Examples of written Reports

 

The following extracts from actual surveys give an idea of the type of Report content and depth:

Note all the paragraphs below are extracts from actual surveys and relate to different properties.

INDEX:

Description of Property …………………………………..………  

Services …………………………………………………………..   

Building: The walls.  …………………………………………….. 

Building:  The roof ………………………………………………

Building:  Interior…….. ………………………………. 

Outside: ……………………………………….………………………

General Opinion of Property …………………………………

Plans & Measurements ……………………………………..

Appendix – details of Fosse Toutes Eaux……………

 

 

 

SERVICES

Electricity

The main electricity is brought to the property by overhead cable on the left-hand side of the property the main electricity box with the meter is to be found against the rear left-hand corner within the box there is an electronic modern type meter showing that it has a three-phase supply.

The trip switch is in the cellar at the rear left-hand corner of the property. The trip switch indicates that there is a 10 ampere cut out, which almost certainly, as it is three-phase, indicates there is a 3 X 10 ampere equals 30 amp (6 kW supply).  If you should wish to have the power increased EDF will normally do this for a small charge.

Gas:    The gas hobs in the Gîte are all fitted with a connection to a freestanding LPG butane bottle.  Originally the gas diagnostic report indicated that the gas bottle, which used to be in the cave where the well pump exists, was non-compliant; the vendor has moved the gas bottle to the kitchen cupboard next to the oven and in this gîte area.   The flexible rubber tube on this item is due for replacement in 2020.

Water:   Appears to be ‘town water’ from main supply.  The water meter is in an underground chamber at the front left-hand side of the house adjoining the road covered by a concrete slab (removable).  The pipe work to and from the meter appears to be steel, and as it is the owners responsibility for any leaks on your property after the water meter inlet, I would recommend that consideration be given to replacement of the supply pipe at some time in the future with modern polypropylene tubing which is better able to withstand frost damage and earth movement.  Next to the water meter chamber, there is a stand pipe used for garden watering and car washing, etc.  You have suggested that to avoid pilfering of the water supply in your absence, that you would replace this tap with a lockable tap.  Alternatively, you could perhaps consider boxing in the pipe and filling with insulation to prevent frost damage and provide a lockable cover to the box. ………………………

THE WALLS

The walls to the front and the rear do not show any apparent sign of ‘leaning out’ although; there is some evidence of vertical cracking showing on the internal walls between the main house and Barn 2 and Barn 3.  At some time in the past (date unknown but prior to present occupier), tie rods and patress plates have been inserted in line with these walls between the front and rear of the building.  The purpose is likely to be to prevent further outward movement caused probably by the weight of the roof bearing on (by modern standards) insufficient size and spacing of roof timbers.  I suspect that these were inserted as a precautionary measure.  ……………………….

THE ROOF

External   The roof on the main house appears to be original with oak rafters.  These have warped with age, and some undulation is apparent.  However, generally the clay tiles are in a good condition, and no apparent immediate maintenance is required.  Zinc flashings have been provided to the two chimneys and to the abutments to the dormer windows.  As is usual in France, there is no roofing felt under the tiles.  The roof to Barn 2 has been replaced within the last few years; this has been done to a good standard, with the original clay tiles being retained.  There are no rainwater goods…………………

Internal:   The roof timbers are predominantly of the original oak which is showing some warping but no sign of deterioration or serious wood boring beetle attack.  At some point the A frame has been strengthened (using oak) and a new purlin inserted on the front face to boost the strength of a very warped oak original.  Both dormers have been rebuilt, and two large Velux windows inserted to the rear face.  These have obviously been in place for some years, but appear sound.  The dormers do not have opening lights, and are boarded up.  The chimney flue constructed of rouge-brique flue carries through the roof space.  This appears to be unused and in good condition.  There is some vertical cracking below the purlin to the right-hand front side and also to the left-hand of the through door (blocked up) to the house.  The cracks appear to be of longstanding and not considered to be seriously affecting the structure of the building, particularly as the walls are supported by the tie rods mentioned above…………………………

………………In the front left-hand corner, there is a fairly large crack at the joint between the front wall and the side wall (adjoining cave 1).  It appears to be very old, and could be the reason that the front wall was ‘faced’ in stone at some time in the past.   From viewing the ‘A’ frames in the roof, both in this property and the adjoining cave next door, there is no apparent sign of roof movement in the direction of the crack which could possibly be the result of shrinkage at the corner joint when the property was originally built.  A similar crack has been filled with cement on the right-hand front corner at some time in the past, and this shows no sign of further movement.

Drainage:-

The rainwater goods discharge into the duck pond.  The foul water drainage discharges (I believe) to a ‘fosse septique’ (septic tank) situated in the rear garden (as advised by the present owner).  The owner believes that the system works effectively, but was unable to provide any further information as to the exact position of the tank.  More importantly, he has no certification from SPANC to confirm that the tank complies with current regulations.  I must, therefore, assume that it does not comply, and that at some point in the future, you will be required to replace the system.

NOTE:            I was unable to locate any ‘regard’ (manhole covers) to indicate the existence or location of a tank, nor was there any indication of the positioning of any ‘after tank filtration’ pipe work.  Advise: SPANC to inspect and report on the specification of the existing system to ensure that it complies with current regulations.