2nd Edition

Inspections and Reports on Dwellings Inspecting

By Philip Santo Copyright 2016

    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


    Philip Santo FRICS has over 35 years' experience as a residential surveyor and valuer. As a consultant for RICS he has contributed to numerous important Guidance Notes and Information Papers. Regularly contributing to the RICS Property Journal, he writes the acclaimed 'Case Notes' series and his photographs often feature in professional publications.