Why we always recommend having a Structural Building Survey

When buying a shop be it large or small it is important to ensure that there aren't any structural problems particularly if the property is freehold, although structural problems can also be a problem on a full repairing and insuring lease known as an FRI lease of which you can effectively become responsible for these problems. A way of limiting your liability is to have a Schedule of Condition which is a report on the condition of the property appended/attached to the lease which will then protect you from a future dilapidations claim.


Free phone 0800 298 5424

If you want to know more about shops and retail properties, please Free phone 0800 298 5424 to speak to a Chartered Building Surveyor.

Making sure our Building Surveys are right for you

Over the years we have carried out shop surveys for both large and small shops. We have as surveyors written a number of articles which we feel would be of use to you. We have looked at shops old and listed as well as newer properties that have been purpose built. All of them have their characteristics and potential problems particularly if the landlord has used a well worded lease.

Building Surveying Articles

Below are some surveying articles which may be of interest to you.

Commercial Property, What is a Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Property?

Dealing with Asbestos in Retail Units

Dilapidations State of Shock

Footfall and Shops

How do I value my shop?

Retail Leases or Licences

Shops, it's all about location, location, location

Examples of our unique building surveys

Sketch explaining where a shop could have heat loss problems

If you would like to see some examples of any of our surveys we are more than happy to send you these via email. The surveys contain photos, sketches and definitions that help to explain the specific problems that we find.

Free phone us on 0800 298 5424

Call on our free phone number 0800 298 5424 to speak to a Building Surveyor or to get a survey quote emailed to you.