3. The Inspection
The main building
3.1 The surveyor will undertake a visual inspection of the exterior and interior of the property as is accessible with safety and without undue difficulty. Accordingly the report will cover all that part of the property which is visible whilst standing at ground level within the boundaries of the site and adjacent public/communal areas and whilst standing at the various floor levels. Therefore furniture, floor coverings, fixtures and fittings will not be moved unless agreed prior to the inspection. The inspection will include, subject to agreement prior to the inspection the roof space without moving insulation material. This is subject to reasonable accessibility with safety and without undue difficulty.
3.2 The outer surfaces of the roofs will be inspected if they can be readily seen from the ground, or from any other accessible vantage point to which the surveyor is entitled to gain access with safety and without due difficulty.
3.3 The surveyor will not open up or cut into the building fabric without specific directions from the client. Such intrusive investigations if instructed by the client will be at risk and liability of the client and will be assumed to be with agreement between the client and the building owner.
3.4 The surveyor will not attempt to remove securely fixed covers or housings without the express permission of the owner.
3.5 The surveyor will provide an overall impression of the services, but will not test them and will not advise upon whether the property/services comply with regulations in respect of services. The surveyor will report if it is considered that tests are advisable. Specialist inspection of electrical and gas installations, drainage, heating and hot and cold water systems will not be undertaken.
Flats, maisonettes or similar units forming part of a larger building or group of related buildings
3.6 External: The exterior of the subject property, and sufficient of the remainder of the building in which it is situated, will be notified by the clients and agreed with the surveyor to be inspected, to ascertain their general state of repair. (Please note: This is to enable the clients to arrange for inspection of that part of the exterior of the property to which a shared maintenance/service charge which would be payable by the clients applies.)
3.7 Internal: The interior of the subject property, and in a more superficial way, those communal areas within the building from which the subject property takes access and on the floor(s) of the subject property plus such other communal areas/roof/roof spaces notified by the clients and agreed with the surveyor to be inspected. (Please note: This is to enable the clients to arrange for inspection of other communal parts which are the subject of shared maintenance/service charges which would be payable by the clients.)
3.8 The Surveyor will not undertake a Health and Safety Risk assessment and if advice is required regarding Health and Safety Risks within the building or on site a specialists report should be commissioned by the client.
3.9 The Surveyor will not undertake a specific Asbestos Surveyor risk assessment and if advice is required regarding the presence or possibility of asbestos products within the building or on site a specialists report should be commissioned by the client.