If you’re looking to purchase a home in Manchester, we can help you find a reliable, local surveyor. In the last year, we’ve matched almost 300 home buyers with a surveyor in the city.
Manchester has an average property price of £286,559, with a range of traditional Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes, converted buildings and new-builds available.
As the city is located close to three rivers (the Medlock, Irwell and Mersey), property surveys are incredibly important as there are a number of areas considered as high risk for flooding and dampness. Many of these homeowners will require a RICS Level 3 Survey to assess the risk of potential flooding.
We can connect you with up to 6 RICS registered property surveyors in the city of Manchester. All of our partners must go through our strict verification process, ensuring you will only be matched with the most professional surveyors in the Manchester area.
Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors
9 Copsem Drive, Esher, KT10 9HD
Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors is a firm of RICS chartered surveyors, specialising in Level 3 surveys in Surrey and London, offering industry-leading standards of customer service.
"Yes they were very good! They got the survey done very quickly which was amazing. Very good at replying to emails. All in all a very good survey. I would highly recommend! "
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).
"Proactive and professional service, strongly recommended it. I was able to arrange the survey and receive the survey report in 2 days from my first contact. "
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.
"They organised The viewing directly with the Estate agent. The report was sent on time and very detailed."
Aspire Surveyors Ltd
Suite 112 - 275 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EL
Aspire Surveyors are a trusted and reliable chartered surveyor based in Manchester.
"Good communication / Great Service / Very detailed report and if you add 25 you get lots of pictures added to the report which makes it even more easier to review. This company was also recommend by another friend and found the same time on Compare so definitely had to use them :) "
93 Crossefield Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, SK8 5PD
With over 30 years of experience in the surveying industry, we are JMO Surveyors. We are a professional team of MRICS Chartered Surveyors offering our RICS Home Survey Level 2 to make your move stress-free.
Suite 116, 30 The Downs, Altrincham, WA14 2PX
Fully regulated by RICS, Torus Surveyors are a fully verified and trusted chartered surveyor. We can proudly offer a RICS homebuyer report and a RICS building survey, helping you have a stress-free move.
"We have recently used Torus for our home survey and from the first phone call I knew we were in good hands. Its our first time buying a period property and Vicky explained everything to me on what to expect from the different types of surveys/reports. Torus took control of everything from the moment we instructed them and made the whole process stress free and easy. They answered any queries I had very promptly. Following the inspection, Rob Armstrong rang us to explain his findings, which was really reassuring. The report was received within a few days and was very detailed. Nothing but a pleasant experience and I would highly recommend Torus to any of my friends and family. "
S & D Surveyors Ltd
28 Thornycroft, Winsford, CW7 2LR
Based in Winsford Cheshire, we are a RICS accredited chartered surveying firm, providing Home Buyers Reports and Building Surveys.
"Really fast service, survey was completed and sent to me within 48 hrs"
Anstey Horne and Co Ltd
243 Liverpool Road, Irlam, Manchester, M44 6BR
Regulated by RICS, Anstey Horne and Co Ltd are proud to help buyers make an informed choice when buying property.
"I would recommend Anstey Horne, there was a quick turn around for me receiving the report, as well as feedback on the day after the survey. Thanks."
JRV Surveys & Valuations
J R V Surveys & Valuations, Garden Place, Altricham, WA14 1ET
JRV Surveys & Valuations are an expert team of property surveyors in Altrincham, known for our friendly but professional approach and high-quality services.
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.
"The Surveyor phoned me to discuss the house and any issues.It was an outstanding service!I was only sorry that I had paid 50% more a month previous with another company for a survey on another property that was not as efficient although did its job.GREAT JOB GUYS!"
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 was contacted by Countrywide, they asked me more questions than others. They had a surveyor local to me. Less than an hour after booking I got e mail saying it was booked for following day. At 09:30 I was called by the surveyor who was outside the house and we discussed any specific concerns I might have. About 13:00 she called back, apologised for the delay and gave me a summary. The next morning I received a full over 50 page report. This is my experience with a local surveyor and others may vary as they are a national company. Tip, ask your vendors if they have spray foam loft insulation, you could save a lot of money."
