Looking for a surveyor in London’s Westminster? In the last year, we’ve helped over 2,000 home buyers find a surveyor in the Westminster area
With an average property price of £974,523, the city of Westminster is home to a variety of property types including modern developments, period homes and luxurious flats. If the property you’re viewing is older than 80-years of age, keep in mind that a RICS Level 3 Survey will likely be required. Newer homes and those in good condition are suited to a RICS Level 2 Survey.
Every London surveyor that enters the Compare My Move network is not only RICS registered but verified by our team and reviewed by you. We can match you with up to 6 of Westminster’s best property surveyors, saving you both time and money when moving house.
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.
"Shaun was fantastic and excellent at his job. Even afterwards he was approachable, easy to talk to and spot on. His advice was excellent and if I ever hear of a friend needing a Surveyor, Shaun is top of my list. Thank you "
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.
"The people were friendly but we had a problem initially due to a conflict of interest that nobody could explain, which turned out not to be a conflict of interest, but caused stress and confusion when arranging the survey. Other than that the process was straightforward. The survey itself appears thorough but there are a lot of areas that cant be commented on. There were some discrepancies within the report but upon calling the surveyor he was friendly and helpful. The survey and report were completed within a week of booking - quick turn around time. "
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.
"Great communication and booked at very short notice. I would recommend using them."
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.
"C&C were great at keeping in touch prior to conducting the survey and very prompt to deliver the report, after just 2 days from inspection day. I would recommend their services"
McCallums Property Surveying
8 Nuttery Vale, Hoxne, Eye, IP21 5BB
McCallums Property Surveying is a trusted run firm of RICS-regulated and registered valuers and surveyors. We are members of CIOB and the RPSA, Our experienced team of qualified surveyors are experts in all aspects of residential construction methods and defects.
"Very good service. Less expensive than the others and an excellent report written promptly!"
Dunford Penrose Surveyors
Malthouse Farm, The Common, Fritton, Norwich, NR15 2QW
Dunford Penrose Surveyors are a firm of RICS-regulated property surveyors covering London, South East, South West, East Anglia, the Midlands and North East England.
"Really appreciable approach from Nicki from starting onwards. On the day of survey, Mr Tony had given a clear picture about the survey report and final report has received within two days of survey itself. I would really recommend Dunken Penrose. Thanks to Nicki and Tony for this. Unfortunately that house purchase was not went well but really happy to approach again for future surveys and will forward details to my friends circle too.."
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.
"Organised survey promptly and did a detailed survey that highlighted and confirmed issues we had observed and some we hadn't. Very happy with the report."
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).
"The survey was extremely detailed and conducted without any admin issues or much input from us which was welcome. However it was not easy to get hold of anyone from the office to discuss the results of our survey, which had raised some serious issues with the house we intended purchase. Whilst I appreciate this was due to our particular surveyor being on leave for a week, we were unable to discuss the findings with anyone else from the team during that time and struggled to get hold of our surveyor when he was back. I am just flagging as I feel that particular when a survey has found major issues, it would be ideal to discuss these ASAP to minimise stress and anxiety."
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
Gary M Wardley
"From start to finish, very professional and efficient. They arranged the survey very quickly and Steve the surveyer got in touch straight after to let us know it was all complete. We haven't received the written report yet as it is being written up by Steve. I highly recommend Landview for their service, price, professionalism and friendliness "
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.
"Managed to turn around the survey and results very quickly, on a purchase that need a fast moving survey. Picked up on a few issues that the seller was not aware of and would have caused us thousands worth of issues when we moved in. "
London & Kent Surveyors
27 Fortune Way, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4JR
London & Kent Surveyors are a family-run business, solely specialising in residential surveying services. We are regulated members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with an experienced, qualified, and insured team that has been providing surveying services in London and Kent for over 20 years.We offer a number of services such as; Level 2 Home Buyer Surveys, and Party Wall Work.Our Level 2 Surveys include the use of our drone at no further cost to the customer. This allows for us to inspect areas that other surveyors may not be able to and could leave you open to costly repairs. Drone flying is dependent on weather and location.As a company, we believe it is our responsibility to give back to our community, and that is why we are committed to donating 1% of our fees to Centrepoint, a charity that provides support to young people who are experiencing homelessness.
