Building Surveyor checking House Condo Manila

Building Surveyor – checking House Building Condo quality. You get help from home inspector German civil engineer. I offer International Building Surveying in Manila. We attend you in German, English, Spanish and Russian.

+ 63/99 55 320 615 Makati, Malate, Tagaytay C. ; Baguio for your home inspection.

You can read about my scope of work here: checklist-for-investigation-and-checking-house-building-condo-quality. We can carry out pre-settlement inspection before you agree to buy. Better check condo before signing the contract! Watch here some video about my work as home inspector and civil engineer.


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These typical construction defects can be found before buying the apartment/ condo  in Asia/ Manila

We can look for defects before purchasing the condominium in Manila (Makati, Malate) Baguio:
HOUSE BUYING a BUILDING SURVEY – common property defects are…

Typical construction defects when buying the apartment in Phillipienes.

  • Mold danger: no cross ventilation in 1 room studios, no windows in gables despite possibility, no natural ventilation
  • Sealing Ground floor Molding hazard: excessive moisture under the tiles ore walls
  • Load electrosmog, bedroom too close to the transformer

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For the examination of the legal things before purchase we recommend the colleagues from Pattaya


In Germany an Switzerland:
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, like a structural engineer with fixed prices check houses building quality like DIN EN ISO Standard,  checking house building condo quality In MANILA, Pattaya and Phuket by Mr. Schmalfuss, German diplom Engineer  Building surveyor check houses building quality in Switzerland real-estate-due-diligence: working in the metropols: Munich, Zurich, Zürichsee (shore gold, gold coast golden beach) Bern, Basel and Luzern.

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The real estate appraiser is your expert real value for your dream home. They want security about construction defects, such as mold, leaky basement wall cracks have when buying a house! But do not turn professional who can advise you when buying a house. Would be too expensive! You can not offer scout on buying a house? We consult with fixed prices, + travel expenses, including checklist including Rating:

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Building Surveyor examine the crack in the plaster

Even when buying a house that buyers are afraid of cracks in the wall. Cracks are continuously: by external influences such as vibrations from vehicles and construction activity. Even at high temperatures, cracks are expanding further. Cracks are not always dangerous for the supporting substance of the building and its stability. Cracks in the masonry are sometimes insignificant at low crack widths for stability. Dangerous are 45 ° oblique cracks in the plaster, thus reducing cracks in the masonry.

Elimination of cracks Good advice from the building inspector

When closing smaller cracks less than 0.5 mm small painting and spatulas are often sufficient. Do you reckon that the cracks will come back again . Them calculated to close the small cracks of Surveyors low costs . To eliminate the larger oblique cracks you will calculate higher cost of Surveyors . Often the foundation with high construction costs must be improved.

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Mold is harmful for health. Mold is unhygienic. The main causes for the formation of mold are: leaky pipes from sewage, lack of air exchange, improper surfaces (organic material false-color (wrong PH, too much acid) ore not enaugh ventilation, too much moisture from the bottom of the earth, no adequate sealing against moisture  I can do for You:  „checking house building condo quality Manila“

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Faq: of the surveyor for the removal of mold in homes:

Mold on the wall is removed with 3%hydrogen peroxide  (the hairdresser or the pharmacy).The cost for the removal of mold on the wall are moderate. Mold in the air is removed by ozone, or chlorine gas (MMS).

One of the biggest problems ist the toxic mold in the Aircon The air conditioner should be cleaned every 2 months from the black mold. The cost for the removal of mold in the air are low. Mold in the insulation of the floor is removed by cancel and replace the screed and insulation. This causes high construction costs. The Surveyor of mold can give you the costs for removal Saving of mold in homes.

Expert Water Damage Experts – Metro Manila Home Inspection

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The „biggest enemy to the building fabric“ is water. When the rain water from entering or flooded, so come soon salt formations on the wall and the mold on the wallpaper. I therefore controlling all seals against water completely accurate.

OVERCOMING of water damage, for EXAMPLE IN THE PHILIPPINES, Metro Manila after Weather disaster typhoon

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Surveyor Check the seal against rainwater

My experience as a building surveyor for water damage show that the cost of removing the effects of water damage are often very high because the floor must often be aborted. The insurance company wants the change of the floor often do not pay. You have no knowledge that the insulation can become moldy in the floor. But there is organic material which moldy quickly within 5 days in combination with moisture. Pump out the water and disinfect is not sufficient.

Expert appraiser window

Should also penetrate through the closed window at window frame no water. Therefore windows must be tight against the wind (wind proof) and be sealed against rain (rain proof).

Eliminate the structural defects on windows:

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The evaluation of the claims as a reviewer for window shows that the cost for sealing existing windows are often relatively low, since windows can be sealed with simple means. A special area are hidden defects of heat losses, as with leaky windows.  That affect later than unfavorable to high operating costs, like a supervisor of CONSTRUCTION DEFECTs.

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Against noise, most people are sensitive. The need for rest is normal. In many ads for house purchase the quiet location is highlighted. Rest should be in the stairs. Therefore I check whether the sealing of the door is sealed against noise. This seal is also important because of the fire.

