A condition survey involves a detailed inspection and assessment of either a building or a specific part or area of a building or land. The survey will record the condition of the building/land element(s) to establish condition and any defects at a particular point in time. The scope of a condition survey will depend on the reason for needing the condition survey or assessment in the first place.
When are condition surveys required?
- To establish or assess the condition of a building before acquiring or entering a lease and also at expiry of a lease term where there is or will be a liability to repair or keep in repair. If you are entering into a lease or contract where there is a responsibility to maintain a building or part thereof it is recommended that a condition survey is undertaken to establish the condition and any maintenance liabilities. The condition survey will record the condition at a particular point in time and help facilitate discussions, negotiations/agreements and informed decision-making. This will help manage expectations, understanding and, above all, reduce the risk of expensive unquantified repairing obligations at the outset before taking on any unexpected financial liabilities.
- To establish condition of a building (or part) or land (access, boundaries etc.) prior to and after any development or refurbishment works.
- To facilitate parties and accompany Party Wall Awards therefore recording the condition of an adjoining property before a building owner undertakes any works. The condition survey will record the condition before and after the works so that any consequential damage can be rectified and made good by the party responsible for the damage.
If you are planning work that could have an adverse effect on your neighbour’s property, or if others are undertaking work that could have an impact on your building, then a condition survey is generally recommended