A Building Survey is the investigation and examination of a property and services of a building in enough detail so as to enable a qualified surveyor to suggest what effect the state of the property will have upon the prospective owner/borrower. This can be an important tool if you are looking to buy or sell any property. Whilst it can’t define the value of your property (that is something else that a solicitor can do), it can provide some interesting facts and data which will allow you to make informed decisions about your particular property and its prospective sale or rental status.
In order to identify what is wrong with them, you need to have a full understanding of the structure, including the foundations, roof, floor, wall framing, walls, doors and windows. This will allow your surveyors, such as Building Survey Manchester company Sam Conveyancing to highlight the vulnerable points, which will give you the opportunity to fix them. The use of building surveys in this way has led to the removal of defective structures from the marketplace.
When conducting a building survey, one of the key things that a surveyor needs to do is carry out a visual inspection of the property. In a visual inspection, a surveyor will be looking for anything that is not usual. Things that are found during a visual inspection are very important information for the purposes of preparing an accurate report. If a visual inspection reveals that something is amiss with a portion of the property’s foundation or wall, then a proper report must be written about the issue to help remedy the problem.
Building surveyors use a wide range of tools and equipment to carry out their work. Some of these instruments are mechanical, while others are purely an optical tool, to detect flaws at a relatively high level. Optical tools are used by rics, or non-destructive testing laboratories, to detect any damage, which can then be confirmed by a structural engineer. Other instruments which may be used by surveyors include cameras, measuring tapes, computers and marking tools.
When carrying out a structural survey, the surveyors must take care not to overlook any accessible parts. If there are any parts that are not in good condition, these should be noted down, so that they can be brought up to code once the project is completed. Accessible parts refer to areas where people can access the building without the need of special equipment. As buildings develop and change over time, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that access is maintained, so that parts can be updated or replaced, when required.