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Surveyor in Crewe

RICS Surveyors Crewe: HomeBuyer Reports, Building Surveys, Valuations

Camsure Home Surveys, Crewe - Buy with Confidence.

Are you setting your sights on a lovely Crewe home near Queen's Park or a Victorian terrace in Nantwich Road? Ensure you're making the right investment with a detailed home survey from Camsure, named by Compare My Move as "UK's Best Surveyors" for 2024". This prestigious accolade underlines our dedication to providing outstanding service and RICS-accredited reliability.

Camsure offers a full suite of surveying options, enabling you to approach your Crewe property purchase with total confidence. We'll explain the ins and outs of our Homebuyer Surveys, Building Surveys and RICS Valuations in more depth below.

Our team of RICS surveyors, with decades of experience, possess a thorough understanding of the distinctive Crewe property market. We've helped numerous buyers steer clear of hidden pitfalls and make well-informed decisions about their potential new homes.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed about the right type of survey? No worries! We have guides that clearly outline the advantages of different surveys, ensuring you pick the one that perfectly aligns with your requirements.

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Stress-Free Property Purchase in Cheshire: Expert RICS Accredited Surveyors in Crewe

Choose Camsure and you're choosing a company deeply rooted in the Crewe community. We're proud to be an independent business with over 35 years of experience in the Cheshire region.

Let our dedicated team guide you through the intricacies of the Crewe property market. From understanding the potential hidden issues within older character properties in Edleston to assessing the value of modern developments near Leighton Hospital, we're here to equip you with the insights you need.

Tap into our local knowledge and gain valuable insights beyond the bricks and mortar, including guidance on school catchments, transportation links via Crewe railway station and neighbourhood amenities. Whether you're seeking a community atmosphere near the Market Hall or a quieter retreat in the Crewe countryside, we can help you find the perfect place to call home in Crewe.

Arrange a complimentary consultation with our approachable team to discuss the best survey solution for your chosen property and address any queries you may have.

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Choosing the Right Survey - RICS Building Surveys, Home Buyer Reports, Valuations

From Homebuyer Reports to Building Surveys and valuations, Camsure covers your residential property needs:

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Homebuyer Survey Report

RICS Level 2 Home Buyer Survey Report

A certified surveyor conducts a comprehensive visual inspection of the property through a RICS Homebuyer Survey Report. This examination discloses the property's state, bringing attention to any potential concerns before your purchase.

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Homebuyer Survey Report with Valuation

RICS Level 2 Home Buyer Survey Report with Valuation

Our Crewe-based surveyor is here to assist clients in ensuring they pay a fair market price for a property and accurately determine the reconstruction cost for insurance purposes.

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Building Survey

RICS Level 3 Building Survey

A thorough building survey designed for older properties, those in a state of disrepair or properties expecting significant renovation work.

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RICs 'Red Book' Valuation

A written property market valuation, encompassing Help To Buy, Shared Ownership and designed for inheritance tax considerations*, is provided.

*Upon request, valuations and rebuild costs can be incorporated into a Building Survey for an additional fee.

How much does a Home Survey Cost in Crewe?

Home survey prices in Crewe usually fall between £350 and £1375.

Several factors affect the final cost:

  • Property size: Larger homes naturally take longer to survey due to the increased square footage and potentially more complex features like additional bathrooms, kitchens or extensions. A larger property may also require more time to access all areas of the building, such as lofts or basements.

  • Property condition: Older properties, particularly those built before 1930, may require a more in-depth inspection to identify potential issues like outdated wiring, lead paint or structural problems. The complexity of these potential issues can influence the amount of time required for the survey and ultimately the cost.

  • Survey type: The level of detail included in the survey significantly impacts the price. A basic Homebuyer Report will be less expensive than a comprehensive Building Survey. Choosing a service with a valuation option will also add to the final cost.

Camsure's Crewe Surveyor

Hamza. Our surveyor in Crewe.

Meet Hamza

Hamza brings a personal touch to every project, aiming to provide exceptional service to his clients during what can be one of life's most challenging periods. His thoughtful approach ensure that each client feels appreciated and finds a friendly face amidst the often-daunting property assessment process.

Qualified as a Residential Surveyor in 2021, Hamza boasts three years of experience as a Residential Surveyor and Valuer. He consistently endeavours to deliver the highest calibre of service, combining his expertise with a commitment to client satisfaction.

"I am a surveyor that takes each job personally, to deliver the best to my clients to assist them in one of the most stressful time in their lives. I am thorough and personable to help make each client feel valued and give them a friendly face in such a daunting time."

Hamza - Crewe Surveyor, Camsure Home Surveys 2024

Alex. Our surveyor in Crewe.

