Dilapidations Survey’s are commonly carried
out to determine the condition of the floor slab including the noting of wear
and tear, stains, contamination, etc before:
new tenant comes into a building;
building is sold;
works are planned for the building;
starts on an adjacent building where there is the potential that any
construction or demolition work could impact on the building.
They provide a detailed record on the
condition of the floor slab and prospective purchasers or tenants should check
the condition of the floor before entering into an agreement. The surveys range
from surface condition through to full structural investigations and analysis,
to provide all the necessary information for the due diligence process.
An assessment of an existing concrete floor
will focus on four main aspects:
These aspects can determine the success of
any floor in an operational environment. A visual conditional survey will
indentify the condition of the floor surface and joints, with flatness and
loading requirements being subject to the current or intended use of the floor.
The results provided by the survey, is also useful when planning floor
The surveys have a
considerable legal importance, as it can protect builders, previous tenants and
previous owners against erroneous claims that they have caused damage to a
structure. They can also be used to ensure maintenance jobs have been complied
with in accordance with the contract.