Building surveyors play a significant role in the construction industry, providing a plethora of services designed to assist clients perform difficult tasks and make informed decisions by applying expert knowledge and insight.

But what exactly makes building surveying so important for property owners? Below, we’ll discuss the function of building surveyors, the services they offer and how enlisting their help can benefit you.


What does a building surveyor do?

Building surveyors advise and assist building owners and occupiers on a variety of areas, focusing on achieving the most desirable outcome in line with their goals.

A building surveyor can be involved from the beginning of any project, providing support throughout a property’s lifecycle or to simply provide assistance with specific tasks as and when needed.

In a nutshell, building surveyors aim to provide the most cost-effective solutions to problems with landlord or tenant issues with occupancy, project managing refurbishment and extensions and executing practical tasks as instructed by clients.


What kind of services do building surveyors offer?

Building surveyors provide services for property owners covering all areas of interest, and specialise in several fields spanning engineering, architecture, project management and more.

Their services can be requested by those who own or occupy properties or those who are looking to invest in and develop property. Below is a list of some of the main services building consultancy firms can provide, including us, here at Arc Building Consultancy:

  1. Pre-acquisition surveys

Useful for both buyers and sellers, pre-acquisition surveys provide an in-depth analysis of a building’s condition, offering invaluable information that should be analysed carefully prior to making any investment decisions.

  1. Planned preventative maintenance

A planned maintenance schedule is designed to ensure properties and buildings retain their value and use. This type of service is essential in preserving the state of any building and preventing minor issues from turning into bigger problems that require more costly solutions.

From a property owner or landlord perspective, planned preventative maintenance minimises the diminution in value of the property, while for occupiers, this service can help ensure the roofs don’t leak, for instance, causing significant problems that could have been prevented.

  1. Dilapidations

Navigating the topic of dilapidations – that is, specific repairs or works tenants are required to deal with at the end of a lease – can be difficult without the help of building surveyors with an in-depth understanding of practice guidelines, building pathology and the world of commercial properties.

  1. Access audits

Accessibility audits are extremely important for any building owner, providing information on any adjustments that need to be made to existing buildings to provide access for all.

  1. Defect analysis

Building surveyors are best positioned to offer expert advice on the state of any building, which often involves identifying defects and providing the best solutions to resolve them.

  1. Vendors surveys

Vendors surveys are a great option for commercial property owners looking to sell, as these reports provide objective and transparent information on buildings, giving buyers the peace of mind they need to carry out the transaction. A reliable vendors survey is therefore necessary in order to complete transactions more quickly and efficiently, helping sellers stay ahead of competitors.

  1. Feasibility studies

Feasibility studies can help clients determine whether a specific project can be carried out, providing tangible data as well as recommendations that can effectively guide clients through major construction work.

  1. Construction design

This type of service can be as comprehensive as is required, whether you are preparing for a transaction and want to increase the value of a property or want to make significant changes to a building for a specific purpose. Without the help of expert building surveyors, building design may become an overwhelming and lengthy process that presents significant risks.

  1. General project management and monitoring

Project management and monitoring can significantly affect the outcome of a project. Regardless of its complexity, any project requires careful management, that its individuals are capable of overseeing every aspect of a project from start to finish, utilising appropriate systems and procedures and applying the right set of skills.

Project monitoring can also involve looking after budget-related matters as well as legal requirements, helping outline a path to financial success.


Why do you need a building surveyor?

Building surveyors have the expertise required to thoroughly study the structure of a building and analyse its surroundings, making the best possible recommendations as a result. This also involves mitigating risks and quickly identifying and taking care of potential issues.

Building surveyors can also effectively streamline the management of a building, advising on how to plan for the future and avoid making potential mistakes all while reducing the time and effort you have to invest in the management and maintenance of a building.

In the long run, hiring a building surveyor will help save on costs, as we have expert knowledge of the industry and can therefore skilfully help negotiate potential investments, ensuring you extract as much value as possible.


Your building surveyor choice

At Arc, we focus our efforts on helping you achieve your targets, assuring our clients that their building is in safe hands.

We strive to deliver as much value as possible, no matter the type of project, using our many years of experience servicing a variety of clients to provide professional and cost-effective services across the whole of the UK.

If you require professional building consultancy services, Arc Building Consultancy can help. Get in touch today to learn more!