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The Building Survey – What Are They For

A building survey is also known as RCIS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Level 3 survey is a method of checking the integrity of a building both internally and externally. It is a detailed report of the property’s current condition regarding each and every aspect of the building. It gives an extensive evaluation that details any defects, their causes, and necessary repairs required to bring the structure up to RICS standards. The RCIS is a regulatory body that governs the quality of building surveyors standard operations and is seen world wide as a recognized authority.

Aspects Of Building Survey

A building survey can be conducted for any type of properties both old and new. A survey is particularly useful for older properties, who have used many wide and varied building methods in the past. Some property types including listed properties generally at least 150 years old need to be checked for condition and maintenance more regularly for them to maintain regulated standards. When opting for a full building survey you will be able to obtain a complete building evaluation along with a detailed report of all the roofing and structural characteristics. Most building surveys do not include the internal heating and electrical systems, these checks are usually varied out by other authority engineers.

When accessing the roof structure in particular there have been great advances in technology, especially for gathering information. Certainly, with safety in mind and always the most important aspect. A drone survey is an excellent and accurate way to survey a building, using the minimum crew, usually a drone operator and the surveyor on site, a lot of ground can be covered. Certainly a London drone survey company can take high-resolution images and videos of the building and provide a detailed evaluation based on the images the drone’s camera manages to capture over the site in question. It is a very safe, time-saving method without the disadvantages and potential danger issues that a traditional surveying method may employ. These being the use of ladders and raised platforms, cherry pickers and pole cameras. Which certainly have their uses but without the flexibility that a drone photographic based survey can offer.

During such surveys, the surveyor will look for the following aspects of the building:

Defects – All kinds of defects, whether apparent or may eventually occur, will be assessed.

Damage – Any type of damage that occurred to the property will be evaluated. It can be in the timbers, walls, roof structures, fascias, gutters, channels etc…

Technical aspects – The type of construction, quality of materials used and the method of construction used, engineering quality, etc. will be assessed in a full survey.

Building History – If there has been any renovation in the building, it can be evaluated. Renovation could have been done completely or partially. Everything can be assessed using a full survey.

Hazard Evaluation – This is an important aspect where the survey gives you a detailed report on the presence of hazardous materials and areas present in the building. This can help you to prepare your renovation or alterations accordingly with safety.

These are some of the important aspects of building surveys one can obtain when opting for a full evaluation of the building. As such it is always advised to use a professional, who is up to date on all building regulations. They will provide peace of mind and certainly with the sale of a property give valuable information to both seller and buyer.