Home Buyers Survey Bridgwater

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Bridgwater has a rich architectural history. The Church of St Mary, for example, a Grade I listed building, dates back to the 13th century. The Blake Museum, where Admiral Blake was born in 1598, has been largely restored. There are a fair number of 'survivals' from the long Georgian and Victorian eras, with more than a few Victorian terraces in evidence for example.

During the 19th century, the Church of St John the Baptist in Blake Place was built by John Brown in 1843, and Castle House (originally named Portland Castle after Portland cement), reputedly the first domestic house in the UK to be built from concrete, was constructed in 1851 by John Board, a local brick and tile manufacturer.

The first council estate to be built in the town was in the 1930s at Kendale Road, followed by those at Bristol Road. The 1950s saw the start of a significant increase in post-war housebuilding, with council house estates being started at Sydenham and Rhode Lane and the former cooperative estate near Durleigh.

House building has continued steadily right up to the present time, where there a fair number of new build developments.

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A RICS Level III Building Survey remains the industry standard of defect surveys available and if you're looking at buying a property in Bridgwater's area which is of large scale and/or has many outbuildings and/or is fairly old (Edwardian/Victorian and further back) and not of standard construction, you are always well-advised to get one.

A recent such survey a client bought for a property in Pinewood, Somerton TA11 6JW illustrated how worthwhile these reports can be when it comes to making a firm decision to progress with a purchase.

The RICS surveyor noted a variety of essential repairs which the client would be advised to carry out after buying. These included, among other things;

  • considering hard pruning or cutting down the tree in the front garden following inspection of the root system;
  • asking a drainage expert to inspect and quote for repairs to mortar joints on all elevations of the house, garage and extension to prevent ingress of water and damp; and
  • getting soffit boards to improve ventilation to the roof void.

Not only do these kinds of facts put you in the 'driving seat' if you choose to buy but they might influence you to bargain for a reduction in selling price or even pull out of the purchase if there are too many adverse findings in the report.
When you're thinking of buying a relatively recently-built property of standard construction which isn't excessively large, you are advised to get a RICS Level II Survey, otherwise known as a HomeBuyer Report to check if there are any suspicions of serious defects which might affect the property and your enjoyment of it when you move in.

In a recent such report bought for a property in Bridgwater's locale, specifically in Greenway Crescent TA2 6NH, the surveyor noted that there was no external evidence of a damp proof course being installed retrospectively and that the potential buyer should not only obtain guarantee documentation for they obtain a bonded (insurance-backed) guarantee which provides protection should the installer cease trading.
The South West of England is known to be comparatively more affected by the presence of radon gas than the rest of the country and Bridgwater is no exception. 

Large areas of the town, including where streets such as Alfoxton Road, Durleigh Road and Spaxton Road are located, are in bands of elevated radon potential where the maximum radon potential is 1-3% above the action level. 

The Environmental Search report – mandatory if you're a mortgage purchaser – flags up the potential presence of radon and, depending on whether it is likely to be found and what level it might be present at, might advise taking further action, something which your conveyancing solicitor can give you further advice about.

SomersetSomerset is a county in south-west England and is mainly rural with rolling hills. These include the Mendips, the Quantocks, Exmoor National Park and the Blackdown Hills, all of which are well worth a leisurely visit. Somerset is synonymous with cider and scrumpy, particularly in the Taunton area.

The county is made up from seven districts; South Somerset, Taunton Deane, West Somerset, Sedgemoor, Mendip, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset. The county town is Taunton and the county also contains the beautiful city of Bath (which is its own administrative authority), with its celebrated Roman remains and excellent architecture. Adjacent counties include Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon.

There are 3 universities in the ceremonial county; these are the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and the University of the West of England. The nearest airport is in Bristol and the M5 is the one motorway going through the county.

Other excellent places to visit there include Cheddar Gorge (yes, Cheddar cheese does come from here, invented by accident around 800 years ago!), Wookey Hole Caves and Glastonbury Tor.

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts takes place most years in Pilton, near Shepton Mallet, attracting over 170,000 music and culture lovers from around the world to see world-famous entertainers.

Yeovil Town is in the Football League and Somerset County Cricket Club play at Taunton. The team used to include Ian Botham, Viv Richards and Joel Garner among other top stars of the cricket world.

Tarr Steps near Winsford in Somerset is thought to date from around 1000 BC and is the oldest bridge in Britain still in use – there is no concrete joining the stones which make up its fabric!

Listed Building Survey Bridgwater

We have local RICS Listed Building Surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in Bridgwater. To find out more go to - Listed Building Surveys - Building Surveyor and Survey Cost in Bridgwater

Building Survey Bridgwater Planning

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Sedgemoor District Council at Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3AR, telephone 0300 303 7800, or you can check the local authority website.

Read the following article if you are thinking about building an extension .

Local Building Survey Bridgwater

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Taunton, Frome, Bristol, Bath, Barnstaple, Yeovil and Weston-super-Mare.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake Home Buyers Surveys in Bridgwater. Whether you are buying an old run down 'doer upper' or standard construction freehold house, our RICS surveyors have seen them all.

With a vast number of years of experience completing building surveys on properties in Bridgwater we'll be able to give you the detailed Bridgwater HomeBuyers report that you will need to know and what defects there are with your property.

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Recently completed HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys near you:

  • Pyrus Walk TA5 2RS
  • Beech Road TA6 4FA
  • Haywater Avenue TA6 7BP
  • Kings Square TA1 3FN
  • Eastgate Gardens TA1 1RE

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Bridgwater to ensure they deliver a detailed homebuyers report to help you decide whether you should move forward with your home move or if you should pull out.

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We normally have availability within days of you booking and our turnaround for homebuyers survey reports is within 5 working days.

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Panel of RICS Surveyors

Ranging from 10 to 40 years all of our chartered RICS Surveyors are registered with and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and have indemnity insurance that covers all of the work they undertake in a Home Buyers Survey in Bridgwater.

Home Buyers Survey - What does it cover?

A RICS Home Buyers Survey non-intrusively inspects both the external and internal structure of a property for matters which include these, among others; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

If you are thinking of buying a property in Bridgwater, it is vitally important to book a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, for your peace of mind.

NB If you're a first time buyer, you might wish to click on What is a House Survey to find out more, including what happens during the inspection.

Click to find out how much does a house survey cost (free, no obligation quote)
If the Home Buyers Survey shows up any such problems, our appointed surveyor will explain to you what you should do to get more in-depth information about the type and scope of the matter and what is required to fix it. 

If you are worried about any defects that you think your property in Bridgwater has, we strongly recommend you get a Home Buyers Survey as the cost of remedying the problem might grow to many thousands of pounds as time progresses. 

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.
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What happens if you choose the wrong survey for the type of property?

If once the Building Surveyor turns up to complete the survey, they feel the property does not suit the type of survey purchase, the surveyor will inform the client and the survey will not take place.

The scope of work of a HomeBuyer Report is different from that of a Building Survey. You an read the scope of work in a HomeBuyer Report here.

In most cases, the surveyor will agree to complete the appropriate inspection and then the client can pay the additional fee for the more appropriate survey.