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Why do I need a damp and timber report?

27 June 2019

Damp Proof Survey

You’re looking to purchase your ideal home. It’s big enough for what you need, the nearby schools are outstanding and the local pub down the road does the job. But, in the midst of the all the perpetual property procedures you need to go through, you’ve just been told you need a damp and timber report.

Why do I need a damp and timber report?

It’s completely normal for a timber and damp report to be carried out as part of the home buying process and shouldn’t alarm potential homeowners. A damp and timber survey will diagnose, and where needed, recommend solutions to the presence of dampness or signs of timber decay somewhere within the property.

Where should I start?

One of the most popular requests from our customers is to provide a damp and timber report. Most mortgage providers, banks or building societies will request the survey to be carried out by a credible organisation.

It takes a qualified expert to spot potential problems concerned with damp issues and timber infestation in the building. They should be members of the Property Care Association (PCA), the trade association representing timber and damp specialists. Specialists such as ourselves, as members of the Property Care Association you can rest assured that we have undergone rigorous checks to achieve and retain our membership.

How much does a damp and timber survey cost?

As with most industries, the old saying “you get what you pay for” applies. There are many organisations that may be able to offer you a ‘cost free’ survey, but when you hear those words it may be time to ask a few questions. Will a free survey give you the same in-depth survey and report as a paid for survey?

At Timberwise, however, we pride ourselves on providing fair, honest and affordable surveys; this is achieved by considering a number of variables when formulating a survey fee, including;

  • Property size
  • Location
  • Type of survey

How is the survey carried out?

The surveyor would first check the exterior of the property paying particular attention to defects such as the roof, chimney stacks, drainage, sub-floor ventilation and rainwater goods. The Surveyor will also assess the property to see if there is an existing damp proof course. Internally, roof timbers in the loft are checked for timber infestation such as woodworm and fungal decay such as dry rot. The first and ground floors of the property are examined for dampness and signs of decay and infestation including the walls, plaster, skirting boards and where easily lifted, floor timbers.

What should I expect when the survey is finished?

When using Timberwise, you will receive a straightforward report detailing our findings and recommendations, devoid of any sales jargon. Our surveyors are equipped with the correct training & qualifications to survey and produce reports in a professional manner.  Timberwise surveyors undertake hours of training and deal with a variety of damp issues on a day-to-day basis, so you can have peace of mind that your property is in expert hands.

I have a few queries about the report

We know purchasing a home will be one of the biggest investments you will make, do ask questions. We are more than happy to discuss our findings and out your mind at ease.

What guarantees do you offer?

The works we carry out are protected by long term guarantees specifically GPI – Guarantee Protection Insurance. The Timberwise name has outlived two lifetimes worth our guarantees – something we are extremely proud to say.

What do others say about Timberwise?

We also strongly advise on taking a look at customer reviews. This will allow you to gauge the professionalism of the company and how efficiently and responsive they are to their customers. As you know when purchasing a new property; time, efficiency and responsiveness are key factors that can help smooth the process.

Contact the timber and damp experts

When it comes to making one of the largest investments in your lifetime, your property, try to equate the initial cost of the survey compared with the long-term benefits of using an accredited company. As ever, our customer service team are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can call us on 0800 288 8660 or simply fill out our Request a Survey form.

Originally published 16th February 2017, updated 27th June 2019.