A Specific Defect Survey (also known as a Specific Structural Survey or Specific Structural Inspection) is used to assess a particular problem with a property’s structure or condition. Any related building matters which are found during the inspection will also be covered. The survey goes into a similar level of detail to a Full Building Survey, but does not cover the whole property, just the specific area of concern.
Specific Defect Surveys are suitable if you believe that the rest of the property is sound, but you have concerns about one aspect.
You may be worried about something that you have spotted in a property you wish to buy. A structural inspection would allow you to get detailed information on the extent of the issue and the costs of rectifying it; this would allow you to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the purchase or renegotiate the price.
Sometimes another surveyor will recommend further investigation by a structural engineer (particularly if their firm does not have engineers as part of the team). At other times, mortgage companies ask for a structural report covering a specific defect, and will not lend a mortgage until this has been provided.
Alternatively, it could be something in your own home that you want to check for peace of mind, perhaps before carrying out building works. An engineer can carry out a structural alterations survey to determine the suitability of the property for alterations. For example, we often carry out surveys to assess whether walls are load-bearing, or whether support beams are required to allow chimney breast removal.
Sometimes a vendor may wish to get a second opinion on an issue highlighted by a purchaser’s survey, to aid negotiations. A structural engineer’s assessment of cracking can be particularly crucial for determining whether there is movement due to subsidence, or whether cracks are superficial.
Our commercial structural engineers offer specific structural inspections (SSIs) for all commercial property types, from large portal frames and office blocks to period retail properties.
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Allcott Associates’ specific defect surveys are carried out by Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Structural Engineers.
We ensure that the person inspecting your property has the right expertise to diagnose defects and advise on remedial works.
Because our team includes structural engineers, we can offer a full service, including designs and calculations for remedial works on supporting structures, if required.
For more information about the expert investigations we offer, please visit our residential services page.
The survey report includes detailed descriptions of what is found during the building inspection, alongside relevant photos. It states whether or not there is a problem with the structure of the building, and if there is, what needs to be done and how much it will cost to rectify the problems found.
Specific Defect Surveys, or SSIs (specific structural inspections), are provided by our in-house team of IStructE Structural Engineers and Chartered Surveyors.
– Detailed report of what is found during the inspection
– Guidance on options for repairs and remedial works
– Estimated costs for any repairs
– Recommendations for further investigations, if applicable, and estimated costs
– Detailed designs and structural calculations for remedial works upon request, to help you instruct builders or other construction contractors
Allcott Associates LLP employ both Building Surveyors and Structural Engineers and all our Chartered Building Surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This ensures our Building Survey Reports are comprehensive and will never need referring back to a Building Surveyor or Structural Engineer for further investigation at a further cost unless in the unlikely event that opening up of areas is required. Unlike other firms, we are completely independent and our reports are accepted by all financial institutions and insurance companies.