Surveys & Building Surveys

The practice undertakes a wide range of Building Surveying duties which include Building Inspections on both Residential and Commercial Buildings, Defects Analysis and Land and Topographical Surveys.  


These commonly include :

A).Building Surveys on Houses or Buildings being purchased .

B).Schedules of Condition and Dilapidations where advising Commercial Clients on potential or actual Liability.

C).Specific Building defect analysis where Clients have building defects which require repair .


A). The Scope of Building Surveys :

The report is a detailed appraisal of the condition of the fabric of the building but is not a Structural Engineers Report.


The report will advise on the condition and state of repair of the visible parts of the property.It will describe the method of construction where visible,detail any defects which are apparent at the time of inspection and indicate the need for remedying such defects. Areas requiring future maintenance, repair or further inspection will also be highlighted.


Where areas requiring further specialist advice/investigation are found appropriate recommendations for additional reports will be made.


These reports are especially appropriate for properties which have been poorly maintained;  large or older (pre 1900) properties; properties of unusual or uncommon construction and commercial structures.Proposed alterations should be discussed with the Surveyor and also any areas of specific concern as these will be commented on in greater detail if so required.The reports will also be suitable for smaller scale traditionally constructed commercial properties.


Whilst the report will be as comprehensive as possible it will be subject to some limitations  and it should be noted that it is not often practical to inspect woodwork on hidden sides of skirtings, linings etc.Only visible areas can be seen properly and it is not possible to raise fitted carpets or floorboards or gain access to areas which are covered, concealed or obstructed such as wall cavities, sealed roof and floor voids or areas in ducts and behind panelling. Heavy furniture and stored articles in storage areas will not be moved.


Roofs will only be inspected from ground level and from ladders if safe access can be taken from the property or from a 3 meter ladder off ground level.Roof voids will not be inspected if the access is considered dangerous.Common parts so far  as they are indicated to be areas for which a liability under lease will arise will be inspected  but in larger properties it may be impossible to fully inspect these areas. Your specific advice will be sought if these areas are extensive .


The report will incorporate general comments only on garages and other outbuildings, grounds and boundaries.


Where defects are revealed by the inspection this will enable the prospective purchaser/lessee to carefully consider the suitability of the property for their needs and either revise their offer or withdraw before being legally committed to purchase/lease.


A complimentary copy of this report can be sent  to your Solicitor if necessary.B). Schedules of Condition or Dilapidation :

Generally undertaken on Commercial Properties a Schedule of Condition will record the current condition of the inspected property and normally be supported by a Photographic Schedule .The schedules are often used to restrict the extent of any repairing obligation within a Commercial Lease .


Schedules of Dilapidation are normally undertaken at the end of a Commercial Lease or can be undertaken during the Lease if Covenants are breached. We can assist in undertaking Schedules for both Landlords and Tenants and can seek a resolution through negotiations on behalf of the Landlord or Tenant . Dilapidations are a complex area of Law and careful building analysis and the  interpretation of covenants within Leases is required.