York 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 York 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.

York 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 Home Buyers Survey shows up any such problems in your property in York, our appointed surveyor will explain to you what you should do to get more in-depth information about the type and scope of the matter and what is required to fix it.

If you are worried about any defects that you think your property has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might grow to many thousands of pounds as time progresses.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.

Survey tips for properties in York


York, known as Eboracum to the Romans, is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire and the traditional county town of Yorkshire. It has a rich history and in particular it hosts York Minster, a large Gothic cathedral, which has been rebuilt and redeveloped many times and dates back at least to the 7th century.

The city has many medieval streets with cobbles and some surviving properties and many remaining Georgian town houses and buildings as well as Victorian large houses, villas and terraces.

The 20th century saw many properties being built in York's hinterland, both municipal and private, not least because of the workforce which grew up around the chocolate industry, particularly that of Rowntree's.

There is a rich variety of housing, take for example the 1920s/30s town houses and semi-detached properties in Granger Avenue, Acomb; the modern terraced houses in St Stephen's Road and Salisbury Terrace and the double-fronted 18th century cottages in Sim Balk Lane, Bishopthorpe.

New build developments include the 3-bedroom terrace houses in Campleshon Road, the town houses in Lower Ebor Street and the detached houses in the Rowntree Quarter.

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Properties in York which are built in close proximity to the River Ouse, Holgate Beck and Tang Hall Beck among other water courses, in streets such as Rougier Street and Coney Street, are in an area where flood warnings and alerts are issued 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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Some properties in York are located nearby to existing or proposed sites for wind farms or wind turbines.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Gladstone Street for example, flagged up that the property was built within 4km of existing or proposed wind farms or turbines.

The location of wind farms or turbines can be contentious due to visual and auditory impact.
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Some properties in York are located nearby to areas to be explored for their energy potential by the oil & gas industry – they must be licensed by the Oil and Gas Authority – and such exploration includes areas subject to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") investigation.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Gladstone Street for example, flagged up that the property was:

  • built within 4km of an area licensed for onshore energy exploration and production;
  • built within 4km of an area that has been offered for licensing for the onshore exploration of oil and gas by the Oil and Gas Authority; and
  • built within 4km of a well used for energy exploration or extraction.
Yorkshire-SeIcpI.pngYorkshire is the largest county in the United Kingdom and it is made up of large subdivisions; North Yorshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire; which administer their own parts of it although the whole is still recognised as a cultural region and geographical territory.

The largest city is Leeds although there are several large-sized cities in the county, such as Sheffield, Huddersfield and Hull and it also contains York, a very beautiful walled city. It is bordered by the counties of Durham, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Westmorland.

Yorkshire boasts some wonderful natural areas such as the North York Moors and the Dales National Parks. The Howardian Hills and Nidderdale have been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club plays at Headingley in Leeds and there are a number of prominent football clubs in the county such as Leeds United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough.

Every Easter Monday, the World Coal Carrying Championship is carried out at Gawthorpe - competitors have to carry a 50kg sack of coal for around 3/4 of a mile! 

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York Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting City of York Council at West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA, telephone 01904 551 550, 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 York

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Knapton, Askham Bryan, Bishopthorpe, Murton, Haxby, Somerford Keynes and Brockfield.

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


  • 187 Huntington Rd, City Centre, York YO31 9BP
  • 14 Clifton, York YO30 6BQ
  • 66 Brockfield Park Dr, York YO31 9ER
  • 16 Lendal, York YO1 8DA
  • 47 Front St, York YO24 3BR

 

Does the Building Survey include cost of repairs?

The Building Survey does not include an estimate cost of repairs however you can include this for an additional cost which will need to be agreed with the surveyor.

The surveyor will list the defects spotted at the property we would then recommend that you find a local Builder to attend the property to give you a free no obligation quote for the repair work. You can then use the cost of repairs from the Builder and the Survey report to help with your negotiations.