Commercial Surveys

Before you purchase, lease, let, sell or alter a commercial property in London, you might either want or need to obtain a commercial survey report. By identifying building defects, we could help you shave a significant sum off a property’s asking price or avoid a poor investment altogether. Our commercial surveys can also help protect you from a legal standpoint, whether it’s an insurance claim battle or a dispute with a landlord or tenant.

In this article, we discuss the benefits of commercial surveys, factors that affect the price and the different types of survey available. We’ve also included some downloadable example reports at the bottom of the page so that you can see what you’re paying for. If you have any questions or want to book a commercial survey, get in touch with us on 020 3598 6730.

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At Harding Chartered Surveyors, we’re a team of highly experienced and fully qualified residential and commercial building surveyors in London. In addition to surveys, we can advise on party wall matters, provide valuations and even act as an expert witness in court. We also offer impartial advice regarding property transactions, providing support throughout every stage of the process.

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The Benefits of Obtaining a Commercial Survey

Many buildings have hidden defects that the seller may either keep to themselves or be unaware of. Therefore, commercial building inspections are a worthwhile investment. Our surveyors can identify defects that range from damp and wet rot to damaged foundations and structural issues, which could help you save thousands of pounds in the long run. However, building surveys are useful for more than just identifying problems.

The Benefits of a Commercial Survey include:
- They can help prevent legal disputes arising from buying, selling, leasing or letting a commercial property
- You can avoid surprises and expensive repair fees
- They help you gauge whether the asking price for a building reflects its true value
- You may need to undertake a commercial survey if you plan to make renovations or build new structures
- They can give you the upper hand during negotiations
- They can protect you from paying too much or too little for insurance
- You can find out about the future maintenance requirements of your building
Our experienced surveyors utilise their wealth of expertise and specialist equipment to inspect every exposed, accessible and visible area of a property. Following the survey, you’ll be given a thorough report with photographs that provides evidence of defects and overall cost-estimates for any required repairs. If you want our building surveyors to assess your commercial building, don’t hesitate to call us.

Different Types of Commercial Surveys
Similar to residential property surveys, commercial surveys must be conducted by a chartered surveyor, who will inspect the condition of the roof, walls and floors, both inside and outside of the property. Your commercial building surveyor will also offer recommendations for testing (a surveyor isn’t qualified to examine the likes of electrical and gas utilities, except to check they’re functional).

We offer the following commercial surveys to clients in London and Surrey:

A Pre-Acquisition Survey before Purchase or Lease
Before you lease or purchase a building, our surveyors can address its condition and repair needs by conducting a pre-acquisition survey, allowing you to anticipate and manage future expenditures and liabilities. We can conduct pre-acquisition surveys for tenants and landlords.

Schedules of Condition Surveys
This survey details the condition of a building before refurbishment works, taking a lease or letting the property. Schedules of conditions protect tenants against unfair repair costs requested by landlords. They can also help landlords ensure tenants live up to their obligations.

Dilapidations for landlords or tenants
If your tenant is responsible for covering the repair costs of any damage to your building, you’ll need to provide them with a Schedule of Dilapidations, which details the nature of the required works and estimates for costs and timeframes. If you are a tenant who feels they’re being mistreated, you may want to hire a surveyor to conduct a survey on your behalf and provide impartial advice.

Maintenance and repair schedules
Most properties have hidden defects that could cost thousands to put right. We can identify damage to your building and offer advice on the repair costs and any required maintenance, helping you protect your investment and anticipate future problems.

If you require a commercial survey for a shop, office, warehouse or industrial unit, contact the professionals at Harding Chartered Surveyors. We can act on behalf of landlords and tenants or as an independent third party.

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Commercial Survey Costs

The price of a commercial survey largely depends on the type of survey you require and how long it will take to conduct. This means that the larger the plot or property, the more expensive the survey will be. However, surveys for two equally sized plots in the same area of London can still significantly vary in price due to factors such as:
- The shape of the property
 - Not all properties have four straightforward sides that define the boundaries. If the plat on which your building lies is oddly shaped, you can expect to pay more for your commercial survey.

Type of survey
Basic surveys don’t address factors such as rights-of-way or easements. The more detailed a survey report you require, the more you’ll need to pay.

Availability of information
Commercial building surveyors often rely on a wealth of pre-existing information to produce a survey report. If such pre-existing information – which could include legal documents such as deeds – is unavailable, your surveyor will suddenly have a lot more work to do, thus increasing the price of your survey.
Other factors that can affect the cost of a survey include the location of your building, its current condition and the difficulty of conducting the survey. If you have any questions, call us. Our surveyors can advise you on the type of survey you need and the costs involved.

