When it comes to purchasing a property in Portsmouth, hiring a surveyor is an essential part of the process. We’ve helped over 300 home buyers find a reliable surveyor in the Portsmouth area over the last year.
The average property price in Portsmouth is currently £266,387 according to Rightmove. When buying a home, it’s vital to have as much information as possible about its condition. A surveyor will be able to provide you with a report, detailing any concerns or work required.
If the property you are looking to purchase is newer and in good condition, a homebuyer survey will suffice. For older and more unusual properties, such as steel frame properties, or those in less than ideal condition, a building survey is strongly recommended.
We can connect you with up to 6 RICS registered property surveyors, each one having undergone our strict verification process before joining us. This ensures that you will only be matched with the best and most reliable property surveyors in Portsmouth.
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."
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).
"Professional, competitive, efficient, friendly, concise and clear"
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.
"Excellent service. Survey booked in very quickly and were kept up to date with any changes. Very thorough survey report delivered within 24 hrs, with a follow up call a couple of days later.Would definitely recommend!"
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."
Bartley West Limited
Bartley West, Unit 12, Woodlands, SO40 7GY
Bartley West Limited are a MRICS regulated chartered surveyors offering a RICS homebuyer report (Level 2 Survey) across the South of England.
"The company were very helpful and courteous. All my problems solved with polite answers every time I have contacted them . But your questionnaire is flawed . As I dont intend to move .. asking for my moving date ? And not being allowed to move on through the questions unless I answer ,,,, please adjust accordingly. "
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.
"Such a thorough survey, the surveyor called me immediately after finishing and walked me through the traffic light system of issues identified, was very helpful and polite and answered all of my questions! Waiting on the full survey report which I am told will be with us within 4 working days which I think is a great turnaround time, and it will apparently include pricing estimates of any repairs which need to be done which is so helpful for me especially as a first time buyer. Much better priced than its competitors and I am so impressed with the service we have received, thank you Dunford Penrose Surveyors! :-) "
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"
The Byre Brailsford Hall, Brailsford Hall, Ashbourne, DE6 3BU
Home Surveying is a firm of experienced surveyors offering RICS Home Survey Level 2, Level 3 and Valuations. Based in Derbyshire, we cover the Nottingham, Derby, Tunbridge Wells and Bromley areas.
"I would highly recommend this company. They were fast, efficient and the report was very thorough. Also they were the most cost effective. "
Centurion Surveying Ltd
11 Barker Close, Chichester, PO18 8BJ
Centurion Surveying Ltd is a Chicester-based surveyor that offers services across the Guildford, Portsmouth, and Southampton areas. We have over 15 years of surveying and construction experience, meaning that we have the expertise and understanding to help out clients with a variety of property needs.
"Very professional business who adapts their surveys to customer needs.I interacted with Mike, Tony and Gary and they were all brilliant and very knowledgeable.Def recommend."
Unit 1, Sovereign Business Park, Poole, BH15 3BT
According to Compare My Move’s data, the most popular survey type was a Homebuyers survey which was taken out on terraced homes by 22.66% of users. This was over double the number of users using a Building survey for the same type of property, at just 9.71%.
The least amount of surveys were used for flats, with 10.07% of users opting for a Homebuyers Survey and just 1.08% arranging a Building Survey for this type of home. Detached properties saw considerably more of both surveys, with 19.42% for Homebuyers surveys and 10.43% of users choosing Building Surveys.
Higher again for Homebuyers surveys were semi-detached properties, with 21.22% of Compare My Move user’s arranging one for a semi-detached home. For this type of property, just 8.63% arrange a building survey.
When it comes to choosing the right survey for your home, take into account the age and condition of the property. Although Building Surveys cost more than a Homebuyers Survey, they can tell you so much more about the condition of the home and any issues to be aware.
If the property you are looking to buy in Portsmouth is an older home or you have concerns about the structure or work that has been undertaken on it, a Building Survey is highly recommended.
With numerous historic areas and buildings dating back hundreds of years, the city of Portsmouth has over 600 listed buildings and 30 conservation areas. Many of the older houses in conservation areas such as Old Portsmouth or Mile End are listed.
A large majority of buildings in Portsmouth date from the Victorian and Edwardian eras when the city saw a major expansion of the dockyard and the new steam navy. These advancements led to a considerable amount of housing development which mainly took the form of terraced houses.
Sadly, many historic buildings, including Georgian houses, were lost due to bomb damage during the Blitz in World War 2. This particularly impacted the areas nearest to the Dockyard such as Portsea, Landport and Old Portsmouth.
The need to rebuild following the war, in addition to the urgency of rehousing people, led to the mismatch of building seen in the city today. Ancient or historical buildings are found alongside post-war and mid-century structures. This has only been emphasised in recent years with the development of more modern residential homes and public buildings.
Nevertheless, “existing” properties have proved to be more popular for homebuyers than new-builds in Portsmouth, with data from the UK House Price Index from September 2019 showing just one sale of a new-build property, with 202 sales of existing or older properties in the same time frame.
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Subsidence happens when the ground beneath a property “sinks”. This can either be caused naturally or it can also be a man-made issue as a result of industry. As Portsmouth has a long and proud industrial history, this is a crucial environmental search for those looking to buy a property in the area.
A map of the UK Hotspots for Subsidence by Geobear has revealed that there is evidence of subsidence in and around the city of Portsmouth and across nearby Gosport. Compared to bigger cities in the UK such as London and Birmingham, the amount of subsidence shown on the map is relatively contained.
However, if you are buying a house in this location, especially if it is an older property, a building survey is highly recommended. This will give you an overview of the condition of the property and the land it is built on and reveal if there is any risk of subsidence.
Japanese Knotweed is known for growing and spreading around waterways and therefore is a concern for an area such as Portsmouth. A heatmap of Japanese Knotweed by Environet revealed that there are 23 occurrences of the plant within 4km in the centre of Portsmouth, with infestations apparent in surrounding areas.
Japanese Knotweed was originally introduced to the UK during the Victorian era as an ornamental plant for Botanical Gardens and later sold commercially to households. However, as it’s destructive nature has become clear, it is now considered an aggressive pest.
Japanese Knotweed on your property can reduce the value of a home, with many lenders unwilling to approve a mortgage for homes with infestations. It has become such an issue across the UK that potential sellers must disclose by law if their property has, or ever has had, a Japanese knotweed infestation.
Ensuring you hire a reliable and trusted surveyor is essential so that you are aware of whether Japanese Knotweed is present on the Portsmouth property you wish to buy. They will also be able to report on any infestations of the knotweed on neighbouring and surrounding grounds. This is particularly recommended for any properties close to the dock area and centre of Portsmouth where infestation cases are likely to be higher.
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