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Looking for a surveyor in Leicester? We’ve helped over 450 homebuyers find a residential surveyor in the area over the last year.

For graduates, professionals and young families looking to buy property in Leicester, the average property price is currently £180,049. Areas such as Highfields Aylestone are ideal for families, whilst other affordable areas including Knighton Fields and New Parks have also proved popular.

A RICS Level 3 Survey will be needed if you’re buying an older property and a RICS Level 2 Survey will be suited for a property built less than 80 years ago.

We can help you get the best deal for your surveying by connecting you with up to 6 RICS registered property surveyors in Leicester. You will only ever get matched with the best property surveyors as we ensure all surveyors pass our strict verification process before joining us as a partner. Our team carries out regular checks on reviews from movers to ensure all surveyors are performing to their best.

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    FAQs About Surveying in Leicester

    Compare My Move has explored the architecture, the risk of subsidence and how Japanese Knotweed has become an issue in the city of Leicester. We’ve also included details of the local housing and most popular types of surveys, so you can be fully prepared when it comes to hiring a local surveyor.

    Our data has found the RICS Level 2 Survey has proved more popular with our users in Leicester, however it may not be the right survey for your purchase. If the property you're looking to buy is older, a RICS Level 3 Survey is recommended. When it comes to organising a survey compare surveyors with Compare My Move. 

    Compare My Move’s data found that homebuyers were much more likely to organise a RICS Level 2 Survey rather than a RICS Level 3 Survey for their Leicester property purchase.

    Half the amount of buyers organised a RICS Level 3 Survey as those who organised a RICS Level 2 Survey for a detached property in Leicester, at 11.36% and 21.97% respectfully. Buyers of Semi-detached properties organised the most RICS Level 2 Surveys, at 31.44% but only 12.88% used a RICS Level 3 Survey for the same type of property.

    Those looking to buy a terraced home in Leicester organised fewer surveys, with 12.88% arranging a RICS Level 2 Survey and 7.58% having a RICS Level 3 Survey. Flats saw the least amount of surveys undertaken, with just 3.03% of RICS Level 2 Surveys being arranged and a mere 1.14% of RICS Level 3 Surveys taking place.

    Although the RICS Level 2 Survey has proved more popular with our users in Leicester, it may not be the right survey for your purchase. If the property you are looking to buy is older, built of unconventional materials or in a less than perfect state, a RICS Level 3 Survey is highly recommended.

    Popular Survey Types in Leicester
    Popular Survey Types in Leicester

    What Types of Historical Architecture Does Leicester Have?

    The City of Leicester is home to a vast array of buildings dating back hundreds of years, from St Mary de Castro Church to Leicester Castle. There are more than 400 listed buildings in Leicester and 24 conservation areas, covering locations such as the former villages of Evington and Humberstone and the Edwardian High Street.

    Conservation areas located in suburban residential areas are covered by strict planning controls and require planning permission to be obtained for external property alterations, including the replacement of windows and doors. Leicester is also home to numerous stunning Georgian and Victorian buildings, including the Georgian masterpiece The Crescent in King Street which was saved from demolition in the 1950s.

    Thousands of post-war homes which were built for the returning service people and the families they started after the Second World War, with 13,000 houses were built between 1946 and 1959. If you are looking to buy one of these properties, a RICS Level 3 Survey will give you a more in-depth look at the condition and structure of the home.

    The city centre is home to a number of apartment-style properties, while larger houses and family homes are found in the more suburban areas outside of the centre.

    Architecture Overview From Listed Buildings to Sales of New Buildings
    Listed Buildings400
    Conservation Areas24
    New Build Sales*4
    Existing Property Sales*192

    *Based on data for 2023

    Is Subsidence an Issue in Leicester?

    Subsidence, where the foundations of the land become unstable and cause a property to “sink”, can happen as a result of natural or non-natural occurrences. For somewhere like Leicester, subsidence can occur as a result of previous industry causing damage to the land, such as coal mining.

    A map of hotspots for subsidence in the UK by Geobear revealed a cluster of subsidence concerns in the Leicester area and surrounding towns and villages such as Kirby Muxloe and Syston. Geobear found that city centres were key areas for subsidence, due to increased weight and pressure on the ground from the development of new buildings in a condensed area.

    A property surveyor will be able to tell you if subsidence is a problem for the home you are looking to buy and what can be done to remedy it, or whether you should reconsider the purchase. Not only will subsidence issues affect the overall value of the property, but it can also make the structure of the building unsafe.

    Considering the age of the city itself, not to mention the variety of building styles, ages and increasing development, hiring a surveyor can be deemed essential for buying a property in Leicester. Compare My Move can assist you in finding a reliable surveyor to conduct a full report on the condition and stability of your future home in Leicester.

    UK subsidence map taken from Geobear's website
    UK subsidence map taken from Geobear's website

    Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Leicester?

    Japanese Knotweed is very common in both Leicester and the surrounding county of Leicestershire. A heatmap of Japanese Knotweed across the UK has identified 22 infestations within 4km of Leicester City Centre.

    The plant, which was introduced to the UK in the 1800s, is highly destructive and can impact the value of a home is found within the property boundaries. Japanese Knotweed can spread extremely quickly, especially in the summer months and will need to be removed by specialists.

    The invasive plant has become such an issue that some lenders will refuse a mortgage for a house which has knotweed on the premises. If left unchecked, the Japanese Knotweed can cause considerable damage to building infrastructure, growing through concrete, tarmac and other hard surfaces. This is one of the reasons why organising a property survey is so important. Japanese Knotweed can also damage flood defence structures, ruin gardens and spread across boundaries causing neighbour disputes. If this is a concern for your property in Leicester and is flagged by your surveyor, you can get in touch with Leicester council for advice.

    UK Japanese Knotweed heatmap taken from Environet website
    UK Japanese Knotweed heatmap taken from Environet website