Property SurveyH.I.C.H LTD provide a comprehensive detailed inspection report that includes images and descriptions of any fault areas together with a reinstatement breakdown of costs inclusive of recommendations, our reports are routinely used during the home purchase or building and refurbishment process, to determine the exacting requirements and costs of any repairs that may be required, The quality of the report detail and imagery has also been used extensively for home insurance validation purposes helping to mitigate any loss to UK insurers and policy holders, by establishing and confirming liabilities and costs insuring value for money is provided to all our clients by providing exceptional service standards throughout our survey range in an impartial professional manner at all times.
Roof Inspection SurveysNo matter what material your roof is made of, roof repairs and inspections are essential to maintaining a sturdy home.
Hire a qualified roofer for repair work. Having a secure roof to keep the rain out and the heat in is important for any home. Roof repairs can be expensive but Roof Replacements are even costlier, so it is a good idea to distinguish exactly which one you need. A roof inspection will tell you whether to replace or repair your roof and advise you as to how much this will cost.
Roof Repair InspectionsTo understand if your Roof needs repairs, it will need an inspection. Roof inspections estimate how much longer the roof will last, when it should be replaced or if roof repairs would be cost efficient. To determine the lifespan of the Roof, the inspector will use specialist equipment to assess the condition and potential cost highlighting problems not detailed in a conventional property survey.
Other Benefits of a Roof Repair InspectionInsurance companies will also be interested to know what state your roof is in. Potentially insurers may not accept liability for a poorly maintained or historically deficient roof and may reject any claim related to possible storm damage it could be worth insuring that you’re not surprised by any sudden bills or rejected insurance claims. Roof inspections are not very expensive and they are worth your time as well as your peace of mind.
Tile & Slate RoofingTiled & Slate Roofs are very expensive and very durable. The roofing looks fantastic and will also raise the value of your home. Tile or slate roofs have a life expectancy of 50 – 70 years, so roof repair will usually be a better choice.
Inspect your roof regularly for faults The look of a slate or tiled roof may not be to everyone’s taste and it is expensive, but it is also one of the most durable roofing materials, with a lifespan of up to 100 years. It is almost always better to repair slate or tiled roofs rather than replace it due to its high cost. But towards the hundred year mark, roof repairs may no longer be sufficient.
Asphalt RoofingAsphalt roofing can be repaired many times over but it ages quickly. It is also very affordable, so it can be replaced a few times over before incurring the same cost of installing any other roof type. A built up roll and pour felt system with a green mineral cap sheet finish usually has a life span of approximately 20-30 years with replacement usually advised towards the later stages.
Metal RoofingMetal Profile Sheet roofing is now a viable option as it insulates well and doesn’t rust like it used to. Metal Profile Sheet Roofing is affordable and durable but the aesthetics may be an acquired taste. It will rarely require repair but by the time it needs frequent repair, it has probably done its service and is better off being replaced. Metal Profile Sheet Roofing also comes available in a variety of colour finishes to suit numerous property types.
Repairing a Roof vs. Roof ReplacementBy now you should know if your Roof is better repaired or replaced. The Roof inspection report will provide you with clear, impartial advice on which would be the best decision. Roof leaks are often signs of a large roofing failure so instructing the services of a competent Roofing Contractor essential to making sure the work is done to a sufficient standard.
Property surveys – do you need a homebuyer’s report or a building survey?Buying a property is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, so why wouldn’t you want to make the most informed decision possible? But according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), only around 20% of homebuyers commission some form of property survey before they buy. The consequences of not carrying out a property survey can be disastrous; your new home could have hidden flaws which might mean you pay more for the building than it’s worth. You could also end up paying thousands in repairs and could even be jeopardising your health. That’s why the Council of Mortgage Lenders advises carrying out a homebuyer or building survey as well as the standard mortgage evaluation. But which type of survey should you choose?
Homebuyer’s ReportThis survey was designed by RICS and is also known as a homebuyer survey or valuation. Mike Crosscurth MRICS, from James Slater and Company in Gloucestershire says: “The homebuyer’s report is carried out on a standard form prepared by RICS.” According to RICS, the homebuyer survey is best suited to modern homes in a reasonable condition as it isn’t a fully comprehensive inspection. The report rates the main areas of the property in terms of condition; a rating of three means the area is need of urgent repair, a rating of one indicates no action is required. The homebuyer’s report includes:
- An inspection of the general condition of the property and the major indoor features like the roof, walls and floors. The report will focus on major problems.
- An assessment of the state of any woodwork – checking for signs of woodworm or rot.
- A damp test on walls.
- An assessment of the condition of damp proofing, insulation and drainage (although drains are not examined separately).
- Suggestions for areas of further investigation.
- A valuation of the property and the cost of rebuilding it.
- Building survey
- Details of all faults in the property and estimates of how much they would cost to repair.
- A damp test on walls and a report on the condition of the damp proofing measures in the building.
- An assessment of any timber in the property, checking for signs of rot or woodworm.
- Information about the amount and condition of insulation and drainage.
- A detailed report of the construction and materials of the property.
- Recommendations for any further inspection work needed.