What is Building Defect Investigation?

A building defect investigation or survey allows buyers to understand the overall condition of a subject building and all its hidden and visible defects. It is conducted by a professional Chartered building surveyor who prepares a survey report. The building defect survey report covers the condition of the structure, components, finishes, services, and fabrics of the building and helps in determining the remedial steps for its repairing and restoration.

When is a Building Defect Survey Required?

Building defect survey is like a ‘health check’ of the building. It is required whenever a building or property has apparent defects or problems like water seepage, settlement, cracks, etc. In this survey, the condition of the building is recorded in photographs along with comments and notes that highlight the severity of the defects and how urgently they require attention.

What is the Purpose of a Building Defect Investigation?

The purpose of a building defect investigation is to evaluate the overall condition of the subject building and all the defects with the help of a professional and qualified Chartered Surveyor. The surveyor provides his or her views regarding the general condition of the building, advises on which defects need urgent repairs and which should be taken care of in the future and also, the consequences of ignoring the repairs.

These building surveys provide buyers with a good understanding on the dilapidation of the building. The report prepared, as a result of the survey, includes information regarding the defects, hazards, and performance of the structure, along with the causes of the defects. These reports also include recommendations for repair and restoration works to maintain and prolong the property’s life.

Riley James Chartered Surveyors

At Riley James, our team of Chartered Surveyors provide specialised and thorough building defect investigation reporting services for both prospective purchasers and property owners. Our reports cover the cause, nature and advice on remedial measures for all major and minor defects or other issues identified.

We have extensive experience and profound knowledge of conducting building investigations and evaluating specific issues such as:

  • Structural Alterations
  • Subsidence
  • Rising Damp
  • Party Wall Issues
  • Penetrating Damp
  • Cracking
  • Lintel Failure
  • Cavity Wall Tie Failure
  • Roof Spread
  • Foundation issues
  • Ventilation
  • Condensation
  • Settlement
  • And many more.


For more information regarding Building Defect Investigation and survey reports provided by our Chartered Surveyors, feel free to call us on 0161 885 2364 / 01663 721717.

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