What is a Specific Defect Report?

A Specific Defect Report (also known as a Specific Structural Survey or Specific Structural Inspection) is a type of UK building survey to assess a particular problem or suspected problem with a building’s condition or structure.

They would look at specific problems encountered with the structure, such as cracking, damp penetration etc, to advise on the cause and remedies to take.

Unlike an RICS Building Survey, the defect report focuses on just one area of concern, instead of reviewing the whole property. The surveys are professional, flexible, and provide a valuable second opinion when you have a concern. They are generally undertaken by a qualified Chartered Building Surveyor or Structural Engineer.

Whether you’re buying a new property, selling, carrying out renovations, negotiating with neighbours or simply want peace of mind, this report can help you protect your investment in an economical way.

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How much does a Specific Defect Survey cost?

The cost of your specific defect report in London depends on various factors. This includes which specific or suspected problem needs to be investigated, the size and type of property, location and accessibility.

As defect reports focus on just one area of concern, you can expect to pay less than Homebuyer Report (Level 2) or a Building Survey (Level 3) report. On average, you can expect to pay between £500-£1500.

Our experienced and skilled surveyors are usually able to identify and diagnose building defects within a single inspection of your property.

Should you have any questions, we are always here to provide advice. Contact us today.

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When will I need a Specific Defect Survey?

If you have concerns about your property and want to check whether remedial work is required, or you’re buying a property and your survey has highlighted an issue (such as subsidence that needs further investigation), a specific defect survey can help you understand the full extent of the problem. The report provides independent advice that can help you maintain the condition of your property, protect your investment and update your building insurance company, if required.

When buying, selling or leasing a home or commercial property, the survey can help build confidence and ensure a smooth transaction. Surveyors, residents or property owners may have noticed an issue such as a damp patch and believe that further investigation is required before an agreement can be reached.

Additionally, defect reports can provide unbiased professional advice to provide you with peace of mind before you start renovations or redecorating. For example, you may have noticed a problem such as a crack in a wall and have tried to repair it yourself. However, you still have concerns and want to benefit from an expert opinion before you decide on the right course of action.

What specific defects does the survey examine?

The survey can investigate a wide range of potential defects. Many of these may be superficial whilst others could point to more serious issues that require further investigation.

They include:

  • Subsidence
  • Lintel movement
  • General cracking
  • Structural beam assessment
  • Chimney stacks and detailing defects
  • Timber decay and rot
  • Water ingress
  • Pointing issues
  • Poor construction
  • Inadequate alterations
  • Decay of external elements of fabric
  • Dampness and condensation within the building
  • External factors such as retaining walls, trees and vegetation
  • Issues relating to extensions, conservatories, porches and other building work
  • Advice on wall removal

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Patrick Cunningham
16:15 19 Jul 22
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07:19 07 Jul 22
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01:39 10 May 22
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19:02 19 Feb 22
Very professional, knowledgeable and efficient service from Harding. My surveyor (Al) - was very thorough, he took time to review my property internally and externally, discuss in detail the current situation and then followed up with an excellent detailed report and commentary. His inspection and work have given me vital and essential documentation on my property for now and the future. Thank you Al and I would highly recommend this organisation.
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13:01 03 Feb 22
Alaa is a very nice, helpful and knowledgeable, patient person. He was willing to spend time with me to go through the report in detail and provide me recommendations for any problems. Very professional service and highly recommended.
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16:56 21 Dec 21
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13:34 02 Jul 21
Professional, helpful, friendly, prompt, value-for-money. I cannot speak highly enough of their thoroughly excellent and efficient service - in particular I really commend Kate's quick and friendly service (I always heard back same day on any query), and Jason's thorough but clear survey (he also phoned me to talk through report as well as submitting formal in writing).
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12:20 23 Apr 21
The homebuyer's report carried out by Harding Chartered Surveyors was clear informative and timely. The level of detail was just what I needed in order to appreciate what the property needed doing and to help me with my decision to proceed with the purchase process.
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09:07 19 Jan 21
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19:09 08 Jan 21
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18:24 30 Nov 20
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17:56 28 Oct 20
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14:49 02 Jun 20
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14:25 30 Jan 20
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16:15 13 Nov 19
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16:21 01 Oct 19
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09:46 22 Aug 19
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10:34 20 Jul 19
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22:30 01 Jul 19
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10:38 24 Jun 19
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20:27 28 Mar 19
Quick, responsive and very thorough. Would definitely recommend Hardings to others, and will come back to them the next time I need a survey completed.
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16:25 16 Dec 18
Good, thorough, and promptly scheduled homebuyer survey in Fulham. The surveyor called me and explained everything clearly.
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15:54 10 Nov 18
I highly recommend David. Very good technical knowledge. He was always available for our questions, which included a detailed call on the same day as the survey. The written survey report was clear, detailed and included pictures and estimates of the cost of repairs.
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10:41 29 Apr 18
David gave us a fantastic service and has been a huge help during our property purchase process. We have had 2 surveys carried out, both of which were arranged very promptly. Thorough and extremely useful telephone calls and full written reports were received shortly afterwards. David's reports and advice have been invaluable to us.
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11:16 09 Jan 18
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14:30 04 Oct 17

What does a Specific Structural Inspection include?

The surveyor will ask you details about the nature of the defect. They may ask you to open up areas of the building in order to investigate further, such as removing plaster to expose beams or lifting floorboards. Generally this is undertaken prior to the surveyor inspecting. They may need to open up areas themselves, or make small holes in which to insert a microbore camera. Generally the surveyor will not ‘make good’ areas that are opened up (i.e. redecorate) so you should take this into account. They will make a detailed investigation of the area(s) concerned and provide a report on:-

  • What investigations were made
  • The nature and cause of the defect
  • Suggestions for repairs or remedial work that should be carried out to address the problem
  • Estimated costs for the repairs or remedial work
  • Recommendations for further investigations and any associated costs (if required)
  • Further guidance such as detailed designs or structural calculations for any additional work (if required)

Occasionally, the initial survey may identify the need for further investigation, such as trial holes to assess foundations, or they may recommend that structural calculations are undertaken, and this can involve a further fee, however in most cases they can reach a conclusion on the first inspection.

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