"Great, detailed and in-depth survey from Alex. The use of the drone and follow up call was a real bonus. Highly recommended!"
Able Surveyors Limited
114 Waterhouse Business Centre, 2 Cromar Way, Chelmsford, CM1 2QE
We're an independent company of RICS Chartered Surveyors based in Billericay, Essex, offering expert surveying services including the RICS Home Survey Level 2 and RICS Home Survey Level 3 across the home counties and London.
"Archie carried out our survey and was very thorough and in detail highlighted the problem area."
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."
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.
"Alexander Surveying was great from start to finish. Great customer service on the phone every time, and they were very attentive to our needs, as well as, really understanding when there was an access mishap from the Estate Agency which we had to reschedule over. The survey itself was very detailed and helped us make an informed decision when it came to renegotiating with the vendors. I would really recommend them highly!"
Greenleigh Surveyors Ltd
Local Office 5 Brayford Square, Registered office 2nd floor 5 High Street Westbury-on-Trym, London, E1 0SG
Greenleigh Surveyors Ltd specialises in RICS Homebuyer Reports and Building Surveys across London, helping homebuyers make an informed decision on properties.
"Very professional. Kept in touch with me regularly with what was going on."
18 Erin Court, Dunstable Road, Luton, LU4 8LH
BlueSurv are a team of dependable and highly professional chartered surveyors based in Luton.
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. "
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.
"I am in the process of selling my grade two listed property and because of its age wanted a thorough level 3 report prepared.I compared the various quotes and chose Hitchin and Bayford as they were the most competitive.I cannot stress how helpful and accommodating they were.Their report was both thorough and detailed covering every aspect of the property as well as uncovering many hidden features which added to the value of the property.I would not hesitate to recommend their service "
Dunham Hale Chartered Surveyors
The Stables, 213 Ashley Road, Hale, Altrincham, WA15 9TB
Dunham Hale Chartered Surveyors provide regulated RICS Home Surveys and Specialist Surveying Services. We serve customers across Manchester, Oldham, Bolton, Crewe, Stockport, Wigan and Warrington.
"great report, easy to read, good photos, greatr evidence"
PRMG Surveyors (PRMG Ltd)
Thurleigh Court, London, SW12 8AP
Here at PRMG Surveyors (PRMG Ltd), we are a professional surveying company based in London. We understand the importance of having a RICS survey conducted on the home you are looking to purchase. Our aim is to make the process as simple and as stress-free as possible for you.As a result, we ensure we are providing you with the best possible service, along with a detailed report of the property. We cover many areas, such as London, Twickenham, Kent and Oxford. We will help you to choose the best survey for you and will assist you through the entire process.
"We're really pleased we chose PRMG Surveyors to carry out our level 3 survey. Charles was fast to reach out to talk through our needs and provide a quote. He was friendly and helpful, explaining clearly what would happen at each stage and that we could ask questions at any point. As first time buyers we were very appreciative of him taking the time to ensure we were comfortable on the type of survey we needed and understood the process.On the day Charles communicated well with our agent. He was quick to give us his initial findings before following up with a high quality final report. He also helped us out later in the process by suggesting some potential experts to reassure us on several points, without any pressure.Overall we thought PRMG's surveys were good value for money and would recommend highly to others."
Our unique data discovered that 65.07% of Westminster users opted for the RICS Level 2 Survey, with the remaining percentage choosing the more thorough RICS Level 3 Survey. It’s important to note, however, that if you’re considering purchasing an older, period home in the area, the RICS Level 3 Survey will actually be better suited.
