Building Surveying

Our building surveying team will give you a detailed understanding of the condition of the property you are planning to buy, or rent, or already own.

We provide several different types of building surveys, (each of which can be tailored to suit your requirements) including:

  • Pre-acquisition surveys – an analysis and quantification of potential risks to the building you are about to purchase or rent
  • Technical due diligence – a detailed technical analysis of the property you about to purchase or rent, currently own or rent, including full ananlysis of any related legal, statutory and construction documents;
  • Pre-divestment surveys – an analysis of the existing building you are about to dispose of, which may be transferred to any purchaser that acts to speed up your property sale


When looking for a new property, a building survey will ensure you know of any defects to the building before entering into a contract and the costs of remedying any disrepair.

Working with us also allows you to plan ahead, taking into account any extra costs that may be require allocating to satisfy any key defects, repairing liabilities, legal or regulatory obligations and give you long term knowledge on the costs of the property’s maintenance during your ownership.

To find out which survey best suits you and your property, please get in touch.

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Occupational Surveys

Planned Maintenance Programmes Property can be a significant expenditure to your business over time and the forward planning of your property maintenance can assist you to maintain your property’s condition, whilst allowing you to set aside or plan for suitable capital to fund the cost of those repairs. In preparing Planned Maintenance Programmes, we can assist in identifying any required repair costs years in advance and therefore allow you to plan your cash flow at an early stage. We’re experienced in providing maintenance schedules on property portfolios and individual properties that are structured to meet your own accounting procedure or existing maintenance protocols. Reinstatement Cost Assessments We understand that it is essential for your property to be suitably insured, but also that the cost of insuring property can be significant. Our reinstatement cost assessors will ensure your building is accurately insured, to reflect its re-build cost and that, whilst ensuring that you are adequately insured, you are not excessively covered. We are able to individually assess your property and insurance requirements and ensure that our reinstatement cost assessment meets your specific needs, be it for an individual property or on an entire portfolio. Expert Witness Whilst property provides an excellent opportune to invest, we understand that it also unfortunately creates an opportunity for various conflicts to arise, be it with landlords, tenant, contractors or third parties. When disputes do become litigious we appreciate that you need concise, specific and clear support in the form of expert witness reports to support your claim. Our expert witnesses fully understand the legal process and Civil Procedure Rules and are technically proficient in fact-finding investigations and surveys to determine a clear opinion to support your claim. Disabled Access Audits The Equality Act 2011 requires businesses to ensure that free access is provided into, within and out of their property and that facilities are provided for persons of all levels of mobility. We are fully conversant with the latest design guidelines for disabled access and facilities within all types of property and can review your existing buildings to ensure that free access is provided to all persons and that litigation risks to your business are mitigated. Contact Us

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