Survey preparation

Typically a survey is a single visit by a professional. The dampness of a wall and atmospheric conditions can vary considerably from day to day and over the course of a day. It is useful to have all or some of the following data in advance of a survey.

Tips for surveyors

  1. Provide a damp profile, with any significant changes over time
  2. Use dataloggers for as long as you can manage, including cold snaps, before the survey. Ideally use two dataloggers in tandem, set up within minutes of each other; one on the damp wall of greatest concern and one in a central location, such as by the thermostat.
  3. If you can provide a floorplan, marking the areas of concern, that is great, but not essential.
  4. Have on hand the RICS survey report at the time of purchase.
  5. Note down any changes to the property, from extensions, chemical damp proofing treatment to double glazing etc.
  6. Note down any changes from the neighbour’s side that may have affected the property.
  7. Have on hand the property search for drains (at the time of the purchase).

Some, but not all the information will be useful, but not absolutely necessary.

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