We are Regulated and Accredited by the RICS and CABE. Our structural surveyor reports, can help you resolve you Structural Issues, they are approved by Mortgage and Insurance Companies. We work with Homebuyers, Homeowners and Commercial Clients.
This type of investigation is usually where another type of survey has been carried out and recommended a Structural Investigation, that may be a homebuyer report, building survey or valuation if you are buying a house, or direct from the property owner. Typically there is visible issues with the property cracks in walls, sloping floor, cavity wall tie failure, subsidence, or a sagging roof etc. We can investigate these Specific Defects for you. See common structural issues below
We are also carry out structural inspections of Non-Traditional Builds, typically flagged up by a nil or zero mortgage valuation. In almost most cases mortgage companies will not lend against Non-traditional buildings without a specific surveys to check if the structural is free from defects. This usually involves an intrusive investigation such has moving bricks.
This typically requires some form of intrusive investigation by one of our expert structural surveyors, we will discuss this with you along with your quote.
Carrying out a knock through, loft conversion, extension or a larger structural project, we can provide structural calculations and design. Covering Residential and Commercial Projects. This work will require Building Regulations and may also need Planning approval, Architectural Design and Project Management. With AMS SURVEYS we provide you the full service from start to finish.
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Structural Investigation is a comprehensive evaluation of your property's condition, focusing specifically on issues related to its foundation, load-bearing walls, and other critical structural components. It can be carried out by Chartered Building Surveyor or Structural Engineer. If you're experiencing issues such as cracks in walls or ceilings, uneven floors, or other signs of structural damage, a structural inspection and investigation may be necessary to assess the extent of the damage and determine the best course of action for repair.
A structural investigation typically involves a detailed structural inspection of the property by a specialist surveyor, who will assess the condition of the property's foundation, load-bearing walls, beams, and other structural elements. The surveyor may also use specialized equipment, such as ground-penetrating radar, to assess the condition of the foundation and other hidden structural components and if necessary structural calculations
We undertake instructions to carry out investigations as part of Mortgage valuation stipulations, Insurance work and property owners with structural issues.
A Structural Survey looks at the structural integrity of the property only; the general condition of the building, such as cosmetic issues, boundaries and issues in the grounds, will not be considered. Our engineer will use their knowledge of building materials and their characteristics and performance to conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of any defects. If possible, the engineer will carry out investigations to find out more about the property’s structure.
Structural Surveys are often requested following a survey if a surveyor has highlighted that a particular issue needs further investigation, usually from a Level 2 or Level 3 survey. However, if you own or are buying a property, and you are confident that it is in sound condition apart from a particular structural issue, you may wish to instruct a structural survey without a full building survey.
A key difference is that a Building Survey will cover the entire property and its grounds, a structural survey will focus solely on the structural aspects. Building surveys are normally carried out to give house buyers a comprehensive insight into the home’s condition, and any repairs or maintenance that will be required. In contrast, structural surveys often focus on a particular issue or structural defect.
A mortgage value being "nil" (or zero) for a non-traditional build can occur for several reasons, but it primarily revolves around the challenges and risks associated with financing non-traditional or unconventional properties. AMS SURVEYS can help you provide assurance to your mortgage company that the property is free from defects or save you from purchasing a building that will be costly to repair. Get expert advice today.
See also Damp issues.
There are a number of common structural issues that can occur in houses, many of which can be caused by a variety of factors such as age, weather, soil conditions, or poor maintenance. Some of the most common structural issues in houses include:
In conclusion, it's important to be aware of the common structural issues that can occur in houses, as they can be costly and potentially dangerous if left unchecked. Regular maintenance and inspections by a qualified professional surveyor can help identify and address these issues before they become more serious problems.
We can carry out structural calculations suitable for Building Regulations and for structural inspection and investigations.
Contact us to find a Structural Engineer near me, we have engineers and surveyors in Cheshire, Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester