Inspections and Reports on Dwellings is a three-volume series that comprehensively explores the process of independent professional home assessment required for the purchase of residential property. This fully updated second edition of Inspecting retains a focus on the needs of the surveyor to recognise and interpret the significance of observations on site, whilst updating the market context within which surveyors and valuers are operating.
Inspecting includes a consideration of the important benchmarking by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) of three distinct survey service levels for independent surveyors and a review of the wider choice of survey options professional surveyors can now offer to potential clients in addition to the RICS Home Survey range. There is additional content on preparing for the inspection and on reporting, and there are expanded or completely new sections on a variety of subjects such as conservatories, renewable energy technologies, and innovative techniques and forms of construction. With over 500 colour illustrations and an enhanced structure, the new edition reflects the very latest approach to inspecting and reporting on services, risk and legal matters.
This book is essential reading for all those engaged in inspecting dwellings, whether experienced, newly qualified or studying for appropriate qualifications to become members of professional institutions.
Part I – Inspections and Inspectors 1. Inspections 2. Inspectors 3. Equipment and Personal Safety Part 2 – The Exterior 4. Pitched Roof Coverings 5. Flat Roofs 6. Chimney Stacks and Roof Detailing 7. Rainwater Disposal 8. Foundations 9. Main Walls: Ascertaining Construction 10. Main Walls: Cavity Construction 11. Main Walls: Solid Brick Construction 12. Main Walls: Natural Stone, Clay and Chalk Construction 13. Main Walls: Concrete Construction 14. Main Walls: Framed Structures 15. Innovative Construction 16. Wall Details and Applied Surfaces 17. External Joinery Part 3 – The Interior 18. Roof Space and Pitched Roof Structures 19. Internal Walls, Partitions and Ceilings 20. Floors 21. Timber, Insects and Rot 22. Internal Joinery 23. Fireplaces and Chimney Breasts Part 4 – The Services 24. Service Provision 25. Heating Systems 26. Sanitary Fittings and Drainage Part 5 – The Surroundings 27. Garages, Conservatories and Outbuildings 28. Gardens and Boundaries Part 6 – Risk and Legal Matters 29. Risks 30. Matters for Legal Advisors