A building survey is an inspection and analysis of a commercial building and services of a commercial property in enough detail to enable an inspector to suggest what effect the state of the property will have on a customer/holder. This allows the customer/holder to take corrective action before a problem becomes too big or out of proportion with the investment made. It can often help to restructure the commercial property in order to improve the bottom line. Building surveys can help provide the much-needed information before committing to any large scale changes to a commercial or residential property. They should always be carried out by a professional Building Survey Manchester company such as Sam Conveyancing. It should however be remembered that even if a building survey provides a sensible indication as to the health of a commercial property, no guarantee can be given as to the result. The key to achieving success in a commercial property is to strike the right balance between practicality and economics.
While building surveys will highlight any structural problems with the property, they do not give an accurate indication of what the building survey is actually saying about the condition of the building. Not all faults can be seen by the naked eye, and while a building survey will indicate some structural faults, they may also identify some less obvious issues. For example, it would not be possible to identify all roof defects in a building survey, but the same could be identified by carrying out a roof maintenance programme.
Building Surveys generally rely on two main methods of surveying buildings: the first is level 3 which involves a computerised system, the second is level 2. The computerised systems are more accurate as they take into account the elevations of the survey area. Level 3 building surveys involve very high precision instruments and therefore cost much more than level 2 surveys.
While buildings can be inspected using basic building surveys, it is not uncommon for property owners to want to delve deeper and get a more in-depth property survey done. There are a number of factors which can affect the cost of property surveys. These include the number of defects, the location of defects, and the cost of repairs needed if defects are found.
One important thing to note when considering building surveys is that visual inspection should not be combined with a structural survey. Visual inspection can identify minor flaws that will not be detected by a structural survey. This is because a visual inspection is primarily designed to identify gaps or minor defects, and not defects which will cause structural damage in the future. In some cases, a visual inspection can identify areas of potential structural damage which will not be found using a structural survey. If you wish to carry out a structural inspection after completing a building survey, you should contact your surveyor for advice regarding the depth of your building coverage and the inclusion of cracks or other defects.