Nicely arrange to go with them so that you can see what they mean. Bring the Ber report with you ask questions etc.
This is stuff you need to know - so you can fix even if it is the smallest detail.
I know from working with engineers in the past that they are absolutely professional and honest in every regard and always strive for perfection - complete paragons of virtue in fact. However you might just get Mr Fuckallusetoya
one who just runs round the house in ten minutes and pumps out the same old useless general document that everyone gets.
STAND OVER EVERYONE YOU EMPLOY in the housing industry. Don’t let them be late getting back to you - without getting on to them and mentioning your disappointment at how this lateness affected other stages of your business etc. - or you are letting them set a precedent - they always will be late then.
Get your solicitor to tell you what you should get from the engineer and keep quoting ‘well the solicitor mentioned a certificate of…’
Look at the maps and plans yourself. Go over them with the engineer. Ask him does he know the county engineer - what does he know. You’re worried about a potential flyover or whatever you heard rumours about - get your engineer ring the county engineer and come back to you with the uptodate info.
There has been a lot of problems showing up since they digitized - such as neighbours unknowingly having a bit of next doors land within their fences - lots of that sort of things, lot of perimeters not matching what’s mapped etc. This causes problems - lots of them.
Get them to show you the cracks, the areas that need more insulation, what kind of insulation, whats wrong with the current type of insulation if there is any etc - otherwise you get the vague means-nothing type of speak.
I compared a ber report with the house I was looking at. It said there was no way of isolating the top floor heating from the bottom - this wasn’t true - there was switch - fully functioning.
The ber report looked so general - a one size fits all houses - just change a few little details like the amount of rooms and whether it is a bungalow or 2 storey etc.
Having identified a dangerous area where carbon monoxide could sneak into the house made one engineer worth his money.
Ask questions - lots and lots of questions. Don’t pretend you understand for pride’s sake - they will use that. The more you understand the better the service you will get.