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Pre-Acquisition Building Surveys for Commercial Properties

Marketing / 13 Apr, 19

Sanderson Weatherall provides commercial building surveys for a wide range of clients across all types of commercial property. We listen carefully and tailor our building surveys to meet the specific requirements of our clients to ensure we add value to their property transactions.

We understand that different clients have different objectives and we work hard to ensure that our reports and advice are relevant and accurate.

There are two main types of commercial building survey that we provide.

Occupier and Tenant Building Surveys

An occupier / tenant survey highlights building fabric issues and provides concise commercial advice to help deal with issues that could affect a tenant’s business continuity once in occupation.

We can provide advice in respect of the anticipated cost of works to put a building into repair ready for fit out and occupation and as an additional service can negotiate directly with landlords to agree a scope of repairs to be completed prior to occupation.

Longer term we can provide strategic dilapidations advice to minimise the final exit cost when the tenancy concludes.

The key benefits of instructing SW to provide a building survey are:

• We provide an understanding of the constraints and risks associated with a property;

• We provide budget costs for putting the property into suitable repair;

• Our findings can often be used to help negotiate incentives with landlords, such as increased rent free periods;

Investment Building Surveys

Our investment building surveys differ somewhat from occupier surveys, we still provide accurate and comprehensive details in respect of the buildings condition, however, the report focusses on the longer term investment potential of the building including dilapidations advice for any pre-existing leases that will exist with tenants once the ownership of the building changes.

We will consider works that may be required over the proposed investment period and calculate budgets for major capital expenditure such as replacement roof coverings, cladding or glazing schemes.

We can review service charge agreements and recommend service charge maintenance schemes to improve the building for both the occupiers and as an investment asset.

Expert advice from Sanderson Weatherall

Whether you are a tenant, occupier or an investor SW can provide an accurate and professional tailored service to satisfy your individual requirements. We are a medium sized professional service company so we have the resources to undertake the majority of commercial property instructions but also have the flexibility to be able to react quickly to clients’ instructions and provide commercially focused advice.

Our key objective is to provide an outstanding level of service that genuinely adds value to our client’s property transactions.

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