Who needs to conduct a pre-construction survey?
If you are a developer or a contractor who intend to commence construction works, then you need to conduct a pre-construction survey on the properties within close vicinity of your construction site ….. OR ….
If you are a property owner whose property is located within close proximity to a piece of land who is about to commence construction works, then you need to conduct a pre-construction survey on your own property to protect yourself from defects happening as a result of your neighbour’s construction activities.
Why conduct a pre-construction survey?
Pre-construction survey is conducted to record the existing condition of the buildings in close proximity to a construction site, so that if there are new or additional defects that occured after the pre-construction survey, you would know that they are not pre-existing defects but could be caused by the onging construction activities.
What are the defects commonly detected during a pre-construction survey?
The defects commonly detected during a pre-construction survey are cracks on the first storey, ground settlements, differential settlements between buildings and aprons, cracks on apron drains, aprons, driveway, etc.
Who can conduct a pre-construction survey?
Usually, a pre-construction survey is conducted by a building surveyor or someone who is trained and experienced in building construction. The person should be experienced in inspecting building for defects and have a sharp eye to detect defects. Of course, he must now how to operate a camera to photograph the pre-existing defects.
We in Arc Home Inspectors deals with building defects each and every day. Detecting building defects is a big part of our job.
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