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Purpose and Scope of Survey Report

Purpose and Scope of Report

  1. A valuation will not be provided unless specifically requested at the time of inspection.
  2. The surveyor will lift loose floorboards and trapdoors where accessible but will not normally attempt to raise fixed floorboards, which are often covered with hardboard or fixed floor coverings. Inspection will, therefore, exclude both the roof space if there is no readily accessible hatch, joists and wall plate details where covered by loft insulation and outer surfaces of the roof if they cannot readily be seen. Similarly, inaccessible flat roofs over 3m above ground level, will not be inspected.
  3. The Client should make prior arrangements at his expense if necessary with the owner of the property for lifting carpets or moving heavy furniture which is likely to prevent the surveyor's inspection.
  4. Subject to the foregoing the surveyor will open all unfixed hatches to roof and accessible floor voids and the examination shall be as follows:-
     (i) externally, all roof areas will be inspected as closely as practicable from ground level. The surveyor cannot comment on the construction of concealed flat roof timbers. The interior of accessible roof voids will be inspected in detail and inaccessible connecting voids will be inspected to the extent practicable. Loft insulation will not be removed with the exception of turning back small areas to identify the construction below;
    (ii) the surface of all floors not covered with fixed coverings will be inspected as far as practicable and loose boards lifted where possible to enable the construction to be identified and its condition checked in that particular area. Where there are fixed coverings these will not normally be lifted but the surveyor will lift loose areas sufficiently to identify the nature of the finish beneath. The surface areas of solid floor construction will be inspected as for timber floors;
    (iii) the exposed elements of all walls, brickwork and stonework will be inspected externally and internally where not obscured by rendered finishes, heavy furniture or fixed linings. Brickwork or stonework within accessible construction voids will be inspected as far as practicable. Flues and wall cavities will not be inspected internally. Foundations will not be exposed. In cases where structural defects indicate problems below ground, the surveyor will recommend further specialist investigation be made. The effectiveness of damp-proof courses, sills, copings and similar components will be considered and random areas of walls and joinery will be tested with a moisture meter.
    (iv) exposed joinery and finishings will be inspected visually. External joinery such as sills, horizontal boarding and low level timbers where readily accessible will receive special attention.
    (v) sanitary fittings, internal and external plumbing, wastes, central heating, space heating appliances and domestic wiring will be visually inspected where accessible. No service installations will be tested but comment will be made on visual defects. Gas appliances and flues should be approved by the local Gas Board. Where services are not on at the time of inspection this will further limit comment;
    (vi) manhole covers will be lifted where possible within the curtilage of the property only in order to observe the flow through the system. The means of disposal of foul and surface water will be identified, where possible, to enable the surveyor to decide whether to recommend further exploration or tests. (Note - it is impossible for the surveyor to give a clear indication of the efficiency of the domestic services purely from a visual inspection and thus a physical test must always be recommended);
    (vii) outbuildings, fencing, paving and driveways will not be inspected in such detail as the main dwelling house. Comments will be restricted to substantial defects and major items of disrepair. No detailed comments will be made on any outbuildings other than garaging and domestic stores. Leisure facilities i.e. swimming pools, saunas etc are also excluded;
    (viii) where accessible the general external condition and use of immediately adjoining property will be observed in order to identify any special factors which may adversely affect the subject property;
    (ix) where repair costs are given they are for guidance purposes only and should not be construed as a quotation nor estimate and should be substantiated prior to purchase by proper competitive quotations or estimates.