Defect Analysis Reports

Defect

A problem in the design, workmanship and/or materials or systems used in a property.

Structural Movement

Cracks appear in a building when it is unable to accommodate movement caused by defects in workmanship/materials, ground conditions, foundation failure and so on.

Damp

Presence of unwanted moisture within the structure of a building.

Dry Rot

Destructive wood decaying fungus found in timber. Requires certain conditions to establish itself and grow.

Defect Analysis Reports

When a property has a defect that is apparent, it can be a worrying time for an owner or a tenant. Issues such as damp, structural movement and rotten timber within a structure can all be serious if left untreated and costly to repair. Often, it is unclear as to why a problem has occurred. In the case of somebody owning a property on a lease all even in renting, there is scope for some dispute as to who is responsible for rectifying any deep repairs.

A Defect Analysis Reports will help establish what the problem is, the issues it is causing to a property and a recommended course of action. It is essential that in order for an accurate report to be produced, a qualified and experienced Chartered Surveyor is instructed to carry out an inspection and produce a report.

An inspection on the property would be necessary to investigate the defect in detail. A report would then be produced which would confirm the scope of instruction, note observations regarding the defect and discuss the cause or causes of the defect. It will conclude with a recommended course of action.

Silver Grey can assist you with all aspects of your Defect Analysis Report. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any issues you may be experiencing further, or to book in a defect analysis report inspection with us.

Common Questions on Defect Analysis Reports

What is a Defect Analysis Report?

A Defects Analysis Report is a detailed analysis of a specific defect that has been reported on a property. Rather than view the property in general, it focuses specifically on the issue that is causing the problem.

What type of problems would require a Defect Analysis Report?

Typically, damp issues, structural movement and rotting timber within a structure are all examples of when a Defect Analysis Report would be commissioned. However, we have also been asked to report on problems with rooms, retaining walls and various external issues relating to trees, vegetation and patio cracking/movement.

How can a Defect Analysis Report help?

A Defect Analysis Report can help to confirm the cause of a problem and provide much needed clarity and guidance on how to proceed. If there is some dispute as to what is causing a problem and who is responsible, a Defect Analysis Report provides the factual information needed for parties to reach agreement on, based on the fact that a qualified and experienced Chartered Surveyor has inspected the defect and explained their findings in a detailed report.

How much does a Defect Analysis Report cost?

This depends on the type of defect and size of property, but prices start from £650 + VAT. A detailed quotation will be provided upon enquiry.