Every property project has unique needs. By choosing a bespoke approach to your window and door survey, you ensure that every aspect aligns perfectly with your specific requirements. This week we have given a detailed overview of Window & Door Surveys. Monday we discussed What Makes A Good Window & Door Stock Condition Survey? on Wednesday Planning Your Programme of Window and Door Surveys. Today we focus on;
The Importance of Preliminary Discussions
Before embarking on any window and door survey project, a crucial step in the preliminary planning stage is to hold detailed discussions with the client. This stage sets the foundation for a successful survey, ensuring that the final outcome aligns with the client’s expectations and requirements for their property.
Conducting Site Visits for Accurate Assessment
Site visits are integral to this stage. They provide an opportunity to view samples of the windows and components that will require inspection. This first-hand observation allows the survey team to understand the variety and condition of the windows, which is vital for tailoring the survey accurately. These visits not only inform the surveyor about the types of windows and their current state but also help in planning the logistics of the survey.
Key Decisions on Desired Outcomes
A critical decision during this stage is determining the desired state of the windows post-maintenance. Clients generally have two main options:
- As Close to New as Possible:
- If the goal is to restore the windows to a condition as close to new as possible, the survey will need to be thorough.
- In this scenario, the surveyor will identify all minor defects.
- Time will be allocated not just for adjusting and fixing but also for cleaning, ensuring a comprehensive restoration.
- Safe and Operational Windows:
- Alternatively, if the requirement is for the windows to be safe and operational, the focus of the survey will shift.
- Here, major issues will be prioritized, while aesthetic defects may be overlooked.
- The surveyor will identify areas where cleaning is necessary solely to facilitate any required repairs.
Deciding on the Scope of the Survey
Another vital decision is whether the survey should cover just the internal aspects of the windows or include their external condition as well. This choice significantly affects the survey plan:
- Internal Survey Only: Focuses on the interior condition, functionality, and safety of the windows.
- Including External Condition: Expands the survey scope to assess external factors like weathering, external damage, and aesthetic aspects, which requires a more comprehensive plan.
Tailoring the Survey Plan
Once these key decisions are made, the survey can be tailored effectively. Understanding the client’s priorities allows for a focused approach, whether it involves detailed inspections for a near-new restoration or a more streamlined survey for operational safety. The choice between internal and external surveys also dictates the resources, time, and techniques needed for the project.
The preliminary planning stage is thus a crucial phase where clear communication and understanding of the client’s needs lay the groundwork for a successful window and door survey.