Chimney Stacks or normally of brick work. Check the brick work and pointing is in good condition. There should be a metal or cement joint between the stack and tiled surface (flashing).
If the stack leans from the vertical this could be indicating structural alterations or failure internally. Weather damage is also a possibility.
It is always a good idea to check that the main roof ridge is level and flat. Any distortion on the roof slope could indicate failure of timbers internally or past roof spread.
Tiled surfaces should be free from defect.
Slates often slip from position. If a number of slates have failed in the past this could indicate rusting of the slate nails.
Roof surfaces should be free from dips or distortions.
Gutters are often a source of dampness internally. Check for any leaks or signs of overflow.
Downpipes should fed to drain runs or soakaways.
Main walls should be vertical and true.
Any signs of cracking or distortion could indicate structural movement or failure.
Check to ensure pointing is of the correct type and in good order.
A damp proof course should be provided in modern construction. This will prevent rising dampness.
A damp proof course may not be provided in older properties. Further advice may be required.
Windows are a source of weakness in walls. Check to ensure seals around windows are in watertight condition.
Any double glazing installed after 2002 should have been fitted by a FENSA registered installer in compliance with all necessary Building regulation consents. These details should be confirmed via documents with the vendor.
Check to ensure the locking mechanisms are adequate for purpose. Further advice on security can be obtained from the local Crime Prevention Officer.
If you have any concerns with the external condition of the property please feel free to call for a initial consultation.