This could just be a crack or it could be a result of subsidence. Get the facts with a specific defect survey. 

What is a Specific Defect Survey?

This type of survey is best for you if you’re a current homeowner and you’ve noticed a particular structural issue with your property, or you suspect that there might be one. For your peace of mind and a professional opinion we can carry out a Specific Defect Survey.

The problem might be structural movement, the appearance of damp, rot or condensation, or a leaking roof, a cracked chimney breast or decay in an outer wall. Or there may have been some alterations done by a previous owner that you’re not sure about.

When will I need a Specific Defect Survey?

A Specific Defect Survey can be useful if you need details about an explicit problem but don’t need or want to commission a full Structural Survey of the whole property. For example, you might be particularly worried that your house may be subsiding but don’t want to alert your insurers. Or you just want to check if remedial work is required and need independent expert advice without any contractual obligations to carry out work.

Or if you’re selling a property and your buyer’s surveyor has highlighted an issue, a Specific Defect Survey could provide a useful second opinion.

Either way, it could allay any concerns, give you peace of mind, or expert information to help in a renegotiation.

What if I’m not buying or selling but still might have a structural issue?

A Specific Defect Report is useful in situations other than a sale or purchase. If you already own the property, you may just need some professional advice, perhaps before starting on renovations or redecorating. You may be looking at several conflicting quotes for a repair and need someone with no invested interest in the project to provide an unbiased view. You might be looking at an insurance claim for structural damage, or needing information to settle a dispute with a neighbour.

Whatever the circumstances, Donald Leslie & Co have 25 years’ experience in assessing and diagnosing building defects. Our report will provide you with a clear and simple appraisal of the issue, the likely causes and the best course of action.

We have a range of different residential property surveys available. If you’re not sure which type is suitable, then please contact us and we’ll be happy to chat through the options with you.