This survey is a more thorough and detailed assessment of the property’s condition. A Building Survey is therefore ideally suited for the following residential properties: •Listed buildings •Properties more than 50 years old •Non Standard construction buildings, constructed in an unusual way, however old they are •Properties you plan to renovate or alter in any way •Properties that have had major alterations
The survey will identify:
- Defects and what the implications could be
- Costs for possible repairs
- Damage to timbers within the property from Rot and woodworm
- Rising or penetrating damp
- Location within the property of damage
Previously called a Structural Survey, the Building Survey report will describe the condition of each element of the property and suggest which parts are of concern and will need further investigation.
Building Surveys are usually conducted by Chartered Surveyors. It is important to check that the surveyor you select is experienced, regulated by RICS and have adequate professional indemnity insurances – check before you instruct!
The photographs below give an example of the need for experience when inspecting premises. What appears a t first to be nothing more than a simple crack in decoration, through further investigation recommended by Barnsley Bate, is diagnosed as significant progressive movement in the structure costing thousands of pounds to correct.