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Building Condition Survey Reports & Templates

Published 19 Oct 2021

A condition survey is a comprehensive assessment of a commercial, industrial or residential building’s physical condition. Condition surveys involve a visual inspection performed by property and construction professionals to assess a building's structural damage, failure, wear/tear, and provide recommendations for repairs and improvement.

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The Uses of a Building Condition Survey

A building condition survey provides a current and precise condition of the structure and operating systems of the building. Its key purpose includes the following:

  • Provide insight into the general condition of the building.
  • Give recommendations for repairs and improvement.
  • Inform buyers and owners of possible repair and maintenance costs.

The Importance of Condition Survey Forms

A condition survey helps property and construction professionals make informed decisions. In some parts of the world, it is a legal requirement to conduct building condition surveys and visual inspections annually.  It can help chartered surveyors give specialized advice to prospective property buyers, sellers, investors, and mortgage lenders. It can also help architects determine if a building meets the structural requirements of a planned design or renovation and make necessary adjustments, it also helps engineers assess a building’s infrastructure and identify problem areas in need of repair or fortification.

Condition Survey: Key Checkpoints

  • Structural systems such as foundations, roofs, and walls to ensure that the building or parts of it will not collapse
  • Mechanical systems such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning for functionality
  • Electrical systems such as electrical installations, telecommunications, and data transmission for operational use
  • Room level inspections including decorations, ceilings, and floors to ensure functional and aesthetic aspects

What is a Building Condition Survey Report?

A building condition survey report is a comprehensive documentation of the condition survey process which often contains detailed descriptions and annotated images for improved reference. Generally, a building condition survey report includes the following information:

  • Brief Description of the Property, including unusual hazards, roads, and boundaries
  • Exterior Construction and Condition (e.g. roof, gutters and downpipes, walls, woodwork and paintwork, and garage/s)
  • Interior Construction and Condition (e.g. roof void, ceilings, partition walls, woodwork (including timber defects), windows, decorations, sanitary ware, kitchenware, floors, and dampness)
  • Utility Services (e.g. electricity, gas, water, central heating and fireplaces, and foul drains)
  • Tenure and Occupation
  • Summary with the name and signature of the inspector and the date signed

How to Use iAuditor for Building Condition Survey Reports

Property and construction professionals can digitize their condition surveys and perform paperless assessments using a smartphone or tablet. Surveyors using iAuditor by SafetyCulture have the ability to:

  • Take photo evidence of structural damage, failure, and wear and tear
  • Customize condition surveys templates to fit preference and needs
  • Generate electronic reports to instantly share with clients and colleagues
  • Take advantage of unlimited cloud-based storage for all photos and reports
  • Spend less time on paperwork and more time completing condition surveys

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Juhlian Pimping

Juhlian Pimping has been writing about safety and quality topics for SafetyCulture since 2018. Before writing for SafetyCulture full-time, Juhlian worked in customer service and wrote for an Australian RTO.

Juhlian Pimping has been writing about safety and quality topics for SafetyCulture since 2018. Before writing for SafetyCulture full-time, Juhlian worked in customer service and wrote for an Australian RTO.