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Hot Topic Highlight – Residential Defect Case Study 1



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What is this week's blog about?


In this week’s blog, we take a look at a residential defect case study. This is essential reading for all RICS AssocRICS and APC candidates with an involvement in residential property.


All credit must to go Reuben Miller MRICS, residential Chartered Surveyor, Registered Valuer and owner of RM Surveyors.



Reuben inspected a four bed semi-detached house on three floors. There are six marked defects, all of which Reuben assessed to be Condition Rating 3.


This means that they urgently required further investigation by a competent building contractor to advise and quote for repairs or replacement prior to exchange.


You will find two photographs for each set of defects; a before and an after (with the defects highlighted). Reuben’s comments on the defects are then discussed after each photograph.


Check out the ‘before’ photographs and see if you can reach the same conclusions as Reuben did, before you look at the highlighted photos and his comments!




1) The valley gutter and roof have heavy moss that needs removing as it holds moisture. This needs to be cleared to stop the rainwater pipe overflowing.


2) The render on the chimney stack has plants growing on it which need to be removed as these will hold moisture. The render may also need to be repaired. A competent builder or roofer should inspect, advise and quote for repairs prior to exchange.



3) The lid to the cold-water tank is missing. A lid is needed to prevent birds, vermin and dust from getting into the tank.



4) The sarking felt is damaged and needs replacing. The timbers and roof space are therefore at risk of water penetration.



5) The parapet wall has the wrong render bead and the repair has not been completed.


6) The rear chimney pot is moving.


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