A detailed analysis in which our surveyor will diagnose and assess the significance of specific defects in a property you own or are intending to buy.

What is a Building Defects Report?

A Building Defects Report is useful when a full Building Survey is not required. If you’re worried that there’s something particular amiss with your property—for example, damp, structural cracks, subsidence, woodworm or poor workmanship—then this is the report for you, whether you already own the property or are considering buying it. We are regularly instructed to advise and report upon a variety of building defects, both actual and suspected.

What Does a Building Defects Report Include?

We’ll provide a report which covers only the worrying aspect of the building, in detail, rather than a more general report, offering a full diagnostic survey and defect appraisal based on the observations we make. While focusing on one defect, the survey will still involve inspection of the whole property as well as its surroundings and external conditions which might have a bearing on the problem. Our report will also provide recommendations for the appropriate remedial action, establishing a strategy for repair.

Our defect reports, undertaken over the years, range from an inspection of cracks in a building to determine their origin, through to a wide range of larger scale inspections relating to many issues including:

  • design and construction defects
  • timber defects
  • failure of masonry elements such as cavity wall ties and lintels
  • ingress of water and dampness of all sorts
  • infestations by creatures such as woodworm
  • roof coverings

Specific concerns about the condition of a property may be raised in a mortgage valuation survey—which is not in-depth, takes only 15-30 minutes, and is only required by a mortgage company to ensure that the property is a good bet on which to lend money. In order for the loan to proceed, a further report by qualified chartered surveyors, like Robinson Elliott, is requested. This is to ascertain exactly what is wrong and the potential implications to the value of the property, and may provide reassurance to the mortgage company, enabling the sale to go through.


  • Thank you again for your very thorough and helpful report. it will become the backbone of our efforts to maintain the house in the coming months and years, hopefully, if all goes well.

  • Just to let you know we have completed on Sheridan Place and are moving in at the weekend. Your survey is proving very useful as we commence the repairs and improvements etc. Thanks again for a job well done.

  • Thank you. It was nice to meet you and have a chat. I like the fact that you give clients verbal feedback following your survey, a nice personal touch and very useful.