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What Is A Commercial Building Survey?

What Is A Commercial Building Survey And Why Is It Important?

A commercial building process is a key part of the due diligence process when you are considering leasing or purchasing a commercial building. Completed by professional building surveyors, they assess the technical risks for either investors or occupiers. The survey will provide a detailed report on the condition of the property.
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What Does A Building Survey Include?

Commercial building surveys are different from residential surveys. They will usually be more complex examining:

  • Construction and structure
  • Materials used
  • Surrounding land

The survey will also include a fully technical analysis and an identification of any defects or potential repairs. This could also include cost estimates for the repairs that may be required. 

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Different Types of Commercial Building Surveys

There are various types of commercial building surveys that will suit particular requirements of a client.
This includes an inspection of the property’s deeds as well as the history. It is intended to ensure that a property meets the requirements of a particular tenant or a prospective buyer.
This is used to determine the condition of the property in question. Usually, this will be required for commercial property clients who are exploring purchasing a building and bringing it into regular use. It will identify physical defects as well as the scope of work that may be required.
This provides a potential buyer with key details relating to the condition of the property, with particular reference to the structure as well as the materials used. The survey will also provide information on the cost of repair or refurbishment.
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How Much Does A Commercial Property Survey Cost UK?

On average, you should expect to pay between £800 to £2000 per day for a commercial property survey in the UK. However, the cost can depend on a variety of factors. A surveyor’s rates may be impacted by the location of the property. Commercial building surveys in some regions are more expensive compared to others. You may also find that rates differ depending on the property’s size. depends how long it will take a surveyor to provide a complete assessment of the property.
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Do I Need A Survey On A Commercial Property?

There are various reasons why you might need a survey on a commercial property. For instance, you might be concerned that there are issues with the building that could impact a future sale. Or, you could be concerned about health and safety issues that must be addressed before you can start profiting from a property.

Who Can Complete A Commercial Building Survey?

There are various clients who may arrange a commercial building survey to protect an investment or ensure that they are mitigating levels of risk effectively.
A landlord can arrange a commercial building survey. This is a key legal step to ensure that they are not exposed to any issues with premises liability that may become apparent in the future. Landlords should also complete a commercial building survey to ensure that they are not left in a situation where key repairs and other expenses begin to eat in the return of a building that they are leasing out. Remember, even a full repairing lease a tenant may not always be liable to “fully repair” the property.
You may also want to consider exploring a commercial building survey if you are thinking about buying a property. You could be purchasing a property to lease it out or sell it on as a potential investment. In either case, it is important to know whether there are any issues with the property that need to be addressed before you commit to a purchase. This will also help ensure that you are able to purchase the property at a price which matches the current value. It may also be necessary when obtaining a mortgage for a property.
A construction company could also arrange for a commercial building survey to be completed on a building that they are working on. This is often in the best interest for contractors as it will inform them whether there are any issues which could be a construction project most costly, complicated, or time consuming.

How To Choose A Building Surveyor For Your Commercial property

When arranging a commercial building survey, it’s important to make sure that you are choosing the right team of surveyors. Commercial property surveyors should have the right level of experience and expertise required to deliver the best possible service.

Reviews of Services

First, make sure that you do check the reviews of any company that is providing commercial structural surveys. It’s important that you do assess whether a business does have the right level of experience in completing surveys on commercial buildings.


You should also assess the experience of the surveyor you choose. An independent surveyor can spend more time at a property and therefore produce a more in-depth report covering many issues in more detail.

Will A Building Surveyor Any Additional Services?

A full commercial building survey can include other elements that may be useful to a client. Here are some of the key services that you should be aware of.


A surveyor can provide advice and recommendation for how to handle a defect that has been discovered or identified during a survey. This could include the replacement of part of the property or the repair of an issue.


Upon request, a surveyor may also provide a market value for the property, based on the information included in the condition report or assessment. This analysis provides power to a potential buyer of a commercial property and will ensure that they can renegotiate the current asking price for a building.

If you are interested in learning more about commercial building surveys or you would like to arrange a commercial property survey, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

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James Peck

James has worked the residential property sector since 2005 with roles in Asset Management, Probate, Insurance, Party Wall Matters, Valuation and Building Surveying in both local and national areas having spent several years working within the London area and the Home Counties. James specialises in building surveying with a particular interest in non-traditional construction properties and historic buildings. James has an in-depth knowledge of residential buildings and provides clear and concise advice to clients.
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