Home Buyers Survey St Albans

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St Albans has many surviving properties going right back to when it was the Roman Verulamium. Fishpool Street has medieval and Georgian buildings for example.

You find Georgian houses in the central conservation area as well as in villages nearby such as Wheathampstead, Chidwick Bury and Aldenham. St Stephen's has houses from the 1930s onwards.

There are many new build developments in the area, such as Ziggurat House (Grosvenor Road) and those constructed in Summerfield Close, Camp Road and London Road. Some are offered as shared ownership. 


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Properties in St Albans built in promixity to the River Ver - including in Fishpool Street and St Michael's Street - 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).
Properties sometimes have issues with ground stability in certain locations in St Albans.

In a recent environmental search, taken out for a property in Lime Tree Court, the report noted that there were natural cavities within 250m of the property.

This should not be taken to mean that the property in question actually suffered/suffers from subsidence however as "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."

Click to find out more about subsidence
A RICS home buyers survey can raise suspicions about whether extension work has been carried out correctly on properties in St Albans.
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A recent RICS building survey on a property in Watford Road had the following to say about a related matter:

"We would recommend that confirmation of Building Regulations approval for the construction of the extension, and for the conversion of the garage into habitable space, is obtained prior to exchange of contracts, to include a completion certificate. If this is not forthcoming, we would advise that a suitably qualified structural engineer is instructed to survey the property and that any recommendations are instigated."

HertfordshireHertfordshire is commonly abbreviated to the name Herts and is a county located in the south of England. it is bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south (it is classed as a 'Home County' for this reason). The county town of Hertfordshire is Hertford.

Hertfordshire has 3 motorways running through it - the M1, the M25 and the A1(M). It is particularly associated with new towns as it contains 5 in total: Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Letchworth. There are two airports just outside Hertfordshire's borders; Luton and Stansted. It also has a university, the University of Hertfordshire, which is in Hatfield. There are a number of independent schools in the area, including, for example, Haileybury (Turnford), St George's Harpenden, Haberdasher's Aske's (Elstree) and Berkhamsted.

For random facts; St Alban, who gave his name to the city in the county, was the earliest British saint - he was reputed to have been beheaded where the cathedral now stands; also Sele Mill near Hertford was the site of the first paper mill in Britain, established about 1488.

Listed Building Survey St Albans

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

Building Survey St Albans Planning

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting St Albans City & District Council at Civic Centre St Peters Street St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3JE, telephone 01727 866 100, or you can check the local authority website.

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

Local Building Survey St Albans

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Watford, London Colney, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Pinner and Harpenden.

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


Home Buyers Survey St Albans

Recently completed HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys near you:

  • Buttermere Close, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TD
  • 2 Buttermere Close, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TD
  • 69 Normandy Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5PT
  • 2 Cadoxton Place, 29 Avenue Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3PY
  • 8 Westbourne Mews, St Albans, Herts, AL1 1LS

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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 St Albans.

Home Buyers Survey - What does it cover?

Our RICS Surveyor, during a Home Buyers Survey in St Albans, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, inspects both the inside and the outside of your property and searches in particular for subsidence, damp, infestations and any cracks or other damage to the property. The procedure is non-intrusive.

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 St Albans 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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Do I get an aerial photograph of my property in the survey?

The HomeBuyer Report and Building Survey both assess the roof of the property by using 'high powered' binoculars from ground level and telescopic camera mounts to identify any possible issues with the roof.

Aerial photographs do not tend to lend any further useful information on a property especially as these can now be obtained from the internet by a general user and it be considered better use of a surveyor's time inspecting the property in person.