FAQ

Below are a collection of frequently asked questions and answers. Should you need further information, please contact us.



What is a Building Survey?

A professional review of a property that will give you a comprehensive account of the property's condition. The survey may relate to various types of buildings, including residential, commercial, industrial and public service buildings. The type of survey can be tailored to your needs. Where required we can coordinate other specialist services such as cadastral land surveys, engineering surveys and scientific expertise. On completion of the site survey and relevant research and testing, you will receive a detailed technical report describing the findings and advising as to further investigations or the way forward.

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What does a Quantity Surveyor do?

In simple terms the quantity surveyor is your accountant for the building industry and is involved in the financial matters of building construction. The traditional role commonly includes estimating costs for proposed projects, obtaining tenders for construction and administering the financial aspects of a contract; being the preparation of progress payments to the contractor and agreeing the cost of variations and a final account for a project.

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What is Hygrothermal Monitoring?

Hygrothermal monitoring is essentially the collection of moisture and temperature conditions within the building assemblies over a given amount of time. (This could range anywhere from one month to one year.) Sensors embedded within the assemblies take regular measurements of the relative humidity and temperature within the cavity, pressure differences across the cladding and the moisture content of timber components. This data is then transmitted to our computers in the office where we can format and analyse the information.

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What is a Provisional Sum?

A Provisional Sum would typically be an item within an overall estimate for a project and is an estimated cost allowance to supply and install a portion of works that may not be fully designed and detailed.

Example - Provisional Sum allowance for Entry Canopy - $15,000.00. There are no details of the canopy construction, however we know we need to make an allowance for one. The Quantity Surveyor will determine the value of the Provisional Sum by size, location, quality of finishes specified for other components of the building, and historical pricing resources.

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Do you carry out pre-purchase house inspections?

No, we do not.

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How long will it take for your comprehensive report to be completed following the investigation?

Usually around six weeks, depending on our workload. We believe it's important to be very thorough in our reporting, especially when there may be litigation involved. We will need to send off for forensic analysis of samples taken from the building and analyse our moisture content readings. We also take time to choose pertinent photographs and undertake a study of the council property file. We peer review all our reports to ensure they are of the best quality and value for our clients.

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How can I upgrade my existing thermal insulation, and is it necessary?

We can model the existing situation with WUFI and develop the proposed upgrade based on the outcome. By doing so, we can show the difference between the existing situation and the proposed upgrade, which will determine whether it is necessary to upgrade.

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Why do I need drawings?

The drawings qualify and quantify the work to be done, so that all parties know precisely what work is to be completed and how the work is to be carried out. Local authorities often need to check drawings to ensure the proposed work complies with all the relevant building codes and standards.

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My property is designed in a Mediterranean style and this is causing me concern. Can you help?

Yes, we can help. Firstly, we can provide an initial assessment of the building based on a visual inspection supported by amiable information. Our report will provide recommendations as to what steps, if any, should be taken to maintain the property value and condition.

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