Since the first edition was published in 1983, Building Surveys has been the core text in its field for students and professionals alike. Covering everything needed for initial inspections such as equipment, know-how and procedures to writing an accurate report, this book is a proven indispensable guide. It considers all the structural elements required when surveying a property for example, foundations, walls and roofs as well as what to look out for and how to deal with it. Legal considerations and recent cases are used to illustrate good working practice maki
Front Cover; Building Surveys; Copyright Page; Contents; Dedication; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1: Organization; Site Notes, Field Sheets and Checklists; Equipment; Instructions; Fees; The Office; Standard Paragraphs and Phrases; Action Paragraphs and Clients; Chapter 2: House Surveys; Inspection Procedures; Detailed Procedures; Dealing with Occupiers; Anyone for Trellis?; One Hundred Typical Defects in Residential Property; Chapter 3: Foundations; Design; Subsoils; Assessment of Damage; Remedies; Drains and Foundations; Mining and Filled Ground Landslips and Coastal ErosionGeological Survey Maps; Chapter 4: Walls; 'Mud Huts' by the Sea; Brick and Stone; Cavity Walls; Mortars and Bonding; Lintels; Wall Layout; Slenderness Ratio; Dampness; Thermal Insulation; Sound Insulation; Wall Design; Monitoring Walls; Retaining and Freestanding Walls; Bulging Walls; Mundic; Chapter 5: Floors; Suspended Timber Floors; Solid Floors; Suspended Concrete Floors; Floors Generally; Chapter 6: Roofs and Chimneys; Life of Roof Coverings; Pitched Roofs; Flat Roofs; Thatch; Roof Coverings in General; Detailing; Chimney Stacks and Copings; Gutters Chapter 7: Joinery and WoodworkWood-boring Insects; Wood-rotting Fungi; Timber Frame Construction; Preservation; Treatment; Chapter 8: Finishes and Surfaces; Plaster Finishes; Other Wall and Ceiling Finishes; Condensation; Tiled Surfaces; Exterior Finishes; Risk, Probability and Asbestos; Chapter 9: Services; Goodbye to the Loft Tank?; Electricity; Gas; Water; Central Heating; Underfloor and Ceiling Heating; Solar Heating and Wind Power; Drainage; Chapter 10: The Report; Tenses; Drafting the Report; Direct On-site Dictation; Standard Paragraphs and Survey Management Software Disclaimer and Exclusion ClausesTelling the Client What Needs to be Done; Subsequent Dealings with Clients; Complaints; Chapter 11: Home Condition, Homebuyer and Other Pro Forma Reports; Home Condition Reports; Home Inspectors; Homebuyer Reports; Mortgage Valuation Reports; Reinstatement Cost Assessments; 'Desk Top' and 'Drive Past' Valuation Reports; Energy Rating Reports; Properties in Possession; Part Exchange Reports; Chapter 12: Reports on Non-residential Buildings; Fire Safety; Asbestos; Energy Efficiency; Legionnaires' Disease; Public Liability Building Surveys for Institutional InvestorsChapter 13: Reports on Flats and Apartments; Types of Flat; Service Charges; Tenure in Scotland Compared; Conversions; Chapter 14: New Buildings and Buildings Under Construction; Horses, Carts and the Price of Land; The Contract; Planning and Other Permissions; Foundation Design and Subsoil; Inspecting the Building; Chapter 15: Reports on Older Buildings; The History; The Defects; Local Characteristics; Building Stones; Mortars; Pitched Roof Coverings; Buildings of Special Interest; Grants and Penalties; Chapter 16: Reports on Leasehold Properties Leases of Houses
Previous ed.: 2006. Includes bibliographical references and index.