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Home to the most expensive property market in the UK, London is a city with a rich history and a varied architectural heritage. The average property price in London stands at £485,794, making it even more important to get a property survey before you commit to buying property in the city.
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."
Maitlands Acorn Professional
9 St Marks Road, Bromley, BR2 9HG
Maitlands Acorn Professional is a RICS regulated firm of chartered surveyors providing high-quality and affordable property surveys and valuations in London, Surrey, Kent, Essex and Sussex since 1983.
"Excellent, highly recommend my surveyor, Nicole Jeffries, was excellent and provided such valuable advice. Survey was also booked in quickly and the report available the next day."
3 Wheatear Way, Chatham, ME5 7TF
Accolaide Surveyors is a company of professional RICS Surveyors based in the Medway, with more than 30 years’ experience of a first-class surveyor service covering South London, Kent, Surrey, and parts of Sussex.
"Accolaide surveyors were very helpful and professional. Any emails were answered promptly and we received our report the day after the survey took place. "
London Local Property Surveyor
Level 3 207 Regent Street, London, W1B 3HH
London Local Property Surveyor is a RICS regulated firm of chartered surveyors, offering expert and affordable RICS property surveys across London in a quick and professional manner.
"Miles went above and beyond what we ever expected from a surveyor. He communicated with us proactively, providing a summary as soon as he had viewed the property. He went back to the property on multiple occasions when the weather prevented him from getting a good view of the roof. Miles even spoke to our neighbors to understand if they had experienced similar issues that the property we were purchasing had. I could not speak more highly of Miles and the service he provides "
Alexander Surveying Services
2 Woolden House, Connaught Avenue, London, E4 7AF
Alexander Surveying Services are based in London and offer our RICS regulated chartered surveying services across Greater London and the surrounding areas.
"Really straightforward, friendly, and helpful. Also very competitively priced, with lots of useful questions for conveyancers and vendor."
The Finance Planning Group, Hurstwood Grange, Haywards Heath, RH17 7QX
FP Surveying have an in-depth knowledge of the chartered property surveying industry, offering a RICS building survey (Home Survey Level 3) and homebuyer report (Home Survey Level 2).
"Professional, competitive, efficient, friendly, concise and clear"
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!"
Kirk-Brown Limited Chartered Surveyor
Chequers Cottage, Lower Road, Maidstone, ME15 0PE
Kirk-Brown are a professional and friendly chartered surveyor based in Maidstone, Kent. Our 25 years of experience in the surveying industry has given us an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of property surveys.
"Excellent. Professional. Courteous. Thorough. Prompt. "
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."
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. "
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 "
Hoxton Mix Ltd, 86-90 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NE
Norwoods Survey specialises in RICS Homebuyer Reports and Building Surveys across London, helping homebuyers make an informed decision on properties.
"Professional company! Process was smooth from the starting enquiry to me receiving my report. A+"
I AM Surveyors
44 High Street , Sutton Coldfield , Birmingham, B72 1UJ
Based in Birmingham, I AM Surveyors are a firm of chartered surveyors providing property surveys across Coventry, Birmingham, Crewe and Wolverhampton.
"I Am Surveyors did an very good job and provided a comprehensive report. I was able to book a survey date quickly and received the report within the timelines given. However I did find it difficult to get in contact with them before and after the survey date. Eventually I did receive a call from the surveyor who answered all my questions in detail. "
Parabola Chartered Surveyors
Camberley House, London, NW1 4AX
Based in London, Parabola Ltd is an independent firm of chartered surveyors providing a wide range of residential property surveying service.
"I specifically chose Parabola following relatively extensive reviews of around seven or eight chartered surveyors as I wanted a survey that yielded a thorough and detailed report. Well, Behrang certainly provided that; the service throughout was also excellent but the report itself was extremely comprehensive and very helpful.I would absolutely use Parabola again and would recommend them to anyone who is after a robust survey."
Ark Surveyors Limited
Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX
Ark Surveyors Ltd are a team of independent RICS surveyors, with expertise in building surveys, homebuyer surveys and valuations.
"Good communication; professional; thorough. Highly satisfied with Dan's work."
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."
Your Surveyors Ltd
Albion Place, Maidstone, ME14 5DZ
Your Surveyors puts you at the heart of what we do.
"I had an excellent service from Your Surveyor Ltd. Communication was fast and effective, we were able to arrange the visit quickly and the comprehensive report was received well within the published timeframes. The follow up calls with Garrett and his advice were really helpful too. Thanks a lot, I would highly recommend choosing Your Surveyor . "
Belgrave House 39-43, Monument Hill, Weybridge, KT13 8RN
Landview Surveyors are RICS regulated surveyors and valuers covering London and the South East. We provide professional and high-quality surveying services
"Efficient and friendly service. Excellent survey report, delivered on time. All questions answered. Would use again."
