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How do I do a property survey myself

If you are asking yourself how do I do a property survey myself?

You have come to the right place and particularly if you are looking at properties in Portugal.

There is no need to be a Structural Engineer or a Surveyor if you want to carry out your own assessment of a Portuguese house for instance.

The less background knowledge and experience you have of course makes it more difficult but not impossible and if you think about it. We all do this informal “Survey” when we are looking at buying a home in our home countries.

The most important thing is to get the basics right.

You need to know what the property is made of stone or hollow brick and render.

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How do I do a property survey myself

Then think “GRAVITY” when you carry out your personal survey.
Starting at the top of the house and work downwards like gravity.

Walk around the outside of the property and if you can’t see all sides go onto adjoining land to make sure that you can. Take lots of zoomed in photos. You have brought your camera with you not a mobile phone!

We have covered the roof previously.

Now let’s start on the top floor.
Is the ceiling sagging. Stand at an external wall and look back across the ceiling if there is one. If not you will be able to get a good look at the condition of the roof timbers (discussed earlier).
Take great care in walking around these spaces falling through rotten floors is dangerous and very embarrassing if you have not already bought the property.

Look at all the walls for evidence of water having run down them.
Look at all the walls for evidence of cracking or leaning.
Look at all the walls for evidence of them moving away from the perimeter walls.
Are there any windows or doors that have been bricked up.
Do you have access to all the rooms in the house? If not tell the seller that you will not proceed unless you see everything.
Are the internal doors and door frames rotten or riddled with woodworm holes
Are the window frames rotten or riddled with woodworm holes. Is the glass in place.
Can you see little spots of sawdust on the floor.
Can you feel the floor sagging or moving as you walk over it.
Are there any wet patches on the floor.

The above is your list to get started on a survey and we are only at the top of the house!
If you would like a bigger check list please get in touch. If you would like Castelo Construction to take a look on your new home or a home that you are interested in buying we can do that even if you are not here in Portugal.

info@casteloconstruction.com

Our written reports with lots of photographs enable you to make a quick decision on the purchase price and whether to buy or not.

How do I do a property survey.

How do I do a property survey

If you are asking yourself how do I do a property survey? You have come to the right place and particularly if you are looking at properties in Portugal.
How do I do a property survey.
How do I do a property survey.

There is no need to be an Structural Engineer or a Surveyor if you want to carry out your own assessment of a house for instance.

The less background knowledge and experience you have of course makes it more difficult but not impossible and if you think about it.

 

We all do this informal “Survey” when we are looking at buying a home.

The thing is to get the basics right.
You need to know what the property is made of Stone (Pedra) or hollow brick and render.
Then think “GRAVITY” when you carry out your personal survey.

Starting at the top of the house and work downwards like gravity.

Walk around the outside of the property and if you can’t see all the sides clearly go onto adjoining land to make sure that you can.

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How do I do a property survey

What you are looking for –
Is the top of the roof line (ridge) level.
Can you see any holes in the roof or missing, moved roof tiles.
Is the chimney straight?

Are there any plants or grass growing on the roof.
Can you see an obvious sag in the mid roof section or a hump.

If it has gutters and drain pipes are these straight. Any of them bent or missing?
If there are adjoining roofs are the flashing’s in place?
If there are roof lights, dormer windows or water tanks on top of the roof do they appear to be in good condition. Take binoculars to get a good look.

Now go inside the house to the upstairs ceiling. You have brought your ladder with you haven’t you?

Don’t be put off by the many inches of bat poo, birds’ nests and dead cats, rats and insects. Get inside the roof space with a strong flashlight.
You are now looking for obvious daylight shining in.
Broken roof joists.
Rotten ceiling joists, rotten tile laths, rotten roof joists and beams (purlins)
The condition of any visible wiring.
The condition of any flues or chimneys going through the roof space.

Take great care in walking around these spaces falling through ceilings is dangerous and very embarrassing if you have not already bought the property.

The above is your list to get started on a survey and we are only at the top of the house!

If you would like a bigger check list please get in touch. If you would like Castelo Construction to take a look on your new home or a home that you are interested in buying we can do that even if you are not here in Portugal.

Our written reports with lots of photographs enable you to make a quick decision on the purchase price and whether to buy or not.

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Pool Problems Glass Mosaic Tiles

Swimming pool before and after

We are often asked for before and after photographs of our work here are some of a swimming pool before and after.

Many clients make them into a memento to hang on the wall.

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Of course when we are in the thick of it carrying out the work we often can’t remember what the particular projects looked like before we started work.
Take this swimming pool for instance. The house had views to die for. Even our Portuguese craftsmen were impressed with the view.

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leveling the edge of the pool

Unfortunately this particular swimming pool had major problems which the new owner recognized and decided to put right.

With regard to the swimming pool the problem was that the base was not strong enough, the swimming pool structure was erected incorrectly and the pool had sunk into the ground so that the waterline was not parallel with the top edge of the pool. This is a fundamental error which is noticeable by everyone who comes into the garden.

Because of the above there was also a water leak which had washed away the support for the patio which caused it to sag and collapse. The previous owner obviously had not been able top get the cowboy builders back to fix it.

Take a look at what our swimming pool team did.

You can see them using a flexible hose full or water to make sure the level is perfect. This method has been used for hundreds of years. If the sunlight is too bright we often use a little red wine at each end of the tube so that we can see the level more clearly.

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applying the liner to the pool walls

sides done hot work

This pool is a liner pool.

Here you can see the steps involved in installing the liner.

Not something for DIY enthusiasts.

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Another happy Castelo Construction customer

Filling with water Finished and looking goodIf you need a swimming pool repairing or a new one built

call the experts Castelo Construction

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