Home Buyers Survey Caterham

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Caterham is an affluent London commuter town in Surrey. Its church of St Lawrence is of Norman construction (established around 1095). The town expanded in 1856 with the arrival of the railway. The Church of St Mary the Virgin was built in 1866.

Housing is from various eras, although there are more period properties in Caterham on the Hill than in Caterham Valley, the latter of which has a few early Victorian outlying homes. Caterham Valley has more detached homes than semi-detached and many of these are relatively large.

There are new build developments in the area, such as in Whyteleafe Road and The Alders, a development of detached houses in this road, offers Help to Buy.


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All properties in Caterham, including those in streets such as Harestone Valley Road and Tupwood Lane, are in an area which is subject to flood alerts from time to time.

If you are concerned that a property you are looking to buy is in a flood risk area, you should consider getting a flood risk report (click for more details).
Some properties in Caterham are located nearby to areas to be explored for their energy potential by the oil & gas industry – they must be licensed by the Oil and Gas Authority – and such exploration includes areas subject to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") investigation.

A recent environmental search carried out for a property in Markville Gardens, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6RG for example, flagged up that the property was built within 4km of a well used for energy exploration or extraction.
According to the UK Government's Public Health England, some parts of Caterham, including streets such as St Mary's Mount and Harestone Valley Road, are in a raised radon area, with properties built there having a higher probability than average of experiencing ground Radon emissions.

The raised Radon area has a maximum radon potential of 1 – 3% (the percentage is the chance of a property being built where Radon emissions might measure above the action level).

If you are concerned that a property you are buying is in an area of raised Radon, please click to visit Public Health England's UK Radon Map. Click also to find out more about Radon, Radon property searches and much more.

LondonGreater London is an area which contains London, the capital of the United Kingdom (which itself centres on the Cities of London and Westminster) and a number of surrounding boroughs which are administered as London boroughs and which are the overall executive responsibility of the Mayor of London. It contains a large number of constituencies, each represented by an MP and it should be noted that these are not the same as nor even always continguous with the borders of the boroughs.

Many parts of Greater London were originally administered by the counties which surround London and these counties are often called the home counties. Enfield, for example, used to be classed as being part of Middlesex, but is now near the northern border of Greater London. Greater London's borders often coincide with a zone of 'green belt': areas where it has been decided that open spaces, parks, forests and wildlife reserves should act as a buffer against urban sprawl. London has numerous landmarks, anything from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Karl Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetery.

Greater London contains more than 9 million inhabitants, a number growing daily, and as this is approximately 1/7 of the population of the UK, it can be seen that Greater Londoners have a large influence on the rest of the country politically and this is enhanced by the concentration of skilled workers gravitating towards the capital.

Listed Building Survey Caterham

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

Building Survey Caterham Planning

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Tandridge District Council at 8 Station Road, East Oxted, RH8 0BT, telephone 01883 722000, or you can check the local authority website.

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

Local Building Survey Caterham

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Purley, Coulsdon, Chaldon, Kenley, Whyteleafe, Leatherhead and Godstone.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake Home Buyers Surveys in Caterham. 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 Caterham we'll be able to give you the detailed Caterham HomeBuyers report that you will need to know and what defects there are with your property.


Home Buyers Survey Caterham

Recently completed HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys near you:

  • Croydon Rd, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6QB
  • 73 Farnigham Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6LN
  • Flat 5 St. Mary's Mount, Caterham, CR3 6SJ
  • 57 Bensham Manor Rd, Thornton Heath, CR7 7AE
  • 29 Markville Gardens, Caterham CR3 6RG

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Caterham 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 Caterham.

Home Buyers Survey - What does it cover?

A RICS Home Buyers Survey involves an examination of the structure of the inside and the outside of a property aimed at pinpointing issues such as subsidence, damp, cracks, infestation and damage. The survey is non-intrusive.

If you are thinking of buying a property in Caterham, it is highly advisable to book one, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report,.

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 your Home Buyers Survey highlights concerns relating to any of these defects your surveyor explains what the issue is in detail and provides a recommendation as to what you should do to further investigate. An example of this is if your surveyor spots signs of damp within the property.

Over 5,000 properties a week in the UK have damp proofing laid to combat the issue of rising damp
and home buyers fear seeing mould, peeling wall paper and sodden floors as these are all tell-tale signs of rising damp.

If your property is showing these signs and your surveyor notes using their damp monitor that there is damp internally they'll advise you to get a damp specialist to attend the property, confirm the issue advising whether it is rising damp and quote for the costs in repairing with damp proofing.

If you're looking at buying a home in Caterham which is showing signs of damp, or any other defects then you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey.

The costs for repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds; however, If you can identify the problem before you purchase then you can get quotes for fixing it and either share the costs with the seller, or, in worst case examples, choose not to proceed.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.
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My estate agent told me I don’t need a survey

Fortunately we only come across this on occasion.

As we know, English Law puts the emphasis on the buyer in a conveyancing transaction to complete all reasonable checks on the property prior to exchange.

This is explained by the legal term caveat emptor  which is the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made.

Although the estate agent’s intentions may be pure in advising against a survey, in the event of a buyer moving into a property and finding that there are defects that would have been identified in the simplest of RICS surveyor checks, there is no recourse to the estate agent after the fact.

If the surveyor does not identify any significant defects, then the buyer can complete the purchase with peace of mind, however if defects are identified then an informed decision can be made on whether to proceed with the purchase prior to being contractually tied in.

A survey does also on occasion provide an opportunity to renegotiate on price based on newly identified problems not spotted on first inspection.

An estate agent is paid on completion as is the vendor therefore their drivers for additional property checks are very different to those of the buyers’.