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Moving House In Hackney? Save Up To 70% On Your RICS Level 2 Survey

Looking for a property surveyor in the London Borough of Hackney? We’ve helped over 1,500 home buyers find a verified residential surveyor for their future Hackney home.

Hackney has an average property price of £704, 696. If you’re interested in a modern property in the borough that’s considered as being in relatively ‘good condition’, then a RICS Level 2 Survey may likely be the best survey type for you. However, if you prefer one of Hackney’s older properties, then a RICS Level 3 Survey will be better suited.

Whether you’re moving to or within Hackney, we can match you with up to 6 RICS registered London surveyors in the area. Each partner who enters the Compare My Move network must be RICS registered and must continuously follow our code of conduct. They will be put through our strict verification process and regularly monitored to ensure they work to our high standards.

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    FAQs About Surveying in Hackney

    Our expert team at Compare My Move has collected helpful data and research to answer all your vital questions relating to surveying in Hackney. The most popular survey type amongst our Hackney users is the RICS Level 2 Survey, with around 65% choosing this option. 

    It was also discovered that some Hackney will be at risk of experiencing both subsidence and Japanese Knotweed. Both these issues can affect a property’s value - that is why it’s important to arrange a property survey to inspect the home and assess its condition before the sale is complete. 

    Using our own unique data, our team at Compare My Move discovered that around 65% of our Hackney users required a RICS Level 2 Survey when using our services. This type of property survey is often very popular amongst homeowners in the UK, making it a fairly common request. The inspection included with a RICS Level 2 Survey provides an overview of the condition of a building, ensuring you can uncover any potential issues that may affect its value. However, it’s not as thorough as a RICS Level 3 Survey.

    If you’re purchasing a home that is older than 80-years of age, is considered to be in ‘poor condition’ or is made of unusual materials, then a RICS Level 3 Survey will be better suited. It is also suitable for homes that have been greatly renovated and have undergone extensive work as it assesses the structural safety of the building. It’s the most detailed type of property survey and will highlight any underlying issues or damage.

    Our data also discovered that over 34% of users purchasing flats in Hackney required a RICS Level 2 Survey. This isn’t surprising as the RICS Level 2 Survey is designed for modern homes and flats specifically and is suitable for homes younger than 80-years of age. Users buying semi-detached and terrace houses were also much more likely to request a RICS Level 2 Survey with only 3% of semi-detached movers arranging a RICS Level 3 Survey.

    To help you save up to 70% on your overall costs, don’t forget to compare surveying quotes with Compare My Move during your property purchase. Every partner is RICS registered, experienced and highly qualified, ensuring you’re only connected to the best surveyors in Hackney.

    Popular Survey Types in Hackney
    Popular Survey Types in Hackney

    What Types of Historical Architecture Does Hackney Have?

    There are a variety of property types to choose from in Hackney, from grand Georgian houses in Clapton Square to flat-fronted Victorian terraces in Hackney Central and London Fields. If you prefer more modern homes or large warehouse conversions, then you’ll find plenty to view in Hackney Wick.

    Older properties seem to be very popular amongst Hackney movers. If you’re purchasing a home older than 80-years of age or one that appears to be in ‘poor condition’, then it’s advised you organise a RICS Level 3 Survey to assess the structural safety of the home.

    There are currently 30 conservation areas in the Borough of Hackney, with the first conservation areas designated in 1969 in Clapton Square, Clapton Common, Clapton Pond and Clissold Park. These plots of land contain ‘special architectural or historical interest’, meaning many homeowners within the area require special permission from the local authority to carry out certain work and renovations.

    There are also around 1,300 listed buildings in the borough. As with the properties in conservation areas, listed buildings are seen as historically or architecturally important, meaning owners require permission to carry out repair work. If you’re interested in purchasing a listed building, it’s also important to note that a typical property survey will not suffice - you will have to arrange a Listed Building Survey instead.

    Architecture Overview From Listed Buildings to Sales of New Buildings
    Listed Buildings1,300
    Conservation Areas30
    New Build Sales*11
    Existing Property Sales*120

    *Based on data for 2023

    Is Subsidence an Issue in Hackney?

    Subsidence is a dreaded term for many homeowners - it is typically caused by the ground beneath a building compressing and sinking, causing the foundations to become unbalanced. This then results in large cracks appearing around the windows and door frames as the foundation misaligns. As Hackney is fairly close to Central London, it is at moderate risk of experiencing subsidence.

    According to the UK Subsidence Map by Geobear, Hackney has a moderate risk of subsidence with areas located closer to Central London having an increased risk. Large cities such as London often carry an increased risk as the ground often dries up due to the added pressure and weight from the number of buildings. If a densely-packed area contains a variety of immense buildings and properties, the ground could weaken and collapse.

    If you suspect the property you’re interested in is displaying signs of subsidence, then it’s advised you seek a verified property surveyor to inspect the home. A RICS Level 3 Survey is often recommended as it will assess any current or potential damage to the foundations. Subsidence can greatly devalue a property so it’s worth investing in a survey, even if it’s simply to provide evidence when renegotiating the asking price.

    Don’t forget to compare surveying quotes with Compare My Move to help you save up to 70% on your overall costs. Every partner that enters our network is verified by us and reviewed by you, ensuring you receive quality services from the best in the business.

    East London subsidence map taken from Geobear's website
    East London subsidence map taken from Geobear's website

    Is Japanese Knotweed a Concern in Hackney?

    According to Environet’s Japanese Knotweed Map, Hackney properties have a fairly high risk of experiencing Japanese Knotweed infestations. It’s vital you uncover any evidence of this destructive plant on the premises as it can decrease the building’s value by up to 10%, with many mortgage lenders denying applications due to its presence.

    If you’re searching for a new home within Hackney, especially in areas closer to Central London, then don’t forget to look-out for any signs of the nuisance plant. There have been around 105 reported occurrences of Japanese Knotweed in one postcode area alone. It is capable of growing up to 20cm a day and can force its way through drains, walls and even concrete, causing severe damage. It’s often sighted in public parks and green spaces, so be wary if the property is situated near something similar.

    Japanese Knotweed can be extremely dangerous and should you not try to remove the plant yourself. You must instead arrange a property survey to identify its presence and plan your next steps. The cost of having the plant professionally removed can be anywhere upwards of £3,000.

    Hackney Japanese Knotweed heatmap taken from Environet website
    Hackney Japanese Knotweed heatmap taken from Environet website