Does the property need any repairs or is there a damp issue?
The Single Survey section of the Home Report is also where you will find out if any repairs are required or if the property has any damp issues.
The 1, 2 and 3 ratings
The Home Report gives a rating of 1, 2 or 3 for the various parts of the property.
A “1” rating means things are fine, a “2” rating means that repairs are likely in the near future or are recommended and a “3” rating means either a repair is needed now or, as in the example of damp, that a further report is recommended before you buy.
You will find that if you are looking at flats in traditional tenements, then the Home Report is going to have a number of category 2 comments simply due to the age of the building and because in many cases, because of the height of the building, the surveyor has been unable to gain access to the roof space and has been unable to make even a visual inspection of the roof from ground level.
Damp in the property or building
If dampness has been found in the property then sometimes the selling agents will have arranged for the damp to be inspected by a specialist company and a Damp Report attached at the end of the Home Report.
If there is such a Report then it will give you information as to the nature and extent of the problem and a quote for the cost of repairs and treatment.