Conducting residential surveys across London often reveals a range of defects that need attention for ensuring safety, structural integrity, and overall habitability. These inspections are crucial before buying. Here are some common defects discovered during our residential surveys:
Damp and Mould Issues: The prevailing damp climate in London can lead to dampness and mould growth within buildings. Improper drainage systems, inadequate ventilation, or compromised building materials can contribute to these problems. Dampness not only affects the aesthetics of the property but can also pose health risks to occupants.
Structural Problems: Many older properties in London may suffer from structural issues such as subsidence. The clay soil type present across the capital can make building movement more likely.
Roofing Problems: The roof is a critical component of any property, and problems such as leaks, missing tiles, or inadequate insulation are often identified during surveys. Due to their height and general inaccessibility, the roof is commonly one of the most neglected parts of a building.
Window and Door Problems: Defective or improperly functioning windows and doors can lead to heat loss, security issues, and noise pollution. Ensuring that windows and doors are in good condition and properly sealed is essential for the comfort and safety of the residents.
Asbestos and Lead Paint: Older properties may contain hazardous materials like asbestos and lead-based paint. These substances can pose serious health risks, and their safe removal and remediation are essential.
A detailed residential survey can help identify these defects before you commit to the purchase.