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 6 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.
"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."
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."
Kemp House, 160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX
We are Surveyor Sorted, an RICS-regulated chartered surveying firm operating across London, Essex, Kent & Hertfordshire.
"The format of the survey is easy to understand and it also listed out the costs of repairing items, which are very useful."
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."
Arnold & Baldwin
11 Whitestone Way, Croydon, CR0 4WF
Arnold & Baldwin have over 11 years' experience as a RICS regulated chartered property surveyors in London.
"Fantastic service. Easy to book, fast to respond during these busy times and the report is fantastically formatted and easy to read. The surveyor was also available to answer questions and made the process very easy. Would definitely recommend! Diana & Chris South Croydon"
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.
"I found them through Comparemymove.com"
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."
18 Erin Court, Dunstable Road, Luton, LU4 8LH
BlueSurv are a team of dependable and highly professional chartered surveyors based in Luton.
"Very quick at responding and provided detailed report! I would recommend using BlueSurv again and to my friends and family "
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. "
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+"
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."
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.
Koon Ying Ng
"The price was competitive and they provided a very detailed report. Service was straight forward and they responded from initial enquiry very quickly. They took slightly longer than expected to finish the report, but I think this is simply due to the great amount of detail and length of the report. Very well done. If I wasn't already expecting to do up the property, this report would have given me a great insight into whether I would continue the purchase. Thanks. "
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."
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 "
Made Simple Group, 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU
CVP Surveyors is an independent surveying company based in London covering the Croydon, Kingston-upon-Thames and Sutton areas.
"Claudinia reorganised her diary in order to accommodate our survey, which we needed at short notice that Friday. She worked out of hours over the weekend and into the evening in order to deliver her report on the Monday.We spoke multiple times on the phone to answer all of my questions, which was enormously helpful. I would strongly recommend using CVP."
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.
"Brilliant service, very good communication, quick to book in the survey, very impressed that the surveyor phoned me straight after to run through survey results before sending out the report. "
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.
"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. "
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"
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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