Buying a property in Essex? Then you’ll require a trusted and verified RICS property surveyor. We’ve helped over 3,000 homebuyers find a residential property surveyor across Essex over the last year.
Essex is made up of lots of towns filled with a variety of property types, so it’s important to learn if you’ll need a homebuyers report or a building survey. There is an abundance of 1950s property in Essex due to the housing shortage in London after the war, so if you’re purchasing one of these you might need a building survey, depending on the condition.
We can connect you with up to 5 RICS registered property surveyors, all of which have gone through our strict verification process, ensuring you will only be matched with the most professional surveyors in the area.
Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors
9 Copsem Drive, Esher, KT10 9HD
Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors is a firm of RICS chartered surveyors, specialising in Full Building Surveys in Surrey and London, offering industry-leading standards of customer service.
"communication wasn't great initially when we asked for an update on whether the survey went ahead, but thorough survey which was completed quickly"
Able Surveyors Limited
Arrow House, Chelmer Avenue, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PB
We're an independent company of RICS Chartered Surveyors based in Billericay, Essex, offering expert surveying services including the RICS Home Survey Level 2 and RICS Home Survey Level 3 across the home counties and London.
"Great service. Jack sent across the a??headlinesa?? on the day and gave me a phone call the next day to discuss the main points. I havena??t received the full report yet (ita??s only 2 days after the survey) but the initial headlines report was very clear with clear photos as well. Would highly recommend."
Kemp House, 160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX
We are Surveyor Sorted, an RICS-regulated chartered surveying firm operating across London, Essex, Kent & Hertfordshire.
"This was excellent service. I had an appointment within a couple of days and the report was out within the week. The surveyor, Chuks, was extremely efficient, professional and with excellent people skills."
T H P Ltd, Shalford Court, Chelmsford, CM2 6JL
Based in Essex, we are KSP Surveyors. We offer our property surveys across London, the South East and the surrounding areas.
"Super reliable, they communicate efficiently, scheduled the visit super fast and sent the report in time. Happy to recommend!"
The Thatch, 3 Dock Lane, Cambridge, CB25 9JF
Based in Cambridge, Camsure Homes provide our RICS homebuyer report (Level 2 Survey), building survey (level 3 Survey) and valuation across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and parts of Bedfordshire.
"Very efficient and really helpful on phone and in email enquiries. Would recommend them to everyone. They were reasonably priced and the surveyors report was comprehensive with attention to detail. "
Reliable Property Group
188 Hither Green Lane, Hither Green, London, SE13 6QB
Based in London, Reliable Property Group are a RICS registered London chartered surveyors.
"Very efficient service and report sent to me the same day. Highly recommended."
2 Portland Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 3SJ
Navah Consulting is a RICS regulated chartered surveyor offering our RICS homebuyer report (Level 2 Survey) and RICS building survey (Level 3 Survey) to help when you’re buying a house.
"I would absolutely recommend Navah Consulting wholeheartedly. Jonathan followed up promptly and was always on hand to answer any questions. He delivered the survey report earlier than expected and I was very happy with the service I received and the report itself."
Cambridge Building Surveyors
Future Business Centre, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2HY
A family-run business, Cambridge Surveyors provide our first-class chartered surveying service around Cambridge.
"Mike was very helpful in explaining what everything meant and what implications they had, which was very useful as a first time buyer. Everything progressed smoothly and quickly and he was happy to meet me to discuss any questions I had."
Anglia Building Surveying
14 Winchfield, Great Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3AN
With years of experience in surveying properties, Anglia Building Surveying are a team of professional Chartered Surveyors whose aim is to aid you in the house moving process by providing reliable RICS homebuyers surveys (Level 2 Surveys) and RICS building surveys (Level 3 Surveys).
"Very professional, helpful and was quick with the report. Will definitely recommend"
Elementary Homes Chartered Surveyors
6 Clavering Gardens, West Horndon, Brentwood, CM13 3ND
First established in 2007, Elementary Homes Chartered Surveyors have over 20 years of experience of providing a first-class surveying service throughout Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London and Greater London.
