These reports are not a survey of the whole property, but an inspection and report concentrating on a specific element or issue at the property.
In some cases a valuer or a surveyor may not be able to provide you with all the information from their initial survey. This can be due to restrictions common to the type of report instructed or the suspected issues being beyond their scope. This can lead to your surveyor recommending a more detailed inspection and report, usually to include quotes to complete any required works.
The most common reason for instructing a further report is when a mortgage company has insisted that a further report is carried out prior to the lender authorising the mortgage. Because of this, all our reports are carried out to a standard that will be accepted by your mortgage lender; carried out by surveyors, specialists and tradesman that are members of the relevant survey and trade bodies such as the Property Care Association (PCA).
However, this is not the only reason to instruct a further report. If you have noticed a specific problem in your own home, a further report may be the answer. Read the descriptions below and if you need any guidance on the best report for your situation; Call the office on 08450 722 922.
Structural Engineers Reports
Detailed inspection of only the structural elements of the building. This includes an external and internal inspection of all walls, floors, cellar chambers and the structural elements of the roof. Where issues are identified a report is produced to explain the issue, provide a solution and specify the works required. We will also provide you with costs for any works mentioned within the report.
Standard Structural Engineer's inspections are a visual only/ non-disruptive survey of the property. However, if we are aware of issues that require exposure prior to the initial appointment, we are able to arrange a contractor to carry out the required works under the guidance of the Structural Engineer. Although there is an additional cost for this, using this approach allows us to keep total costs and additional visits to the property to a minimum. An example of when exposure works may be required ... if a wall has been removed and steel support (RSJ) has been put in place to support the floor above. If this steel has been hidden from view, boxed in, encased in plaster board (normal practice) the only way for the Structural engineer to see what type, size and strength of steel that is in place, is to remove some of the covering material. Another example; If a property's foundation appears to have moved. A trial hole may need to be dug down to the level of the foundation to assess the cause of the movement.
When disruptive works are required we will manage the access and permissions (verbal or written) that are needed to progress the inspection e.g. - Wall Party Agreements.
PLEASE NOTE: Although Structural Engineer's reports are a thorough review of a property's structure ... This is NOT a full survey of the property. SE reports are a specialist further report and will rarely comment on damp, woodwork, windows, roof covering, rain water goods, flashings, gas or electric systems etc. We would never recommend instructing a Structural Engineer's report without first being advised to do so by a surveyor.
Damp & Timber (PCA)
Property Care Association D&T reports can be tailored to inspect only the elements required. Either a full property inspection including loft spaces, cellars and sub-floor areas or simply a ground floor only inspection. In some cases additional fees may be incurred if contractors are required to provide access to sub floor areas. However, we endeavor to keep these costs to a minimum and will avoid them all together if possible.
Cavity Wall Ties
Inspections are carried out by Wall Tie Federation members to ensure that you are getting the best inspection and report possible. Walls will be inspected for the frequency of the existing ties and a boroscope inspection of the wall cavity to inspect the condition of the existing ties.
Wall Ties may need to be inspected if your walls are showing signs of slight bulging or horizontal cracking to the mortar beds between the brickwork.
Roofing Report (inc. chimney stacks, flashing & rainwater goods)
On roof inspections are carried out by our contractor providing you with a detailed inspection of the roof, roof coverings, chimney stack and pots, flashings, rainwater goods, barge boards and soffits.
NICEIC & IEE Electrical Tests & Reports
Full inspection of all circuits and consumer units in the property. The report will detail any upgrades required to the electric system to bring the circuits up to current standards. Costs will be included for the required works to bring the system up to the current standard and to produce a sign off certificate. Where an upgrade to the property would not be financially viable a cost for a full re-wire will be provided.
Gas Safe (prev. CORGI) Tests & Reports
A test of all the gas appliances in the property and a test to ensure gas lines are all leak free. If the property has a gas fired central heating system this can also be checked for operation as part of the inspection if required. The engineer will provide you with a report detailing any faults and provide costs to carry out the works to rectify the faults. Where the system is sound a document will be provided to state that the property complies with the current regulations for gas safety.
CCTV Drainage Reports
Closed Circuit cameras are passed along the drains to inspect their operation and isolate areas of concern or pin point faults that are causing problems. These problem can be anything from slow clearing waste water to escaping water eroding a property's stability.
The report will provide you with a diagram of the drainage system at the property, a report on any defects noted via the camera, or an above ground inspection of any gullies and a video of the footage gathered on -site by the camera.
Please note: on some occasions the camera will not be able to gather all the footage required due to debris in the drainage system. If this is the case cleaning and/or jetting of the pipes will need to be arranged before the re-inspection of the drains can continue.
Arboriculturalist & Tree Surgeon Reports
These reports provide a detailed inspection of the trees, shrubs and other vegetation at an address. Advice will be contained to help the purchaser understand the issues around plants and trees and there potential effects on the property. These are mainly recommended where large trees or shrubs have been noted close to a building or the border wall(s) where root growth is (or could) create a stability issue.
Red Ash & Core Sample Tests (solid floors)
On occasion solid (concrete) floors can bulge or dome. In order to establish the cause of this effect all floor covering is removed and the solid floor broken into. A core sample of the earth beneath the floor is taken to the lab for analysis. If the test reveal that the movement of the floor is due to Red Ash (or sulphate) attack then a cost will provided for :
- the removal of the existing floor
- the installation of the correct isolating membrane given the lab's finding
- reinstatement of the new floor .
Asbestos Inspection & Reports
A single or multiple samples (depending on the option required) will be collected from the suspect materials at the address. This will then be sent to the lab to identify the type and condition of asbestos present at the property. There are six types of asbestos. Three types were in common use up to the mid 1980s and generally termed, white, brown and blue. Blue (Crocidolite) is regarded as being the most dangerous type of asbestos and along with brown (Amosite) had it's use prohibited in 1985 (with some exceptions).
Once identified advice will be provided as to whether the material should be removed or left in situ. A cost for removal and correct disposal of the asbestos will be provided.