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 building survey will likely be required. Newer homes and those in good condition are suited to a homebuyers 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 5 of Westminster’s best property surveyors, saving you both time and money when moving house.
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"
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."
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.
"Very responsive to book the appointment and with the report issuance. However, the report missed an important couple of points. The surveyor was not responsive to my follow up emails and calls to discuss these points. A bit disappointed compared to a past experience in W9 with a different surveyor whose report was much more exhaustive."
Able Surveyors Limited
Arrow House, Chelmer Avenue, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PB
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.
"Great service. Jack sent across the a??headlinesa?? on the day and gave me a phone call the next day to discuss the main points. I havena??t received the full report yet (ita??s only 2 days after the survey) but the initial headlines report was very clear with clear photos as well. Would highly recommend."
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.
"Professional, curtious and quick. Would use again and would deginetly recommend."
Kemp House, 160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX
We are Surveyor Sorted, an RICS-regulated chartered surveying firm operating across London, Essex, Kent & Hertfordshire.
"This was excellent service. I had an appointment within a couple of days and the report was out within the week. The surveyor, Chuks, was extremely efficient, professional and with excellent people skills."
JRM Boret Surveyors
43 Queensmill Road, Fulham, London, SW6 6JP
JRM Boret Surveyors have been in the chartered property surveying business for over 15 years. We offer our services around Central London.
"Unbelievably thorough report and a good price. The only reason that this is not a 5* is that actually getting John to reply or follow through on time was difficult, but the quality of his work is great."
Lawrence Eden Associates Ltd
PO Box 1106, Enfield, London, EN1 9JQ
Lawrence Eden Associates Ltd is a RICS Regulated firm of chartered surveyors, providing high quality Homebuyer Reports (Level 2 Home Survey) and Building Surveys (Level 2 Home Survey) from a base in North London since 2007.
"Professional, punctual and above all very detailed, reliable reporting."
Smith and Knight Property Consultants London
14A Roehampton High Street, London, SW15 4HJ
Based in London, Smith and Knight Property Consultants London offer a RICS building survey across London and the UK.
"Very helpful, efficient and happy to chat through some initial queries we had regarding shared items and share of freehold. Would definitely recommend."
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.
"Quick responses and professional "
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.
"Brilliant, they provided an exceptionally quick turnaround time"
18 Erin Court, Dunstable Road, Luton, LU4 8LH
BlueSurv are a team of dependable and highly professional chartered surveyors based in Luton.
"Was amazed how detailed and thorough the survey was"
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.
"Easy to work with and organize the survey. They were great on the phone to deal with, very helpful, and straight to the point. "
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
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."
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 had a Level 3 Survey carried out by Behrang and couldn't recomend him anymore highly! Very responsive through the whole process, got the inspection booked in very quickly and returned the report within the target timeline. He carried out a detailed and thorough inspection, and produced a great quality report, picking up several items (fortunately nothing too major) that I was very glad to have been made aware of."
Suite 34 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.
"Good customer service and provided a good service."
Belgrave House 39-43, Monument Hill, Weybridge, KT13 8RN
Landview Surveyors are a RICS regulated firm of chartered property surveyors and valuers based in Weybridge.
"professional, responsive and helpful during my surveying process. Would recommend to others"
Lamar Chartered Surveyors
775B High Road, London, N12 8JY
Lamar Chartered Surveyors are a firm of RICS registered Chartered Surveyors based in North London.
" Very easy to deal with and very efficient "
Houzecheck Ltd, 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.
"Houzecheck were quick and efficient and competitively priced. Piers the surveyor called me on the day of the survey and explained the report which arrived the day after. Thank you! "
Our unique data discovered that 65.07% of Westminster users opted for the homebuyers survey, with the remaining percentage choosing the more thorough building survey. It’s important to note, however, that if you’re considering purchasing an older, period home in the area, the building survey will actually be better suited.
The most popular property type in Westminster were flats, with over 54% of users requiring a homebuyers survey for this very property type. This isn’t surprising as homebuyer surveys are greatly recommended when purchasing flats or apartments. Despite this, over 20% of flat owners still arranged a building survey for this property type to ensure a thorough inspection.
After flats owners, those organising a building survey were most likely to purchase terrace properties. Due to the age of many terrace houses in Westminster, the building 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 homebuyers survey. However, if the home is over 80-years old, made of unusual materials or is in poor condition, then a building 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.
According to data from October 2020, ‘existing properties’ proved to be the most popular amongst Westminster movers, with 154 sold during that month. In comparison, new-build homes weren’t quite as popular with only 3 being sold during that same month. Modern homes will be better suited to a homebuyers survey. However, if the existing property you’re purchasing is over 80-years of age, you may instead require a building 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 of February 2020.
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 building survey provides, whilst more modern homes or flats will be better suited to a homebuyers 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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