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How to Prepare Your Property for a Commercial Building Survey?

5th March 2022

Commercial building surveys can be a daunting task; however, here at Western Building Consultants we want to ensure that you are prepared. We understand that you may be thinking of expanding your business or making upgrades to your existing building structures.

As the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. However, it happens to clients more often than not. Imagine going through all the efforts in preparation of getting your commercial property surveyed, only to realise that you have missed an important factor, which has either doubled the budget or added a delay to your project.

Therefore, in this article we are going to explore:

  • What type of survey do you need? 
  • What documents do you need?
  • General considerations


Which kind of survey do I need?

There are many types of surveys; however, choosing the right one depends on the depth of the survey you want, and you also must consider your budget. It is important to understand what each survey involves. We have outlined a basic overview of each survey below.

  • Building Survey

Also known as a full structural survey, this is a very comprehensive inspection of all the accessible parts of your commercial property, and you can tailor it to suit your needs and what you want to find out. So if there is a particular area of concern on your commercial property, you can ask your surveyor to concentrate on that part. 

  • Schedule of Condition Report

This type of survey relies on property owners and tenants and it provides an assessment of all your property and a detailed record of defects and/or imperfections within areas of your property.

  • Schedule of Dilapidations

This is generally conducted prior to construction works, and it’s a visual record of conditions and defects of your property.

In March 2021, RICS published a new format for conducting survey reports, so it’s always worth checking this as part of your preparation.

Which documents do I need?

Always do your due diligence when it comes to the type of survey you need,  and ensure that you have all the necessary documents for your project. It’s quite simple; the more information you can provide to your surveyor, the more money you are likely going to save. 

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General Considerations

Surveyors are able to find out a lot in regards to your property, they can judge the condition of your commercial property, and can identify defects that will need to be repaired. 

They can also provide you with professional advice based on their years of experience performing commercial building surveys. We have a team of accredited surveyors ready to help you in your next adventure.

If you are thinking of carrying out a project in the future in the areas of Bristol, Bath and the South West. Feel free to contact Western Building Consultants today to discuss your options and arrange a free no-obligation quotation to get your survey planned.

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