The surveyor will follow the guidance given in the RICS Practice Standards, UK, Surveying Safely, 1st Edition Guidance Note 2011.
(a) Accessibility and Voids
The surveyor will inspect as much of the surface area of the structure as is possible but will not inspect those areas which are covered, unexposed or inaccessible.
The surveyor will lift accessible sample loose floorboards and trap doors, if any, which are not covered by heavy furniture, ply or hardboard, fitted carpets or other fixed floor coverings. The surveyor will not attempt to raise fixed floorboards without permission.
The surveyor will inspect the roof spaces if there are available hatches. The surveyor will have a ladder of sufficient height to gain access to a roof hatch or to a single storey roof, not more than 3.0m (10’0”) above the floor or adjacent ground. It may therefore not be possible to inspect roofs above this level. In such cases, pitched roofs will be inspected with the aid of binoculars.
(d) Grounds, Boundaries and Outbuildings
The inspection will include the above so far as they are accessible.
The surveyor will carry out a visual inspection of the service installations where accessible. Manhole covers will be lifted where accessible and practicable (if they are set within paved inserts, they will not be lifted). No tests will be applied unless previously agreed. The surveyor will report if, as a result of the inspection, the surveyor considers that tests are advisable and, if considered necessary, an inspection and report by a specialist should be obtained.
(f) Areas Not Inspected
The surveyor will identify any areas which would normally be inspected but which the surveyor was unable to inspect and indicate where the surveyor considers that access should be obtained or formed. Furthermore the surveyor will advise upon possible or probably defects based upon evidence from what the surveyor has been able to see.