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Checking A House'S Building Quality

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Caveat Emptor is normal in Thailand , particularly in the Housing Industry.

Farang Built means supervising Thais that already have their standards & no Farang is going to change them.

IMO

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exceptions prove the rule.

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Although conscientious surveyors do exist, a surveyor of anything be it a house/building or boat even, has no accountability as to what he writes if incorrect or slipshod surveying fails to note a major or even minor problem.

The only thing I would suggest, if you do find and use a surveyor, is get a complete "Statement of Work" before you give him the go ahead. This means a detailed list of everything he is going to do and check/inspect.

Quite basic really but I would not expect a building surveyor to climb on the roof to check levels /tiles etc or climb into crawlspace to check ...yadda yadda. Most won't even lift the cover off an electrical outlet to or two to check the standard of wiring.

If I was you I would just spend a few hours on the net and find out things you should be checking and looking fort. Then do it yourself sending the vendor or agent for a coffee so he don't hover over you trying to explain away possible defects.

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Sounds to me like there is a business opportunity for a farang who has a background in building inspection. Keep it honest and his/her reputation might offer a decent living in LOS.

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Most probably a restricted occupation.

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Most probably a restricted occupation.

Meh, little is truly restricted in Thailand. If I'm buying a house, I'd be more than happy to hand a farang a few thousand baht under the table for an informed and objective opinion. No doubt many others would be as well.

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Not a restricted occupation,but breeding turkeys is,and this subject is a turkey.

It is good to see the Belle mixer and a bit of builders bum in evidence Pray tell what is "your" quality,or farang quality to local Thai builders,go on give us a clue? ,dig a bit deeper for the footings?go to the mixer plant to make sure the correct mix was being applied,follow the mixer to where the drop is being dumped,...?double skin the walls?with infill. A decent builder with the years you are supposed to have been here in Thailand would have stayed in the UK where there was a ton of money to be made,instead of joining the wannabe SAS,MI6,MI5 crew in Thailand.

If a brick was never laid again in the Pattaya area there is enough houses for sale for the next 10,000 years,why build more?,or it is you are shoring up or under footing the original footings/foundations. If

a surveyor is going to survey? what to survey,sand is a good compactor ,but sure washes away easily

The surveyor (LOL) will have to knock the house to bits(not hard really) to examine the carefully applied wiring,is it 3 foot for the metal rod? hows it doing for potential flooding?,I know sand is considered a good compacting base,but it surely will get a good washing effect in years to come

Slightly off topic but still under the same roof the lengths farangs go to protect their houses from the wifey, leasehold etc,was in another English language paper 11 of Jan actually this year, Mr Ex Pat goes to do his yearly sign on and gets kicked out of the Land of Smiles, all the right documentation was there money ,properly documented forms,house etc,think he thought he had outsmarted his wife,wifey (or her family) outsmarted him

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Not a restricted occupation,but breeding turkeys is,and this subject is a turkey.

It is good to see the Belle mixer and a bit of builders bum in evidence Pray tell what is "your" quality,or farang quality to local Thai builders,go on give us a clue? ,dig a bit deeper for the footings?go to the mixer plant to make sure the correct mix was being applied,follow the mixer to where the drop is being dumped,...?double skin the walls?with infill. A decent builder with the years you are supposed to have been here in Thailand would have stayed in the UK where there was a ton of money to be made,instead of joining the wannabe SAS,MI6,MI5 crew in Thailand.

If a brick was never laid again in the Pattaya area there is enough houses for sale for the next 10,000 years,why build more?,or it is you are shoring up or under footing the original footings/foundations. If

a surveyor is going to survey? what to survey,sand is a good compactor ,but sure washes away easily

The surveyor (LOL) will have to knock the house to bits(not hard really) to examine the carefully applied wiring,is it 3 foot for the metal rod? hows it doing for potential flooding?,I know sand is considered a good compacting base,but it surely will get a good washing effect in years to come

Slightly off topic but still under the same roof the lengths farangs go to protect their houses from the wifey, leasehold etc,was in another English language paper 11 of Jan actually this year, Mr Ex Pat goes to do his yearly sign on and gets kicked out of the Land of Smiles, all the right documentation was there money ,properly documented forms,house etc,think he thought he had outsmarted his wife,wifey (or her family) outsmarted him

Can see repeated paragraph,computer keeps re-setting,lose track at times

Another thing springs to mind too,if a "quality" build were to be undertaken,the "extra" quality,would reflect in a potentially raised property sale price ,I foresee a prospective (potential) purchaser,phrasing words of "sling yer 'ook", to the vendor in whatever language applied ,be it English ,Thai or Indian or whatever,maybe even Iranian,when adjudging any surrounding property prices to the "quality" build. Most definitely need a surveyor to ascertain any quality lying therein

Never mind eh!

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