Spartan Home Surveys Ltd.
19 Lever Street, Manchester , M1 1AN
Spartan Home Surveys Ltd. are fully qualified Chartered Surveyors covering the North West and Yorkshire Humber.
"They were great. I got the report back the day after the survey."
Chassen House Building Surveyors
51 Chassen Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9EY
Chassen House Building Surveyors are a firm of property surveyors based in Manchester. We provide RICS Level 2 and Level 3 home surveys for houses of various sizes and values throughout the Manchester area.
"Quality Survey done in most competitive pricing. Excellent customer services received prior and post survey, found very helpful in explaining through the report as well as next steps! Highly recommended l!!"
171 Longridge Drive, Bootle, L30 1RA
AMS Surveys is a RICS regulated Chartered Building Surveying Practice offering our services across Chester, Liverpool, Preston, Warrington and Wigan.
"So happy with AMS Surveys service very fast turn around and great customer service report was very detailed. Thanks so much will deffo recommend to people "
21 Lawnhurst Avenue, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 9RW
Survey Hut is a firm of chartered surveyors based near Altrincham, offering RICS Home Survey Level 2 and Level 3 and Valuations.
"I thought it was a professional service for a reasonable price. It was the mid priced option of the 3 offered but they offered a really quick turn around which I wanted and everything was personal, friendly and smooth."
CJ Bloor Property Consultants
CJ Bloor Property Consultants Limited, 2 Bridgewater Court, Lymm, WA13 0ER
Here are CJ Bloor Property Consultants, we are professional building surveyors and valuation experts. We have been established since 2010, and continue to grow in success each year. We cover areas such as Warrington, Wigan, Chester, Bolton, and Shrewsbury.Being regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors means we are a trusted company that exceeds expectations and meets a high standard of work. Whether you’re looking to carry out a RICS Home Survey Level 2 or 3, our team of experts are on hand to assist you every step of the way.
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.
"Online and asked for a quote along with 4 or 5 other firms "
Youngs Home Surveys
27 Ennerdale Drive, Bury, BL9 8HY
Here at Youngs Home Surveys, we are a professional surveying company based in Manchester. We also cover the following areas - Oldham, Bolton and Blackburn. If you’re looking to carry out a survey report on your home, we are here to help.Being RICS-approved, you can rely on our findings within our reports. This can help with your decision on purchasing the property. Our surveyors have a lot of experience in this field. They are on hand to assist you through the process and answer any questions or queries you may have.
"Would definitely recommend using Young Home Surveys. From the initial phone call I felt comfortable and confident with my decision. Stephen booked me in really promptly and kept me updated throughout the process. Once the report was emailed to me and I'd had a chance to read it, Stephen answered any questions I had, and explained things thoroughly that I didn't understand. As a first time buyer who is learning a lot as I go, Youngs Home Surveys made everything really easy and simple for me. "
Building Surveyors NW Ltd
Broad Oak, Garstang Road, Preston, PR3 0PH
Here at Building Surveyors NW Ltd, we are a professional surveying company helping to assist our clients with all their surveying needs. Based in Claughton-on-Brock, we cover the following areas - Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria.When purchasing a property, it’s important to have a RICS survey carried out. This helps ensure the property is suitable to purchase. Our team of expert and experienced surveyors are on hand to assist you through every step of this process.
"Speedy turn around time, best price compared to several other surveyors, absolutely no hassle."
9 Holmfield Avenue, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 0BH
AMG Surveyors are a RICS registered residential surveying firm, offering the RICS Home Survey Level 2 and Valuations.
Compare My Move have conducted research to answer the important questions when it comes to surveying in Manchester. Our data shows that the most popular survey type in the city is a RICS Level 2 Survey, despite the amount of older homes in Manchester which would be best suited for a RICS Level 3 Survey.
We discovered that the city is a “hotspot” for Japanese Knotweed, with subsidence being another issue which buyers will need to be aware of. However, a local surveyor will be able to access the home and report on any concerns.