Dhruba Raj Shrestha
" Very pleased with Colins detailed work on report at reasonable price.Highly recommend "
1 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF
First established in 1890, Watsons Property proudly offers a first-class surveying service to help with your house move. Fully regulated by RICS, we provide a RICS Home Survey Level 2 as well as a Home Survey Level 3 to help make your move stress-free.
"Very good details into different elements. Although it has put us a bit on edge with the mention of possible asbestos. "
Warneford House, Portal Avenue, Ipswich, IP5 3QY
Founded in 1999 by Paul Anderson (MRICS MCIOB), Anderson Associates are a RICS regulated surveyor. We offer our expert services when you’re buying a house. We are proud to provide a RICS Home Survey Level 2 and RICS Home Survey Level 3.
"Very happy, service and report were very thorough"
Property Surveys South East
Unit 17, 30 St.Dunstans Street, Canterbury, CT2 8BZ
At Property Surveys South East, we pride ourselves on our efficiency, discretion and value for money, ensuring you get the very best service when having a house survey.
"John is fantastic.I was in a very tight situation needing a survey done quickly and thoroughly. John responded to my rather urgent email swiftly and, by a miracle, was able to fit me in within the week. After he did the survey, he emailed me a top-line rundown of any things that stood out/needed attention before he delivered the full report. We also talked through things on the phone and I felt confident to progress to my exchange days later.The first thing I said to John when I found him online was 'Where are your reviews?' He didn't have many, the ones I found were excellent, but I knew I needed to leave my own. Don't hesitate. If you want a thorough building survey with clear photographs and great attention to detail and someone who responds to questions quickly then book John."
Trent House, 234 Victoria Road, Stoke On Trent, ST4 2LW
MCL Surveying is a family-run professional chartered surveyor based in Stoke on Trent. We are RICS regulated and pride ourselves on delivering a first-class property surveying service.
"Good communication and service."
Stratful Associates Limited
8 Giffin Way, Sawbridgeworth, CM21 0DW
Stratful Associates Limited are a firm of chartered surveyors based in Essex proving property surveys to residential customers acorss Chelmsford and Colchester.
"They sent us a very detailed survey. Provided a very quick and professional service, with suggestion of work required"
Maydon Associates Building Consultancy
Great Warley, Brentwood, CM13 3AB
Maydon Associates are a firm of chartered building surveyors based in Brentwood in Essex, providing a range of residential surveys throughout London and the Home Counties.
"Wonderful service. Whole process was explained to me in detail with any questions answered quickly. Turnaround of report after survey was really quick (couple of working days). Report itself was very thorough and extremely useful including a list of recommended documents to request via our solicitor. Highly recommend!"
Dunford Penrose Surveyors
Meadow End, Chattisham Road, Washbrook, Suffolk, EC1V 2NX
Dunford Penrose Surveyors are a firm of property surveyors covering London, East Anglia, and the South East.
"Fantastic worth every penny phoned and got an appointment within 2 days "
Houzecheck Ltd, 42-44 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JJ
HouzeCheck are a RICS surveyor offering their expert surveying services across London. We are proud to offer a RICS Home Survey Level 2, RICS Home Survey Level 3 and a Valuation Report.
"Houzecheck were quick and efficient and competitively priced. Piers the surveyor called me on the day of the survey and explained the report which arrived the day after. Thank you! "
Countrywide Surveying Services
Title Absolute Ltd, Broadhurst House, Manchester, M1 6EU
With over 450 in-house RICS qualified surveyors, Countrywide Surveying Services operates one of the largest, most trusted property surveying and valuation practices in the UK.
"First class, prompt and thorough report"
Phoenix Surveyors Limited
Unit 8, Old Forge Court, Colchester Road, Elmstead Market, CO7 7EA
Phoenix Surveyors offer a bespoke service to our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the property surveying industry, our surveyors have plenty of experience to call upon when carrying out your surveys.
