As the majority of my work is carrying out property surveys all over the UK, I often come across various defects in houses that are occurring on a regular basis. With damp, structural movement and faulty materials being in the top five problems, which do you think is number one?
Below are the top 5 listed defects that I find in properties of all shapes, sizes and ages. Going into specific details and commenting on the faults in properties, a building survey from me will uncover the hidden truths in any property, even those you are not aware of.
As we are all well aware now that asbestos is a dangerous substance, I am shocked to still find large quantities of the materials in homes around the UK. With the material killing around 5000 workers each year, it is about time that we took it seriously within our properties.
In some cases, you may not know it is even present in your property as many homes built before 2000 have used the material within construction. It is my job to find and source the asbestos materials within your home and advise on the best solutions to remove it safely. As such a hazardous substance, it is vital that you act on my guidance as soon as possible.
- Poor Guttering
Your guttering is more important than you think, and as one of the most common problems in housing today, a lot of you are not aware how important it really is. If your drainpipes, downspouts and guttering systems are leaking, underperforming and blocked, the side effects that follow can be seriously detrimental for your property.
Guttering that is faulty can result in water damage, flooding and the well-known by everyone, damp. As a time-served surveyor, I am able to spot these issues from the ground up and can advise on what repair work you need to get them back in working order in no time at all.
- System-Built Property
The first house built is now 11,507 years old and is so old that it was built back in Continental Europe. With many developments, technologies and rapid transformations in how construction takes place, we are now seeing more and more system-built properties pop up all over the UK.
Although the process is much http://laparkan.com/buy-vardenafil/ quicker and cheaper, it also comes with certain issues that are unable to be eradicated in such a simple process. The use of mass-made parts, sections and often fitted together using basic materials means that the properties are missing the vital fundamental properties a house should have. With less warmth, insulation, damp and often on small plots of land, people are finding them hard to buy and often even harder to sell.
- Structural Movement
Structural movement in properties happens without many of us ever knowing, but in the cases where the movement is obvious, serious measures need to take place to ensure the safety of the building. With changing tides, climate change and landscaping alterations every year, properties are taking the brunt of the changes head on.
Some of the houses I have attended which boast lovely bay windows, arched doorways and lintels are the most obvious victims of structural movement with visible cracks in the walls and foundations jumping out, clear as day. Other factors that can result in movement of the property include thermal movement, initial settlement and subsidence – a major flaw in properties all over the world.
The most popular of all housing defects is one known by everyone as damp. Did you guess that would be number one? I am surprised if you didn’t because damp is commonly one of the biggest housing defects that is affecting people left, right and centre!
One of the most common misconceptions with damp is that it only occurs in older properties with poor insulation but this is not the case. New builds are also being affected by the problem as poor materials, cheap construction and cramped spaces are not taken into account while the property is built. In my building surveys, I will check skirting boards, plastering, wallpaper, woodwork and ceilings to ensure that there are no signs of damp and also offer advice on how to prevent damp from ever occurring.
Get in Touch
If you are concerned about your property and any of the top 5 common defects, simply call me on 01983 731 198. I suggest you carry out a building survey on all properties whether you are buying, selling, renting or letting.