West Sussex HomeBuyers Survey

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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 West Sussex 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.

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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 West Sussex 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 you're buying a home in West Sussex which shows the signs of damp, or any other defects then you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey. 

The costs for making good or repairing some of these defects can run into thousands of pounds; however, If identified within a survey 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 West Sussex


West Sussex has many period stately homes including Goodwood, Petworth House and Uppark and also castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. Crawley is its largest town even though Chichester, with its fine cathedral, is the county town. There are large towns on the coast as well, including Worthing and Bognor Regis.

Crawley and the towns nearer London generally developed greatly during the 19th century when the railway arrived. Most often, these towns have some period properties but the majority of housing will have been built in the 20th century, particularly the 1920s to the 1950s, and often, much redevelopment will have taken place in the 1960s and 1970s. Newer developments either replace much older properties or are on the fringes of the towns' borders.

The seaside towns such as Worthing will have greatly expanded in the 19th century and the original Victorian detached houses, terrace houses and cottages will often still be standing. Development generally carried on steadily throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century.

You are more likely to find older period properties back to the medieval period in the smaller villages and hamlets, such as Hurstpierpoint, Lindfield, Pulborough and Storrington. New build developments tend to concentrate in the more urban areas.



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Properties in West Sussex which are built close to the coast or large water courses such as the Rivers Adur, Mole, Lavant, Ems, Arun and Wey among others, 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 recent Environmental Search stated that a property in Westloats Gardens, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 5LG, was within 4km of a well used for energy exploration or extraction.

Any areas to be explored for their energy potential by the oil & gas industry must be licensed by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Such exploration includes areas subject to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") investigation.
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A recent Environmental Search for a property in Westloats Gardens, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 5LG, stated that the dwelling was within250m for ground instability relating to non-coal mining.

The British Geological Survey has assessed that hazards because of underground non-coal mine workings in this area are highly unlikely. It should be noted that there is always the possibility of excavations that are outside of the scope of this dataset which could affect ground stability.
West-SussexWest Sussex along with East Sussex used to make up the larger ceremonial county of Sussex. Land in West Sussex is varied and is part coastal, part downland and part wealden. The only city in the county is Chichester, which is also the county town but there are major towns including Crawley, Horsham, Midhurst, Worthing, Arundel, Bognor Regis and Shoreham-by-Sea among others.

Among the many excellent places to visit in West Sussex are Arundel Castle (classic, fairtytale-like castle built during the reign of William the Conqueror), the Vandalian Tower and Wings Museum. Counties adjacent to West Sussex include Surrey, Hampshire, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. 

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West Sussex Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting West Sussex Local Authority Councils at their address, telephone their local number, 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 West Sussex

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Crawley, Chichester, Horsham, Bognor Regis, Worthing, Battle and Littlehampton.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in West Sussex. 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 West Sussex we'll be able to give you the detailed report you need to know what defects there are with your property.

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Recently completed HomeBuyer Surveys in West Sussex:


  • 10 Davits Drive, Little Hampton, West Sussex, BN17 6RU
  • 22 Mannings Close, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 3TX
  • Russets, Felcourt Road, Felcourt, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2LA
  • 42 Hyde Heath Court, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 3UQ
  • Karakal, Rosemary Avenue, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3YS

 

When should I book my survey?

Ideally, you will want to arrange a survey as early as possible in the purchase transaction. The reason for this is to ensure that any problems that may be identified can be looked into by your solicitor within a good time frame. The survey report may reveal matters which require further investigation by your solicitor and this can take time if a further investigation is needed by a specialist.

You want to make sure that you receive the results of the survey before proceeding to exchange of contracts as at this point in the process you become legally bound to the purchase and will not be able to re-negotiate the price or withdraw from the sale.