H.S. Staveley; P.V. Glover Building Surveys

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Building Surveys

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This book is written as a practical guide for surveyors and others who may be asked to survey buildings and prepare reports. Although not primarily intended as a text book on building construction, it is also aimed at the student who, whilst perhaps familiar with basic building construction, lacks the knowledge or experience of building performance. The preparation of reports on buildings is a very personal service and since no two surveyors and no two clients will be the same, the style and content of reports can vary considerably from case to case, from practice to practice and in different localities. Though the writers would not wish to try to impose complete uniformity, they have observed certain broad principles in preparing the advice which their book offers and have paid particular regard to the recommendations laid down in the Practice Note "Structural Surveys of Residential Property" (May 1981) issued by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The intention of this Practice Note was to introduce some uniformity of procedure and to improve the general standard of reports on residential property prepared by chartered surveyors.

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'All [surveyors] would profit by reading this book and, if they remembered the excellent advice it gives, it would bring a broad smile to the faces of the insurers ... The book is full of useful information, much of which I have not seen before. ... should be compulsory reading for all who do it.' Chartered Surveyor Weekly

'A lively, readable and informative book ... Most technical books have to be read little by little over time, but this is one which can be read from cover to cover at a single sitting. ... A book with something for everyone involved in domestic building surveys from prospective purchaser to practising surveyor. It should be compulsory reading for the graduate entrant on the first day in the office if not previously read and inwardly digested'Estates Gazette

'In presentation and content, this is a practical and useful addition to the library of all surveyors at all stages in their careers with, of course, particular reference to building and general practice surveyors. Both writing and printing are clear and precise and make for easy reading of what can be a complex subject. ... This is a good read and a recommended buy for reference'Architect & Surveyor

'The book is written in an easily readable style, giving credibility to the author's advice that building survey reports use simple straightforward English.'The Surveyor and Valuer

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Starting with an introduction to the role of surveyor, chapters follow on the main structural elements, finishes and surfaces before dealing with the various types of reports and buildings that surveyors may encounter including historic buildings and the surveyor's role in conservation. Students will find it invaluable as a comprehensive introduction to this important subject.

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