Meet Alex

Alex is a Chartered Surveyor with 25 years' experience in the industry, spanning a diverse range of locations and property types. His career began in London and the Home Counties, followed by 12 years in the Caribbean, before returning to the UK in 2021 to focus on the Midlands and Manchester.

Value to clients:
Alex prides himself on providing clients with independent, professional guidance, coupled with pragmatic and realistic advice. He believes in balancing the technical aspects of a survey report with a broader perspective, helping clients to understand what it will be like to live in the property and make informed decisions.

Open communication:
Alex encourages open dialogue with clients both before and after a survey. By understanding their needs, comfort levels and plans for the property, he can tailor his reports and advice to suit each individual situation.

"Whether it's before, or after any survey, I encourage dialogue and questions, which will help identify what is important to you, your comfort levels and background, as well as your plans for the property, which help me tailor the report and other advice to suit your situation."

Alex - Crewe Surveyor, Camsure Home Surveys 2024

 


Case Study in Cheshire - RICS Level 3 Building Survey

Crewe case study

Location: Cheshire

Property: A unique four-bedroom detached property, originally built in the 1800s and previously functioning as a farmhouse. The property retains many of its period features, including beamed ceilings, which add to its historical and aesthetic appeal.

Survey Overview: A local Camsure surveyor conducted a detailed RICS Level 3 building survey for the prospective new owners. The survey aimed to provide a thorough assessment of the property's condition and highlight any potential issues that might affect the purchase decision.

Surveyor's Approach: The surveyor spent a morning examining the property, covering all accessible areas and focusing on the following key aspects:

  • Structural Integrity
  • Roofing and Chimneys
  • Dampness and Insulation
  • Internal Features
  • Services and Utilities

Conclusion: The comprehensive RICS Level 3 building survey provided the prospective new owners with a clear and detailed understanding of the property's condition. Armed with this information, they were able to make an informed decision about proceeding with the purchase, fully aware of both the property's unique plus points and the areas requiring attention.

By ensuring a thorough and professional assessment, the surveyor helped the clients navigate the complexities of purchasing a historic property, offering peace of mind and confidence in their investment.

Home Valuations - Crewe

Choosing the Right Home Survey

Our skilled surveyor provides an extensive selection of survey options, tailored to align with your individual needs and the specifications of your property. Take a look at our detailed descriptions to discover the perfect survey for your requirements.

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RICS Homebuyers Survey Report

Our Crewe-based surveyor is an accredited member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), specialising in Homebuyer Reports for properties built after 1930 that are in good condition.

Using a straightforward "traffic light" system, the report sheds light on the current condition and structural integrity of the property. In addition to the physical assessment, it offers valuable insights into legal matters, identifies urgent issues requiring immediate attention, suggests potential solutions for defects impacting the property's value and provides guidance on future maintenance.

For a reasonable additional fee, we also offer a market valuation service for your property.

This comprehensive report goes beyond the basics, addressing environmental factors like flood risks, proximity to mining or landfill sites, soil types and the presence of radon gas. Additionally, it evaluates the potential effects of major infrastructure projects, such as the HS2 rail line, on your property's value.

RICS Building Survey

Our thorough Building Survey, formerly known as a Full Structural Survey, is perfect for properties in Crewe built before 1930.

This evaluation provides a more comprehensive assessment of the property's condition than a standard Homebuyer Report, offering greater detail and additional valuable insights.

For a nominal extra charge, you have the option to include a property valuation assessment, which provides tailored recommendations for addressing any issues, repairs or maintenance requirements.

The aim of this comprehensive report is to empower you to make informed decisions about the property's condition and plan for future maintenance needs.

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RICS Homebuyers Survey Report, Crewe

Independent Valuation Report

Our objective survey seeks to determine the market value of your property and may identify areas warranting further investigation.

For Help to Buy applications, our specially qualified RICS registered surveyor will evaluate your home's value, crucial for determining your financial commitment.

Please note that this valuation is valid for three months.

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Professional and seamless service

We had a red brick evaluation done on our property. The Surveyor was polite and quick with completing the survey. The reports met all the required standards.

Regina, Trustpilot

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on the complexity of your property.

Most RICS surveys are completed in 2-24 hours, with larger or more complex properties potentially requiring longer.

Talk to your chosen surveyor directly to confirm the expected timeframe for both the inspection and the report delivery.

Buying a home:
Get a survey after your offer is accepted: This demonstrates your seriousness and streamlines the process.

Selling your home:
Consider a pre-sale survey: Identify potential issues that could delay or even stall your sale.

Concerned about repairs?
Invest in a Level 2 survey: Gain valuable insights and plan for necessary repairs before they escalate.

