THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OPTIONS AVAILABLE WHEN CONSIDERING A SURVEY FOR YOUR POTENTIAL NEW PROPERTY. WE AT SUBSTANTIA ESTATES CARRY OUT:

 

  • Building Surveys
  • Structural Surveys,
  • Specific Structural Surveys
  • Valuation Surveys
  • Damp Reports



Building Surveys

A Building Survey is the most thorough and detailed report that you can commission on the condition of a property.  It is an investigation of the defects likely to be found within the subject property and it will identify defects/problems that exist prior to you finalising an agreement to purchase or rent.

We will cast an expert’s eye over the building and we will be able to identify things that you may have missed

 

 

Structural Surveys

A Structural Survey is usually commissioned when you purchase a dilapidated or deceased estate where you are already aware that the property requires modernisation and your primary concern is the structural integrity of the property.

Generally, this type of survey will not comment on the overall condition of the property and will not look at or comment on items such as guttering, windows, doors, central heating, electrics, legal issues etc.

 

 

Specific Structural Surveys

A Specific Structural Survey also known as a Specific Defects Report is usually commissioned where you have a particular problem such as subsidence, settlement, heave, drainage issues, sulphate attack etc.

 It will identify the problem, place the defect into context and recommend remedial works.


Valuation Report

 Your mortgage provider will require that a valuation is carried out on the property to ensure that the value of the loan is proportional to the value of the property. Although you will pay for this, it will not detail any problems as the surveyor only visits the property to ascertain its value. They are generally addressed to the mortgage provider and you may or may not be issued with a copy.

 

 Damp Report

 When there are obvious signs of damp, a valuation/building surveyor has used a damp-metre to check the internal walls and is concerned there may be rising damp. It will be necessary to commission a damp report to determine the full extent of the problem, the cause and the level of work to rectify the issues. Below are the 3 main damp types that can affect your property:

 

  1. Rising Damp - The most common form of dampness. When moisture from the ground rises, by capillary action (rising against gravity) up through the wall or the ground floor slab, sudden action needs to be taken. Dampness may also be caused by condensation, the occurrence of which is the responsibility of the inhabitants as opposed to an issue with the property. Lack of ventilation and using radiators for drying clothes is a common factor for this problem.
  2. Wood Boring Insects (Woodworm) - Woodworm may manifest itself in a variety of wood ranging from three millimetres in size to 25 millimetres. Eggs are laid on or in the timber and the larvae that hatch feed and bore into the timber which consequently results in weakening of timbers and a risk to the structural integrity of the property.
  3. Fungal Decay (dry rot and wet rot) - Moist and damp conditions provide an ideal environment for a fungal attack. In cases where the moisture content is over 20 per cent this is classified as ‘dry rot’. Fine grey strands of fungus spread through wood and other materials, developing into sporophores. The spores expel, which in turn spread the fungus further. Timber suffering from dry rot becomes dry, brittle and begins to fracture to such an extent that it can be broken and crumbled by hand.When the moisture content is higher than 30 per cent to 50 per cent this is classified as ‘wet rot’. The presence of wet rot in timber is recognised by a dark brown staining colour and splitting of longitudinal cracking.

 


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