Schedule of Condition
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If you are undertaking construction work to your property, it is advisable to ensure that a thorough Schedule of Condition Report of the neighbouring property is prepared in advance of your proposed works commencing.
What is a Schedule of Condition Report?
A Schedule of Condition Report involves one of our experienced and qualified Surveyors visiting the adjoining owner’s property prior to the building owner’s construction work commencing.
The Surveyor will prepare a thorough report which fully confirms the condition of the property and all elements within it. This report then acts as a record of proof for the condition of the property in advance of the construction works commenced.
Once all the building owner’s construction works are complete, the original report is then checked off by one of our Surveyors to ensure that the property remains in the same condition that it was in advance of the works commencing.
Why is a Schedule of Condition Report important?
In our experience, a Schedule of Condition Report is one of the key parts of the construction process and as a result we recommend them in all cases.
The Schedule of Condition Report not only adds clarity to a potential damage claim, but it also avoids a potential dispute between the respective property owners, thereby ensuring that no strain is put on the all-important neighbourly relationship.
The Schedule of Condition Process:
1) Construction Work Review
One of our experienced and qualified Surveyors reviewing the existing plans and proposed plans in advance of the construction works commencing.
At this key stage our Surveyors will review the proposed construction works from the perspective of the adjoining owner’s property, thereby identifying those areas within the adjoining owner’s property that will be included within the Schedule of Condition Report.
2) Surveyor Site Inspection
One of our experienced and qualified Surveyors visits the adjoining owner’s property in advance of the construction works commencing to take a recorded schedule of its current condition.
The aim of the inspection is to ensure that there is a thorough and impartially prepared record in place prior to the construction works commencing. That being said it isn’t uncommon for our Surveyor to leave site with hundreds to thousands of photographs and pages upon pages of descriptions.
3) The Schedule of Condition Report
One of our experienced and qualified Surveyors will now prepare the full report that sets out the existing condition of the adjoining owner’s property.
The report will include a thorough written record of the property condition, fully indexed photographs (usually in the region of 100 to 1,000) and finally a copy of the photographs on a USB stick or CD.
This Report will then be provided in both PDF format and hard copy to both the building owner and adjoining owner.
What are the benefits of a Schedule of Condition Report?
The benefit of a Schedule of Condition Report are far and wide however in our opinion include the following:
Schedule of Condition Report Fixed Costs
Here at Berry Lodge Surveyors we believe Surveying costs should be transparent, fixed and never include any hidden extras.
All of our Schedule of Condition Reports are set at fixed costs and include the inspection, report and any time incurred in the unfortunate event that damage is caused as a result of the construction works.
Studio Flat Fees from£400 + VAT
1 Bedroom Flat Fees from£425 + VAT
2 – 3 Bedroom Flat Fees from£450 + VAT
1 – 3 Bedroom House Fees from£475 + VAT
3 plus Bedroom House Fees from£500 + VAT
Typical Schedule of Condition Questions
How long does a Schedule of Condition inspection Take?
The duration of the Schedule of Condition inspection very much depends on the size of the property and the works that are taking place.
However, we would advise budgeting anywhere from 45 minutes to 5 hours at which time the Surveyor undertaking the inspection will be taking a thorough photographic and written record of the property.
Will the Schedule of Condition Report help me in the event of damage?
Yes, providing the Schedule of Condition Report was prepared in advance of the neighbouring owner’s construction work commencing.
The report will then be pivotal in confirming if alleged damage is new and then as a result of the works that have taken place.
Does the Surveyor return to check off the Schedule of Condition Report post work?
Not as standard. A post-work inspection will usually only be undertaken if we are requested to do so at the instruction stage.
What parts of the property will be inspected?
The extent of the Schedule of Condition inspection will very much vary depending on the type of construction works taking place and the property type.
Generally speaking, the Surveyor will inspect all areas within 3m of the construction works that are taking place.
The inspection will cover both internal and external areas and all elements within those areas.