Stock Condition Surveys

Planning and forecasting are integral to any organisation. The difference for housing providers is that their assets are not objects, nor are they simply working buildings, but people’s homes. The need to maintain housing stock and people’s welfare is balanced carefully against minimising disruption to residents

The benefits of periodic stock condition surveys

Stock condition surveys offer two main benefits:

  • They enable the housing provider to plan – assessing the age and condition of housing stock and its components enables the provider to forecast when works will need to take place. This means funds can be put in place and plans made to accommodate residents
  • Brings to light any immediate problems – for example, health and safety concerns which can be addressed straight away

How FFT’s involvement helps

The surveyor carrying out the inspection will conduct a visual check of the condition of the main components outside and inside the property:

Outside:

  • Roof coverings
  • Chimneys
  • Wall finishes
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Fences and boundaries
  • Paths

Inside:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Heating system
  • Electrical system
  • Insulation levels

We estimate the age, condition and life expectancy of the components. The information we collect enables clients to establish their financial liabilities for up to thirty years. We estimate the age, condition and life expectancy of the components. The information we collect enables clients to establish their financial liabilities for up to thirty years.

FFT provides stock condition surveys for social housing clients with property portfolios from 200 to 35,000 assets. Our aim is to help clients provide the best service possible to their residents, while realising their strategic objectives.

Additional services clients can take advantage of

Clients often have their own in-house teams who have varying levels of skill. FFT provide training to clients for database management, surveying techniques, survey design and best practice. Our aim is not simply to teach clients how to manage a database of components, but how to effectively survey the components in a real-world setting.

If clients do not have the in-house capacity, we provide remote database management services.