A structural survey report is an essential tool if you are planning to invest in the property market. The investor should always consider undertaking a structural survey when:
- The building visibly needs structural work (e.g. if it’s in a dilapidated / run-down state, wall cracks, roof problems, retaining walls, strength of columns due to age etc.)
- The property is over 50 years old
- The property is of unusual construction (e.g. it’s thatched or timber framed)
- The building is in excess of three stories in height
- Carrying out major alterations/renovations (e.g. converting or adding an extension to the property)
- The property is luxury and expensive
A structural survey report examines a building from top to bottom. A qualified surveyor, during a structural inspection, will actively search for potential problems and building defects on the building frame, the foundations, the walls, the roof, finishes, the integrity of the walls and any grounding issue, damaged or removed lintels, plumbing/electrical/insulation work, rotten or damaged window frames, damp related issues, dry rot or rising damp and advice on other DIY “improvements” which have been carried out without the necessary planning permission.