Building Surveying Services

FSL offers a broad range of Building Surveying Services, including building surveys and defect reports.

Building Surveys

Building survey reports are prepared following a detailed inspection of a property by a Chartered Building Surveyor.

All visible defects are reported upon and, where possible, the cause diagnosed and recommendations for repair given.

Many people wish to extend or alter a property they are buying and, if you tell us what your proposals are before we inspect, we can give general advice on these aspects and any special precautions that need to be taken or issues such as party wall matters.

We carry out two types of surveys:

  • Full Building Survey
  • Basic Building Survey

For guides to these surveys go to the bottom of this page in the ‘Download’ section and click onto the guide you require.


FSL can act for either the Landlord or the Tenant, advising on all aspects of dilapidations including preparation of Schedules of Dilapidations, overseeing works and negotiation with opposite parties.

Defect Reports

These reports are required if a specific item requiring specialist investigation is required by a Chartered Building Surveyor, these items can be:

  • Structural movement/ cracking
  • Integrity of roof structures
  • Presence of trees in the vicinity
  • Compliance with current Building Regulations
  • Adequacy of previous structural alterations
  • Dampness problems

All of these matters (and more), are dealt with by us as specific Defect Reports within which we seek to identify the defect, draw conclusions and recommend any necessary repairs.

Schedules of Condition

We prepare Schedules of Condition for attachment to new leases. Schedules of Condition and Maintenance Liability reports can also be prepared to advise on future liabilities during the term of the Lease.

These types of reports can also be specifically tailored to suit a clients requirements.

Expert Witness Reports

These may cover a wide variety of situations but most commonly disputes with contractors on faulty workmanship.

We would provide CPR (Civil Procedure Rules) compliant reports and act as Expert Witnesses in court should this need arise.

Boundary Disputes

If you have a boundary issue, FSL can visit your property to assess title and deed documentation, prepare CPR (Civil Procedure Rules) compliant reports for presentation to legal advisers and produce boundary demarcation plans to accompany the reports.


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