By P V Glover
1. Surveyors and their instructions2. condo surveys three. Foundations four. partitions five. flooring 6. Roofs and chimneys 7. Joinery and carpentry eight. Finishes and surfaces nine. providers 10. The document eleven. domestic situation record 12. reviews on non-residential constructions thirteen. stories on residences and different dwellings in a number of profession 14. experiences on new structures 15. stories on older constructions sixteen. reviews on leasehold houses 17. studies for potential mortgages 18. a customary development Survey record 19. felony concerns 20. Dilapidations 21. Conservation and the surveyor 22. The surveyor as knowledgeable witness
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The roofs over older terraced buildings, especially Victorian and Edwardian houses, often feature fire walls in the form of sloping parapets carried up on top of the party walls and the detailing to these is frequently poor. Good flashings are needed to seal the joints with the tiles or slates. Modern practice is to provide flashings only dressed down over the tiles in contrast to the traditional (and better) flashing and soaker arrangement. Walls should be finished with throated coping stones set on damp-proof courses and the pointing to brickwork or stonework needs to be in good order.
When completing the form it is always a good idea to consider how it might appear later if it were produced in court in relation to a negligence claim. So the barrister for the claimant may be cross-examining the unhappy surveyor: Mr. Glover, did you go into the loft? Indeed I did and on page 2 of my field sheet there is a sketch of the roof timbers and a check list of the various parts of the roof construction with my comments. Equipment Lighting is needed for roof spaces, under floors, cellars and other dark areas.
The traditional relationship is for the surveyor to be acting for a potential purchaser but a surveyor could also be instructed to prepare a report in other circumstances some of which are described later in this book including reports for litigation, dilapidations or for a vendor prior to marketing the property. Various levels of inspection and testing may be appropriate and there are many possible formats for the report. Site Notes, Field Sheets and Checklists A written record of what was done during the survey is required and should be kept on file for future reference.