As the home of moving home, Compare My Move aims to save users both time and money when arranging a property survey. Our dedicated team work hard to connect you with up to 5 RICS regulated property surveyors across the UK, helping you save up to 70% on your final surveying costs.
Rest assured, we only work with RICS registered surveyors who must all pass our strict verification process before joining the network. This ensures you’ll only be matched with the most professional and experienced property surveyors in Norwich.
A qualified and trusted surveyor will be able to provide you with an overview of the condition of the house, helping you decide whether it would be a worthy investment. You will also be provided with vital information concerning any issues with the property such as subsidence or Japanese Knotweed as well as any details of building work that will need to be completed.
1 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF
First established in 1890, Watsons Property proudly offers a first-class surveying service to help with your house move. Fully regulated by RICS, we provide a RICS Home Survey Level 2 as well as a Home Survey Level 3 to help make your move stress-free.
"This company are brilliant.Really competitive quote and a very thorough and complete report on an older property for us. They were happy to explain and discuss anything within the report, but it was very comprehensive we actually didn't need to. They were efficient with getting back to me, and arranged everything with the vendors and estate agents for booking in the survey.We would highly recommend them"
8 Nuttery Vale, Hoxne, Eye, IP21 5BB
McCallum Surveyors are an independent and local firm of chartered property surveyors with 25 years worth of experience.
"Very happy with the service. They were quick to respond to queries. The survey was booked promptly and the report, which was very thorough, was emailed through the following day. "
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.
"Fantastic worth every penny phoned and got an appointment within 2 days "
Nicholas & Co. Surveyors
12-18, Theobalds Road , London, WC1X 8SL
Nicholas & Co. Surveyors is a practice of Chartered Surveyors based in central London, covering areas across London and the surrounding areas.
Peer | King Surveyors
Peer | King Surveyors, St George's Works, 51 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1DD
Peer King Surveyors are a regulated firm with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and all of our surveyors maintain MRICS status and adhere strictly to the Institution's codes of professional conduct.
Using our unique surveying data, we’ve researched the most popular type of property survey amongst our users in Norwich. We discovered that the homebuyers survey was by far the most popular with approximately 63.83% of users requiring quotes for this type of survey. Amongst that percentage of users, 31.91% were purchasing detached homes whilst 14.89% were purchasing semi-detached properties.
Only 34.04% of users moving to Norwich required a building survey, with many of these buyers purchasing, again, detached properties. Unsurprisingly, 0% were buying flats. If you’re viewing a flat or fairly modern property, then the homebuyers survey will be better suited to your needs. However, if the home is unusually constructed or over 80-years of age, then a more thorough building survey will be the best option to assess the property’s structure.
Don’t underestimate the importance of organising a property survey when buying a house. A professional surveyor will thoroughly inspect the home to provide an easy-to-read report highlighting any defects or issues that may decrease the property’s value.
Norwich has an interesting history, with its medieval period still greatly represented by the 11th-century Norwich Cathedral and 12th-century castle. There are also 31 churches in the city that have been standing since the Middle Ages, as well as a variety of stunning 18th-century architecture.
However, in the 19th and 20th-century, there was an increase in demand for housing in Norwich, resulting in many Victorian and Edwardian houses and a range of commercial buildings in the city centre. The opening of the University of East Anglia in 1964 in particular increased interest with student accommodation being built to accommodate the thousands of new visitors. These older properties are extremely popular amongst movers in the area, with 171 existing properties sold in February 2021 and only 1 new-build home sold.
Whilst researching historical architecture in Norwich, we also discovered that the city has around 1,500 listed buildings. This is important to know as, if you decide to purchase a listed building, you will be required to obtain special permission to complete any work on the home. Listed buildings must be preserved and so there will be limits on what can be done to improve the property. You will also be required to organise a specialist Listed Building Survey and not a typical property survey.
We also discovered that there are 17 conservation areas in Norwich, all of which are listed on the local council’s Conservation Area Maps. Much like listed buildings, if you’re purchasing a property situated in a conservation area, you will require permission to complete certain work as the area must be preserved. There will be restrictions on what work can be completed on the building and surrounding land, possibly affecting your future plans.
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Subsidence is an issue that occurs when there’s a change in the condition of the ground beneath a property. If the ground weakens, it can become unstable and sink, carrying the foundations of the building with it. This will then result in cracks on the walls and around door frames, potentially leading to even more serious damage to the foundations and structure.
Subsidence is a very serious concern for homeowners and can greatly devalue a property, making it difficult to sell in the future. Signs of subsidence can be highlighted during a property survey. However, if you’ve already noticed the signs yourself, it’s advised you arrange a building survey as the thorough inspection will assess any damage already done to the property’s structure.
According to the UK Subsidence Map, Norwich has a moderate risk of subsidence with some of the locations that are closest to Bowthorpe being depicted as high risk. Cities are often susceptible to subsidence as the increased weight and pressure can greatly weaken the ground. A build-up of groundwater can also contribute as it causes the soil to dry out.
The results of the property survey should highlight any signs of subsidence. The report can be crucial for many potential buyers as the presence of subsidence can decrease a property’s value making it an unworthy investment in the long run.
Japanese Knotweed is a very invasive and destructive plant that grows rapidly along railways, waterways, parks and gardens. It is notoriously difficult to treat and contain as the root system is formidable and capable of forcing its way through drains and concrete. It’s vital you arrange a property survey to highlight any infestations as Japanese Knotweed can reduce the value of a home by up to 10%. Many mortgage lenders will not approve a loan for a property with this plant due to this very reason.
As you can see on the Japanese Knotweed Heatmap, Norwich has a moderate risk of Japanese Knotweed infestations. Within the city centre alone, there have been approximately 61 occurrences of the formidable plant. The surrounding areas are also prone to infestations, increasing the importance of a property survey when buying property in this area.
If your surveyor does uncover evidence of Japanese Knotweed in your home, it’s vital you do not attempt to remove it yourself as it could cause further damage to the property. You will need the help of a professional remover who can safely treat and destroy the plant. You will also then need to check the previously infested area every year for 5 years to make sure it hasn’t returned.
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