All buildings need maintenance in the same way that vehicles need maintenance to keep them safe and working efficiently. You may wish to undertake the work yourself or simply instruct a builder, but how do you know that the work being carried out is the most appropriate and that it will it fix any identified defect? Can the opportunity be taken to improve your building for the future at little or no additional cost? We can advise on maintenance and repair matters and arrange for the works to be undertaken on a competitive basis with the peace of mind that comes with professional advice.
If your property has recently developed a defect which causes you concern, such as a crack, a leak, dampness or decay, or if your property has had a defect for a number of years and various attempts to repair it by builders have been unsuccessful, you should seek the advice of a building surveyor.
Building surveyors understand how buildings are put together, how they work and how they fail. They are best placed to investigate the problem and advise on suitable remedial works including preparing specifications and drawings if necessary, and obtaining competitive quotations from builders.
Building surveyors will be able to tell you whether the damp patch is due to a roof leak, condensation or leaking service, or whether that decay to the skirting board is of serious fungal decay such as dry rot, or less serious such as wet rot. If the problem requires a more specialist investigation, we will be able to guide you in the right direction.
Maintenance planning usually applies to commercial enterprises or blocks of flats, where guidance is needed on how best to maintain the building for the future, and how to plan that maintenance to spread the expenditure. This information is usually provided as part of a property management service which we can also provide. On occasions however, clients may have a need for maintenance planning independent of the property management role.
Our involvement in property management gives us huge experience in maintenance planning, helping us to guide you as to the most appropriate way to deal with your estate.
Please contact Stephen Hart MRICS for further information.