The ability to understand how a commercial building works and has been constructed is integral in being able to undertake and complete a thorough building survey. The variation in commercial properties is vast and the expertise of a Chartered Building Surveyor helps us to understand buildings and structures in depth. This could be from a survey of a modern industrial unit with steel framed construction to a range of thatched cob and stone holiday cottages set within exmoor.This enables a thorough report to be produced that will detail how the building has been constructed, the techniques used, any defects that are apparent, and the most cost effective methods of repair which benefits you as the Client.
The reports will come in an easy to read format and will have the benefit of photographs and sketch details to demonstrate the relevant points. A thorough survey will be carried out on site from roof voids to drainage and, where required, an endoscope survey of cavities and voids can be undertaken.
A “Full Building Survey” looks at all aspects of the building and includes a full inspection of the structural integrity of the building with individual defects noted and a comprehensive report and photographic record of the building. The survey will also include checking where possible on the Asbestos register, fire alarm and emergency light testing procedures and records of the property. The report will be summarised with a conclusion on the methods of construction and a full list of any defects with budget costings.
A “Specialist Survey” can be carried out where only a specific issue needs to be considered. This often occurs where a there is a requirement to investigate a specific issue, which could be the cracking to a stone wall, damp and condensation issues or repair of thatch roof coverings.The property will be inspected to deal with the issue at hand and a written report with photographs will be produced to detail a solution to the issue.
A “Condition Survey” will again look into all of the individual issues, including the structure and damp. The report is usually prepared on a room by room basis and gives a full and thorough record of the building and its individual rooms. This report is of significant benefit if maintenance is planned for the building and advice is needed on where priorities should be given. The other significant time this should be used is in conjunction with a new lease as it will determine the condition of the property at the commencement of the lease. This report is also provided with plans and photographs where it is required to demonstrate an issue with the building.