Building Surveying

As well as domestic building and RICS homebuyers' surveys, Godden Allen Lawn caries out commercial condition and stock surveys and measured surveys. As chartered building surveyors we have extensive experience in defect analysis and in specifying and supervising remedial works in all types of building. We can also produce planned maintenance programmes to help clients manage their building stock in the most cost effective and efficient manner.

Our Expertise

building surveys and homebuyers reports

As chartered building surveyors, the Godden Allen Lawn team has years of experience in carrying out surveys on all types of building, from houses and flats through to schools, offices and industrial buildings. Surveys are always undertaken by qualified chartered surveyors. Purchasing your own house or flat is probably the biggest single investment you will ever make, and our survey report will help you make a reasoned and informed decision on whether or not to proceed. Our reports are presented in plain English, illustrated with photographs and include opinions aimed at helping you make that important decision. Two types of survey are available: The HomeBuyer's Service is specifically designed for houses, bungalows and flats that are traditionally built and appear to be in reasonable order. A building survey (formerly referred to as a structural survey) is presented in greater detail and is usually customised, particularly when the property is listed/historic, of non-standard construction or believed to be in a poor state of repair. Our surveyors contribute from years of experience and local knowledge, coupled with a friendly and honest style of reporting in jargon-free English.

building pathology and defect analysis

Building pathology refers to the investigation of the cause of problems such as dampness in buildings, with the aim of identifying the cause and recommending the appropriate repairs. As chartered building surveyors we have extensive experience in analysing defects and then specifying and supervising remedial works. We make good use of the latest technology in our investigations.

routine and planned maintenance

Godden Allen Lawn is responsible for planned and routine maintenance on a number of property portfolios. Planned maintenance is important to ensure that buildings are regularly inspected and maintained. This protects the client’s investment value, assists in financial planning, contributes to tenant satisfaction and is, in the long term, more cost effective than reactive maintenance.We can prepare a planned preventative maintenance programme for any building and, if required, engage a contractor to carry out the work.We are also regularly involved in routine maintenance work such as preparing specifications for external redecoration and repair and then tendering and supervising the work. Projects range from mid terrace houses to large multi-tenanted blocks of flats and office buildings.

measured surveys

Accurate layout drawings, elevations and sections are essential when considering alterations and extensions. Godden Allen Lawn can undertake measured surveys of all types and sizes of building, both internally and externally, and produce accurate layout, elevation and sectional drawings as required.

schedules of condition

Clients often require an accurate record of the condition of a property, perhaps to safeguard their long-term interests when entering into a lease agreement or carrying out works which may affect neighbouring properties. We carry out condition surveys and produce schedules of condition which include a comprehensive photographic record and written description of the property. Such a record can prove invaluable in avoiding or settling disputes that may arise.

party wall matters

Building owner have the right to carry out works that may affect a ‘party wall’ between two buildings or neighbouring properties, but they must they must serve notices on adjoining owners. In most cases, surveyors are appointed to ensure that the act is properly applied to protect the interests of both parties.Godden Allen Lawn can advise on what action is needed, serve the necessary notices and act as party wall surveyors for both building and adjoining owners and generally provide advice to guide clients through the complexities of the relevant legislation.


Godden Allen Lawn provides a comprehensive consultancy service for all matters relating to dilapidations and has wide-ranging experience of acting on behalf of both landlords and tenants. We can prepare interim or terminal schedules of dilapidations, prepare schedules of condition and negotiate terms and claims for either party.

Insurance rebuilding costs

Godden Allen Lawn can put together comprehensive cost evaluations for rebuilding work in support of insurance claims.

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