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Essex is a home county to the east of London and it includes places as diverse as Southend-on-Sea, Harlow, Epping, Basildon and Colchester (which is Britain's oldest recorded town, dating back to its days as Roman Camulodunum.

The pattern of settlement in the county is diverse. The Metropolitan Green Belt has effectively prevented the further sprawl of London into the county, although it contains the new towns of Basildon and Harlow, originally developed to resettle Londoners following the destruction of London housing in World War II, since which significantly developed and expanded. Epping Forest also acts as a protected barrier to the further spread of London. Because of its proximity to London and the economic magnetism which that city exerts, many of Essex's settlements, particularly those on or within short driving distance of railway stations, function as dormitory towns or villages where London workers raise their families.

Part of the southeast of the county, already containing the major population centres of Basildon, Southend and Thurrock, is within the Thames Gateway and designated for further development. Parts of the southwest of the county such as Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell are contiguous with Greater London neighbourhoods.

To the north of the green belt, with the exception of major towns such as Colchester and Chelmsford, the county is rural, with many small towns, villages and hamlets largely built in the traditional materials of timber and brick, with clay tile or thatched roofs.

There are many new build developments in the county, including in Chelmsford, Stanway, Colchester, Great Dunmow, Great Wakering and Walton-on-the-Naze.



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Properties in Essex which are in close proximity to the major water courses and rivers such as the Thames, the Stort, the Lea, the Chelmer, the Ching, the Brain, the Crouch and the Roding as well as some coastal areas, are subject to flood warnings and 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).
A recent Environmental Search indicated that a property on Clenshaw Path, Basildon, SS14 2FP, is within 50m of an area with potential for natural ground instability.

The British Geological Survey has assessed the area of search as having moderate potential for natural ground instability. This does not necessarily mean there is cause for concern in terms of the property's stability. Active subsidence will be dependent on local conditions, such as the proximity of trees or areas where trees have been removed, which require an inspection of the site to identify the nature of the ground on which the property is built. A house buyers survey is advised to look for signs of property damage that may indicate poor natural ground conditions.
When a RICS surveyor carries out either a building survey or homebuyer report in the Essex area, they will switch the lights on and off but not test the whole electrical system. If they suspect that there is an electrical problem, they will recommend that you consult a local electrical contractor.

A local electrician within the Essex area is Reactive Electrical, 50 Scratton Rd, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0PA.

EssexEssex is not only a coastal county (the North Sea is to its east) but a home county because it touches Greater London on its eastern borders. Its settlements vary from Colchester, which is very historical and used to be the capital of England as Camulodunum, to Southend, a seaside resort, to Basildon, which is a comparatively modern urban development. The western side of Essex hosts many London workers and there are fast rail links to, for example, Shenfield from London Liverpool Street which aid many city workers.

Essex's county town is Chelmsford (and is the county's only city), where Essex County Cricket Club are based. Essex hosts Stansted Airport and attractions such as the Lakeside Shopping Centre, near Thurrock and Epping Forest, a popular forest for camping and other activities. A large proportion of Essex's boundaries are water (the River Thames and the North Sea), the remainder includes Greater London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Kent is across the River Thames to the south.

Listed Building Survey Essex

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

Building Survey Essex Planning

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Essex County Council at County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford CM1 1QH, telephone 03457 430 430, or you can check the local authority website.

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

Local Building Survey Essex

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Grays, Clacton-on Sea and Benfleet.

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


Home Buyers Survey Essex

Recently completed HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys near you:

  • Carlton Court, Craven Gardens, Barkingside, Essex IG6 1LT
  • 46 Cranstone Park Avenue, Upminster, Essex, RM14 3UT
  • 196 Willowfield, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6RZ
  • 11 Featherstone Court, 287 - 295 High Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex, RM6 6DJ
  • 55 Bentry Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 3PA

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Essex 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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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 Essex.

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.

Choosing the right survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, to get is important however both a HomeBuyers Report and a Building Survey will identify any suspicions of the main defects discussed below.

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 they find any issues during the inspection, our Surveyor will flag them up in the Home Buyers Survey and give you advice on what you should do to solve them.

If you are concerned about woodworm in connection with buying or selling a property in Essex, or any other defects with the property you MUST get a Home Buyers Survey as the costs of repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds. 

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.
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I’m buying a new build property, what survey do I need?

If you are purchasing a new build property in Essex you will need to have a snagging survey carried out by a RICS surveyor.

This is an independent inspection looking specifically for faults in new build properties such as sealant in showers, cracked tiles and many other areas.

A snagging survey is designed to find out if there are any immediate problems with your new-build home.

The surveyor will provide a report to the buyer with a listing of the areas within the new property whereby sub-standard workmanship exists and good practice has not been used and poor finishing’s are evident.

The snagging report can be provided to the developer and you can negotiate to get the works completed prior or after you complete your purchase - who is going to repair the snags should however be agreed prior to completion.

Read more about snagging surveys