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Whether you’re planning to sell a building, buy commercial property, or simply need to go through a routine inspection, finding a building surveyor near you is easy when you do it on Airtasker.
With just one post and in a matter of minutes, you can get offers, compare potential Taskers, and confirm an appointment date with a surveyor who fits your needs! If it’s your first time requesting a chartered building surveyor through Airtasker, here’s how to get started:
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Top Building Surveyor related questions
A building surveyor usually checks both the interior and exterior of a building. This includes the roof, windows, doors, walls, floors, ceilings, basement, and attic or loft. They may also cover any outhouses on the property. They will look for any structural damage or risks and note the materials used in the building. This will help the surveyor prepare a report that includes recommendations for repair and maintenance.
When it comes to checking under or behind furniture, a building surveyor will only move furniture if it won’t cause any injury or damage. They may also look at cupboards or cabinets to check that they work well and will not cause any risks to the user. So if you worry about getting help with lifting furniture, here’s some good news - you may not need to do so.
Before the survey starts, it may help to do a bit of inspecting on your own and repairing any issues you spot. You’ll also want to clean the building as much as possible. This adds to the property’s value and makes it easier for the commercial property surveyor to access all the building areas. Be sure to tidy any items that may get in the way of inspection, like plants on windowsills.
A municipal building surveyor is appointed by your local authorities. Meanwhile, a private building surveyor is contacted by the building’s owner, buyer, or seller. While both will look into the property’s structural integrity and check if the building is up to code, and you can certainly consult with either surveyor, you may be able to find more budget-friendly options when you hire a private surveyor.
It depends on the Tasker’s expertise. While both building and house surveyors deal with structures and check for risks, some surveyors may be more experienced working with either kind of property. You can specifically request for a house surveyor through our platform, or you can indicate in your task post that you want the surveyor to work on both a house and a building.
Usually, a building surveyor is independent of builders, and their reports are limited to recommended repairs or maintenance procedures. You can still try asking the Tasker if they have a reliable repairman in mind. Or, you can book a local handyman through Airtasker.
What do a building surveyor’s services include?
A building surveyor’s job is to do a comprehensive inspection of the structure, including its external and internal parts. While they won’t look into the foundation or footings of your building, you can expect the Tasker to look at the doors, windows, walls, roofs, stairs or elevators, garages, and ceilings.
While the exact checklist of the commercial property surveyor may vary, you can generally count on them to do the following:
Internal inspection for commercial buildings
This can include checking dampness, condensation, broken ceilings, rotting wood, and woodworm. A local building surveyor checks the chimney breasts and joinery as well if ever there is one in your building. They’ll note anything that needs to be repaired or replaced and may even recommend ways to fix these issues.
A commercial surveyor usually looks at the materials used in your building since these can affect any risks when using your facility. Hazardous materials like asbestos will be listed in the report.
External inspection of commercial properties
When you hire a local building surveyor, they usually do an external check as well. This covers the roof, the outer part of the chimney, gutters, and drainage. They also check the stability of the main walls as well as your windows and exterior doors.
Aside from these externally visible parts of the building, a commercial property surveyor may also check on any outhouses on your property. These include garages and conservatories. Any plants or trees that might compromise your building’s structural integrity will also be included in the surveyor’s report.
Just like with the internal inspection, you can expect the building surveyor to take note of issues and recommend repairs or modifications.
Building survey report
The result of the inspection is usually emailed or delivered a week after the building surveyor’s visit. The report uses a “traffic light” system that makes it easy for you to understand. For example, green or Condition Rating 1 means the building needs maintenance and that any maintenance protocols you currently use are working great. An orange colour (Condition Rating 2) means your building has issues that need to be repaired, but they aren’t considered serious. Lastly, a red colour (Condition Rating 3) on the report means you need to fix some parts of your building as soon as possible.
In terms of market valuation, a Condition Rating 2 may not impact the building’s selling price, but a Condition Rating 3 may render the purchase void. For quick and easy repairs, consider contacting a local handyperson or plumber through Airtasker.