Building Surveys has been a trusted guide for both students and professionals for over 30 years, evolving throughout its eight editions to address the challenges and responsibilities of the building surveying role. It covers everything needed for initial inspections such as equipment, know-how and procedures to writing an accurate report, making it indispensable to those practicing in or studying this field.
All the structural aspects of property surveying are explained, covering foundations, walls and roofs as well as what to look out for, and how to deal with problems. Materials and techniques no longer in use are covered as well as new technologies, so the reader is prepared for anything they might encounter. Legal considerations and recent cases are also used to illustrate good working practice, making this an extremely practical companion to the subject.
Preface Introduction 1. Surveyors and their Instructions 2. House Surveys 3. Foundations 4. Walls 5. Floors 6. Roofs and Chimneys 7. Joinery and Carpentry 8. Finishes and Surfaces 9. Services 10. Modern Methods of Construction and the Drive for Green Homes 11. The Report 12. Traffic Light and other Pro-Forma Reports 13. Reports on Non-Residential Buildings 14. Reports on Flats and Apartments 15. New Buildings and Buildings under Construction 16. Reports on Older Buildings 17. Reports on Leasehold Properties 18. Reports for Prospective Mortgagees 19. A Typical Building Survey Report 20. Legal Considerations 21. Dilapidations 22. Conservation and the Surveyor 23. The Surveyor as an Expert Witness Glossary Bibliography List of Court Cases Useful Addresses