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Edinburgh Building Surveying

LBES can provide the following Edinburgh Building Surveying services in the Edinburgh & Lothian's region: 

  • Building Survey / Condition Survey: Often referred to as a 'Structural Survey' or 'Scheme 3' - this is a full elemental building survey comprising a detailed analysis of a properties structure, fabric and finishes with a Building Survey report detailing the properties condition, identified defects, compliance with statue, proposed remedial measures and budget costs for repairs with appended record photographs and drawings. Edinburgh Building Surveyor can provide building surveys for a range of properties from domestic dwellings, historic buildings to office premises. 
  • Pre-Acquisition Survey: Carried out as part of the due diligence process prior to securing a lease or purchasing a property. This survey reviews the buildings condition, wants of repair, repairing obligations, compliance with statue and suitability for the proposed use as well as an assessment of the statutory consents required for the client's intended works and use. Edinburgh Building Surveyor has particular expertise in this field. 
  • Schedule of Condition Survey: Carried out prior to securing a lease or pre-construction. This survey report evidences a properties condition at a snap shot in time to limit the client's repairing liability at a later date. This document often appends a lease or forms the basis for a contractor and property owner to sign and agree the condition of a property prior to construction works going ahead. 
  • Defects Survey: Carried out post construction or post acquisition to identify defective workmanship, lack of maintenance, non-compliance issues and the like. 
  • DDA Audit: Carried out to determine a properties level of compliance with the Disabilities Discrimination Act. This survey looks at approach routes, access provision, ramps, stairs, intercoms, induction loops, way finding, sanitary facilities, signage and the like. 
  • Roof & Stonework Surveys: Usually carried out from 'cherry picker' to determine level of decay and wants of repair on historic properties prior to implementing a common repairs scheme. Edinburgh Building Surveyor can provide annotated drawings showing areas of stone decay, required repairs and provide budget costing. Further, we can provide Rope Access Surveys, which are a cheaper alternative and easier to organize than a cherry picker whilst still providing close, face to face inspection; we carry out our Rope Access Surveys in conjunction with a qualified stonemason and IRATA rope access technicians, which allow close inspection by experienced professionals. 
  • Dilapidation's Surveys & Lease Reviews: Implemented during or towards the end of a lease to determine tenant's compliance with repairing obligations with a schedule of wants of repair prepared thereafter. Edinburgh Structural Surveyor can provide services for both the Landlord and Tenant in preparing initial schedules & budget costs. 

The following photo's demonstrate defects we have picked up on our recent Edinburgh Building Surveys: from top to bottom: 


Photo 1 - Bossed cement fillets & de-laminating skew stones. 

Photo 2 - Moisture ingress due to defective upstand @ external parapet. 

Photo 3 - Defective lead flashing. 

We have recently invested in a thermal imaging camera, which is proving useful for identifying dampness, missing insulation, poor detailing and the like. This is now a staple tool on all of our building surveys to provide back up to visual assumptions and moisture meter readings. 

LBES has recently provided the following Edinburgh Building Surveying services: 


- Defects survey report: Bridge Street Dollar - Ms Smith 

- Condition survey report: Blackness Road Dundee - Mr & Mrs Leddy 

- Roof survey report: High St Dalkeith - Springfield Properties 

- Stonework & Roof Surveys: Various Royal Mail Properties - Rider Levett Bucknall  

- DDA Audit - Belses Gardens, Glasgow - Blackwood Group 

- Schedules of Condition: Water of Leith Flood Prevention Works: Various Properties Gilmerton Edinburgh - Thomson Gray 

- Pre-Acquisition Survey - Morningside Road, Edinburgh - Hamptons Hairdressing 

- Schedule of Condition: The Regal Theater Bathgate - Thomson Gray

- Building Surveyors Report - Old Bank Building Lasswade - Mr S Beck 

- Building Surveyors Report - 22 McNab St Dollar - Your Local Builder Ltd 

- Building Surveyors Report - 8 Park Terrace Stirling - Mr Saunders 

- Damp inspection - High Street Gorebridge - Mr Kenny 

- Damp Inspection - Coldingham Eyemouth - Mr Couch 

- Damp Inspection - Market St Musselburgh - Mr Johnston 

- Scheme 3 survey - Bangholm Villas Edinburgh - Ms Jack 

- Roof Inspection - Seaton House, Cockenzie - Leach Partnership 

- Pre-Acquisition survey - Princes Street Edinburgh - Londons Pride Ltd 

- 6 Facet Reviews of property stock - NHS Education for Scotland

- Various damp surveys - Ibis Hotel South Bridge Edinburgh 

- Damp survey - St Johns Church Princes Street Edinburgh 

LBES carries out Edinburgh Building Surveying, is fully insured and holds Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurances with an RICS approved insurance broker. We are happy to provide copies of our insurances upon request and we are regulated by the RICS.