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Independent Building Surveyors

We are Independent Building Surveyors with years and years of experience of carrying out building surveys on all types of commercial properties.  We particularly specialise in shops and feel we have a good knowledge of new shops, everything from the converted, extended, from smaller shops to large shops set out on structural frames.
Our highly qualified independent chartered surveyors will offer you specialist property advice on shops including carrying out Commercial Building Surveys if you are buying the freehold or Structural Surveys/Negotiation documents and Schedules of Condition when you are carrying out a lease.  We are also more than happy to negotiate Dilapidations Reports for landlords or tenants.
Freephone us on 0800 298 5424 to get advice and / or for a free survey quote.

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An interesting story about doors and windowindow sketchws

One of the best examples we can give of how important footfall is customers are much more important, is an Estate Agents and Lettings Agents and Chartered Surveyors that have a high street location were on the first floor and access was via a door and there was a small window for displays.  Business ticked along quite happily for over a decade. 

The opportunity then arose to have a high street location on the ground floor, which would give the Estate Agency a better window to display properties for sale.  Agreement was made to move downstairs approximately four shops away and bearing in mind this was an established business, the difference it made was staggering. 

We spoke to the Estate Agent who advised that business had gone up threefold and very interestingly the Letting Agent had doubled in size, with tried and tested systems that the company had had for decades, that had to be rethought through and the business model changed.
This is an interesting thought on footfall, as the number of people passing the door and small window was the same as the number of people passing the door and the large window on the ground floor.  Was it the stairs that put so many people off doing business with the old operation or was it the size of the window in the new business that really helped?  This is why you do need to look very carefully at footfall and establish how much custom and business you have within that footfall.


Building Surveys, also known as Structural

Surveys, really are the Rolls Royce of surveys


This report is really the best report to open your eyes to all of the potential or actual problems in your new home. Our structural survey report goes into depth on all areas from minor to major and looks at the property from top to bottom, inside and out. You will be advised on areas that concern the Surveyor, why he feels there is a property problem there and in most instances what the independent Surveyor feels you need to do in order to rectify them. Our structural survey reports include full colour photography, technical definitions, and a Helpline service after the report has been sent to you.


Monitoring customers has become big business

Since about the 1990’s we have become aware of how technology can help monitoring footfall and customers.  Many shopping centres now monitor footfall very closely as at the end of the day it can make the difference between a shopping centre being full of good retailers than them having to negotiate lower rents with poorer retailers if they can offer good footfall and traffic for the entire year and climate control conditions of a shopping centre as opposed to the rain, snow and wind weather of a high street.  At least benefit can be passed on with a mutual gain of the landlord owning the shopping centre and the retailer.

This compares with the high street that tends to be the natural location to which everyone goes, which is a mixture of a different shops and different landlords all competing against each other to some extent particularly where rents are concerned and also footfall and customers.  In more recent times, high streets have come together along with whole towns in fact to market themselves against well marketed shopping centres, both of which are competing for footfall that can be turned into customers.


Our Surveying Articles

Over the years we have written many, many articles on everything to do with property, including articles about commercial property and leases and tenants and landlords.

Here are a few examples, but to see more go to our website:

What is a Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Property?

Retail leases or licences 

How do I value my shop?


How can a Specialist Building Surveyor help you with this scenario?

Our chartered building surveyors can give you an independent view with regard to the property condition and can produce a Schedule of Condition for you to enter the full repairing and insuring lease, to limit your future liability and prepare structural surveys and property report if you are looking to buy freehold.  We can give you advice with regard to alterations within the property and we have also dealt with fit outs and roll outs of concept.  We have carried out everything from design to project management.





Freephone an Independent Building Surveyor

Free phone 0800 298 5424 to get property advice and to get an example of one of our building surveys.


Our Example Building Surveys

We have example Building Surveys for all types of commercial property. 


Photos and surveying sketches

You will see that our surveys contain photos, sketches and definitions that help to explain the specific problems that we find within the property. We highlight the main issues and offer solutions and an anticipated cost of works. 

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Concrete lintel above window in need of repair

Circle showing that a box gutter can be a problem area


Please free phone 0800 298 5424 and we can email you some survey examples.


Compare our Building Surveys but don’t compare Apples with Thursdays

We have a wealth of knowledge and experience as independent surveyors   if you require a building survey or structural survey.

If you would like us to send you a copy of one of our surveys, we are more than happy to do this although we fully appreciate all properties are unique therefore making all our surveys unique and tailored to your individual needs.

We have every confidence in our surveys and believe there are no other comparable surveys out there in the UK property and surveying market.

Having a survey carried out on the property by an independent surveyor will give you extra peace of mind.


Meet your Building Surveyor at the Survey

We recommend you meet your Chartered Surveyor at the property during the survey to get an understanding of exactly what you require from your survey report and so any questions you may have can be answered.


Surveying articles

The above article has been written to stimulate debate and discussion. We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).

The content of the website is for general information and entertainment only and is not intended to be relied upon for specific or general decisions. Appropriate independent professional advice should be taken before making such a decision. Free phone on 0800 298 5424.


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