Our qualified RICS Commercial Surveyors provide clients with a multi-dimensional perspective to answer any business need.
Commercial Building Surveys, Schedule of Conditions, Schedule of Dilapidations – for Landlords or Tenants, Verbal Consultations and Energy Improvement Feasibility Surveys.
Commercial Building Surveys, Schedule of Conditions, Schedule of Dilapidations – for Landlords or Tenants.
Verbal Consultations, Energy Improvement, Feasibility Surveys.
Commercial Building Surveys.
An RICS Commercial Building Survey includes a detailed inspection of the property, grounds and outbuildings, which is then documented within a comprehensive report.
Comment will be made on the materials used within the property’s construction, including health and safety and fire hazard risks, defect identification and remedial options as well as issues related to the future maintenance of the property.
Within the report, a guide to the cost of such works and timescales will be given as an indication as to the extent of the remedial and maintenance works required. Such detailed surveys allow new tenants or purchasers to make an informed decision on their new investment opportunity mitigating the risk of having unknown issues that could cause major issues in the future. This can particularly be important if full repair and insure leases are signed, as tenants are then committed to the maintenance and upkeep of the property which, if already in a poor state of repair, can be an unfair cost to be responsible for.
Prior to attending the property to undertake the inspection, thorough desktop research is completed to identify whether the property is at risk of being located in a flood risk zone, traffic control areas, mining, radon, sub-soil movement, high crime locations, within a conservation area or area of outstanding natural beauty, whether it is listed, whether there are any onerous restrictions on the Title, boundary issues, rights of way over the property, risk of invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed, Energy Performance Certificate issues, Planning Permission and Building Regulation approvals.
Once on site, undertaking the inspection all of the issues raised within the desktop research will be investigated to ensure no structural movement has occurred, chimney stacks are in a satisfactory order, roof coverings are well maintained, rainwater goods are in place and adequate for purpose, fascia, soffit and verge boards are well maintained, with adequate projection and ventilation, main walls are structurally sound, maintained correctly, with comment also being made on the insulation qualities of the main walls, windows and doors are thermally efficient and operate satisfactorily, floors have adequate damp proofing and, if required, sub-floor ventilation, paying particular attention to stability, load bearing capabilities, damp saturation, sulphate attack and movement.
Comment will also be made on the health and safety issues and general visible condition of the services to the property, including septic tank, treatment plants and cesspits. However, comment is limited on services due to the inspection being non-invasive and the surveyor not being qualified to comment on gas or electrical installations. Areas of the property that are concealed such as dry-lining, general decoration or fixtures and fittings cannot be commented on; however, based on evidence found of defects within the property, advice will be given on the probability of such defects affecting such areas that cannot be inspected.
This is particularly important if you are wishing to undertake future works to the property and additional funds may be required for such concealed defects.
As commercial buildings have varying construction types when compared to residential buildings and tend to be constructed using reinforced concrete, steel and cladding, this requires a different approach regarding the inspection than that needed for a domestic building survey. It can also suggest any remedial works that might be carried out and support any claim for a price adjustment. Once the inspection is complete, a comprehensive RICS Commercial Building Survey report will be written, including a traffic light system highlighting the severity of the issues found. This will then include estimated timescales and costings for the remedial works and general maintenance works required, which will give you a more accurate idea as to the financial commitment required when proceeding to purchase or lease the property.
After you receive your report we offer a bespoke Post Survey Care service which gives you uninterrupted time to speak to the surveyor regarding your report and the opportunity for the surveyor to liaise with third parties such as the selling agent if you require us to.
Schedule of Conditions: A Schedule of Conditions is particularly important for new tenancies, as it documents using comprehensive photographs and written report, the condition of the property and grounds prior to a new tenancy commencing.
This report supports a tenant if a landlord wishes to seek to make a claim at the end of the lease for disrepair and / or unauthorised alterations to the property.
This is commonly known as a ‘dilapidations claim’ and can cost the tenant thousands of pounds.
A Schedule of Conditions can be invaluable to the tenant as this documents the condition of the property at the start of the lease, which can help resolve claims resulting in saving money, time and legal fees.
Verbal Consultations: If you do not wish to have a full Building Survey undertaken for your new premises, but would still would like the reassurance from a RICS professional, we offer a verbal consultation, including a comprehensive inspection (similar to that of a Building Survey) with a vast number of photographs followed by an over the phone or Zoom meeting to discuss the property.
Energy Improvement Feasibility Surveys:
Energy Performance recommendations given via Government guidance is based on generalised data and not tailored to specific properties.
There are many factors to consider, which are not necessarily considered within general recommendations such as listed protection, period properties, conservation areas, geographic location / atmospheric moisture, usage of the property, financial / practical viability, and possible creation of structural defects.
Our Energy Improvement Feasibility Surveys are bespoke to every property and the usage of such property.
Guidance on what improvements can be made based on the property and location and what should be avoided to prevent further deterioration to the building.
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