Steve Laffan

Steve Laffan MRICS, chartered building surveyor, is a qualified Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over thirty years' property experience. Stephen has extensive knowledge covering a range of property types including residential, shops, offices, pub, leisure, industrial, warehousing, and land with a great understanding of matters such as landlord and tenant, rent review, leases, town & country planning and property management advice.

About Paul Stephen (Steve) Laffan





Date Qualified:

January 2000

Areas Covered:
Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and the surrounding areas

Steve provides the following survey services:

  • RICS HomeBuyer Reports
  • RICS Building Surveys
  • RICS Market Valuations
  • Small Business Advice

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Rising damp is a serious defect: always get a professional RICS home buyers survey when purchasing a property

Rising damp is one of the worst defects a property can suffer from. Typically an inadequate - or absent - damp proof course can lead to water rising up through the walls and as time progresses, the damp can ruin building materials. Rising damp can also lead to unhygienic conditions inside a house.

Unsightly mould on walls and nasty rotten smells are one thing, but the moisture can also provide ideal conditions for bacteria to breed and other pathogens to thrive which can, for example, lead to you suffering serious respiratory conditions.

When you're looking at buying a property it's always worth getting a RICS surveyor to carry out a home buyers survey on the place: they are trained in spotting a multitude of signs which might indicate suspicion of rising damp. They will bring these to your attention and their findings can give you critical information about whether you wish to negotiate with your vendor about paying for or sharing the costs of remedy or even whether you wish to pull out of the purchase.

Read more about the causes and remedies of rising damp here - What is Rising Damp?