Independent Surveyor in Bristol, North Somerset, BANES and South Glos
You have received your survey and the surveyor has recommended ‘further investigation’, but where do you turn to find someone with the right qualifications? Here are some suggestions. (For a downloadable pdf version of this document click here)
(Please note that the information on this page is obtained from the organisations’ websites and JMH Property Surveys takes no responsibility for work carried out by any individual or company)
The Institution of Structural Engineers offers a service called FindanEngineer.com www.findanengineer.com which is a comprehensive database of structural engineering practices across the UK that puts you in touch with the best structural engineer for any project. Only firms that have at least one member from the Institution of Structural Engineers can register.
NAPIT - www.napit.org.uk
NECEIC - www.niceic.com
Both offer a search facility to find suitably qualified contractors.
Alternatively, to find an electrician who is Part P qualified, go to the website of the Electrical Competent Person Scheme www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk
The Gas Safe Register www.gassaferegister.co.uk replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in 2009. By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. The site offers a search and checking facility.
Open fires, chimneys, wood burning stoves etc.
HETAS www.hetas.co.uk is the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses. The website offers a search facility and some useful advice leaflets.
There doesn’t appear to be an organisation solely concerned with asbestos.
However, the Health and Safety Executive http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/ has plenty of information about asbestos and a list of licenced contractors and UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) https://www.ukas.com has a search facility for accredited organisations such as surveyors and testing laboratories.
The Property Care Association www.property-care.org
The Property Care Association (PCA) is a trade association representing various specialists across the UK. Prospective Members are checked for skills and financial standing, and, once accepted, regularly audited. The organisation also offers training to ensure that members update and extend their skills.
PCA members can investigate and resolve property defects involving:
Damp and Condensation
Domestic Air Quality & Ventilation
Timber decay or insect attack
Structural and basement waterproofing
Flood restoration and flood protection
Invasive weed control (incl. Japanese knotweed)
INNSA (Invasive non-native specialists Association) www.innsa.org is the industry body for companies involved in controlling and eradicating invasive non-native species in the UK.
The National Association of Drainage Contractors www.nadc.org.uk
The NADC is ‘an organisation committed to the development of a national network of fully certified drainage contractors’.
Among other things, NADC members offer Home Buyers Drain Surveys, using CCTV to examine parts of the drainage system not visible from the surface. Even if inspection chambers (if they can be found on the property) appear clear and water runs freely through them there may be unseen problems lurking elsewhere in the system which it would be as well to know about before they cause expensive blockages.
The Pyramus and Thisbe Club www.partywalls.org.uk has useful information about party walls and a ‘Find a Party Wall professional’ search page.