Specific Defect Reports
Commercial Building Surveys, Residential Building Surveys (Level 2) and Home Buyer Reports (Level 3) are generally designed to provide advice pre-purchase or pre-lease and involve an inspection of the property as a whole. However, if you have concerns that are more focused on individual aspects of a property or certain defects that are causing problems, then a Specific Defect Report may be the better option.
A Specific Defect Report can be commissioned to address issues such as:
• Structural movement
• Inadequate alterations
• Decay of external elements of fabric
• Dampness and condensation
• Timber decay and rot
• Roofing defects
• Unusual construction
For those purchasing or leasing a property, a Specific Defect Report can provide a more detailed analysis of a problem than a Homebuyer report but is more cost effective than a Building Survey (Level 3) of the whole property.
The issues of concern may arise from a client’s viewing, such as a damp patch; from issues raised in a mortgage valuation report, such as the adequacy of alterations; or perhaps from an environmental search highlighting that the property is in an area of high risk for structural ground movement.
On the other side of the property transaction, vendors and commercial landlords can find it useful to have a Specific Defect Report on issues raised in a survey by a purchaser or prospective tenant. This can be a useful second opinion.
Either way, the detail can allay fears or enable a confident and fair re-negotiation.
Specific Defect Reports are also useful in situations other than pre-purchase and pre-lease.
A property owner may have concerns about issues that have arisen and will simply want peace of mind, for example advice on some cracking before embarking on a decoration project.
A client may have tried and failed to repair a recurrent problem or have been told differing views on a defect by contractors. A trained eye and analysis can provide the right solution so that the client can have confidence in obtaining competitive quotations and have the work carried out to an acceptable standard. Do it right first time.
Other reasons can be where an independent professional surveyor’s report can provide useful information in deciding on a course of action. This may be to assist with an insurance claim or to help consider whether to pursue or resolve potential legal disputes between landlord and tenant, client and contractor, neighbour to neighbour etc.
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