To help you with your house-hunting, we’ve researched the most popular survey types in Manchester and which properties are more likely to need each survey.
As expected, just below 40% of our Manchester users required a RICS Level 3 Survey. Despite the increased risk of damp and flooding, the RICS Level 3 Survey is mostly required for older, more unconventional properties. If you’re purchasing a home near one of the three rivers, or perhaps one of the many converted Warehouses, then it is likely you will be amongst the few needing a RICS Level 3 Survey.
Around 60% of our Manchester users required a RICS Level 2 Survey. Again, this is unsurprising as it is the most common type of property survey and will look for a range of issues such as signs of subsidence, damp and asbestos.
Our data also discovered that the property type most prone to requiring property surveys in Manchester was semi-detached homes. For both RICS Level 2 and 3 Surveys, semi-detached owners had the highest number of users searching for verified surveyors.
Manchester’s growth has seen a variety of property types form, ranging from the numerous skyscrapers built between the 1960s-1970s to more modern developments in areas such as Pendleton and Oldham. With styles including Modern, Georgian, Roman and Gothic, the city has it all. However, Manchester is more famously known for its red-brick buildings.
These surviving red-brick buildings have become a staple image for Manchester. If you’re purchasing a home of this kind, be aware that many have been redeveloped to suit modern life and the structure may be altered or weakened. A property survey will assess the building and highlight any issues. If there are extensive problems, a RICS Level 3 Survey will be thorough enough to highlight any major concerns.
If you’re amongst the buyers searching for older, more traditional homes, then keep in mind that it can be costly to upkeep depending on the building’s age.
There are 18,547 listed buildings in Greater Manchester, so it’s important you research the property before committing to purchase. If you’re interested in Listed Buildings however, it is not enough to have a typical property survey. Instead, you will need a specialist surveyor to conduct a Listed Building Survey. There are also 34 conservation areas in Manchester, many of which include housing for potential buyers.
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Geobear’s UK Subsidence Map clearly shows Manchester as a ‘hotspot’ for subsidence. The city isn’t as affected as London, but it is still a cause for concern amongst Manchester homeowners. If you’re searching for property within the city, you will need a property surveyor to assess the building to ensure any and all signs of subsidence are highlighted.
There are a variety of factors that can cause subsidence, including weather, clay soil, shallow foundations and the area being densely populated. In the Map of the Distribution of Clay Over the UK, Manchester is labelled as a ‘Hazard Level A to C’. This means that the soil is not particularly hazardous and isn’t at risk of shrinking or swelling.
Geobear states that cities like Manchester often suffer the most due to increased weight and pressure on the ground from buildings and skyscrapers in condensed areas. The groundwater in the area is easily used up, causing the soil to dry out and compact, increasing the risk of subsidence.
If you’re purchasing a property in Manchester, take a look for any obvious signs of subsidence such as 3mm cracks in walls and around door frames. A RICS Level 2 Survey should suffice as it will highlight any signs in the property for you. However, if you’ve already spotted obvious signs, you should instead consider having a RICS Level 3 Building Survey.
Japanese Knotweed can grow as fast as 10cm a day and is capable of forcing its way through concrete and a property’s foundations. It can be extremely dangerous and can cause major cracks in brickwork or even physically sink the building.
Environet’s Japanese Knotweed Heatmap shows Manchester as a ‘hotspot’ for this type of plant. Even though the city centre itself isn’t very ‘high risk’, the map shows a larger risk of Japanese Knotweed on the outskirts of Manchester, especially North-West of the centre.
As populated and dense cities are often areas with increased risk, it’s unsurprising that Manchester has become a hotspot for the dangerous plant. The Manchester City Council has warned its citizens not to remove the plant themselves. Although landowners will be responsible for maintaining the plant, they must not remove it without professional aid.
If you suspect your home could have Japanese Knotweed, hire a property surveyor to inspect the area first. Pay particular attention to the section of the report highlighting issues with the exterior of the building, such as the garden, patio and pipework. You can then continue accordingly and search for professional Japanese Knotweed removers in Manchester.
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