There are differences in the extent of investigation and the detail within the survey levels - See Home Surveys
1. Cracks to walls.
2. Failure of damp-proof courses.
3. Inadequate support when chimney breasts are removed.
4. Inadequate sub-floor ventilation to timber ground floors.
5. Damp and Condensation.
6. Defective roof slates/tiles.
7. Poorly insulated ceilings in lofts.
8. Sagging and spreading of roof timbers.
9. Rot to external joinery.
10. Leaking gutters and downpipes.
11. Defective drainage.
12. Visual non-compliance of gas, heating, and electrical installations.
13. Location and Environmental searches.
14. Spalling and frost damaged brickwork and stonework.
15. Sub-standard loft conversions.
16. Flooding in the locality.
17. Mining subsidence in locality.
18. Sub-standard extensions converted into habitable rooms.
19. Removal of internal walls and chimney breasts compromising structural stability.
This is a list of the most common issues raised in our experience in Home Survey reports requiring action by the client or giving rise to some warning in relation to a future repairing liability or affecting the value of the property. (This list is not intended to be exhaustive).
The three main issues raised by clients are still cracks, damp and the roof.