Areas of Inspection for Best Value Surveys

OUTSIDE INSPECTION

Your Best Value Surveyor will inspect elements on the external areas of the property where possible.

Chimneys & Flues

Your Best Value Surveyor will check for possible defects including undue movement, distortion, chemical or weather related damage, brickwork, render and pointing damage and other evidence.

Waste & Soil Pipes

Above ground waste and soil pipes, or stacks, will be examined for any signs of damage, leakage, incorrect supports, cracking, evidence of significant wear and bird cages, which protect from birds nesting at the top of the stack.

Windows

Your Best Value Surveyor will examine the windows of the property to check for general signs of degradation and failure, including blown double glazing units and worn seals. They will also check that the handles work properly, that the windows open properly and that the internal cill heights are compliant with current legal safety limits. If the windows were installed after April 2002 they need either a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Approval.

Roof Coverings

Possible defects include sagging, collapse, broken/missing/damaged tiles, holes, and other evidence of failure.

Pipes & Gutters

With the aid of binoculars, the surveyor will look for possible areas of leakage, misalignment, overflow and other defects.

Main Walls

Your Best Value Surveyor will look at the main walls, including claddings, to check for signs of bowing or leaning, cracking, indications of subsidence and land failure and other defects.

Outside Doors

All external doors are normally checked for normal operation and signs of failure or damage.

Outside Decoration

External decorations will be examined from ground level with the aid of binoculars, to check for signs of wear and tear, peeling paint, lack of oiling where applicable and other defects.

INSIDE INSPECTION

During the Home Condition Survey, your surveyor will inspect elements inside of the property where possible.

Roof Structure

Your Best Value Surveyor will inspect the roof to check for signs of bowing, twisting, cracking and failure of roof timbers, signs of failure or damage to the roof covering, infestation including birds, insects, animals and beetles (woodworm), and other defects. Also the surveyor will investigate for any indications of lack of adequate ventilation or suitable fire walls.

Floors

During the Home Condition Survey, floors will be examined for sagging, hogging, unevenness, undue springiness and other signs of failure or damage. Fixed floor coverings with prevent direct examination of the floor surfaces. Tiled floors will be examined for any cracked tiles, which could indicate movement of the structure.

Built-in Fittings

Kitchen units and fittings will be checked by your Best Value Surveyor for general condition and normal operation.

Inside Woodwork

Internal woodwork includes items such as: doors, frames, skirting boards, banisters and staircases. Doors will be checked for normal operation and other woodwork for a range of defects. Woodwork is also examined for evidence associated with movement of the structure of the property, woodworm and other infestations, and general condition.

Ceilings

Ceilings will be examined for signs of undue levels of bowing, cracking, staining and other defects. Signs of damp may suggest a leak coming from the roof.

Walls, Partitions & Plasterwork

Internal walls in the property will be examined for indications of bowing, leaning, cracking and undue surface failure / damage. Moisture meter readings will be taken by your Best Value Surveyor at regular intervals where access and wall construction / location permit.

Fireplaces & Chimney Breasts

In a Home Condition Survey, your Best Value Surveyor will check for indications of dampness, lack of support, failed lining and other defects. Unused chimney breasts if blocked up always benefit from having ventilation grills installed to avoid condensation accumulating to the inside of the chimney and penetrating into the rooms.

Bathroom Fittings

Bathroom fittings will be checked during a Home Condition Survey for signs of damage, cracks, leaking pipers and other common defects. Sealant joints will be checked for undue wear and failure, and your Best Value Surveyor will check all fittings for normal operation.

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