Valuation Survey

What is the value of a Residential Dwelling House? It is worth what a person will pay who has full knowledge of; The structure and condition of the property and the cost, if necessary, to bring it into a sound structural condition with modern desirable services, layout and décor. The relationship between supply, demand and… Continue reading Valuation Survey

Floor surveys

Floors are either suspended or solid, concrete or timber. Problems occur due to insufficiently sized joists or floor boards, inadequate ventilation, damp, coverings and construction. 

Ceilings survey

The ceilings will be concrete, timber joist or metal with original lathe and plaster construction/plasterboard. Cracks and stains mean a problem and is often hidden by various techniques. Old ceilings will be subject to health and safety considerations

Drain Survey

The drains within the property are the responsibility of the owner.  Drains become a sewer when they are jointly owned and pass under a number of properties – this is common in London.  The drains discharge into the main sewer on the road and the main seweris required to be ventilated by a soil and… Continue reading Drain Survey

Roof Survey

A roof survey will first appraise the types of roofs,  their construction and any alterations ie, pitched, duo or mono, hipped, Valley, Flat, Metal, Glazed, warm or cold It will then advise on its covering ie slate, man made, concrete, Felt, Asphalt, ridge and hip tiles. Its adjacent elements and weatherings,  parapets, stacks, facias, soffits,… Continue reading Roof Survey

Beam and Column Construction Survey

the loads; roof, floors, walls, windows, imposed, live and dead, wind and weather etc. are transmitted via the beams and columns to the foundations.  Openings within the cavity walling etc. will be by lintels or the beams and columns

Chimneys & Flues Survey

The property was built with Chimney breasts which passed through the rooms above into the loft and emerged as chimney stacks above the roof.  The chimneys would be supported off the natural foundations.  The chimneys are a structural part of the house and should not be altered without professional advice, building regulation approval and party… Continue reading Chimneys & Flues Survey

Bulges to Brickwork Survey

Bulges and other deformations – are caused by: Foundation movement. Owners who have neglected the properties which will lead to rot with wall plates and joist ends. The bombing of London during the Second World War, adjacent bombs can cause ballooning of the external walling. The rear extensions’ side elevation walls were sometimes not sufficiently… Continue reading Bulges to Brickwork Survey

Expansion on Wetting

New clay bricks undergo a slight expansion when new.  If restrained this can lead to cracks and bulges, often near quoins (corners).   If unrestrained the brickwork may slide on the DPC.  This movement will occur early in the life of the building and for up to some 20 years.  Any damage generally occurs early in… Continue reading Expansion on Wetting