Survey of a Bungalow

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Our surveys include Good, Bad and Ugly sections which give you a clear understanding of what is both good with the property and  what problems the property has including Action Required and Anticipated Cost to put the problem right. 

This system has been developed over many years of surveying following feedback from our clients that they like to receive a clear and easy to understand survey report so they know exactly what issues there are with a property.

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What did the survey uncover?

Good points

The bungalow was situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with plenty of parking.  In addition the property was vacant.

Bad points

Hipped roof

The property has what is known as a hipped roof which are integrally unstable as they lean against themselves as opposed to leaning against a wall

Hipped roof sketch

Hipped roof sketch

Movement to roof

During the survey we noted that there had been repair work to the tiles and that some of the tiles had slipped and were out of alignment.  To the untrained eye this would not be obvious but to a surveyor it set alarm bells ringing that the roof structure may not be in the best condition. 

360 photo of ridge repairs to roof

Ridge repaired - slight movement

Aeriel view - 360 photo

Roof Structure

When buying a property it is most unusual for the purchaser to even look in the roof space however our surveyors always access the roof space and have a close inspection checking for wet rot, dry rot, woodworm and any structural defects.  In this case we found bowing and broken timbers.

Bowing and broken timbers

Split timber
Bowing and broken timbers

Split in timber


What did we recommend?

In this case the damage to the roof was vast due to the fact that the roof timbers were thin and were not able to support the roof covering.  Therefore we recommended that the entire roof would have to be removed with repairs to the roof structure including new timbers and then re-roofing.  This, of course would also involve scaffolding, which in itself is also expensive.


Client feedback

In this case after the client had read the report and following discussions with our surveyor they decided not to go ahead with the purchase of the bungalow as the work and associated cost was too great.    As we said earlier without an independent survey the issues with the roof and roof structure would not have been revealed.


Other articles that may be of interest

We have written many surveying articles which may be of interest to you:

Roof Problems

Common Pitched Roofs

Should I have a Structural Survey?


Why have an independent building survey? 

Estate agents may be linked to surveyors and solicitors

You may not be aware that some estate agents are linked to solicitors and / or estate agents.  Therefore it is always advisable to have an independent building survey as this will give an independent view of the property problems. Caveat emptor means buyer beware and is why you need to have a building survey to find out if there are any problems within the property; the estate agent certainly will not advise you of any.
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Meet with your surveyor during the survey

We highly recommend that if possible you meet the surveyor at the property during the survey so he can talk you through any problems.  If this is not possible then you can always speak to our surveyors after you have read the report to talk through anything you would like further clarification on.


Compare our website and compare our surveys

We pride ourselves on our professional standard and easy to read reports which we have been carrying out for many years on every age, type and style of property across the UK.  We encourage clients to have a look at our website to see for yourself the quality of our website, articles and our Building Survey reports.


We can email you examples of our building surveys

If you are interested in having a Structural Survey carried out please call us on free phone us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424.   We can then arrange for example building surveys to be emailed to you.

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