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If you are considering purchasing a second property either for yourself as an investment or for your children then our Building Surveyors at 1stAssociated.co.uk can provide you with help and advice to make sure you are aware of any problems in the property.
Over the years our Surveyors have carried out surveys on all types and eras of property in many different locations. These surveys have included building surveys, structural surveys, home buyers reports, independent valuations, property surveys, engineers reports, structural reports and defects reports so please call us on 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat and to discuss your requirements.
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A Building Survey will highlight problems
A bad property experience had made our client nervous
As our client had previously had a bad experience they wanted to be very sure that any property they purchased only had problems that were easily resolved and that would not be too costly.
Some information about the property
Dry Lining Defined
This term comes from the fact that plasterboard is dry and used as an inner lining within the property. Prior to this a wet plaster was used and required drying out periods which slowed the construction process down. Therefore almost universally in modern properties dry lining is used both as a ceiling material and sometimes to internally line the walls.
Problems with insulation without ventilation
Condensation in the property
Meeting the building surveyor at the property when possible
In this case we did not meet our client at the property during the survey but where possible we would always recommend doing this. This enables us to talk about any plans that they may have to alter and amend the property and also to advise face to face on how to solve any problems that we come across.
Here are some links to some of our surveying articles that we think may be of interest to you;
Was history about to repeat itself?
As mentioned we were unable to meet our client at the property in this case because of their work commitments but we were able to discuss the parts of the report that they were concerned with over the phone.
One potential issue were the electrics in the property as when we initially carried out our earth test in the kitchen it had tripped the fuse board. As our client was particularly keen to avoid major expense such as a full rewire (because of their past experiences) we recommended that an Institute of Electrical Engineers standards (IEE) test and report test should be carried out on the electrics before committing to purchase the property and that this should be carried out by an NICEIC registered and approved electrical contractor or equivalent.
Other problems we came across in the property
What do the circles and ovals mean in our reports?
We always include many photos within our reports. Sometimes where there is a problem in the property that we wish to emphasize or highlight we will use circles or ovals to identify this, please see the photo below. If the report, along with our photos, does not explain the problem or characteristics of a property enough then we also have a vast range of sketches that we have had commissioned exclusively for us that we can use in our reports.
Internal Radiators defined
An internal radiator is one that is located on an internal wall rather than an external wall or under a window. Radiators located underneath windows help air flow in a property as warm air rises and hits the cooler air above the windows it then circulates around the room and helps the air circulation in the property as a whole.
We have many other surveying articles on our website
Please have a good look around our website to see how much detail we go into regarding property and its associated problems in our articles. We go into this much depth and detail within our reports as well.
We trust you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you believe should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not pause to contact us (we are only human). Your comments will be appreciated.
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