Inspections and Reports on Dwellings
Inspecting, 2nd Edition
By Philip Santo
Routledge – 2015 – 356 pages
Routledge – 2015 – 356 pages
Inspections and Reports on Dwellings was originally a four volume series written in anticipation of mandatory Home Condition Reports. Since this proposal was superseded there has been an increasing recognition that purchasers of residential property require an independent professional assessment of the homes they are considering buying.
This second edition of Inspecting updates the market context within which surveyors and valuers are operating. It includes a comparison of the wider choice of survey options professional surveyors can now offer to potential clients, such as the RICS Home Survey range.
The book retains a focus on the needs of the surveyor to recognize and interpret the significance of observations on site. The book has been significantly improved by major enhancements to the structure and indexing to facilitate its use for reference purposes. The original photographs of defects have been further supplemented so there are now over 500 illustrations, each with descriptive text.
There is additional content on preparing for the inspection and on reporting, including the use of standard text, and there are expanded or completely new sections on a variety of subjects such as conservatories, renewable energy technologies and environmental issues. This edition reflects the latest approach to inspecting and reporting on Services, Risk and the challenges posed by the increasing use of innovative techniques and forms of construction.
This book is intended for all those engaged in inspecting dwellings, whether experienced, newly qualified or studying for appropriate qualifications to become members of professional institutions.
Preface, Acknowledgements, List of Photographs, List of Figures, List of Boxes and Tables, Introduction, Part I: Inspections and Inspectors, 1. Inspections, 2. Inspectors, Equipment and Personal Safety, Part II: The Exterior, 4. Pitched Roof Coverings, 5. Flat Roofs, 6. Chimney Stacks and Roof Detailing, 7. Rainwater Disposal, 8. Foundations, 9. Main Walls: Ascertaining Construction, 10. Main Walls: Cavity Construction, 11. Main Walls: Solid Brick Construction, 12. Main Walls: Natural Stone, Clay and Chalk Construction, 13. Main Walls: Concrete Construction, 14. Main Walls: Framed Structures, 15. Innovative Construction, 16. Wall Details and Applied Surfaces, 17. External Joinery, Part III: The Interior, 18. Roof Space and Pitched Roof Structures, 19. Internal Walls, Partitions and Ceilings, 20. Floors, 21. Timber, Insects and Rot, 22. Internal Joinery, 23. Fireplaces and Chimney Breasts, Part IV: The Services, 24.Service Provision, 25. Heating Systems, 26. Sanitary Fittings and Drainage, Part V: The Surroundings, 27. Garages, Conservatories and Outbuildings, 28. Gardens and Boundaries, Part VI: Risk and Legal Matters, 29. Risks, 30. Matters for Legal Advisors, Appendix, Further Information, Index
Philip Santo has over 35 years' experience as a residential surveyor and valuer. As a consultant for RICS he has contributed to numerous important Guidance Notes and Information Papers. Regularly contributing to the RICS Residential Professional Journal, he writes the acclaimed Case Notes series and his photographs often feature in professional publications.