Leo Horsfield Surveying

Leo Horsfield Surveying Building Surveyors & Engineers
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Building / Structural Surveys – Commercial

Commercial Property Surveys overview

Leo Horsfield Surveying has significant experience in undertaking building surveys and defect analysis. We are suitably qualified and experienced to provide professional advice, tailored to your needs and to the relevant property. We are Regulated by the RICS and are a Chartered Building Consultancy. We cover the whole of London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Commercial and Industrial buildings come is a vast range of sizes, uses with varying types of construction.

If you are taking on a lease we recommend you have a schedule of condition undertaken on the property. This should be incorporated into the lease to help control your repairing liability under the terms of the lease.

If you are buying a freehold or leasing a property older than around 1980 or a property that has been modified we recommend you have a Building Survey undertaken. This is a comprehensive report on the condition of the building giving information on any defects and maintenance issues.

If a defect has been noticed in the building such as cracks or damp we are happy to provide report on specific defects.

If you would like a informal chat about a survey or require any further information please call us on 01273 386775 or email info@lhsurveying.co.uk .

We appointed Leo Horsfield to prepare a schedule of condition on a shop we were taking over the lease on. He provided a very detailed report with photos. He liaised with my solicitor to get the schedule of condition included in the lease. Many thanks Amir, SE London

Below are some further details about surveys and the services we provide.

There are three main types of surveys we provide for commercail properties these are as follows.

Building/ structural survey

This extensive report is based on a detailed inspection in as much depth as possible without damaging the building or vendors property, or involving any destructive examination. Please note if you are entering into a lease we would also recommend a schedule of condition to be undertaken in addition to a building survey.

If you have specific concerns about the property these can be included in the report. You might, for example, have ideas to extend or modify the property alternatively you may have worries about some cracks… whatever issues you need to address, we will offer professional advice and assistance.

It is particularly suitable for:

  • Listed buildings,
  • Larger or buildings built pre 1980
  • Buildings that have been extended or altered

The report includes:

  • Detailed information on construction
  • Technical advice on problems
  • Recommendations on remedial work
  • Advice on future maintenance

We include budget costs for remedial works in our conclusion. This may help with negotiations on the purchase price. This will also help give you an overview of the liabilities involved with the purchase of the property.

Report on Specific Defects

This report provides diagnosis and recommendations for further action reporting on one or two issues at a property, for example roof coverings and structure, structural movement such as subsidence or issues of dampness and dry rot.

Schedule of Condition

A Schedule of Condition is normally implemented when tenants are required to record the condition of a property prior to taking up a lease.

The schedule will identify defects, or shortcomings in the building and services that they wish to have recorded in writing and with photographs, prior to taking up a lease.

In many cases, the repairing liabilities of the tenant are limited to maintaining the building in its present condition. In order for this to have effect, it is essential that the condition at the commencement of the lease is fully recorded in sufficient detail so that it can be checked and compared at the end of the lease.

Any Schedule of Condition prepared by an incoming tenant should be formally agreed by both parties and appended to the lease documentation at the outset if it is to be considered for dilapidation purposes, during or at the end of the lease.

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