Pre-purchase structural survey before purchasing a property:
As a structural engineer, the next steps would involve carrying out a thorough investigation of the structural issues identified in the pre-purchase survey. This would typically involve an on-site inspection of the property, followed by a detailed analysis of the structural elements to determine the extent of the damage and the most appropriate remedial action.
During the on-site inspection, we would examine the areas of concern identified in the pre-purchase survey, looking for any signs of movement, cracking, or other damage that may indicate a structural issue. We would also carry out a visual inspection of the property’s foundations, walls, floors, and roof to assess their condition and identify any other potential issues.
Following the inspection, we would prepare a detailed report outlining my findings and recommendations for remedial action. This report would include a description of the structural issues identified, the potential causes, and the recommended course of action, along with any associated costs.
In some cases, the recommended remedial action may involve further investigation, such as additional testing or monitoring. This would be carried out as necessary to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the structural issues and to determine the most appropriate and cost-effective solution.
Ultimately, the goal of the additional structural checking would be to provide the buyer with a more detailed understanding of the property’s structural condition and to help them make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the purchase. By working closely with the buyer and other professionals involved in the purchase process, we can help to ensure that any structural issues are addressed effectively, reducing the risk of future problems and ensuring the property remains safe and structurally sound.