Buying a purpose built modern flat which
is leasehold or shared freehold
We have a wealth of experience of carrying out surveys on modern flats
As we are independent Surveyors that deal with all types of property related work and are happy to help you with property problems. We have carried out surveys over many years on most property issues. Our structural surveys have identified rising damp, lateral damp, penetrating damp as well as black mould, condensation, thermal bridging, roof problems and structural problems along with many other issues and believe saved our clients money.
Have an independent structural survey carried out
What do the circles and ovals mean?
The good, bad and ugly survey
We would also like to introduce to you what we call our good, bad and ugly survey which is a building survey which is sometimes known as a structural survey which we have developed over many years, in fact several decades. We have listened to feedback from our clients and amended and altered our surveys to make them easy to read and describe issues clearly. The key factor we believe is our surveys are easy to understand in plain English but do not take our word for it call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 and ask for an example of one of our surveys to be emailed to you.
We have normally carried out a building survey similar to the property you are considering buying and therefore we can show you an example of the type of structural survey you will be receiving. We would recommend that you do not just book a survey but with whoever you decide to have your independent building survey with you talk to them, receive an example survey as well as meet with the surveyor at the property.
There are various ideas we have developed over the years to make our surveys more readable everything from 16x optical zoom digital photographs next to the problem which show and explain what the problem is to sketches that clarify any issues particular ones that we cannot photograph but know are present. We have commissioned our own sketches to explain property issues which you will not find with any other Surveyor.
Things to look out for when looking for your first property (or indeed it may be your second or third property but we are aware people tend to forget over the years)
Without doubt buying your first property is a major step (and you can often feel like you are reliving the nightmare when you come to buy your second or third property) and often a very costly one and also often a very big learning curve. We find most people generally look forward to buying their first property in the first few weeks and generally get pleasure from the process, although we would say that as time goes on people get very disturbed with the process of buying a property. We would also say that without doubt people say that it is more expensive than they expected.
This article looks at modern purpose built flats that you may see and characteristic items that Surveyors will identify for you although we do have to say that nothing is as good as getting your own structural survey and meeting your own Surveyor at the property. We are certainly promoting our services 1stAssociated.co.uk call us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424.
Benefits of modern construction
Roofs of modern purpose built flats can be anything from slate to concrete tile or even a concrete tile that looks like a slate tile dependent upon the area Planning Department requirements dictate.
Although we have used flat roofs for many decades we still seem to have problems associated with flat roofs.
Remember flat roofs can be a major source of heat leaking out of the property.
Modern render; often modern flats have modern render systems which look like the render of old but are nothing like it in the way they perform or in our knowledge of the render. We still believe that the jury is still out with regard to performance of what is known as structural insulation panels (SIP's) which are rendered. We can see that some SIP's are starting to have pattern staining.
Lots of insulation for noise and warmth
Typically modern purpose built flats are built with Stretcher bond brickwork which allows insulation to be added in the cavity.
A good building always starts with good foundations
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Always make sure when you have a survey your meet your Surveyor at the property.
We can carry out thermal imaging of your property to help to identify heat loss from the building and give advice as to how to reduce this occurance.
We can email you examples of our structural surveys
If you are interested in having a structural survey on a flat please call us on free phone us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424. If you are a landlord please contact us as we would be happy to help you with Schedules of Condition or Structural surveys on blocks of flats.
Phone us for an example of a property like yours
Whilst we cannot guarantee it we believe we have carried out surveys on nearly every type of property so contact us on 0800 298 5424 and we are sure that we will be able to send you an example survey of a similar property to the one that you are looking to buy so you can see what you will receive from us before you purchase.
No matter who you commission to carry out your structural survey we always recommend that you go along to the survey to have a chat with the Surveyor.
We would also be happy to email you some examples of our tailor made reports, Schedules of Condition, Structural Surveys and Property Reports. We also find that Specific Defect Reports can be use where there is one problem or issue that needs resolving between the landlord and tenant.
We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).
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