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Let’s Talk About The Responsibilities Of A Chartered Building Surveyor

A building surveyor, especially a chartered building surveyor is able to provide professional advice on a wide range of issues regarding the maintenance and care of buildings and the property the building is situated on. The job encompasses not only the building, but also includes the surrounding property A land surveyor will research the documents available about your land, including titles and previous surveys to establish boundaries and land maps. A building surveyor is usually involved in the sale of a property, so their report can sometimes determine whether a sale goes through or not. Let’s analyze what some of the obligations a building surveyor must take on by accepting the job.

1) One of the most important activities is to actually create the survey itself. The best vehicle to use to accomplish an idea of the state of a property would be to examine the building survey. As we mentioned, you might need a survey if you were selling the property. In other cases, you would be using the building survey if you were involved in renovating, or improving the building. A Building Survey examines all elements of the property.

2) Project Monitoring is important because each building surveyor has to monitor such things as the overall progress and impact of the project activities. This report offers insights to how the overall performance, schedules, and objectives are being met.

3) Party Wall Surveying involves anticipating how others outside the subject property might be effected. This will also include the process of finding out if there is going to be any disputes between neighbors of the adjoining building, as well as the building owner. Part of the party wall survey is to offer solutions so that the building project adheres to all compliance and legislation laws.

4) Right of Light embarks on the freedom for the neighbor’s right of light that they have been accustomed to. If you think a new development will restrict the level of light you receive, then you are perfectly entitled to oppose it. If a window or an opening has had 20 years or more of unobstructed daylight, it automatically receives the right to light. The new building reduces the amount of natural light coming in and will therefore be deemed as an obstruction.

5) Survey Access Consultants are the ones that are going to tell you about the existing buildings criteria for usability and accessibility. It involves not only the issue of ready movement to and around the building, but also the possible uses of the building to provide for people with disabilities.

6) Fire is always an issue in any building, and should therefore be addressed properly. This will be advice on a range of workplace safety issues that affect all business premises.

7) Design and Refurbishment is the development of the detailed design of a project. This is also where an old building will receive a complete makeover to make it more appealing, and modern.

8) Planned preventive Maintenance is a scheduled service visit carried out by a competent and suitable agent, to ensure that the building project at hand is currently operating correctly. There job is to avoid any unscheduled breakdown and downtime.

9) Life Cycle Analysis should be included so that the building owner is aware of all the environmental impacts associated with all of the stages of the project. This will help to decide if the project should even be attempted, or what the additional environmental costs are going to be.

10) Insurance Reinstatement Valuations are done in case a disaster happens and causes complete destruction of the building. This is where the building insurance policy comes into play.

11) Dilapidations and Lease Advice involve issues to prevent the project getting caught doing building repairs, and other alterations that would usually fall in the hands of the landlord.

Building a Sexist Shed

Every bloke has one, but what about the women?

Building a garden shed does not have to be for the tools, the kitchen sink or the boy’s toys it could be slanted towards an extra room for art, crafts, dressmaking studio. The first choice before drawing up building plans is to decide the purpose of the building and who will be using it the most. There are many great plans for building different styles of shed but the basics remain the same.

• The site being of main importance as the shed /studio will be there for a long time. The fact that the property will be sold a number of times also means that the building needs to be attractive, functional, and handy to the home on the section.

• Accessibility should also be considered as there may be a need to unload items from a vehicle or trailer if it is being used for storage.

• Surroundings such as location of utilities and the likelihood of existing services at risk of being damaged from building excavations, site preparation.

• Siting for the sun of huge importance, the main part orientated to the sunny side because the sun has a feel good factor, makes the shed/studio warmer and more pleasant to work in. Obviously, this depends where in the world you are building.

• Materials that you plan on using and where you will get them. eBay, your local hardware shop, the neighbor, demolition yard, or manufacturer.

• The council permits that may be required, they will be different depending on the council involved.

• The cost, always allow more than you budget, even the very best laid plans can go astray, Murphy’s law has a lot to answer for sometimes!

• One of the most important suggestions is talk to your neighbor and tell them your plans. The shed may spoil their view, cut down on the amount of sun their garden receives in the course of the day. They may also have some good ideas that may be of help in your building project. Who knows, they may even help building your shed.

• Measure your planned site. Will it fit? Distance from your home, access, services.

• Who is going to have the use of your shed or studio, and what inside finishing it may need. The lady of the house may want to decorate appropriately, if it’s going to be for her. A blokes shed will need a beer fridge and very little else!

Commercial Property Inspection Secrets for Property Managers

Commercial property managers have to inspect commercial property frequently to ensure that the tenants are correctly occupying the premises, and that the property still performs well for the landlord. Failure to inspect a property leads to problems with tenants and property function.

As a commercial property manager you should have a structured inspection process that details the property issues needing to be monitored. A structured inspection process helps you focus on the specific elements in the property that impact rent, function, and tenant occupancy.

As to how long a property inspection takes, and how frequently you should inspect the property, really does depend on these three things:

  • How the property is used by the tenants and what pressure this creates on the property.
  • The type of visitors to the property and frequency of usage.
  • The fees that are being paid for the property management services by the landlord.

In absolutely all cases, a property inspection process should be documented for future reference and or evidence in any claim or concern. In commercial property, the matter of proof and evidence is critical to the future legal activities under any lease arrangement or dispute with occupancy provisions.

It is very common for retail property to be inspected more frequently than office or industrial property. This is mainly due to the interaction of the customer in the property, and the large numbers of people visiting the property each day.

The inspection process for a commercial or retail building is always unique and specific to its location and structure; however the following is a good model to use when inspecting commercial buildings under property management.

  • Start with the exterior of the property, looking at the points of access and egress to the front of the property and around the property.
  • Look for presentational issues associated with signage, access, and building appearance.
  • Security around the building and the property itself should be examined for effectiveness and practicality. Look for areas that have been tampered with or areas that are potentially sources of future problems.
  • Examine the points of entry for the tenants to the property. Are the access points of a quality that supports the property profile and rental? Are the access points safe?
  • Understand the storage of vehicles on the property and car park operations in and around the property. Are the car park operations functional, well lit, and secure?
  • Look at lighting around the property and its suitability for after-hours security and property usage.
  • Examine the exterior of the building for obvious maintenance issues and malfunctions.
  • Look at the entrance points to the building for compliance to current building codes as they apply in your area and with the building of its type.
  • Examine the safety exits and evacuation points to ensure they are in compliance with safety standards and building codes.
  • Look at common areas such as corridors, stairs, tea rooms, toilets, and other services and amenities used by the tenants.
  • Examine the entrance doorways and frontages to the tenancies for compliance to lease documentation including the current plans and drawings that apply to the building.
  • Move through the tenancy space (subject to lease authorized access) looking for signs of damage or unauthorized tenant usage.
  • Plant and machinery associated with the building and owned by the landlord should be inspected by qualified contractors that understand the practicality and function of the machinery. Written reports should be obtained on a monthly basis on all maintenance matters.
  • The tenant should be interviewed regularly to understand any difficulties or concerns that they may have with the building. You are also looking for changes of occupancy or space need with each and every tenant such as expansion or contraction of space.

The above list is a basic summary of the commercial property inspection process. Given that every property is unique, it is best to create your own inspection checklist to use when inspecting the different property types of office, industrial, and retail property.

Your region and location will also present certain other aspects of occupancy and concerns to be monitored. A good example here is environmental, heritage, or cultural issues. When you inspect commercial property, do so with a view to building safety, usage, and investment performance.