What is a Commercial Structural Property Survey?
A commercial structural property survey is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a property, properties, unit, block or area that is being purchased or leased as a commercial entity. Our report will include (where relevant) an evaluation of the condition of the property’s roof, attic, roof coverings, exterior, grounds; interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, and fire egress. A cursory view of the heating, plumbing and electrical systems is included. Having a commercial property inspected is like giving it a physical check-up.
Who needs a Commercial Structural Property Survey?
Any one who is purchasing a commercial property, for example a retail unit, office block etc.
The purchase of a commercial property is a substantial investment. It is important to learn as much as possible about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before buying, to minimize any unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a structural survey will also point out the positive aspects of a property. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property being purchased and will be able to make a confident buying decision.
The materials used in the construction of a commercial property can be significantly different to those used in residential properties. Curtain wall systems, reinforced concrete and exterior cladding are examples of systems and materials used that have their own unique complexities. A trained engineer will provide detailed information about the issues that are unique to your particular commercial property.
Owning a commercial property will also bring legislative obligations that have to be complied with. When buying a new property health and safety risks will need to be attended to, including taking into consideration escape routes and fire precautions. A professional survey will aid you in protecting your employees’ or tenants safety.
If you are signing up to a lease for a commercial property having it professionally surveyed as you sign will provide a record of the properties condition from the lease commencement date. When the lease expires, you will have a credible and professional schedule of repairs that can help to avoid possible conflict regarding refurbishment and repair requirements.
During ownership the report can be used to help maintain the property to its highest standards by attending to any known future defects in a timely fashion, thereby helping to minimise unnecessary expense.