Home Buyers Survey St Albans


Trusted by 100s of clients with their home survey in St Albans giving our panel of local RICS building surveyors detailed knowledge of properties in your area. We're booking from 31/05/2024* with same-day callback & fast reports starting from just £400 EXC VAT.

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"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."


National Coverage for House Surveys

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Panel of RICS Surveyors for House Survey

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Same Week Availability for House Surveys

Same week availability*
House Survey Costs

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


HomeBuyers Report St Albans
Local Tip 1
Properties in St Albans built in promixity to the River Ver - including in Fishpool Street and St Michael's Street - 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).
 HomeBuyers Survey St Albans
Local Tip 2
Properties sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in St Albans.

In a recent environmental search, taken out for a property in Lime Tree Court, the report noted that there were natural cavities within 250m of the property.

This should not be taken to mean that the property in question actually suffered/suffers from subsidence however as "active subsidence will be dependent on local conditions, such as the proximity of trees or areas where trees have been removed, which require an inspection of the site to identify the nature of the ground on which the property is built."

Click to find out more about subsidence
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Local Tip 3
A RICS home buyers survey can raise suspicions about whether extension work has been carried out correctly on properties in St Albans.
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A recent RICS building survey on a property in Watford Road had the following to say about a related matter:

"We would recommend that confirmation of Building Regulations approval for the construction of the extension, and for the conversion of the garage into habitable space, is obtained prior to exchange of contracts, to include a completion certificate. If this is not forthcoming, we would advise that a suitably qualified structural engineer is instructed to survey the property and that any recommendations are instigated."

Types of property in St Albans?


St Albans has many surviving properties going right back to when it was the Roman Verulamium. Fishpool Street has medieval and Georgian buildings for example.

You find Georgian houses in the central conservation area as well as in villages nearby such as Wheathampstead, Chidwick Bury and Aldenham. St Stephen's has houses from the 1930s onwards.

There are many new build developments in the area, such as Ziggurat House (Grosvenor Road) and those constructed in Summerfield Close, Camp Road and London Road. Some are offered as shared ownership. 


Why Choose Sam Conveyancing for your Home Survey?

After 10 years of helping over 30,000 clients we've learned alot about surveys in St Albans using our panel of over 100 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Your St Albans 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 St Albans

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 St Albans


You don't need to contact your lender to arrange a HomeBuyer Survey in St Albans. 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 St Albans now.

A standard HomeBuyers Survey in St Albans takes approximately 3.5 hours, including local travel, property visitation, and report generation at the office.
With national coverage across England and Wales, including St Albans, 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 St Albans 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 St Albans. 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 St Albans:

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 St Albans 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 St Albans 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 St Albans-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 St Albans. To find out more go to - Listed Building Surveys - Building Surveyor and Survey Cost in St Albans
We cover the whole St Albans area and have recently completed HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys near you, at:
  • Buttermere Close, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TD
  • 2 Buttermere Close, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TD
  • 69 Normandy Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5PT
  • 2 Cadoxton Place, 29 Avenue Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3PY
  • 8 Westbourne Mews, St Albans, Herts, AL1 1LS
You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting St Albans City & District Council at Civic Centre St Peters Street St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3JE, telephone 01727 866 100, or you can check the local authority website.

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

Local Building Survey St Albans

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Watford, London Colney, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Pinner and Harpenden.

We work with specialist RICS Building Surveyors to undertake Home Buyers Surveys in St Albans. 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 St Albans we'll be able to give you the detailed St Albans HomeBuyers report that you will need to know and what defects there are with your property.

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*Survey prices vary depending on the type of survey, the size of the property and the property's location.
**Subject to availability. If your survey date is longer than 1 week then ask and we will try to fit you in sooner.


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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 St Albans'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