Building Design and Defect Identification and Diagnosis for Agents in Scotland

Estate agents are not surveyors, nor are they expected to be, but a basic understanding of building design and defect identification and diagnosis, is essential when providing a marketing appraisal or when generally advising clients. This is especially useful when pre-empting or following a Home Report or subsequent report or valuation on a property which requires clarification. The course will explain how domestic buildings are constructed, covering the main elements of construction and service installations, and then look at defect identification and diagnosis. 


  • Domestic property styles design and construction
  • Services – gas, electricity, water, drainage and heating
  • The big 3 issues - Damp, Timber defects and Structural Movement
  • Planning, building and fire regulations
  • Identifying common defects and their causes


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What do the delegates think?

"One of the best courses I have ever attended"

Karolina Urban

"Great content, very useful!"

Fiona Thomson

Waiting list

If the date you would like is fully booked and you would like to be placed onto the waiting list, please email with your name, contact details and how many places you would like; if a place becomes available we will then contact you. Alternatively if we have sufficient interest we will try and arrange an additional date for the course to run. 

In-house training

This course is also available in-house. For more information on this please contact the Courses department on 01926 417 787 or email

Alternative dates or locations

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Level: Foundation
CPD: 3 hours

face to face

Face to Face

Meet Your Trainer

Ian Gray, NAEA Trainer

Ian Gray

Ian is a chartered surveyor, with a passion for Residential Property in all its aspects. He is keen to share the knowledge he has gained from training as a Quantity Surveyor and becoming a General Practice Surveyor and Registered Valuer. He has been involved in managing a multi-practice firm of Surveyors with offices across Scotland, and managing the Conveyancing and Estate Agency teams in Edinburgh and Glasgow for one of Scotland’s top firms of solicitors. He most recently set up his own consultancy firm.