When you’re buying a property in Salisbury, it is strongly recommended that you hire a surveyor. Compare My Move has helped over 200 home buyers find a residential property surveyor in the area over the last year.
The area has an average property price of £333,907. A building survey is highly recommended if you’re looking to buy one of Salisbury’s older properties, such as a Victorian terrace house or Georgian home. For a more modern property or “new build” property - and one in good condition - a homebuyer survey will suffice.
At Compare My Move, we can match you with up to 5 RICS property surveyors in the Salisbury area. We put all of our surveying partners through a strict verification process before they can join us and they must be RICS registered, meaning you’ll only ever get matched with the best surveys in Salisbury.
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"
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.
"Very efficient and really helpful on phone and in email enquiries. Would recommend them to everyone. They were reasonably priced and the surveyors report was comprehensive with attention to detail. "
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. "
Smith Heritage Surveyors
The Old Fire Station, 2 Salt Lane, Salisbury, SP1 1DU
Smith Heritage Surveyors offer a broad spectrum of consultancy services to building owners, potential owners and investors.
Harewood Independent Surveyors
14 London Street, Andover, SP10 2PA
We are an independent family-run business offering our expert surveying services for those buying property.
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 "
Nuven Surveyors Ltd
Unit 23 Graylands Estate, Graylands Estate, Horsham, RH12 4QD
Nuven Surveyors Ltd are a team of experienced Chartered Surveyors and RICS Valuers located across Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Kent.
"Efficient and helpful service. Report and surveyor provided helpful advice on next steps tailored to the property"
Countryview Chartered Surveyors
6 Crown Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3EN
Countryview Chartered Surveyors is an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors. We specialise in the survey and valuation of residential properties throughout the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
SDBF Building Consultancy Ltd
Salisbury Diocesan Board Of Finance, Church House, Salisbury, SP1 2QB
SDBF Building Consultancy Ltd is a firm of RICS registered Chartered Surveyors based in the south of England. We are an independent, multi-disciplinary practice, offering a wide range of professional property surveys.
According to our data, the most popular type of survey is a Homebuyers Survey, which 29.63% of our users organised for a semi-detached property. This is approximately four times the amount of Building Surveys undertaken on the same type of property, with just 7.41% of users opting for this type of survey.
For a detached property, more of our users opted for a Homebuyers Survey, but figures for Building Surveys were not far behind, at 14.81% and 11.11% respectfully. Flats and terraced homes had the least amount of surveys undertaken on them, both with 14.81% of users arranging a Homebuyers Survey, with Building Surveys being undertaken on just 3.70% on both flats and terraced homes.
It’s important to note that many terraced homes across the UK would have been built in the Victorian and Edwardian era and would therefore benefit from a Building Survey which is far more thorough and recommended for older homes.
When it comes to architecture in Salisbury, the now somewhat infamous Salisbury Cathedral is certainly one of the more obvious examples of great architectural feats in this medieval city. Salisbury boasts an impressive 664 listed buildings, with 70 conservation areas across South Wiltshire where Salisbury resides.
Some listed buildings are available to purchase for dwelling, although many of them are historic homes and grand properties which aren’t common property purchases for the average UK homebuyer.
However, Salisbury has a number of period homes, ranging from impressive Georgian, large Victorian homes and smaller Victorian red-brick terraced properties suitable for first-time buyers, young families and older buyers alike. These homes have become particularly popular in recent years, with many buyers looking to own Victorian or Edwardian homes. These properties are strongly recommended to have building surveys completed prior to purchase to ensure the structure is sound and that no major damage has taken place over the years.
In light of a growing population and demand for housing, new build properties and modern homes are also available in the area, for those not looking to purchase an older or historic home. These types of homes are better suited to a homebuyers report as they do not have the concerns that come with buying older and unconventional properties.
Overall, older or “existing” properties were found to be more popular according to Land Registry data from January 2020 for Wiltshire (where Salisbury is located). For the area in the month of January, 481 sales of “existing” properties took place, while only 39 new build homes were sold.
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When it comes to purchasing a property in Salisbury, you will need to be sure the home doesn’t suffer from any subsidence or ground instability.
Subsidence is when the ground beneath your property compresses or sinks and an unbalanced foundation is created and subsidence occurs. One of the main causes of subsidence is clay soil, found throughout the UK, which shrinks, cracks and even shifts during changes in the weather.
According to Geobear’s UK Subsidence Map, subsidence is evident in Salisbury but not to the extent seen in bigger cities across the country. Nevertheless, it is crucial that you arrange the correct survey for your property to ensure there are no risks posed to your new property.
This is especially pressing as according to the Subsidence map, cases have been reported not only in the city of Salisbury but also in the surrounding areas. For those looking to buy an older home, this would mean organising a full building survey which can give you an in-depth review of the condition of the home and flag any concerns regarding subsidence.
Japanese Knotweed is a hardy and destructive plant that can grow through concrete, property foundations, walls and drains, causing a host of problems for homeowners.
The plant was initially introduced to the UK as an ornamental plant for establishments such as Kew Gardens in London and later sold commercially. It has since been deemed highly problematic and can impact the value of your property. In some cases, lenders may refuse a mortgage for a property with an infestation of Japanese Knotweed.
Environet’s Japanese Knotweed Heatmap noted 5 infestations of the plant in Salisbury within a 4km radius. This is far lower than many parts of the country, meaning it is less likely to be a concern when viewing and purchasing a home in the Salisbury area. However, due to the destructive nature of the plant and the extent of the damage it can cause, it is still best practice to read your surveying report carefully to ensure it is not evident on your new property.
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