Commercial Building Surveys


When looking to invest in a new commercial property, whether you’re intending to buy or lease an office, industrial premises, warehouse or retail unit, commissioning a full building survey is critical to safeguard your investment.


What is a building survey?


A building survey provides a comprehensive inspection of an existing building prior purchase or leasing, identifying and documenting issues on the condition and safety of the structure. The survey provides full documentation on the entire building, diagnosing building defects, highlighting potentially expensive repairs and referring building owners to specialists. With an accurate report on the condition of a building, prospective owners and tenants can assess the true value of the building and plan and budget for repairs and potential future maintenance.

When do you need a building survey?


  • Prior to purchasing a commercial property
  • Start or end of a landlord/ tenant lease
  • Start or end of construction works or fit out
  • Document a defect or need a repair specification
  • Assessing investment portfolios
  • Advice on potential building extensions or refurbishments


At Murphy Surveys our experienced and knowledgeable professionals offer accurate and comprehensive building surveys, detailing the condition of the building, including floors, roof, basements and lofts. Our survey reports include a detailed written and visual documentation of the building, describing the level of condition, potential issues, repair and maintenance. Reports can also be delivered in a 3D format to easily integrate with the BIM process.

Record / Schedule of Condition


A record or schedule of condition is a factual record of the condition of a building or built feature detailing any defects. It provides evidence of the condition of the property on a particular date and offers an official independent basis of comparison in the future should the condition be subject to change.

When do you need a record / schedule of condition?


  • Lease agreement

Before the start of a lease agreement, for example, the condition of a building is recorded in the form of a schedule of condition. A schedule of condition is prepared for landlords or tenants and may be referred to in dilapidations agreements at the end of the lease. This provides evidence should the condition of the building change over time during the duration of the lease.


  • Construction work

Another use of a record of condition is before the start of construction work where it is important to record the condition of surrounding buildings. On completion of the work, Murphy Surveys can undertake a repeat survey and compare the data to highlight any significant changes. A record of condition can protect against potential claims from neighbouring property owners, likewise for the property owner  can provide evidence of damage as a result of the construction work.


We offer our clients independent reports and detailed evidence of the condition of a building. Reports include written and visual documentation including geolocated defects and 3D walkthrough technology.

3D Virtual Tour


We offer our clients the opportunity to immerse themselves in a virtual tour of their site, giving them a real-world experience anywhere, at any time from their desktop, mobile or Virtual Reality (VR) headset.

Why use 3D Virtual Tour?


  • Marketing

A VR tour makes it easier to showcase an internal area to prospective buyers for marketing purposes. Whether you’re an estate agent looking to promote a property for sale, or a restaurant looking promote your space to prospective dinners, we can offer our clients and their customers a digital tour without traveling or leaving the comfort of their desk.


  • Health and safety training

VR supports the training of health and safety, offering a real-world environment to suppliers, staff, managers and anyone using the site to understand the location of fire exits, extinguishers etc.


  • Damage documentation

A VR tour can provide digital real-world evidence to document the scope of loss should a building be damaged following a natural disaster such a flood or following a theft for example. The VR tour can be used for insurance firms, claims professionals and estimators to more accurately estimate and plan for repairs.


  • Snagging

VR can be used to document snagging following occupation of a new build commercial property.


  • Tracking project status

VR can enable project managers keep track of the progress of their sites during construction or refurbishment.

For further enquiries, please contact:


Diarmuid Murphy
Head of Land and Property
+353 1 690 9799

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