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What Does A House Surveyor Look For During An Inspection?

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What Does A House Surveyor Look For During An Inspection?

During a house inspection, your surveyor will conduct a thorough inspection of the property, both inside and outside, identifying any potential issues or concerns that may affect its value or safety.  

In general, inside, they will check the roof, ceilings, walls, partitions, uncovered floors, fireplaces, chimney breasts and flues, staircases, woodwork and bathroom fittings.  Outside, they will look at the roof, chimneys, guttering, main walls, windows, doors, joinery and other finishes and features. 

One of the primary focuses is on the structural integrity of the building which involves assessing the foundations, walls, floors and roof for signs of deterioration. This includes looking for cracks, bulges, or unevenness that could indicate subsidence or other structural problems.

4 of the main things a surveyor looks for when they inspect are:

The roof

Roofing is an important aspect to look at for both pitched and flat roofs.  Surveyors examine the condition of the roof covering – ridge and hip tiles, valley and parapet gutters, upstands and flashings.  

They look for leaks, missing or damaged roofing materials and signs of deterioration that could lead to water damage or structural issues. 

Chimney stacks, including pots, masonry and flashings will be inspected

Internally, they will check for signs of any condensation along with the insulation, ventilation and party walls.

Ceilings will be checked for any serious cracking and loose plaster.

Damp

Dampness is a key area of investigation.  Surveyors check for signs of water ingress, such as damp patches on the walls, floors, chimneys or ceilings, musty odours or mould growth, which could suggest issues with the property’s drainage, ventilation or waterproofing.

Services (water / drainage / gas / electrics)

The plumbing and electrics are assessed to ensure they are in good working order and comply with current regulations. This includes checking for leaks, corrosion, faulty wiring, or inadequate insulation that could pose safety hazards or costly repairs.

Insulation levels are evaluated to determine if the property meets energy efficiency standards. Surveyors assess the insulation in the walls, roofs and floors as well as the conditions of the doors and windows to identify areas where heat loss or drafts may occur.

Additionally, surveyors look for signs of any potential hazards, such as asbestos, lead paint or unsafe construction practices.  

Outbuildings and grounds

The general condition of conservatories, porches, garages and other outbuildings and to check all building regulations have been met.  

They may inspect external features such as driveways, paths and fences for signs of disrepair or damage. They may inspect the grounds, assessing boundary walls and if there is any evidence of Japanese Knotweed.  

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