Looking for a property surveyor in Guildford? We’ve helped over 1,000 homebuyers find a residential surveyor in the area over the last year.
As Guildford is only 27-miles southwest of London, the area can sometimes be prone to signs of subsidence, making the need for a trusted surveyor all the more vital for many homeowners. Hiring a professional property surveyor can save you thousands of pounds in the long run, as they can uncover any major issues with the property you’re interested in. If you are buying one of Guildford's historic properties, a building survey is highly recommended. For more modern homes, a homebuyers survey will be suitable.
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 best 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"
Crowes Property Surveys
1 Kent House, 81 High Street, Cranleigh, GU4 7XN
Established in 1991, we are Crowes Property Surveys. We are proud to provide a RICS Homebuyer Report (Level 2 Survey) and a RICS Full Building Survey (Level 3 Survey).
"Tim is a very experienced surveyor, he completed a Level2 home survey on a property we are buying. The property is a renovation project and looks intimidating for a buyer. Tim was very responsive, he arranged the viewing with the agent, called me on the day to go through all my concerns about the house, and explained to me in layman's terms what was important and wasn't in the issues he spotted. His thorough inspection by going out and lifting the drains covers made him spot a major clog which is now being investigated. His report received few days later was outstanding with traffic light labelling of all issues and pictures illustrating specific area of concerns. I would recommend Tim to anyone looking for a reliable and professional surveyor for peace of mind."
75 Queen Elizabeth Way, Woking, GU22 9AH
ANFord Surveyors are a RICS regulated chartered surveyors with many years’ experience in the chartered property surveying industry.
"Adam was incredibly professional and provided his availability promptly. He was transparent and provided his report promptly.I wouldn't hesitate before approaching A N Ford Chartered Surveyors for survey for our next move."
I AM Surveyors
90 Stechford Lane, Birmingham, B8 2AN
Based in Birmingham, I AM Surveyors are a firm of chartered surveyors providing property surveys across Coventry, Birmingham, Crewe and Wolverhampton.
"Prompt and professional. They provided updates at every stage of the proceedings with in-depth factual report in a timely manner."
Novello Chartered Surveyors
Suite 4, West Hill House, West Hill, Epsom, KT19 8JD
Novello Chartered Surveyors are a friendly, responsive, independent firm of RICS registered chartered surveyors based in Fulham, Epsom and Mayfair.
"Very quick & efficient and knowledgable"
Harewood Independent Surveyors
14 London Street, Andover, SP10 2PA
We are an independent family-run business offering our expert surveying services for those buying property.
Nicholas & Co. Surveyors
12-18, Theobalds Road , London, WC1X 8SL
Nicholas & Co. Surveyors is a practice of Chartered Surveyors based in central London, covering areas across London and the surrounding areas.
Gibson Abbot Limited
Marsh House, Uttoxeter Road, Stoke-On-Trent, ST11 9NR
Gibson Abbot Limited are a firm of professional property surveyors covering Hereford, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford, Walsall, Carlisle, Crewe, Guildford, Redhill, Tunbridge Wells and Shrewsbury.
Hitchin & Bayford Chartered Surveyors
9 Park Avenue, Camberley, GU15 2NG
With years of experience in the industry, Hitchin & Bayford are a team of experienced and qualified Chartered Surveyors covering a variety of areas across the UK.
According to our data, the majority of our Guildford users require a homebuyers survey, with over 66% choosing this survey type. Hiring a reliable surveyor can help save you thousands when purchasing a new home. By highlighting any structural or major issues within the property, your surveyor can help you make an informed decision and perhaps even negotiate the asking price.
Over 22% of our users require the more comprehensive building survey when buying a new property. This type of property survey is much more detailed and is designed for older buildings or those with a complicated or severely altered structure. This survey was most requested by our Guildford users who were purchasing semi-detached homes.
Our data also revealed that movers purchasing semi-detached homes were also most commonly requiring a homebuyers survey, with detached homeowners coming in at a close second. Movers viewing flats were the least likely to require a property survey, whilst those buying terraced homes were much more likely to request a homebuyers survey.
To save you more during the moving process, don’t forget to compare surveying quotes with Compare My Move’s simple service. If you’re purchasing a detached or semi-detached home in Guildford, you’ll likely benefit from the highly-requested homebuyers survey. However, if the property you’re interested in is much older, then a building survey will be best suited.
Guildford is a town with Saxon roots and a range of architecture from different periods of time. From post-war council estates to highly sought after Victorian terraced homes, there are a variety of properties to choose from. The Guildford Borough Council currently has a Housing and Rural Economic Strategy that includes the development of many affordable rural homes on agricultural land. These and the newly developed new-build flats will be better suited to a homebuyers survey or snagging list, whilst the older properties may benefit from a building survey.
Guildford Borough currently has 39 conservation areas according to the local council’s website. To be classed as a ‘conservation area’, the land in question will usually contain buildings of high architectural quality, an interesting and attractive layout or an important social history. This could potentially affect you as a homeowner as the buildings within these areas can not be altered or worked on without permission. You can search through the council’s Map of Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas for confirmation.
Guildford also has over 1,000 listed buildings included in the Statutory List and over 200 that are locally listed buildings. These properties are believed to have historical or architectural interest, meaning certain rules must be followed in order to preserve them. If you’re considering buying a listed building, you will require a specialist type of property survey called a Listed Building Survey.
In January 2020, the sale of existing properties in Guildford was fairly high with 132 properties sold. The number of new-builds, however, was drastically low with only 4 sold. If you’re searching for your new home within the vicinity of the River Wey or the River Tillingbourne, then it’s important to note that these properties are often subject to flood warnings.
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Subsidence is a very serious problem for many homeowners across the UK. When the ground beneath a property compresses or shrinks, subsidence occurs causing the foundations to become unstable and the building to slowly sink. This can be expensive to remedy and the damage can greatly affect a property’s value. Due to its proximity to London, Guildford has a moderate risk of subsidence.
Large cities such as London are typically most at risk of subsidence as the increased weight and pressure can severely affect the overall ground stability. With increased numbers of buildings being built in condensed areas, the water within the soil can quickly dry up causing the ground to compact. As Guildford is approximately 27-miles from London, there are a number of subsidence hotspots to be aware of.
If there are signs of subsidence in the property, such as large cracks around the windows and doors, then it’s vital you hire a reliable property surveyor. This will assess the property’s structure and foundations, highlighting any permanent or potential damage.
Guildford is also labelled as a Hazard Level D on the UK Clay Hazards Map, meaning there are some properties that may be prone to subsidence due to the clay soil beneath the structure. Clay soil is more likely to shrink or expand under temperature change or added pressure resulting in an increased risk of subsidence.
A property survey can highlight any potential risks or signs of subsidence and can indicate if there are issues that may affect the building’s value. If the property you’re interested in is older than 80 years, it would be wise to have a building survey conducted. For more modern homes, a homebuyers survey should suffice.
Japanese Knotweed is one of the most dangerous plants to grow around properties as it can easily force its way through concrete, drains and walls. It is also known as ‘Fallopia Japonica’ and is capable of growing as quickly as 10-20cm a day.
The Japanese Knotweed Heatmap created by Environet shows that the centre of Guildford is a minor hotspot for this dangerous plant. There are over 37 occurrences approximately 4km within the town centre and even more within the surrounding areas. Overall, Japanese Knotweed isn’t a particularly major problem in Guildford, but it’s still important you inspect the properties you’re interested in to be sure.
If you think the property you’re viewing has evidence of Japanese Knotweed, it’s highly recommended that you hire a verified property surveyor to investigate the home and confirm whether there’s any current or possible danger. If evidence of the plant is indeed found, your surveyor can advise you on the appropriate next steps.
Do not try removing Japanese Knotweed yourself as it will only add further damage to the property and its foundations. If there is an infestation, you will need to contact an expert Japanese Knotweed remover and come to an agreement on when the removal can begin.
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