Building Condition Surveys and preparation of a photographic schedule of condition to record the condition of a property are very useful for several situations. By preparing a photographic schedule of condition prior to the start of a lease the tenant and landlord have an independent record of the condition of the property by which to negotiate reinstatement or reimbursement during, or at the end of the lease.
By preparing a photographic schedule of condition to record the extent of defects prior to starting work on adjacent sites we can provide evidence of existing defects before excavation or construction work begins nearby.
This can reduce or totally eliminate the possibilities of claims for damage caused by work on sites adjacent to existing buildings. We record the nature, location and extent of any existing visible defects, the verticality of walls and relative floor levels, clearly presented in annotated reports containing detailed photographs and plans.
This provides unequivocal evidence of the condition of the property and presence of defects prior to any construction or demolition work and may reduce, or completely eliminate, the likelihood of disputes that may otherwise arise during or at the completion of the work for defects alleged to be caused by the work.
A building condition survey can also identify what maintenance and repair works are needed to keep a building performing as intended and to maximise the effectiveness of maintenance fund allocation. A condition survey prior to undertaking maintenance work determines whether items of planned maintenance are actually required or can be deferred and will also identify items of future maintenance that need to be brought forward, ensuring the allocated funds are spent in the correct area.
We can offer this service to existing building owners, developers, builders, project managers, banks and other lenders, insurers and designers.
We can also offer advice in preparation and interpretation of repairing liabilities in commercial leases to ensure all parties understand and agree the repairing terms before signing the lease.
The evidence of the last fifteen to twenty years of the NZ construction industry’s mistakes leads us to one fundamental conclusion: It is better to try and get it right first time rather than re-visit the mistakes later at considerable cost to building owners, tenants, designers, contractors, sub-contractors, councils, government, insurers and lenders.