To be successful in delivering Building Consultancy & Surveying services requires considerable knowledge and experience of building construction and a background of managing construction projects for the repair, maintenance and physical alteration of clients’ properties.
Clients need help to ensure that contracts for the repair, renovation and re-fitting of their properties run smoothly and are delivered ‘on time and on budget‘, and that is just what we are able to deliver.
DMP industry leading surveyors undertake pre-acquisition surveys, appraise and manage short and long-term programmes of planned maintenance and undertake building pathology with its associated repairs.
Our surveyors also specialise in dealing with Dilapidation matters on behalf of both the landlord and the tenant. In addition, through on-going training are always right up to date with the relevant laws that are constantly changing.
We manage the construction and repairs that might be required to meet the tenant’s liability, or, put the building back into proper order as part of our integrated client service.
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A HomeBuyers is a survey to find and document any problems in a property that could cause damage and need future repairs, such as damp.
A HomeBuyers Survey is carried out on homes that are in a reasonable condition and only checks for visible problems. This survey will not detail every single aspect of the building.
For older properties we would recommend a more comprehensive Full Building Survey.
Our talented team are leading experts in providing Measured Surveys. This accurate record of a property, structure or land involves showing all the structural elements and architectural features. There is increasing recognition that Measured Surveys have an additional role to play in the establishment and maintenance of estate and building information systems.
Typical services offered;
Our surveys are specified to an agreed level of detail, tolerance, scale, delivery times and costs.
Building Surveys are a means of providing a detailed evaluation and analysis of a property condition, which includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.
This is suitable for residential and commercial properties, its also particularly good for older properties or those which might need repair. Although this survey can not look under floorboards or behind walls it will include the surveyors opinion on the potential for hidden defects in this area.
Some common areas which a survey may highlight as issues are;
DMP work closely with a number of clients who are Landlords / Tenants. We prepare comprehensive Dilapidation Schedules, for which there are three types;
Interim schedule of dilapidation – issued during the course of the lease
Terminal schedule of dilapidation – issued during the last three years to 18 months of the lease
Final schedule of dilapidation – issued after expiry of the lease
A schedule of dilapidation will schedule outstanding reinstatement, repair, decorations and other legal compliance items, in some cases, the estimated cost of those works.
You must tell your neighbour if you want to carry out any building work near or on your shared property boundary, including;
As a property owner or landlord you need to be aware of your rights and responsibilities regarding party walls. The Party Wall Act 1996 is there to protect all property owners and avoid disputes.
DMP have detailed knowledge of The Party Wall Act 1996 and many years experience working with clients to resolve party wall matters, saving time and money. Our team are well trained and ready to assist providing expert guidance.
Often in commercial property a tenant may require certain alterations to the property they occupy under a lease. A licence from the landlord to the tenant giving consent to carry out work or alterations to the property, this document is know as a Licence for Alterations.
These alterations may be required for a variety of reasons, such as;
It is a vital document, our experienced team are well placed to advise both landlords and tenants regarding the Licence.
If you’re looking to invest in or lease a property, building surveys are essential to analyse the conditions, risks and liabilities associated with the property. A pre-acquisition survey is an important part of the due diligence process, helping you to make an informed decision before purchasing or investing in a property.
It is one of the best ways for a potential buyer or investor to get critical information on the state of a building.
This information can be essential at the beginning to help negotiate a better purchasing deal. It can also help to put a long-term plan into place to mitigate liability at the end of a lease or if the buyer decides to sell the building at a later point in the future.
The survey can also give estimates on the life cycle costs of a building, advice on refurbishments or improvements and repair obligations.
A Planned Maintenance Report is an assessment of future maintenance requirements. The report will set out clear priorities depending on the condition of the building. In addition, will enable you to plan and manage your budgets for the maintenance of the building.
Our experts will assess the fabric and structure of the building and compile a detailed report with a forecast of costs commitments and timescales for undertaking the works.
The report promotes efficiencies and gives you the advantage to plan ahead, maintain and optimise the value of the property asset.
Studies have shown that planned maintenance , as opposed to reactive maintenance, can be significantly cheaper.
A Defect Analysis Report focuses solely on a specific issue within the property.
The inspection and report will determine the cause and cost of the defect and will then go onto confirm the solution required to rectify and make good the defect.
Property defects can be confusing and costly if substandard advice is obtained, it can lead to costly and unnecessary contractor repairs.
Through our experienced and qualified team of Surveyors, we aim to avoid this mistake and assist in having the defect made good in both a time and cost-effective manner.
Typical defects where we would recommend having a Defect Analysis Report undertaken:
Did you know that is it is the landlords responsibility to obtain a current and up to date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for each residential or commercial property that is rented out.
It is a legal requirement that the certificate is available and carried out by an approved/accredited Energy Assessor. Importantly, from April 2018, landlords are required to achieve a minimum rating of E on the EPC. Understanding where your building efficiency can be improved and energy savings made will help you achieve a better rating.
Its important to know that EPCs are valid for 10 years.
DMP Energy Assessors are ready to provide expert guidance and information.
Asbestos surveys are carried out by an asbestos trained expert to check for asbestos containing materials. Used in the UK construction from early 1900s, it was used extensively in building materials in the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s and wasn’t banned in the UK until 1999.
Any building built or refurbished within this period is likely to contain asbestos. Materials could look normal, plasterboard, insulation or concrete products, however they could contain deadly asbestos fibers.
There are two types of asbestos survey available,
Contact us to ascertain which type of survey you need.
A reinstatement valuation is the estimated amount for which your building should be insured and the cost associated with its reinstatement should the property be destroyed (in a fire, for example). It assumes a total – loss scenario and therefore includes costs of demolition, site clearance, estimates of materials, labour and professional fees.
Having an accurate reinstatement value is vital to both commercial and residential clients to ensure, in the event of a claim, that they are neither under nor over-insured.
DMP can provide professional advice on the estimated reinstatement costs of your asset for insurance purposes, ensuring the continued protection of your investment.
The purpose of an access audit is to establish how well a building performs in relation to access and ease of use by a wide range of potential users, including people with mobility, cognitive and sensory impairments. Access audits are also valuable;
Prepared for either residential or commercial buildings, a Schedule of Condition is a factual record of the condition of a property on a particular day.
A Schedule of Condition can be required when a new lease is entered into to confirm the condition of the property, existing defects and repair costs.
Appointing DMP as an independent expert to prepare a Schedule of Condition may give greater weight if there are subsequent claims or negotiations.
DMP provide detailed high definition pictures and videos of building and structures that would otherwise be difficult to inspect.
Straightaway our clients have been impressed with the results and the significant reduction in costs as traditional mechanical lifts are redundant.
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