Surveyors in Eastbourne

Robinson Elliott Surveyors are experts on properties in Eastbourne and East Sussex, especially homes by the sea. Our specialist knowledge includes the way coastal conditions affect the fabric of buildings.

Property Types in Eastbourne

Eastbourne property covers many types of houses, bungalows and apartments ranging from the ultra-modern Sovereign Harbour marina development to the historic Old Town. The town is a much-loved seaside tourist destination with a bustling promenade, pier and beaches.

Retirement properties in Eastbourne, especially bungalows, have traditionally accounted for a significant amount of the housing stock. Today there is also a good choice of apartments, both purpose built and conversions in large, older houses.

A range of family homes can be found in areas such as Meads Village and The Saffrons, and in nearby Seaford, Polegate and Pevensey. As you would expect of a popular seaside town, Eastbourne guest houses also feature strongly in the local property market.

Home Buyer Reports and Building Surveys in Eastbourne

When you buy an Eastbourne property, you need either a Home Buyer Report or a more detailed Building Survey Report. We complete both types of reports to the highest professional standards, allowing purchasers to buy their home with confidence.

We have extensive local knowledge of the Eastbourne property market, so we know the issues that can arise with buildings of all kinds in the area. If you’re thinking of buying in Eastbourne, you need a professional firm which knows the area as well.

What do Eastbourne Surveyors do?

A qualified Chartered Surveyor is highly trained to examine properties in detail, both inside and out. In the case of a full structural survey, this will also include examination of the external roof, property boundaries and party walls.

A full inspection will take place, according to the requirements of the survey requested, and the report will subsequently be issued. For Building Surveys, this includes an expert commentary that goes into detail about all relevant aspects of the property and its grounds. Particular areas of concern will be highlighted, such as dilapidation issues, infestation and rot, and suggestions for repair and future maintenance will be included.

Our many years of experience as Chartered Surveyors in Eastbourne’s unique property market afford us the expertise and knowledge to understand specific issues often found in Eastbourne properties. We also know the best local contractors to undertake any remedial work, so you can be sure of the highest quality workmanship every step of the way.

Building Surveys for Insurance Purposes

Not only is it important to have an accurate valuation ahead of a sale, it is also crucial to ensure that your property is accurately valued for insurance purposes. Underinsurance can pose a serious financial threat to homeowners. In the event of a claim, an inaccurate valuation could leave a shortfall in any insurance payout, leaving you liable for the difference.

Our team of Eastbourne Surveyors can advise on assessments for insurance, including avoiding property underinsurance and building insurance reinstatement costs.

Eastbourne Building Surveys for Property Sellers

Eastbourne has a much lower cost of living than other larger nearby cities, such as London or Brighton. However, many houses still fetch high prices. In this case, we would strongly recommend not relying on an estate agent valuation, as they are not equipped to provide a truly accurate valuation, which can cause problems.

With a Building Survey from Robinson Elliott Chartered Surveyors, the property will be examined in much greater depth than it would have been by an estate agent. Any areas which may be flagged by a potential buyer are identified, allowing you to make repairs before marketing the property. This is key to ensuring you sell your property fast and for its full value.

Is there a risk of flooding and coastal erosion in Sussex?

A recent study (by Dr. Dylan Rood, Dept. of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College, London) has shown that the erosion rate of the East Sussex coast has accelerated to between 22 and 32 cms a year. Rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms are thought to be to blame. 

The coastline at Newhaven, Seaford and Birling Gap is particularly vulnerable, with the Environment Agency forecasting the loss of as much as 20 metres of land by 2025 unless robust defences are put in place. In addition, low-lying coastal properties are assessed as being at ‘significant risk’ of flooding—and flooding with salt water is a serious matter, with potential damage to concrete, brickwork and electrical systems as well as metal corrosion.

At Robinson Elliott, when we carry out our property surveys, we will take these geological and environmental concerns into consideration, as well as the damage that is caused when gales blow corrosive salt-spray and sand inland.

Before undertaking an inspection for your HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, we carry out a desktop investigation of matters which could affect the property and its occupiers. This includes a review of local planning matters such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, HM Government’s flood map, Public Health England’s radon map and the British Geological Survey’s data on bedrock and superficial ground conditions.

Why Choose Robinson Elliot Chartered Surveyors in Eastbourne?

As a leading firm of Eastbourne Chartered Surveyors, Robinson Elliott is trusted time and again to perform a range of surveyance services in Eastbourne and beyond. Our team of RICS-registered, qualified Chartered Surveyors in Eastbourne have an established reputation for excellence across all our services.

If you would like to find out more about our range of services, please do get in touch. We are always here to offer advice and assistance, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Contact our team of expert surveyors in Eastbourne to get started.