chapter  2
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House surveys

You should follow a methodical procedure which will often be determined by the layout of the site notes or field sheets being used. There is no right way or wrong way to inspect a house but in my view it is generally preferable to begin on the inside at the top and finish on the outside at the bottom, if for no other reason than that you are less likely to subject the owner’s carpets to wet or muddy feet and ladders. For example, the procedure for a conventional dwelling house might be:

1. A preliminary inspection of the whole property to establish the type and layout and to determine what ladders and other equipment may be needed.