Being a chartered surveyor, of course, I am going to answer with yes but below are the very important reasons as to why you most definitely should get a structural inspection at your home.
Whether you are buying your first home, moving properties or selling yours, having a structural inspection carried out can means the difference between a safe sale or a risky purchase. Playing a key part in the home renovation projects and the property market around the whole UK, your structural inspection can be more important that you first thought.
What Is a Structural Engineer?
The role of a structural engineer covers exactly what the name states, the structure of a building. With specialities in determining the overall condition of the structure and the stability, professionals in this role are able to deem a property safe or unsafe for habitants. Being particularly useful through renovation projects, chartered surveyors carrying out the services, like myself, are able to provide detailed reports and calculations on the overall structural stability of a property.
Taking into account the original property and the changes you are looking to make, I am able to look at various elements in your property that could be a potential danger or a risk in the future. These include checking for cracks, movement, decorative changes and building alterations.
My services are also useful for renovation projects that could potentially include building an extension, adding new windows and doors, loft conversions, removing chimney breasts, removing internal walls, adding solar panels to a roof and even underpinning floors.
Structural inspections are not just carried out on properties undergoing renovations and are useful for pretty much any property that the owners have a concern about. Some of the most common occasions I am called out to properties include the aftermath of a sagging ceiling, dropping rooflines or a crack in the wall that was previously not there.
By commenting on the severity of the cracks, subsidence and structural condition at your property, I am also able to make valid contributions to the treatments needed and the alterations to be made. The structural inspection includes checks of the foundations, basements, framing, roof, interior, exterior, general areas and must include no limitations.
Importance of a Structural Inspection
Just as we have stated before in previous blogs, the importance of essential home surveys is more important than ever. With the devil being in the detail and being the difference between a safe or unsafe property, why would you not want to carry out a structural inspection?
Being the most comprehensive types of surveys, the structural inspection is one of the most important surveys you could get at your home. Find out the potential problems at your home, learn about how to make changes and make sure your home is safe for yourself, your friends and your family.
Get in Touch
If you are looking for more information regarding structural inspections at your property, then simply give me a call on 01983 731 198 or 07866 041 533. With more than 25 years of experience and an abundance of knowledge dealing with small properties to large scale commercial units, there is nothing that I cannot advise on, guide and confirm within your property. So whether you are looking at expanding your home, making alterations to your structure or you are just concerned about the stability, give me a call!