Recent Reviews

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Sara Thomas
09:07 19 Jan 21
The homebuyer's report carried out by Harding Chartered Surveyors was clear informative and timely. The level of detail was just what I needed in order to appreciate what the property needed doing and to help me with my decision to proceed with the purchase process.
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Aimee Glensor
19:09 08 Jan 21
Really helpful, made the process easy and really efficient service even though it was over the holiday period. Would def recommend / use again
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Claudio Mascolo
18:24 30 Nov 20
Kate is very responsive and also took time to advise me on the phone at the very beginning. Scott Ingham did our report. It was thorough and informative. Felt in safe professional hands throughout.
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John Simmons
15:53 29 Oct 20
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Martina Glaser
17:56 28 Oct 20
Scott completed a survey for me on a flat purchase and both he and Kate were great - very quick to respond, knowledgeable, thorough and happy to address any additional questions I had. Would definitely recommend and use them again.
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Bene Walters
10:47 05 Oct 20
I requested Harding to provide a valuation for a lease extension. Albert Wellington was in charge of my property and he was extremely professional and helpful in addressing all my concerns. I would recommend him and the company with no hesitation.
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Claire Brown
14:17 19 Aug 20
A very efficient, timely and thorough service for us, as we go through the house buying process. I'd definitely use them again.
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Nicholas R.
10:05 23 Jul 20
Very satisfied with service. Report was delivered promptly and provided the information we needed.
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Richard Denison Gay
14:49 02 Jun 20
Excellent service; professional, helpful, communicative and courteous as well as relatively quick. I would highly recommend.
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Marianna Ciampa
14:25 30 Jan 20
Very efficient and professional. I had my survey few months ago before buying my house and I am still following the advice from the survey to fix and repair what needed. I dealt with Scott Ingham and I think he worked very accurately and checked everything very carefully. Highly recommended.
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Amel Ahmed
16:15 13 Nov 19
Needed a valuation for a property purchase and can honestly say the service was 1st class from start to finish. Queries were dealt with promptly and followed up via telephone to make sure I was happy with the responses.The team are extremely knowledgeable.Thank you Kate, Albert, David and the rest of the team I will definitely use the company again.
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Millie Jones
16:07 30 Oct 19
Harding's were great - very responsive, gave a very clear and detailed report and were happy to run through their comments with me over the phone.
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Emma Goldschmidt
16:21 01 Oct 19
Brilliant thorough service!
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Jennifer Smith
11:12 30 Aug 19
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Harry Coaker
09:46 22 Aug 19
Dealt with James Brook, very efficient and professional, James had the report sent out to us within 24hrs. would highly recommend.
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Karen Royal
21:33 14 Aug 19
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David Good
10:34 20 Jul 19
Harding Chartered Surveyors are a very professional business who handled a challenging task for us with ease. I highly recommend them and will be using their services again.
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Karen Ng
22:30 01 Jul 19
Very efficient service and very detailed report. We are very satisfied.
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Lily Kwong
10:38 24 Jun 19
Really quick turn around and professional service.
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Sue Hodgkins
16:42 20 Jun 19
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Neill Ghosh
14:22 11 Jun 19
Have used for years and always been very happy. Competitive on service and always good on deadlines and quality. Recommended.
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tom binks
17:56 09 Apr 19
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Kevin Loughlin
20:27 28 Mar 19
The surveyor turned up on time as planned to survey the roof, both inside and out, then was happy to discuss it all with us afterwards. Bit tricky in high winds. Report arrived 2 days later, just what we needed. Professional and thorough. Recommended.
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Jon Brennan
09:44 01 Mar 19
Quick, responsive and very thorough. Would definitely recommend Hardings to others, and will come back to them the next time I need a survey completed.
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Abi and Andy La Fontaine
20:57 20 Feb 19
Quick, efficient and excellent service. Came as a recommendation from a friend and we’d happily recommend too.
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Bradley Roth
01:56 16 Feb 19
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Giulio Pepe
16:25 16 Dec 18
Thorough and professional surveyors. Very happy with their service. Highly recommended.
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Margaret Rowley
16:09 03 Dec 18
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Simon Wilson
15:54 10 Nov 18
Good, thorough, and promptly scheduled homebuyer survey in Fulham. The surveyor called me and explained everything clearly.
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Daniel Vernazza
10:41 29 Apr 18
I highly recommend David. Very good technical knowledge. He was always available for our questions, which included a detailed call on the same day as the survey. The written survey report was clear, detailed and included pictures and estimates of the cost of repairs.
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James Palairet
11:16 09 Jan 18
David gave us a fantastic service and has been a huge help during our property purchase process. We have had 2 surveys carried out, both of which were arranged very promptly. Thorough and extremely useful telephone calls and full written reports were received shortly afterwards. David's reports and advice have been invaluable to us.
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Sarah Dixon
14:13 08 Jan 18
I have worked with David and his team as a buying agent for many years now. The service they offer is an excellent one, timely with a commonsensical approach. I would recommend them to anyone.
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William Sharples
08:57 05 Oct 17
James provided a very professional and thorough service, highly recommended.
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Elif Erdine
14:30 04 Oct 17
Very experienced firm and friendly staff. Highly recommended.
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