This bookis a concise and comprehensive guide to building defects and building inspection. Whether, as a practitioner you are employed in buying, selling, managing or maintaining houses or whether, or as a layperson, you are buying a property to invest or live in, this book will help you make sound decisions and avoid costly mistakes. Written by two highly experienced authors, House Inspector is a general and accessible book which describes how and why house construction has changed, identifies some of the more common defects, and provides a series of elemental check lists.
Essential reading for trainees and general practice surveyors, maintenance inspectors, housing managers, estate agents, planners, and even private purchasers and investors. This book will improve your knowledge and understanding of potential problems and provide a simple framework for a competent building inspection.
1. Foundations 2. External Loadbearing Walls 3. Timber Frame Construction 4. Ground Floors 5. Upper Floors 6. Roof Structure 7. Tiling and Slating 8. Chimney Stacks 9. Rendering 10. Cracking 11. Garden/Boundary Walls 12. Finishes 13. Windows 14. Staircases 15. Damp 16. Electrical Installation 17. Plumbing and Heating 18. Drainage 19. Rot and Insect Attack