Home Buyers Survey Portsmouth


Trusted by 100s of clients with their home survey in Portsmouth giving our panel of local RICS building surveyors detailed knowledge of properties in your area. We're booking from 24/05/2024* with same-day callback & fast reports starting from just £400 EXC VAT.

Get an Instant Property Survey Portsmouth Quote now or speak to a friendly member of our team on 0333 344 3234.

"Competitively priced service, the agent I dealt with was very helpful. On the day of the survey itself I received a call from the surveyor to run through his initial findings.
The quality of the report produced was excellent, very detailed and thorough. If needed I will be using SAM Conveyancing's services again in the future for sure."


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Panel of RICS Surveyors for House Survey

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House Survey Costs

Cost from £400 EXC VAT
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Defects flagged in a Portsmouth Home Buyers Survey


HomeBuyers Report Portsmouth
Local Tip 1
Homes in many areas around Portsmouth, particularly alongside the coast, are subject to flood warnings, including, for example, the coast around Southsea, Farlington, the west of Portchester and the northwest of Portsea Island, including streets such as Quatremaine Road and Dundas Spur, and including Hilsea in particular.

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).
 HomeBuyers Survey Portsmouth
Local Tip 2
For some properties in Portsmouth dated around 1930s the external walls are 265mm thick cavity brickwork.

The walls should be inspected by a Building Surveyors to ensure the condition is satisfactory with no evidence of cracks or bulges.
Surveyor Portsmouth
Local Tip 3
There are pockets of Portsmouth that have minor readings for radon gas including Hope Street, Commercial Road and Lake Road.
You can view more specific data related to your property on the Government website - UK radon.

Types of property in Portsmouth?


Portsmouth has a long history which goes back to Roman times and it has, for example, the world's oldest dry dock, is the site of a number of Palmerston Forts (built in 1859 for defence against possible invasion from the continent) and was extensively bombed in the second world war.

In terms of its housing, there are survivals from many eras but much of the property development has come about as a result of the aforesaid wartime blitz bombing. Initially there were many prefabricated houses constructed and Paulsgrove council estate was completed in 1953. 

Leigh Park had housing estates built in it between 1949 and 1974. Council housing built in the 1960s and 1970s in Landport, Somerstown and Buckland replaced previous housing which had been ruled as 'unfit for human habitation'. Over time, many properties have been sold under the 'Right to Buy' scheme and there has been much renovation.

There are various modern housing developments in and around Portsmouth offering new build housing, such as at Gunwharf Keys.



Why Choose Sam Conveyancing for your Home Survey?

After 10 years of helping over 30,000 clients we've learned alot about surveys in Portsmouth using our panel of over 100 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Your Portsmouth surveyor will be local to your property so whether you're worried about subsidence, damp, infestations, extensions or even the just for peace of mind, we've got you covered.

Our HomeBuyers Survey costs are fixed and competitive as you'll see from all our Excellent reviews on Trustpilot. This means you don't have to break the bank to get a full health check on your new home. Get a Home Buyer Survey Quote today or if you're not sure which survey to choose and want to know the difference between a Level 2 Home Survey and a Level 3 Building Survey, then give us a call and we'll happily tell you what you need - 0333 344 3234 (local call charges apply).


What defects are flagged in a Homebuyer's Survey?


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Crack in outside wall above window flagged in a Home Building Survey
Cracks/Subsidence

Cracks are inspected and in the report will confirm if you need a structural engineer as there are signs of historical or current movement.

Find out more - What is subsidence and how do you spot it?

Damp and mould on a wall flagged in a Home Building Survey
Damp

The RICS surveyor will use a moisture meter in the rooms and report any high levels along with any mould or damp causing damage to the walls/windows.

Find out more - What is rising damp?

Rotting wood on a window frame flagged in a Home Building Survey
Wood Rot

The wooden door frames and windows will be inspected for rotting and wood worm.

Find out more - What to do with a Rotten Window Frame?

Rat Infestation flagged in a Home Building Survey
Infestations

The surveyor looks for signs of infestations through droppings, damage to piping/flooring and in some cases finding where the nest is.

Find out more - Can You Sell A House With Rodents?

Japanese Knotweed in a garden flagged in a Home Building Survey
Japanese Knotweed

The surveyor will check the grounds of the property and, where possible, check over the fences to neighbouring plots to identify if there is a risk of Japanese knotweed.

Find out more - Do surveyors check for Japanese knotweed?

Drains and man hole covers flagged in a Home Building Survey
Drains and Manhole Covers

The surveyor lifts up accessible man hole covers to check if the drains are blocked. You may need to get your drains inspected with CCTV.

Find out more - Should You Get a CCTV Drain Survey When Buying a House?

Roof loft space with insulation flagged in a Home Building Survey
Roof and Loft Space

The surveyor will enter into the roof/loft space if there is a safe and accessible ladder. They'll look for insulation, signs of leaking and and damage.

Find out more - What is a roof survey?

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Difference between a level 2 and level 3 house survey
A Level 2 HomeBuyers Report is for newer, conventional properties. A Level 3 Building Survey is for a comprehensive analysis, for older or larger properties.

Is a homebuyers survey worth it?
For conventional properties, a HomeBuyers Survey is invaluable. Identified defects can be used as leverage during price negotiations with the seller and can save 1000s of pounds.

