Surveys | Reports | Inspections
We undertake a very wide spectrum of design and allied services for clients. Take a look below to view our complete overview of product services provided.
Property Surveys & In-depth Building Inspections
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL PROSPECTIVE PROPERTY PURCHASERS:
Choosing the Right Chartered Surveyor for the Right Reporting
Most clients in the UK do not know, but the RICS has seventeen different disciplines. We are all ‘chartered surveyors’ but you need the right chartered surveyor for the job in hand with the right knowledge base and training. Therefore for all building surveys you need a Chartered ‘BUILDING’ Surveyor and no other RICS professional classification for a client’s own short-term and long-term benefit.
Surveys & Building Inspections for both commercial & residential clients
Over the years the ‘Practice’ has advised many commercial and industrial clients. These have involved private developers and established businesses.
This diversification has covered engineering works to the centralisation of group company headquarter office complexes.
Chartered Building & Structural Reports
Clients that require full and total peace-of-mind in knowing what they are buying into and to fully understand if a property has any severe building defects, the practice’s unique ‘combined’ chartered building and structural engineering reports are the gold standard. For no other reports by other chartered practices we have found over the years, include both building and engineering analysis within a single property report.
The reason for this we consider is that our practice professionals are both RICS chartered building surveyors and also civil/structural engineers with the relevant long-term knowledge and experience combined to provide a full in-depth understanding of a property and whether it is good or bad. Indeed, engineering assessment is just as important as building appraisal, if not even more so, as issues such as engineering movement problems for instance, are usually the most expensive to rectify if they are prevalent. But the knack is to determine these major faults and where that takes the knowledge-base and mind of an engineer. Indeed, rectification costs after purchase can and do go into tens of thousands of pounds or more and where the practice professionals provide an in-depth insight into the full structural integrity of a property, undertaking such things as for example, the property’s underlying ground stability assessment using the British Geological Survey (BGS) data and the Coal Authority (CA) information to determine whether there are major engineering ground concerns with regard to mining or not and with regard to a property; using the combined mindset and specialist knowledge of an engineer and surveyor together. Therefore if you wish for the gold standard with full peace-of-mind, this report is for you and where it is in advance of the RICS highest reporting level 3, as it includes as detailed previously, not just building surveying (with basic structural comments where the chartered surveyor usually refers the buyer to a structural engineer when engineering issues are prevalent and where that involves further report cost), but also engineering analysis and stability determinations all in one comprehensive report. Therefore for peace-of-mind when especially buying a property, the commissioning of this advanced in-depth technical report is basically a must and where the additional cost is one well spent by our clients we have found over the decades, saving those who would not have normally had this standard of report, literally thousands of pounds on average after contracts have been signed. For once the horse has bolted there is respectfully no redress unless you can prove that the vendor, your surveyor or your engineer was negligent.
Engineering Reports of Structural Defects
When you require a property defect analysis report or engineering report that focuses solely on a specific issue or a few issues within a property this reporting standard is for you. For this in-depth inspection and report will determine the cause, the rectification works necessary and the cost to remediate the defect(s) observed and determined by the engineer. Note that these technical reports are classified as ‘limited’ professional reports, as they are limited to specific building or structural engineering defects and issues.
Building and Structural Engineering Reports
Types of Reports
This ‘Practice’ undertakes most forms of client reports and which include,
Commercial Dilapidation Surveys & Schedules
(for Leaseholders and Landlords)
Dilapidation Reports consist of,
Costs of Dilapidations Reports
Dilapidations reports vary considerably, depending on their complexity and the engineering solutions necessary to rectify a structure. Therefore these reports are usually undertaken on a diarised time and agreed hourly professional rate. These reports are factual and allow the client to make the right financial decision. They are therefore cost-effective documents that overall, save the client substantial sums in the long term. Indeed, the right information, whether buying or renovating a property, has saved clients literally tens and hundreds of thousands pounds in the past – for they were fully aware of what they were buying into in the first place. Many have been able on the basis of substantial detailed grounds, to reduce purchase prices and therefore their investment accordingly.
Expert Witness for the Client & ‘The Courts’
(all Courts up to the Court of Appeal)
The ‘Practice’ offers Expert Witness services for the client.
Unfortunately the building industry is ‘afflicted’ by bad workmanship and the so-called ‘cowboy builders’. If the client is affected by such problems it may cost thousands, tens-of-thousands and even hundreds-of-thousands to put right.
Indeed in some instances where the practice has had to deal with these dire building instances, local authorities through their building control departments have at times totally condemned the project works in their entirety and where all has had to be demolished and completely rebuilt. These things happen more than people really think or are indeed, aware of.
Some people believe that it is best to obtain at least three recommendations for a builder to obtain a good builder, but where this is fraught with risk. For this is a guide where the only secure way to know that you have not commissioned a ‘cowboy’ builder is through a professional firm like this practice who has determined over 30-years which builders can perform and which builders cannot.
The 'Practice' offers,
For peace-of-mind and to start on the right foot, contact this 'Practice' for expert witness advice which is based upon decades of hands-on experience.
But once a case has been made, the practice undertakes all necessary investigations, exploratory and exposure work to build a case for the commissioning client and ultimately for the Courts as expert witness. Within this process stage, continual but only necessary meetings are held with the client and at times, their solicitor, to provide professional updates and input. Thereafter once all information is at hand, the technical Court report is compiled and produced.