Defects Report

Building can suffer from a wide range of structural defects. Some are serious and require intervention, many are less significant and can be monitored for many years with no further impact on the use of a building.

GCA Consulting have a team of Chartered Structural Engineers who can provide expert advice on the presence and seriousness of structural defects.

A defects report is called for when a valuer, surveyor or even you as the buyer suspects there may be structural problems (or defects) with a property.  In such instances, a Chartered Structural Engineer is needed to ascertain;

  • Whether there is indeed a problem, and
  • What is required to fix or resolve the problem/defect.

A defects report from GCA provides a clear, objective, qualified statement on the highlighted problems – providing either reassurance to the buyer that everything is ok, or confirming the nature, size and effect of the issue affecting structural integrity.

Following an instruction we will arrange to visit and inspect the property. The report we produce will outline the observations of the Engineer and itemise any structurally significant problems and outline the scope of any remedial works.

The immediate area will also be observed and if appropriate the Engineer will advise on the effect of nearby trees, vegetation or ground conditions which may be affecting the property.

If you would like to speak directly to an Engineer, please contact your local office here.


Range of defects

  • Dry Rot and Wet Rot
  • Settlement and Subsidence
  • Woodworm and Deathwatch beetle
  • Furniture beetle
  • Water ingress and Flooding
  • Collapse
  • Retaining walls and Boundary Walls
  • Trees and tree roots