The most popular property type in Westminster were flats, with over 54% of users requiring a RICS Level 2 Survey for this very property type. This isn’t surprising as RICS Level 2 Surveys are greatly recommended when purchasing flats or apartments. Despite this, over 20% of flat owners still arranged a RICS Level 3 Survey for this property type to ensure a thorough inspection.
After flats owners, those organising a RICS Level 3 Survey were most likely to purchase terrace properties. Due to the age of many terrace houses in Westminster, the RICS Level 3 Survey would be an appropriate choice to ensure the structure is accurately assessed and inspected. Those interested in detached homes were the least likely to arrange both survey types.
If you’re purchasing a modern home in fairly good condition, then you would likely benefit from the most common type of property survey, the RICS Level 2 Survey. However, if the home is over 80-years old, made of unusual materials or is in poor condition, then a RICS Level 3 Survey is better suited. New-build homes will require a snagging list and not a property survey.
The City of Westminster is home to around 11,000 listed buildings and 56 conservation areas, all of which can be found on the local council website. If you’re purchasing a listed building or a property within a conservation area, you will require special permission to carry out any work on the home. For example, if the property is within a conservation area and you would like to prune or fell a tree on your property, you must give the City of Westminster Council 6 weeks notice before any of the work begins.
Modern homes will be better suited to a RICS Level 2 Survey. However, if the existing property you’re purchasing is over 80-years of age, you may instead require a RICS Level 3 Survey.
Westminster is an area rich in history, having been the home of the permanent institutions of England's government since around 1200. There are a number of large 21st-century developments to view as well as traditional, period homes. However, the area does have a reputation for being an expensive place to call home with the current average house price at £930,070.
As many of the properties in Westminster are from the 18th century if not earlier, a property survey is essential when purchasing a house. Many of the period homes may benefit from the thorough inspection a RICS Level 3 Survey provides, whilst more modern homes or flats will be better suited to a RICS Level 2 Survey.
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As you can see on Geobear’s map of subsidence in the UK, most areas around Central London have a high risk of experiencing issues with subsidence. This includes Westminster and surrounding cities. Subsidence occurs when the ground beneath a building becomes unstable, dragging the property’s foundations as it compacts. This can happen for a number of reasons, including extreme weather or temperature changes and a history of mining or other industries in the area.
Cities like London and Westminster often experience subsidence due to the immense pressure put on the ground. When densely-packed areas continue to grow, the number of properties being built in small areas puts too much pressure on the soil, causing it to compact and sink. A property survey should highlight any signs of subsidence, such as large cracks around windows and door frames.
Subsidence can greatly devalue a home and, in worst-case scenarios, can even render it uninhabitable. Proceeding with a house purchase without a professional analysis of the risk of subsidence could potentially become rather costly.
A high-density urban area such as Central London, with residential, commercial and development space within close proximity, often results in a high number of Japanese Knotweed infestations. A heatmap of Japanese Knotweed in the UK, created by Environment, depicts Westminster as having a high risk of experiencing Japanese Knotweed occurrences.
Japanese Knotweed is also known as Fallopia Japonica and was originally introduced to the UK when it was brought to Kew Gardens as an ornamental plant. It was a well-loved plant at first, but it soon became clear that it had very destructive tendencies for both land and properties.
Today, it can cost upwards of £3,000 to remove the dangerous plant, costing the UK around £150 million a year. Japanese Knotweed is capable of growing up to 10cm a day, forcing its way through drains, concrete and building foundations. As a result, many mortgage lenders will refuse a mortgage for a home with evidence of an infestation. This is why it’s vital you find a reliable and experienced property surveyor to inspect the home before the purchase is complete.
Your surveyor should be able to identify if Japanese Knotweed is present on the land or property. If found, do not attempt to remove the plant yourself as it will only cause further damage to your home. The plant can be treated but you will require the help of a professional.
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