Why having a structural survey is a good idea,
even in a modern property!
Our Building Surveyors at 1stAssociated.co.uk have a vast knowledge of all styles and eras of property and have carried out all kinds of surveys over the years including, 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.
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Modernist style property with major problems
In fact works had already been carried out by the NHBC to part of the terraced area. However, we discovered there are major problems with the building that we will broadly define into three categories.
The Design of the property
Interestingly our client is an ex mortgage consultant who, after a friend and colleague advised that there was no need for a structural survey, purchased the property without a survey. We get the impression he will never purchase a property again without having a structural survey carried out!
The problems in more details
We have divided the problems into specific areas.
All the materials are of a satisfactory standard but they have not been used well.
We find it hard to understand how any good tradesperson would have carried out this work as it can quite easily be seen and anyone who understands their trade would realise the consequences of this.
Tanking and dampness coming up from the ground
Unfortunately it looks like the tanking which is a way of sealing the basement/ lower ground floor has not been successful. There are three basic ways of carrying out tanking please see our article below
Many other problems in the property
There are also numerous other problems in the property. We were given a sheet with fifty plus problems on it from our clients. We feel we must add that there is nothing worse than owning a problem property as you are actually living in the problem itself.
What to do next?
Our client was at their wits end in this case and although they may indeed have a claim via the NHBC or via their solicitor with regards to the architect and the builders all they simply want to do is resolve the issues in their house. In terms of cost it is going to be in the six figure bracket to resolve problems in a property that is only a few years old.
Independent Building Surveyors
We are experienced Independent Building Surveyors who are knowledgeable in carrying out structural surveys on all types, styles and eras of buildings. If you are looking to buy a property it makes sense to have a structural survey carried out to make sure you do not come across any unexpected problems. Please phone us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424.
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