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Sound bridges are often the causes of noise transmission between apartments. The building inspector shows typical sound bridges:

  • Sound bridges between stairs and walls
  • Transmission of Sound between double walls of houses row houses
  • Sound transmissions (noisiness) on valves of water pipes
  • bridge (noisi) from laminate flooring to ceilings & floors, when you are walking.

How eliminate the deficiencies in sound insulation:

In reports for noise protection and neighborhood noise costs to decrease noise are often very high because usually the bearing end components must be subsequently isolated.

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Why I make this page about building control surveyors prices?

I have read in some  forum find-a-building-surveyor and here  building surveyors check houses building quality (farang) foreigner built  that some of you are unsure to buy houses abroad. This security I can give you. The rules of the art, such as how houses are built essentially always the same: The safety from the storm I need to calculate.

Pricelist: condo under 50m²

*16.000 (PHP) Philippine peso: Examination with measuring instruments & oral consultation, no written report
+ 4.000 (PHP) Philippine peso: written short report (4-7pages), without photos
+ 4.000 (PHP) Philippine peso: photos pdf
/  after written agreement: detailed report & larger objects

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Home Inspection – housing inspector – home inspection cost

Home Inspection homeowners can perform a basic walk through home inspection on their own. House inspection checklist is not intended to be a substitute for a professional home inspection -check from ingineer. home inspection cost: about 700€ in Munich, real-estate-due-diligence.
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Things to check before buying Condo & Warranty Inspection

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Questions from costumer about checking house & Residential Property inspection


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Dear Mr. Schmalfuß, about  Residential Property inspection

As discussed today over the telephone, we plan to buy a house with property in Munich but the house is old. As per the feedback from Real Estate company, House can be used further but need to rennovate it. But we are not sure if it can be used, how long, are there are any major issues etc.

Therefore, I searched through internet and also got feedback from some people that you are expert in this regard.
Could you please check my request and provide us the feedback what can be covered under your expert service (gutachter) and how much should it cost ?
Also please let me know your convenient time for this activity so that I can plan accordingly incl. appointment with Real Estate Company / tenant who is living in the house at the moment.

Thanks a lot in advance!
P.S: As agreed over the phone, you can write back in German. I speak but I can write better English than German 🙂

Hello Mr. Schmalfuß,
As we talked on the phone this morning, we want to have property evaluation, Residential Property inspection with Mr.Schmalfuß early next week possibly. I asked the seller for a possible appointment already and of course we would need to adjust our appointment for best time for everyone.
Please let us know when you are available to visit the apartment and cost and how long it would take to get the result.-

we are thinking in 4 yeras about Warranty Inspection

We want to know about the apartment mainly;

Actual value of the apartment
Please excuse my use of English but I am from the UK and I am still learning German. I thought I
had better write in English to make sure there is no confusion.
My partner and I are interested in buying a farm house together with some land at …hausen.
I attach details of the property together with a few picture to try and describe it, but in brief the
house has approx 154 m2 of living space inside. Plus there is approx 3,700M2 of land around the
property with some associated farm buildings.
The initial asking price of the property is in the region of Euro 289,000. We understand that there
could be up to 10% extra to pay for broker commission, notary fees and tax.
Before we actually commit to buying the property we would like to employ the services of a
surveyor to protect ourselves from investing incorrectly.
After doing a little research we understand it would be prudent to have a full structural survey done
on the property. We understand that this would be in the region of 1% of the purchase price plus
19% tax to produce a written report.
Obviously we don’t want to waste several thousand Euro’s of a full Structural Survey unnecessarily,
therefore would like to ask for an initial visit to the property of 1-2 hours. If this initial inspection
reveals that the project is unsafe then we would not continue with the full structural survey. For this
initial inspection which could be seen as the first part of the Full Structural Survey we would be
willing to offer a price of around Euro 1,000 plus tax.

>> Expected maintenance kinds & cost in the future

>> Damage and problems etc…..

You can find basic information about the apartment as following.

Hello Mr Schmalfuss,
I will contract an expert like you if I was getting the house.
But I think we are too far from the initial price and we won’t get to an agreement.

I’m not an expert but I think the apartment minimum needs
150000€ to 250000€ renovation depending if you transform the swimming pool to rooms. That we can do later.
Our budget is 750000€ aprox so I can’t offer more than 600000€.
Therefore I don’t think we will get to an agreement unfortunately.
Best regards

Review from costumer about checking apartment

„…We bought 2 apartments in Munich. In various reports of infestation was found skipjack dry rot.
The Surveyor Schmalfuss has answered the following questions for the Warranty Inspection for us:
1) What has been done so far and in what quality?
2) the purchase Flat 105sqm and 60sqm: the wet / mold / dry rot etc and any necessary actions identified:
What could come at a cost to us? Buy recommendation?
3) assessment of what could still get to work on the house for us based on the existing report?
The short report was the basis for our decision to purchase very helpful. With expertise and experience all relevant defects have been compiled.
Best wishes also from the new friends from Chicago BR and thanks for Residential Property inspection!

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