  • The responsibility of paying for the survey depends on the location:
    • England, Wales, & Northern Ireland: Buyer pays. However, sellers can also choose to get one.
    • Scotland: Seller is required to provide a Home Report for potential buyers to view.

The time between your survey and buying the house varies based on the findings.

If there are no major issues: the process can continue smoothly as planned.

If significant problems are discovered: you might consider:

  • Negotiating a lower price with the seller.
  • Requesting repairs from the seller before completing the purchase.
  • Withdrawing from the sale altogether.

These steps may involve additional inspections from other specialists, which can extend the timeline.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, surveys are optional, but highly recommended. They can give buyers confidence and prevent unforeseen problems later.

In Scotland, getting a survey is a must before you can even list your property.

What is a Market Appraisal?

A market appraisal is a general estimate of a property's market value, typically conducted by estate agents. It gives a feel for average selling prices in the area but is not highly accurate. Estate agents often offer this service for free to quickly estimate a property’s value based on previous sales.

What is a Valuation?

A valuation is a detailed and accurate market valuation conducted by an RICS surveyor. Unlike a market appraisal, it is based on a thorough inspection and follows strict RICS standards, providing a reliable estimate of a property’s value.

What is a Red Book Valuation?

A Red Book Valuation, also known as an RICS Valuation Report, is a formal written market valuation performed by a registered RICS surveyor. It adheres to the guidelines set out in RICS's "Red Book" and is essential for insurance, probate, investments, re-mortgages, equity release and Help to Buy loans.

Key Differences Between Market Appraisal and Valuation:

Conducted By: Market appraisals are done by estate agents, while valuations are carried out by qualified RICS surveyors.

Accuracy: Market appraisals provide a general estimate, whereas valuations offer precise, evidence-based figures.

Purpose: Market appraisals are quick and often used to get a feel for selling prices. Valuations are used for official purposes such as securing a mortgage or insurance.

Process: Valuations involve a detailed inspection and research, while market appraisals rely on the agent's experience and recent sales data.

Bias: Estate agents may undervalue properties to sell quickly, whereas RICS surveyors provide unbiased, independent assessments.

Why Choose an RICS Valuation Over a Market Appraisal?

For any significant property decision, an RICS valuation ensures you get an accurate and unbiased property value. Estate agents’ appraisals, while useful, may lack precision and objectivity.

How is a Market Appraisal Determined?

Estate agents usually offer market appraisals as a free service. They visit the property and estimate its value based on similar recent sales in the area, though this is not as detailed or accurate as an RICS valuation.

Do I Need Both a Market Appraisal and an RICS Valuation?

For the most informed decision-making, especially in important transactions, it’s beneficial to have both. An RICS valuation gives a reliable value, while a market appraisal provides a quick estimate and insight into the local market conditions.

Surveyor in Crewe

Crewe's Property Market - A Snapshot

The Crewe property market has experienced a noticeable decline in recent times. Sold prices over the last year have fallen by 10% compared to the previous year, indicating a cooling trend in the local housing market. This decline follows a broader trend, as prices are also 4% lower than the peak of £205,095 observed in 2021.

Despite this recent downturn, Crewe remains a relatively affordable area for those looking to buy property in the UK. The town offers a range of housing options, from traditional terraces to modern developments, catering to diverse needs and budgets. While the market may be experiencing a dip, it could present an opportunity for buyers to enter the market at potentially more favourable prices.

Property Prices

Here's a breakdown of the average prices for different property types:

Property Type Average Price (£) Percentage of Sales
Terraced Properties £133,233  
Semi-detached Properties £184,261 Most sales
Detached Properties £304,300  

Source: RightMove June 2024

New Housing Developments in Crewe in 2024

Crewe's housing market is experiencing a surge in new developments, providing a range of options for buyers and renters. Here's a summary of the latest projects announced or underway in 2024:

  1. Taylor Wimpey Development West of David Whitby Way: This project involves the construction of 20 new homes on land adjacent to Crotia Mill Farm. The development will include a mix of detached, semi-detached and mews houses, ranging from two to four bedrooms. The site is part of a larger mixed-use development approved in 2016.
  2. Millbrook Place by Taylor Wimpey: This major development, also by Taylor Wimpey, will deliver 305 new homes off David Whitby Way. Millbrook Place will be the first development to utilise timber frame construction sourced directly from Taylor Wimpey's new factory in Peterborough. The project focuses on sustainability, featuring energy-efficient homes with electric charging points and offers a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties, including affordable housing options.
  3. Bradfield Road Development: A smaller development proposed for land behind 64 Bradfield Road in Crewe aims to construct three two-storey, three-bedroom homes. The development will replace an existing commercial property and will feature two semi-detached and one detached dwelling.
  4. Goddard Street: This new development by Laurus Homes offers a collection of 2 and 3 bedroom new build homes available through shared ownership, with prices starting from £82,000 for a 40% share. Goddard Street is ideally located for first-time buyers and offers modern homes in the buzzing town of Crewe.

