Defects in old Buildings

Defects can occur in all property types, but some defects are specific to certain property types with varying degrees of severity. 

For example, in properties such as a Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian property, defects such as subsidence, dampness, woodworm and rot. As part of our level three building survey, we can undertake an inspection to check for such defects and determine whether they are still active or dormant. In these older properties, such as Victorian or Edwardian, it is common to find woodworm holes in the structural roof and floor timbers; however, these defects are not always serious as in many cases are historical.

With the introduction of modern technology such as central heating, it is rare to find an active woodworm infestation in London. However, this may not be the case in rural areas, as many of the properties are made using older building methods, and attempts are often made to retain the original character.

In 1930s property, for example, there is still the risk of foundation differential movement between the front bay in the main part, which causes vertical cracking between the bay and the main part house. This is a prevalent defect due to subsidence caused by trees or defective drainage systems. Wall-tie corrosion is another widespread defect in pre-1981 properties described by The British Research Establishment (BRE). If the surveyor detects these defects at the time of the survey, they will inspect to determine and describe in the report to explain any further steps required.

Whatever property you are buying, the property will be checked, and significant defects will be reported to you in a clear and concise. If you are concerned about any defects in your property, get a quote or call us on 02036910451.

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