"Phoenix were suggested to us via CompareMyMove. They were absolutely fantastic, super thorough! This is our first property purchase and they walked us through to process step by step phoning the day before, the evening of the inspection and then following up with their report the following day. Our surveyor spotted absolutely EVERYTHING! Fit us in at short notice also. Fantastic value for money, impeccable service! Highly recommend!"
Compare My Move have found out what the most popular survey type is in Essex to help with your surveying. We’ve studied our own data from our Essex movers to reveal that the most popular survey type in Essex is a homebuyers survey with 70% of Essex movers choosing one.
Almost 30% of movers needing a homebuyers survey required one for a semi-detached property, whilst almost 20% needed one for a detached property. Just 13% of our Essex movers needed a building survey for a semi-detached property whilst only 7% needed one for their detached property.
Most likely you will need a homebuyers survey for your move to Essex, but it’s important to do your research. If the property is old and isn’t in the best condition, you will require a building survey. If the house was built using common materials and in good condition, then a homebuyers survey will be enough.
It’s important to be aware of the historical architecture in Essex so you know which survey is best suited for you. A variety of housing developments were built in Essex after the war to help with the housing shortage London was facing. The towns of Basildon and Harlow were formed in 1949 to help with this, meaning there is a lot of 1950s housing still around.
There remains an impressive amount of Mediaeval "gothic" architecture across Essex in the form of timber, brick, rubble, and stone. Home to Colchester, England’s oldest town, Essex property remains more affordable than nearby London. Essex also boasts large country mansions as well as new build developments.
There are 739 listed buildings in Essex which means you’ll need a specialist listed building survey if you do plan on purchasing one. There are also 220 conservation areas throughout Essex. Older properties are more popular in Essex as 566 existing properties sold in April 2020 whilst only 13 new builds sold.
If you’re buying an older house in Essex that has signs of damage or wear, you will need a RICS building survey. If you’re buying one of the many modern homes or flats in Essex then a RICS homebuyers survey will suffice. You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of having a property survey as it will reveal damage and defect you might have missed.
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If you’re buying a house in Essex, it’s important to get a home buyers survey or building survey to reveal any hidden damage or defects. Subsidence is one of the main issues surveyors will look for during a survey and it’s any potential buyers worst nightmare as it can make it difficult to sell your house.
There are many reasons for subsidence to occur such as weather, clay soil and shallow foundations. Geobear’s UK subsidence map shows there isn’t a huge subsidence problem in Essex but there are some areas that are a hotspot for subsidence. Just North of Wivenhoe, Brentwood and West of Danbury seems to be most at risk.
In the Map of the Distribution of Clay Over the UK, Essex shows to be a ‘Hazard Level E’ which is the highest level of concern. This means there is a high presence of shrink-swell clay and that the soil is at risk of shrinking and/or swelling.
To make sure you’re aware of subsidence, you should inspect the house you plan to buy before you get a survey. Look for obvious signs of subsidence which would be cracks in the walls or around door frames. Most of the time a homebuyers survey will be fine, but if you do notice cracks or damage, it will be more suitable to get a building survey.
Japanese Knotweed is a dangerous plant that can even force its way into homes if not treated or removed. It’s important to hire a property surveyor when you’re buying a house as they can reveal if the property has Japanese Knotweed and if it’s a risk.
According to Environet’s Japanese Knotweed UK Heatmap, there isn’t a concerning presence of Japanese Knotweed in Essex. There are 24 occurrences in Southend-on-Sea within 4km, 10 occurrences in Maldon and there are only 4 occurrences within 4km in Chelmsford.
You should pay attention to the survey report that talks about the exterior of the building including the patio and garden to see any mention of Japanese Knotweed. If the property is infected with the plant, then you can hire a specialist Japanese Knotweed remover in Essex to safely remove it.
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