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 6 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.
"Excellent service and quite precise report that helped me renegotiate the price of the new property.. Hopefully this will help me to minimise any future repair costs too."
Kemp House, 160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX
We are Surveyor Sorted, an RICS-regulated chartered surveying firm operating across London, Essex, Kent & Hertfordshire.
"The format of the survey is easy to understand and it also listed out the costs of repairing items, which are very useful."
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.
"KSP made the whole process very easy & stress-free from day 1. They responded to emails so quickly & lived up to every promise, including the 4 day turnaround from the survey taking place to issuing the report. Very detailed information provided & a fabulous service all round, I'd definitely recommend them to anyone."
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.
"Excellent service. Survey booked in very quickly and were kept up to date with any changes. Very thorough survey report delivered within 24 hrs, with a follow up call a couple of days later.Would definitely recommend!"
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.
Yeung Ching Lam
"I found it from Comparemymove. Reliable is really reliable, highly recommended to people looking for survey services in London."
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."
Cosey Homes Chartered Surveyors
Unit 2, Craig Court, Standish Street, St Helens, WA10 1GJ
Cosey Homes Chartered Surveyors are a RICS registered chartered surveying company. First established in 2003, we have carried out thousands of property surveys all over the country.
"Perfect, fast and easy excellent customer service. Easy to get hold of and constantly updating you on progress"
Block D, 1st Floor Southgate Office Village, Chase Rd, London, N14 6HF
A professional and experienced chartered surveying company, C&C Surveying provide a first-class surveying service.
"Good, prompt and professional service. "
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 "
18 Meridian Way, Norwich, NR7 0TA
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.
"Cheap, and efficient. They noticed many things that I hadn't thought of. Would recommend them to others."
Suite 29B Chessington Business Centre, Cox Lane, Chessington, KT9 1SD
Based in Surrey, Sterlingworth Surveyors are independent RICS surveyors offering a RICS Home Survey Level 2, RICS Home Survey Level 3 and professional valuations for when you’re purchasing property in Central, South, South West, West, North West, North London or surrounding areas.
"Very recommended survey, professional with the estimate of costs and everything we need before buying our house."
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"
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.
"Such a thorough survey, the surveyor called me immediately after finishing and walked me through the traffic light system of issues identified, was very helpful and polite and answered all of my questions! Waiting on the full survey report which I am told will be with us within 4 working days which I think is a great turnaround time, and it will apparently include pricing estimates of any repairs which need to be done which is so helpful for me especially as a first time buyer. Much better priced than its competitors and I am so impressed with the service we have received, thank you Dunford Penrose Surveyors! :-) "
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.
"Considering Houzecheck wasnt the most expensive quote we received. The report was so thorough and we were pleasantly surprised. I messaged David personally with some concerns on the work that was required he replied instantly and stuck to his word by ringing back by the end of the day. He was very knowledgeable and answered every question and concern I had. I felt confident to discuss my issues with the seller. It has enabled us to continue with the sale but know exactly what work is required by getting quotes and the price of the house to reflect accordingly. I cannot fault Houzecheck. I would definitely recommend to others and use this company again in the future. "
Countrywide Home Surveys
Title Absolute Ltd, Broadhurst House, Manchester, M1 6EU
With over 450 in-house RICS qualified surveyors, Countrywide Home Surveys operates one of the largest, most trusted property surveying and valuation practices in the UK.
"I conducted Online search via google"
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.
"Very thorough. Completely professional. Would recommend and definitely use again."
4 The Grove, Billericay, CM11 1AU
Here at Oracle Surveyors, we are RICS registered valuers and Chartered Surveyors. We specialise in residential properties and are able to provide you with our knowledge and experience in this field.We cover the following areas - Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Romford. Our surveyors work at exceptionally high standards, and you can rest assured that the service you receive from us is accurate.
"Chris was the first company to phone me up and talk me through the process (which wasn't just a blanket email). He was very friendly and understanding throughout the whole process. Especially, when we had to push the date of the survey back another week. On the day, Chris called to go through the survey as soon as he was finished. He explained everything perfectly and was incredibly helpful. It also only took a couple of days to receive the survey! Overall, Chris and his team were great, friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend Oracle Surveyors for your next survey. We will certainly be using them again if we decide to move in the future!A***** "
Sheeley Surveying Services
17 Sedgefield Way, Braintree, CM7 1XB
Here at Sheeley Surveying Services, we are on hand to assist you with all your surveying needs. Covering areas including Cambridge, Chelmsford, Colchester, Stevenage and Southend-on-Sea, we are able to help many clients on a daily basis.Our team is full of reliable and trusted surveyors that can provide accurate RICS surveys. Whether you need a level 2 or 3 Home Survey, our professional surveyors offer this service. We can also provide you with a RICS valuation that provides peace of mind when buying or selling a property.
"I found Robert Sheeley online, out of many other surveyor companies I decided to buy a level 3 Home Buyer Survey from Rob because he wasnt trying to be pushy and just sell to me. Rob was professional from the start and the survey that he provided was so useful to make finalising my decision on buying my next home, Rob even went beyond his scope of work and helped me with finding reputable companies to get reliable quotes for the repairs that were needed to the property Im buying Are you looking for a certified, professional and reliable Surveyor for your next home purchase? Id truly recommend Robert Sheeley for a well informed home buyers Survey It was an absolute pleasure to have worked with you Rob, all the best"
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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