Because the housing stock is so varied we have developed, in line with the guidance notes issued by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a variety of bespoke surveys designed to provide the correct Survey for you, taking into account the age, type, size and intended use of the property. This way we achieve both value for money and peace of mind for our clients.
Below is a résumé of the various types of Survey we regularly undertake for our clients:
The Building Survey is the most in depth and comprehensive survey available, with room by room analysis of defects found during our non-invasive inspection. It covers the usual list of concerns such as, rot, decay, woodworm, wet rot, dry rot, subsidence, settlement and heave. It explains in most instances how these issues have occurred, how they may be resolved and an estimate of the costs involved to remedy the defect.
The Home Condition Report is a far more succinct style of report which highlights only the significant points and does not give you advice on the cause or how to rectify the defect. We consider it is only suitable for properties built after the 1960's which haven't been altered, extended or allowed to fall into disrepair.
The Defects Analysis Report has been developed for owners who have a concern regarding a single issue, such as cracking, damp or movement. It records the condition as inspected, the possible causes (very occasionally it is necessary to undertake further investigation by opening up the structure) and the solutions available. Typically it will be 4-6 pages long and is undertaken for a fixed fee.
Expert Witness Reports are prepared in line with Civil Procedure Rules for the client or their solicitor, where action is being taken against a third party. Typically, the report is required to show the failure of a contractor to complete a project to the standards expected. Thatched Home Inspector - One of our Surveyors is a qualified Thatched Home Inspector who specialises in properties that have thatched roofs.
Having employed us to undertake a survey or similar it is often appropriate to engage us in preparing documents and drawings to enable the work to be tendered and obtain competitive prices. As well as obtaining the necessary listed building consent, planning approvals and building regulation approvals.
David Harding recently carried out a building survey for me on a residential property. As a construction barrister I see many expert reports. The report which David wrote for me far surpassed the majority of reports I see. It was thorough, clear and easy to follow. I was particular impressed by the fact that points for consideration by my Conveyancing solicitor were set out in a list and also by the fact that David had grappled with all of the problems (such as damp and infestation) rather than recommending further reports by additional experts, as is so frequently the case nowadays. I would definitely use David again and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone.
- Intended for relatively new and conventional properties - Inspection of property condition - Assesses visible interior and exterior - Colour-coded condition ratings -...
- Intended for large, older/rundown properties or those with major or unusual alterations - Recommended if you are planning major alternation/renovation works - In-dep...
Sadly, on occasions, there are instances where communications have broken down between parties or concerns regarding skills, ability or workmanship have arisen, resulting ...