Structural report following surveyor’s home buyers report

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When we are buying a property, it is a large investment and often we need some guidance on whether there is anything wrong with the property that could make it worth less than the vendors or the market believe.

That guidance often comes from a Homebuyers report. 

Homebuyer’s reports are typically written by chartered surveyors after they have visited the property. Chartered surveyors have a familiarity with all elements of buildings and the report will comment on everything from, say, the roof tiles to decoration to the cooker.  If this general survey notices something awry with the structure of the property, cracking in some areas for instance, then they will request a specialist investigates that issue.  

This is where Structures-Made-Easy come in.  As structural engineers with a wealth of experience of buildings from Tudor to modern day, we are the expert specialists who can give reliable guidance on the structural issues highlighted in the general survey.  Other professionals in the construction industry such as surveyors, builders or architects may give advice on such matters but unfortunately their advice cannot always be relied upon.  For that reliable advice, you will need a structural engineer.

We will visit the property to gather evidence on the building and investigate the highlighted issue.  With our experienced and informed eye, we can also judge the structural health of concealed elements such as the foundations based on what we can see above ground.  For instance, we would be able to determine whether cracking around a bay window has been caused by movement of the foundations or just poorly installed windows.

We will then produce a detailed written report describing the issue, how severe any problems may be and giving options for how the problems could be repaired and the root cause addressed.  We can also give a very crude guideline on the cost of those repairs.  This report lets you, and possibly the mortgage company, know the scale of the problem and helps you both get a sense of whether the property is worth as much as the vendor thinks.

Often a structural problem may be localised in the property and you may wish Structures-Made-Easy only need to report only on that issue.  Alternatively, we can investigate the structure of the entire property.

. If you would like to discuss further please feel free to contact us using our email support@structures-made-easy.co.uk or call us on 0207 965 7376

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