By P V Glover
1. Surveyors and their instructions2. residence surveys three. Foundations four. partitions five. flooring 6. Roofs and chimneys 7. Joinery and carpentry eight. Finishes and surfaces nine. companies 10. The file eleven. domestic record 12. studies on non-residential structures thirteen. studies on apartments and different dwellings in a number of profession 14. stories on new constructions 15. stories on older structures sixteen. reviews on leasehold houses 17. experiences for potential mortgages 18. a customary development Survey record 19. felony concerns 20. Dilapidations 21. Conservation and the surveyor 22. The surveyor as a professional witness
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Mundic construction in Cornwall. Settlement of solid ground floor slabs. Woodworm, mostly Common Furniture Beetle. Dry rot under floors, behind panelling and in flat roofs. 25 26 House Surveys 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. Leaking parapet and valley gutters. Inadequate means of escape in the event of fire from flats. Poorly insulated ceilings in lofts. Lack of party/fire walls in old terraced roof spaces. Sagging and spreading of roof timbers. Condensation in old chimney flues.
Window and door openings should be checked to see if they are square and walls generally to see if they are plumb. Movements due to spreading arches, sagging bay bressumers and settlements should be noted. Look out for leaking down pipes and gutter splash at the base of solid walls which may well correspond to areas of dampness found inside. The Site and Surroundings The condition of boundary walls and fences should be noted and especially any retaining walls. Rebuilding boundary or retaining walls can be very expensive should such be required.
79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. Excessive service charges to blocks of flats. Cracked and loose external rendering. Poor woodwork and sash cords to sliding sash windows. Hazardous large sheets of ordinary quality glass to walls and partitions. Excessively steep staircases and inadequate balustrades. Flat roofs used as terraces without proper wearing surface. External electrical circuits not in armoured conduit. Adjacent high-voltage pylons, electrical sub-stations and mobile phone masts.