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Schedule of Condition Report

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 an 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:

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

Report Benefits:

1

Experienced and qualified Surveyor input:

The existence of the Schedule of Condition Report ensures an experienced and qualified Surveyor has visits the adjoining owner’s property in advance of the building owner’s proposed construction works commencing. As a result of that visit there will be a thorough and impartial record of the adjoining owner’s property on file.

2

Damage Uncertainty:

The Schedule of Condition Report establishes the existing condition of the adjoining owner’s property, thereby acting as a ‘signed record’ in the event that there is a future damage claim or uncertainty about potential damage.

3

Assistance in the event of damage:

In the unfortunate event of damage, the existence of the Schedule of Condition Report ensures it is more straightforward for the adjoining owner to have that damage made good.

4

Neighbourly Relations:

The Schedule of Condition Report helps preserve and maintain the all-important neighbourly relations between the respective owners. This is twofold as on one level it ensures there cannot be any uncertainty to the whether alleged damage is new, or was existing in advance of the construction work.

However, it also ensures that in the event of damage there is an impartial experienced and qualified Surveyor on hand to advise and assist in the damage being made good in the most cost and time effective way possible.

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.

Flats

Studio Flat Fees from £325 + VAT

1 Bedroom Flat Fees from £400 + VAT

2 – 3 Bedroom Flat Fees from £425 + VAT

Houses

1 – 3 Bedroom House Fees from £425 + VAT

3 plus Bedroom House Fees from £450 + VAT

 

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