What's in the attic? In this case the roof felt is substantially degraded. Any water penetration through the tiles is therefore likely to cause damage to the internal fabric. Attic space without roof felt is not dry enough for storage. The attic timbers are more susceptible to the effect of dampness but are unlikely to decay as ventilation remains good. In this case a judgment had to be made as to whether the roof covering was worth relaying in order to replace the felt.


The following issues at least are examined:

  • Local environmental factors - including flooding and geological context.

  • Structural stability. 
    Most houses have some cracking. Advice is given as to whether cracking is normal and not progressive.

  • Visible timber decay - assessment of likely decay in hidden areas.

  • Rising and penetrating dampness.

  • Energy factors - insulation, boiler efficiency, ventilation and condensation.

  • Condition of the external fabric - roofs, walls, chimneys, windows etc.

  • Condition of internal fabric and decorations.

  • Visual assessment of the services -  electricity, gas, plumbing etc.

  • Functioning of drains.

  • Grounds and boundaries.

  • Issues to be taken up by your legal advisors - regulations etc.

After the survey:

  • We advise clients fully from the survey until exchange of contracts.

  • Advice is given on the costs of standard repairs, on request (Building Surveys only).


The RICS has now supplied standard forms for Building Surveys, Home Condition Reports and HomeBuyer Reports. All surveys are elemental reports - that means they deal with each building element and address its condition with coloured traffic light ratings. The surveys are devised by the RICS to be produced in electronic form, but hard copies can also be provided if required.

RICS Survey Information Sheet
RICS Building Survey Service
RICS Condition Report

RICS HomeBuyer Report (not supplied by E P C S)