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Does the render need replacing?
We use lots of sketches and photos in our building surveys
The article below gives you an example of the way that we write reports and in particular we wanted to show you how we use sketches in our reports which we know help our clients understand their property problems. We, of course, like to meet you at the property during the survey and we are more than happy to talk to you about the reports. 1stAssociated.co.uk can provide help and advice with regard to building surveys, full structural surveys, independent valuations, property surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, home buyers reports or any other property matters. As independent surveyors we can advise you on just about anything. Please free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat with one of our independent surveyors and yes, we are members of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association (ISVA).
Does a building survey tell you whether the render needs replacing?
What is the render hiding?
Can you tell this property has been underpinned from the condition of the render in the photos below?
Yes, this property has been underpinned. In this case the owner had repainted the render which we became suspicious about. We noted other factors in the property which allowed us to see there were problems.
Examining the render for cracks
Age of the render matters
Hairline crack defined
Literally a crack that is as thin as a hair.
For further information please see the following articles:
Different types of render
Render Detailing – how to tell if the original render was of a good standard
You can normally tell whether the render is of a good standard or not by the drip detailing over the windows and the bell mouth to the base of the property.
Window drip detail
Window Drips help throw any excess water away from the window frames and therefore stop them from deteriorating as detailed in the Window Drip sketch below.
Bell mouth to base of property
A bell-mouth is a curve at the base of a wall which throws the water away from the structure therefore preventing dampness.
Briefest look at render
This article has given the briefest look at render; there is so much more that we could say. At the end of the day the problems are normally specific and different for each property.
If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a building surveyor we are happy to do valuations, building surveys, structural surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects reports, home buyers reports or any other property matters. Please contact us on 0800 298 5424 to have a free of charge friendly chat with one of our surveyors.
We feel our surveys are quite unique, as they are written to your level of knowledge. The surveys include photos and sketches and definitions. The survey will also include an action required section and an estimate of costs in the executive summary. We are more than happy to meet you at the property whilst carrying out the survey to discuss any specific issues you may have or have a general chat about what we have found at the end of the survey.
If you are looking for commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold, we would recommend a survey as this will prevent dilapidations claims in the long run. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com , both of which we have been advised are very helpful!
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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