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
- Provide a damp profile, with any significant changes over time
- 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.
- If you can provide a floorplan, marking the areas of concern, that is great, but not essential.
- Have on hand the RICS survey report at the time of purchase.
- Note down any changes to the property, from extensions, chemical damp proofing treatment to double glazing etc.
- Note down any changes from the neighbour’s side that may have affected the property.
- 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.