These developments showcase the ongoing growth and diversity of Crewe's housing market. With a mix of affordable options, sustainable construction methods and varying property sizes, these projects cater to a wide range of needs and preferences. As these developments progress, they will contribute to the continued revitalisation of Crewe and provide new homes for residents in the area.

What's it like living in Crewe?

Crewe, a town steeped in railway history and strategically located in Cheshire, presents a compelling proposition for those seeking affordable living with excellent transport links. However, like any location, it's essential to consider various factors before making Crewe your home. This article provides a balanced overview of life in Crewe, encompassing housing, environmental considerations, crime statistics and lifestyle aspects.

Housing Landscape

Crewe boasts a diverse housing stock, ranging from Victorian terraces and Edwardian villas in areas like Nantwich Road and Hungerford Road to post-war council estates in Coppenhall and Underwood Lane. Newer developments, such as those in Basford and Shavington, offer contemporary options. The use of locally sourced red brick in many older properties reflects the town's industrial heritage.

Environmental Considerations

While not generally prone to flooding, Crewe does have specific areas near the River Weaver and its tributaries that have experienced flooding in the past. These include parts of Weston, Coppenhall and Wistaston. Prospective residents are advised to consult flood risk maps and consider property-level flood resilience measures. Additionally, Crewe is classified as a Radon Affected Area, necessitating radon testing and potential mitigation in some homes.

Crime and Safety

Crewe's crime rate requires nuanced interpretation. While statistically the safest major town in Cheshire, its crime rate of 105 crimes per 1,000 people in 2023 was 64% higher than the overall Cheshire rate. Compared nationally, Crewe ranks as the 49th safest major town. However, crime distribution is not uniform across the town, with areas like West End and parts of Crewe Green experiencing higher rates. Prospective residents should research specific neighbourhoods and exercise standard precautions.

Community and Lifestyle

Crewe fosters a strong sense of community, with a plethora of local clubs, societies and events promoting social interaction. Queen's Park and Valley Park provide green spaces for leisure activities, while the town centre boasts a variety of shops, restaurants and cultural venues like the Lyceum Theatre.

Transportation

Crewe's strategic location offers exceptional transport links. The railway station serves as a major hub, connecting Crewe to major cities like London, Manchester and Liverpool. The M6 motorway is easily accessible for car travel. Additionally, Cheshire East Council is actively investing in local infrastructure improvements, such as traffic signal upgrades and enhanced pedestrian crossings, to alleviate congestion and improve safety.

Conclusion

Crewe presents a multifaceted living experience. Its diverse housing options, strong community spirit and excellent transport links are appealing. However, it's crucial to consider factors like potential flood risks, radon levels and localised crime rates. By conducting thorough research and weighing all aspects, prospective residents can make informed decisions about whether Crewe aligns with their lifestyle and priorities.

Where is the best place to live in Crewe?

Crewe offers a variety of neighbourhoods with unique characteristics to suit different lifestyles and preferences. Here are some of the popular areas to consider:

  1. Wistaston: This suburb is favoured for its peaceful residential streets, family-friendly atmosphere and proximity to good schools. It offers a mix of housing options, including detached houses, semi-detached houses and bungalows.
  2. Crewe Green: Located just outside of the town centre, Crewe Green has a village feel with access to beautiful countryside. It is well-connected to the town centre and offers a mix of traditional and modern housing. The historic Crewe Hall and its stunning gardens are a significant attraction in this area.
  3. Nantwich Road: This area is close to the town centre with easy access to shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It features a mix of traditional terraced houses and modern apartments.
  4. Haslington: This village, situated a short distance from Crewe, offers a more rural setting with picturesque views of the Cheshire countryside. It is known for its close-knit community and offers a variety of housing options, including larger family homes.
  5. Shavington: Located to the south of Crewe, Shavington is another popular village choice due to its semi-rural setting, good schools and proximity to the countryside. It offers a mix of housing styles, from pretty cottages to modern developments.

Contact Camsure Home Surveys Crewe

Navigating the Crewe property market can be confusing, whether you're buying your first home, selling a cherished property or starting a renovation. That's where we step in.

As your local surveyors, we're here to make your property journey easier. We provide clear advice, communicate openly and support you every step of the way. With us, you'll feel confident and informed about your decisions.

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