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What is a Dilapidation Survey?

A dilapidation survey is a very thorough survey which documents the state of building elements and structure down to minor wear and tear. We are often approached by clients and new customers to perform Dilapidation works following a Dilapidation Survey, this is often done with little understanding of what this fully entails and what affect it has on the company. In this article we explain what is dilapidation survey

Dilapidation Works and Dilapidation Survey

The meaning of dilapidation in building is the term used to indicate decay/damage to the condition of a building. The decay/damage to a building is caused by continuous neglect in maintenance and repair. Dilapidation works will need to be carried out on the building in order to bring it to its original condition.

What is a Dilapidation Survey?

Firstly, what is a dilapidation survey? A Dilapidation Survey is performed by an independent surveyor on behalf of the landlord or property manager to assess the condition of a commercial property. The survey will subsequently provide a detailed report of the works required to restore the property back to its original condition prior to tenancy. By ensuring a third-party surveyor, independent to the landlord, tenant and dilapidation contractor ensures that no unfair bias or underhand techniques are used to create or prevent additional works or affect the true financial implications.

Dilapidation Surveys will also offer the landlord insight into whether maintenance contracts have been carried out in accordance with the terms of the tenancy agreement.

A detailed Dilapidation Survey should be undertaken in good time prior to the existing tenants moving out of their commercial property by a third party surveyor, this is relevant for commercial properties from all market sectors including (but not limited to) retail, office, industrial or leisure. This could include offices in a shared building, warehousing and workshop spaces or health and leisure facilities amongst others.

What to do on receipt of a Dilapidation Survey?

Following the receipt of a Dilapidation Survey from an Independent Surveyor, it is time to commence works to ensure the property is restored to its original state. B38 Group are able to provide a quote and support with dilapidation works which may include:

  • Painting and Decorating
  • Building and Remedial Work
  • Removal or the Reinstallation of Office Partitions and Ceilings
  • Car Park and Grounds Maintenance
  • Mechanical and Electrical Repairs
  • Tarmac and Concrete Works
  • Flooring Repair
  • Windows and Glazing
  • Plumbing and Draining Works
  • Joinery
  • Roof Repair
  • Removal of IT Facilities

Dilapidation Works

Dilapidations refer to the works required to be undertaken or managed by a commercial tenant prior to them vacating their commercial premises that have been leased. This is following the confirmation and approval of the works results detailed within a Dilapidation Survey completed. The Dilapidation works could include simple changes such as the removal of wall mounted TV screens right through to partition walls being taken down or building fabric repair works.

Failure to conduct these works prior to vacating the commercial property means the responsibility will be passed back to the landlord and with the tenant still being liable for the costs involved. The tenant, at this stage has lost the ability and control of choosing the relevant dilapidation team. This could incur additional costs including administration fees as well as being unable to source the most cost-efficient dilapidation contractors.

Ensuring the work is undertaken according to the Dilapidation Survey prior to the end of the lease allows the tenant more involvement, control and selection of who does the works in the property and the timings it is completed in. This also allows the tenant to be involved in the final decision on the costs involved in the works.

Nationwide Facilities Management Services

B38 Group are one of the fastest growing facilities management companies in the UK. We are an industry leading provider of nationwide facilities management services. Our national facilities management services hard and and soft services management support multi-sector businesses, blue chip organisations and SMEs throughout the UK.

We operate our nationwide facilities management services across all of the following market sectors:

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Our team of dedicated, skilled and experienced facilities management experts deliver essential and sustainable facility management solutions to each and every one of our clients. Here at B38 Group, we focus on delivering an exceptional service everyday and we will not leave a job until we are completely satisfied with our work. We deliver our facility management services through a range of different contracts including single, multi and TFM. What is a TFM contract? TFM stands for Total Facilities Management. A total facilities management contract means you are outsourcing all of your facilities management requirements to one supplier.

As a leading facilities management company, B38 Group have achieved many facilities management certifications including ISO Standards, NICEIC and SafeContractor.

If you need a help with you commercial property dilapidation survey, please contact B38 Group on 0800 0806 247 or simply fill in the form below.

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