Building Surveys in Cheshire, North Wales, West Midlands & Surrounding Areas

Building surveys provide greater detail on all elements of the property condition, including advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance needs.

  • Most comprehensive pre-purchase report
  • Seeks to establish how the property was built, current and original construction materials and how they will perform
  • Describes visual defects to the property and any unseen potential problems
  • Advice on repairs required and when these will be required e.g. urgent or within a few years
  • Detailed report on the condition of building, grounds and services including aerial inspection
  • In-depth assessment of any damp or structural issues, including relevant testing where appropriate

Case Study

Early 1800s workers cottage in Flintshire 

A (level 3) Building Survey was carried out on these former workers cottages in a small Flintshire village, North Wales. After inspection, the buyers had not anticipated the extent and cost of repairs needed to this property.

High level inspection of the roof with a camera pole revealed many slipped and damaged slates, whilst the roofline was significantly distorted owing to ‘sagging’ of the inner roof frame.

Damp issues were identified throughout the property. Issues were mostly related to the previous use of inappropriate materials, such as cement render to the exterior walls and the raising of exterior ground levels with newer paving. These matters combined to prevent the walls from ‘breathing’.

Traditional buildings rely upon moisture evaporation and ventilation to prevent issues of dampness. This is usually facilitated with the use of lime mortars/plasters instead of cement.

Based on the comprehensive report supplied by Plumb Stone Surveyors, the buyer was able to negotiate a £40,000 reduction in the purchase price to allow for the necessary repairs to the roof and to target damp issues.

After purchase, further advice was provided to the buyers as they painstakingly renovated the property. This advice focussed upon the use of appropriate materials for a traditional building.