A variety of building survey types can be offered, dependent on the
specific needs of the Client. Services include Pre-acquisition Surveys,
Building Appraisals, Condition Surveys, the assessment of tenant/landlord
liabilities in the case of leased premises, and specialised surveys
with regard to specific building defects or problems.
Building Appraisals are an increasingly popular form of survey. The
focus of this report is the suitability of the subject building to
the Client’s needs or proposals.
Pre-sale Surveys are becoming increasingly popular, as a means for
owners to strategically pre-empt the results of surveys undertaken
on behalf of prospective purchasers. For example, it may be more cost
efficient to deal with a significant roof defect before bringing a
property to the market, rather than allowing this to possibly disproportionately
affect the sale price ultimately realised.
In the case of leased premises, Sutherland Consulting can advise Landlords
or Tenants on the repairing covenants included in the lease, and provide
a strategy for the management of the premises to protect the Client’s
At the outset of any tenancy it is strongly recommended that a Schedule
of Condition is prepared and agreed by both the Landlord and the Tenant.
This will then form a main point of reference in any future discussions
regarding the liability for repairs and maintenance. Whilst such Schedules
can be straight forward, in older or more complex buildings it is
sometimes necessary to recommend an amendment to the terms of a proposed
lease, to take into account existing or developing defects. The neglect
of such issues often results in significant and unexpected costs at
the end of the lease term.