Full building commercial and residential surveys in Plymouth, Truro, Exeter & Bristol

Vickery Holman’s building surveying department provide detailed and specialist advice as part of a personal and flexible full-range local service. Company-wide specialist support is provided as required by individual instruction and circumstance. The strength of the team means they can take on large commissions and complete them in a timely, cost-effective and consistent manner.

Whether it is domestic or commercial, a full building survey provides a detailed picture of the condition of a building. All elements are surveyed throughout a property and its grounds to ensure a purchaser fully understands the extent of disrepair.

For any property purchase, this type of survey is essential to ensure a full understanding of potential liabilities is obtained. This is where our Plymouth, Truro, Exeter and Bristol teams can help, wherever you are based in the South-West.

Asset Management Plan

The asset management plan is designed to advise building owners and occupiers specifically on maintenance and repair works. The report sets timescales for works to be undertaken and provides budget costs, enabling the user to accurately cost-plan maintenance work over a desired timeframe. The schedule is a useful tool for landlords and occupiers by providing a structure to manage maintenance and repair works.

Major Elements Survey (Commercial)

This survey focuses on the main elements of the fabric of a commercial property, looking primarily for signs of movement and structural failure. The survey also concentrates on identifying rot, decay, damp and other deteriorations in building fabric.

The survey is aimed at people who want to purchase a commercial property but who plan on undertaking major refurbishment works so have no need for information relating to general condition. 

Reinstatement Cost Assessment

This assessment provides the figure insurance companies require for the demolition and rebuilding of the property in the event of fire, flood etc. The insurance companies may require this to be updated anything from two to five yearly cycles in order to avoid the property being under or over insured.

Stock Condition

The stock condition survey and report is aimed at organisations with multiple properties that want to gain a picture of the general condition of their buildings.

Quinquennial Survey

This is a survey of all elements of a building on a five-year cycle. Most churches and chapels across the country require these to be undertaken, along with historic buildings, scheduled ancient monuments and historic ruins.

Access audit

An access audit reviews the accessibility of a building and benchmarks it against the relevant accessibility standards. This format is used for buildings with public access or where a building owner needs advice on where the access provisions fall short of standards and where improvements can be made.

Audits are also useful for employers to ensure their facilities are appropriate for the requirements of their employees. Our reports identify shortfalls in the accessibility, and make recommendations on the best, most appropriate remediation.

Defect analysis

This survey is targeted at owners and occupiers of buildings that have a specific defect and who need to understand the cause and most appropriate method of remediation.

“Luke was very knowledgeable about old properties like ours and seemed genuinely interested. He was a pleasure to deal with. We were very satisfied with the knowledge and expertise shown by Vickery Holman.”

Historic manor house owners, Truro

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