstone.

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


  • Flat 25, Vellum Court, Hillyfield, Walthamstow, London, E17 6EQ
  • 15 Hervey Park Road, Walthamstow, E17 6LJ
  • 242a Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9UB
  • 65b Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 6QN
  • 31 Richmond Close, Walthamstow, London, E17 8PS

 

How long does it take to compile a survey report?

On the day of the inspection the surveyor will attend the property and complete your chosen survey; either a HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey. Once they are back in the office the same evening they will give you a call to run through any major issues found during the inspection (some surveyors don't offer this service however with us this comes as standard).

The surveyor will then email the report to you five working days after the survey has taken place. If the surveyor feels the report is going to take him longer to type up due to the detail included then they’ll advise you of when the survey report will be made available.