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! :-) "
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"
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Compare My Move’s data shows that the most popular survey type for our London users is a homebuyers survey, with 65% of people needing one in the capital. The remaining 35% of our London movers required a building survey. Our data reveals that 17% of people buying a terraced property required a homebuyers survey, whilst 15% needed a building survey.
Our data also shows that the majority of homebuyer surveys were needed for flats, with 39.47% of all homebuyers survey purchased for use on London flats. With only 2.5% of buyers needing property surveys for detached properties, our data shows how popular the sale of flats is in London.
The demand for purchasing existing properties is much higher than that for new build properties in London, with flats and maisonettes seeing a yearly increase in the value of 5.5%. Detached properties have seen a monthly decrease in value of -2.7%, making detached properties attractive to buyers. As many detached properties in London will be Victorian, you may require a building survey due to the age and condition of the property.
Although there were many high-rise residential tower blocks built in London after the second world war, there remains a fair amount of Georgian townhouses, Victorian detached properties, Edwardian terraced houses as well as the presence of Regency architecture that began after the Georgian era. The building survey is the most in-depth and comprehensive survey which will be able to highlight any structural damage that can commonly be found in older properties.
During the Georgian period, houses were built to make a profit for the first time and multiple properties were constructed at once. These expanded beyond the boundaries of the City of London following the Great Fire which destroyed most of London in 1666. These terraced properties are recognisable from their red bricks, tall windows and symmetrical style.
Examples of Regency architecture, from the end of the Georgian era, can be found in areas such as Belgravia and Regent’s Park, with an identifiable intricate white stucco front. You will also see a large amount of Edwardian properties in London. These terraced homes are still very popular today and can be found in many of London’s suburbs. These older homes which make up a large proportion of the landscape of London are best suited for a full building survey.
For Victorian and Edwardian properties, many of their unique features have come back in vogue in recent years. These features were hidden or ripped out in the 60s and 70s, having been considered old fashioned. You may find that you can unearth some of these features but read your survey thoroughly before undertaking any work to avoid causing or exacerbating an existing issue in the property.
Following the second world war, a large majority of residential housing had to be rebuilt, leading the way to the high rise blocks seen in London today. The trend of building upwards has remained in London, as space for new housing becomes more and more sparse. Existing properties remain popular among buyers, with 5,200 sold in January 2020 and only 369 new builds sold. There are 605 listed buildings in the City of London and 27 conservation areas.
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If you’re looking to buy a house in London, it’s important to look for signs of cracks as this could be subsidence. Subsidence can affect any property type, but considering that most properties in London are older buildings, you will need a property surveyor to carry out a building survey and assess the structure. The building survey will take an in-depth look at the property’s condition.
London is one of the most affected areas in the UK for subsidence, as shown in this UK Subsidence Map. Whilst there are many reasons for subsidence to occur, London’s biggest cause of subsidence is its expansion of cohesive soils. London has the highest shrink-swell clay hazard in the UK, meaning 1 in 50 houses in London suffer from subsidence.
The South-East of London is most affected by subsidence, so it’s even more vital to get a property survey if you’re looking to buy a house in South-East London. In Greater London, the majority of homes are built on London Clay which is at a high risk of shrinkage. There are many Victorian and Edwardian homes in North London that were built on soil that is at risk of shrinking, combine this with their shallow foundations and it increases the risk of subsidence.
To avoid any huge repair bills later down the line, you’ll need a chartered surveyor to carry out a survey. Compare My Move have plenty of London based surveyors we can connect you with. They’ll have in-depth knowledge of the local area so they will be familiar with the types of property and what to look for.
Japanese Knotweed was initially introduced to Britain in the 1840s as an ornamental plant. A shipment was sent to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew in London and was later sold commercially by nurseries.
It now grows aggressively along waterways, in parks, along railways and in gardens across the UK. If you are buying a property in London nearby water or a rail line, it is thoroughly recommended that you hire a surveyor to identify if the plant is an issue on or around the property.
Japanese Knotweed is described by the Environmental Agency as “indisputably the UK’s most destructive and invasive plant”. According to data released by Environet, Clapham Common in South London is the number one worst affected area in London, with 192 infestations. Following closely was Pollard’s Hill in Norbury, with 150 infestations reported.
Regent’s Park, home to grand properties of the Regency era, had the third-highest concentration, with 129 cases of knotweed within 4km. Environet estimates that the plant currently affects 5% of all UK properties. Japanese Knotweed can reduce the value of your home and many mortgage lenders can and will refuse a loan for a house plagued with the plant.
A property surveyor will be able to identify if the house you are looking to purchase has Japanese Knotweed within its boundaries and if the plant is present on neighbouring grounds.
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