Structural surveys

The causes of problems

Types of movement

Surveys

Why you may need a survey

The most likely reason for needing a structural report it when a property is put on the market and a surveyor asks for a second opinion on some aspect of the buildings structure. However we also undertake surveys:

  • For proposed barn & other building conversions
  • Where subsidence or movement has been detected
  • Where advice is needed before planning alterations.
  • Whenever someone needs advice on structural design

Our investigations

We always try to ensure that we arrange our visits at times that are convenient to householders or contractors. Where required we also try to give a fairly good idea beforehand of how long the investigation will take and what we'll be doing.

Our investigations will involve a visual examination of the problem. Usually this is sufficient to identify the problem even where it is in the ground. However sometimes we need to dig holes, hack off plaster, inspect drains, remove bricks to inspect steel frames etc. In these case we usually engage a builder who will be able to make good any damage.

Visible evidence of a leaking drain

In all case we make every effort to leave the property in the state we found it in. Where the work required to expose the problem is difficult or extensive we always use a separate contractor to carry out the work.

Our reports

Our reports tell you what investigations we have made and an explanation of the causes of the problem. They will also include our proposals for any remedial work to correct the problem. We can offer guidance for what we think is the likely to cost to put the problem right but we usually recommend that our report is given to a contractor and an actual quotation obtained particularly where the cost will have a bearing on purchase negotiations.


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