What Is a Building Survey?

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A building survey is something that many people fear, but a structural engineer or someone doing a house survey will actually rely on it.

To start, the building survey actually entails a wide range inspection of a property. There are a few different types of property that this would be useful for, for instance listed buildings, older properties, or even buildings that have been constructed in an unusual manner for one reason or another.

In addition to that buildings that have undergone any type of renovation would certainly be eligible for a this type of survey. The question you might have however is what exactly a building survey or even a chartered building survey would entail.

Firstly the defects in the building would be listed whether you are doing a homebuyers survey or a standard property survey. At some point during the operation this could become a dilapidation survey, but this is a rather unusual case. The defects in the building will be examined and you will be quickly informed as to what they could mean.

Repair costs are another important aspect here. These are something that so many people will forget, though they will be rather rudely reminded when the time comes to pay. The survey will provide a specific pound amount and you can read on the final report.

Most buildings will of course have damp proofing measures such as insulation, and your home survey will tell you what the condition of those materials actually is. In addition to that you will receive information on woodwork, dry rot, and other damage to timber within the structure. In most houses the walls are framed lumber, and having this kind of information would be incredibly helpful.

Naturally you will be receiving a full report on the condition of any material used to build the property as well as any other technical information that could prove to be of the utmost importance.

As we said before, a building survey could be used for both a standard residential home or a company building. Either one will require the utmost care, and more importantly, a recommendation on what to do next.

The report you receive after your property survey will tell you what to do next and where to go. If there are any clear law violations they will need to be corrected before anyone can consider living in or working in the building in question.

In addition, the report may provide you with the phone numbers for different agencies that can get you on track as far as the repair of your building is concerned.

While some may believe this stands in the way of progress, we all know that building surveys are critical in terms of both safety and ensuring that the building stands for many years to come

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