Average Cost of Building Surveyor in Portsmouth

The cost varies depending on the size and condition of the property, with the average cost of our HomeBuyers Survey starting at £400 EXC VAT. The average cost of a Building Survey is higher. Our fixed fees start at £500 EXC VAT.

Get a Fixed Quote

To ensure accuracy, we utilise Rightmove or Zoopla to assess the property type, guaranteeing a fixed quote tailored to your needs. For guidance on choosing the right survey, contact our survey specialists at 0333 344 3234.

Download an Example Level 2 and Level 3 Home Survey



RICS Home Survey Level 2




RICS Home Survey Level 3


Frequently Asked Questions: Homebuyers Survey Portsmouth


You don't need to contact your lender to arrange a HomeBuyer Survey in Portsmouth. While they may recommend specific survey companies, we advise obtaining a quote online directly from a RICS-certified professional familiar with your property's locality, ensuring a comprehensive HomeBuyers Survey quote.
Typically, home buyers and investors request a Valuation and a Survey simultaneously, which is encompassed in our RICS HomeBuyers Report. For older or unconventional properties, consider a Level 3 Building Survey. Get your online quote for a property survey from our experienced house surveyors in Portsmouth now.

A standard HomeBuyers Survey in Portsmouth takes approximately 3.5 hours, including local travel, property visitation, and report generation at the office.
With national coverage across England and Wales, including Portsmouth, our back-office systems enable us to identify available RICS surveyors, even outside your locality. If you need a survey carried out urgently, our knowledge, contacts, and systems allow us to find you the best RICS surveyor at the most competitive cost.
We’re committed to equipping you with the necessary tools, information, and pricing to make informed decisions. You'll get a same day call with your Portsmouth RICS Surveyor to discuss your survey, as part of our service to you. You'll always receive full contact details of your RICS Chartered Surveyor when arranging with us.
We offer professional and comprehensive HomeBuyers Survey services in Portsmouth. Our RICS-certified professionals know the local property market intimately. Get an instant online price quote for a survey from our experienced house surveyors in Portsmouth:

The cost of a HomeBuyers Survey varies depending on the type and size of the property, among other factors. At SAM Conveyancing, the average cost for our HomeBuyers Survey in Portsmouth starts from £400 EXC VAT. Remember, a survey could save you significant money in the long run by identifying potential issues early.
Absolutely. Our team at SAM Conveyancing provides a thorough HomeBuyers Survey checklist, guiding you through what our surveyors will inspect. This includes the property's interior and exterior condition and advice on necessary repairs or potential problems.
We understand that sometimes surveys are urgent. While a typical survey takes around 3.5 hours, a Level 3 building survey will often take longer as it is a more thorough inspection. We pride ourselves on our national coverage and extensive network. Even for urgent requests, we strive to find you the best RICS surveyor in Portsmouth to complete the survey promptly.
Your satisfaction is our priority. If you have any issues, you can raise a formal complaint. If you remain unsatisfied, you can resort to a third-party dispute resolution service. Our Portsmouth-based RICS surveyor will work diligently to resolve your concerns, potentially revisiting the property if necessary.

We take problems very seriously, and if you encounter an issue, we ensure your concerns are addressed promptly and professionally. The initial step involves submitting a formal, written complaint, outlining the problem and supplementing it with any supporting evidence, like photos.

Our Manchester-based surveyor will send you their Formal Complaints Procedure outlining the expected response timeframes. They will work to rectify your complaint and might even propose revisiting the property in Manchester. After a comprehensive review, they will write back to you, hopefully resolving your complaint through the provision of further information.

If you remain unsatisfied, you can resort to a third-party dispute resolution service to which the surveyor is registered. This service becomes accessible only after you have formally complained to your surveyor.

The details of the dispute resolution service for RICS surveyors are as follows:

Service Provider
Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
Address
100 St. Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8BU
Website
CEDR.com
We have local RICS Listed Building Surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in Portsmouth. To find out more go to - Listed Building Surveys - Building Surveyor and Survey Cost in Portsmouth
We cover the whole Portsmouth area and have recently completed HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys near you, at:
  • Moortown Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1EP
  • Solent Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1HH
  • Pink Ridge, Bedhampton, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 3LT
  • Valiant Gardens, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9NZ
  • Truro Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4NP
You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Portsmouth City Council at Civic Offices Guildhall Square Portsmouth PO1 2AU, telephone 023 9283 4334, or you can check the local authority website.

Read the following article if you are thinking about building an extension.

Local Building Survey Portsmouth

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Southampton, Worthing, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville, Fareham and Horndean.

We work with specialist RICS Building Surveyors to undertake Home Buyers Surveys in Portsmouth. Whether you are buying an old run down 'doer upper' or standard construction freehold house, our RICS surveyors have seen them all.

With a vast number of years of experience completing building surveys on properties in Portsmouth we'll be able to give you the detailed Portsmouth HomeBuyers report that you will need to know and what defects there are with your property.

Meet Our RICS Surveyors in your area


*Survey prices vary depending on the type of survey, the size of the property and the property's location.
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RICS Level 2 Home Survey with a Valuation

A RICS Level 2 Home Survey, which used to be called the HomeBuyer Report or a Home Buyer Survey, is generally suitable for:

  • Bungalows
  • Flats
  • Standard construction houses

The majority of Portsmouth's leasehold flats require only a RICS HomeBuyer Report but for any Victorian conversions, a Building Survey may well be required.

Click to see an Example HomeBuyers Report