Review of a survey of a 1950's
semi-detached house for a repeat client
Having a building survey
Our surveyors carry out surveys on all types of property, from houses and homes, to commercial surveys, dilapidations, schedules of conditions.
We can offer you advice on a specific problem within your home, such as cracking, movement, dampness, etc and offer you solutions on how to solve the problem. We also carry out boundary reports if you are having an issue with the line of the boundary of your house.
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Client's using our surveying services once again
The clients on this particular survey are repeat clients having used our surveying services before. They told us that they had been so pleased with their previous service that they did not hesitate to contact us again for a survey on the next home they were thinking of buying.
What type of property was being surveyed?
The house that we were surveying was from the post-war years era, in other words it was built in the 1950's not long after World War II had finished. This was a time when there was a rationing of materials and limited skilled labour available, therefore there was sometimes unusual construction hidden beneath what appeared to be typical construction.
Built on a sloping site
With this era of property cold bridging, or thermal bridging, are a common problem.
Polystyrene ceiling tiles are a fire hazard
Artex ceilings may contain asbestos
Properties of this era often have Artex ceilings and you should be aware that these often contain Asbestos, which is a highly dangerous element. Do not attempt to sand down or remove the Artex yourself, consult an asbestos expert. You can get a skim coat of plaster put over the top of the Artex without rubbing it down or damaging it in any way.
If you suspect there is asbestos in your property you should consult an asbestos specialist. Please note w e are building surveyors and not asbestos surveyors and as such the only way to be a hundred per cent certain with regards to Asbestos in a property is to have an Asbestos Report carried out.
Get old electrics checked by an expert – you can never be too careful
Remember to have all your services checked
Similarly, the same applies for heating; the boiler in the property was also dated and we advised that the client budget to replace this.
Don't forget the gas!
Gas can be a silent killer and you must regularly have your gas boiler serviced by a Gas Safe registered plumber and we always recommend you invest in a gas alarm to let you know of any gas leaks.
Our surveyors work from top to bottom of the property
Our surveyors carry out a detailed survey of the whole property, working from the top of the property, starting with the chimneys and roofs, down to the bottom of the property, looking at the walls, damp proof courses and air bricks.
We look at the front and rear gardens, noting if there are any large trees whose roots may potentially cause movement and cracking, or whose leaves may block gutters and drains. We look to see if there cracks in boundary walls and pathways which could also denote possible movement, and whether the property is on a sloping site which may cause dampness go get inside the property, as we have mentioned with this property.
Our surveyors then carry out a detailed survey of the inside of the property, from ceilings, walls and floors, and we have a look at the services in the house.
Thermal imaging and dampness testing
In our survey reports we may include surveying articles we have written that relate to problems relevant to the property you are buying, in this case cold bridging.
We have also written hundreds of other surveying articles that may be of interest to you when buying or leasing a property, or if you have a problem with your property. These can be found on our website: www.1stAssociated.co.uk . Here are a few examples that may be of interest:
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Survey reports made just for you
Upon completion of the survey we will produce a comprehensive survey report, listing any bad points we find in an executive summary at the front of the report, together with suggestions of remedies and anticipated cost of works. We then move on to the main body of the report which lists every area of the property in full detail, both outside and inside the property, listing every room in the house.
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If you are interested in having a survey, whether you are buying a house for yourself or for investment, or if you are buying or leasing a commercial property, such as a warehouse, office or pub then please free phone our surveyors on 0800 298 5424 for help and advice.
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