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Building Survey Costs

Typically, the cost of a building survey varies from 150 to 300 RUB per square meter. This article contains full and detailed information on the survey costs and explains the underlying pricing principle, but if you need a quick and exact calculation of the survey costs for your project, click on the red button to the right of this text and enter the basic details of your project in a free form – the area, number of storeys, purpose, your contact telephone number or email – and we will answer you in the shortest possible time.

 The cost of surveying non-residential buildings

   Assessing the cost of surveying a specific site, the customer always faces a certain difference in market prices. In order to better understand the nature of this difference and choose the best price and the ideal surveyor, the customer will find it useful to learn about the main factors influencing the pricing of conducting building surveys and monitoring the technical state of buildings.

The following factors influence the cost and time needed for the completion of the survey:

  1. Building floor area.
  2. Architectural volume.
  3. Complexity of architectural and space-planning designs of the building.
  4. The type of project used for the construction of the building (custom or standardized project).
  5. Any available technical statements on the previously conducted surveys of the building.
  6. Any available planning and design documentation for the building and as-built drawings.
  7. Adequacy of the initial data provided by the customer.
  8. Work complexity (whether water extraction or high-rise operations are necessary, the number and depth of prospect holes, etc.).
  9. Objectives of the survey (see the section “Standard situations that require surveying the technical state of the buildings”) and the list of the ensuing necessary types of work (volume of the survey).
  10. The workload of the specific design (and research) organization at the time of work and the terms of the survey required by the customer.
  11. Remoteness of the site.
  12. Other factors (additional requirements of the customer, access control to the facility site, etc.).

An effective method to request the cost of the survey work

In order to get relevant results requesting the cost of the building survey from different organizations on the market, the customer should do the following:

  1. Prepare a request in the form of an e-mail, containing the minimum information needed to calculate the cost, including the purpose of the survey, the area of the building, and other details, if any, listed above under the factors influencing the cost of the survey, and specify any documents or design documentation available for the building to be surveyed.
  2. Make scan copies of all necessary plans and documents that give an idea of the size and specifics of the building and attach them to your e-mail.
  3. Send your e-mail with an identical request to the chosen 10-12 (or more) organizations.
  4. Get commercial offers.
  5. Compare the commercial offers received, specify any details by phone or in the next e-mails, clarify all unclear issues related to the prices, conditions and terms suggested by the surveyors.
  6. Choose the best surveyor
The advantage of this method is that it gives an unbiased sample of prices on the market, as all surveyors receive identical requests. When contacting design organizations by phone, the customer is at risk of receiving a biased sample of prices as in each telephone conversation different details will be mentioned (and understood) in a different way due to the effect, in the management science called the noise, which is always present in verbal communication. Each interlocutor may understand and interpret the information he or she hears in their own manner. Besides, the results of the telephone conversation are harder to confirm later when concluding a contract.

 

The main methods used to calculate the cost of the survey of buildings and structures:

  1. The method of determining the price based on calculations of actual expenses of the design (research) organization.
  2. The method of comparison and extrapolation based on the area of the previously made commercial offers.
  3. The calculation of the cost of work based on the rates recommended by the federal and local regulatory reference books (the calculations made using this method usually result in a much greater cost than the two above methods)

The price list used to calculate the cost of the survey of a residential space:

  1. The survey of an apartment with an area of up to 100 sq.m. – 12,000 RUB
  2. The survey of an apartment with an area of more than 100 sq.m. – depending on the area and other parameters – as a rule, 20,000 – 25,000 RUB

The price list used to calculate the cost of the survey of non-residential spaces (buildings) with a relatively small area:

  1. spaces with an area of up to 50 square meters – 20,000 RUB
  2. from 50 to 100 sq.m. – 25,000 RUB for the whole site
  3. from 100 to 200 sq.m. – 35,000 RUB for the whole site
  4. from 200 to 400 sq.m. - 200 RUB per 1 square meter
  5. from 400 to 700 sq.m. – 180 RUB per 1 square meter
  6. from 700 to 1000 sq.m. – 170 RUB per 1 square meter
  7. from 1,000 to 1,500 sq.m. – 160 RUB per 1 square meter
  8. Buildings with an area of more than 1,500 sq.m. - 150 RUB per 1 square meter, with the price going down as the area of the site increases. Due to large areas of the sites, in some cases (rooms of the same type, hangars, large workshops), the cost of the survey may come down to 100 – 50 RUB per 1 square meter. In each case, the cost is calculated using one of the three methods listed above, depending on the above mentioned 12 factors.

Examples of building survey commercial offers – to get an idea of the possible work costs:

  1. The survey of the building structures of a non-residential space with an area of 366 sq.m. (Moscow) – 118,000 RUB/10 working days
  2. The survey of the building structures (load-bearing walls, floors and ceilings) of a non-residential with an area of 125 sq.m. (Moscow) – 45,000 RUB/10 working days.
  3. The survey of the premises with an area of 552 sq.m. in a non-residential building and the preparation of the technical statement on the admissibility and safety of the redevelopment made – 65,000 RUB/7 working days.
  4. The survey of the building structures of the second stage pumping station in Podolsk, Moscow Oblast, and the preparation of the technical statement on the possibility of its demolition. (area – 189 sq.m., construction volume – 1,134 cubic meters) – 80,000 RUB/12 working days.
  5. The survey and assessment of the technical state of the roof structures, detection of defects and providing recommendations to eliminate them – non-residential premises with an area of 734 sq.m. in Obninsk, Kaluga Oblast – 150,000 RUB/15 working days.
  6. The survey of the foundations of the building and the main load-bearing structures of the overground part of the building with an area of 800 sq.m. in the city of Dubna (Moscow Oblast) and the digging out of 3 trial holes. Sampling of soils and determination of their physical and mechanical properties. Finding wrecking sections. Issuance of the technical statement on the condition of the building structures. Preparation of recommendations on taking measures to ensure further safe operation of the building, including the installation of the ventilated curtain walls – 155,000 RUB/15 working days.
  7. The survey of the building structures and preparation of the technical statement on the feasibility of redeveloping a part of the building into a washing complex (100 sq.m.), Odintsovskiy District, Moscow Oblast – 80,000 RUB/7 working days.
  8. The survey of the commercial building with an area of 121 sq.m. in Moscow and preparation of the technical statement on the safety and admissibility of the redevelopment performed – 150,000 RUB/10 working days.
  9. The survey of the building of the House of Culture and inspection of the load-bearing capacity of the floors and ceilings, load-bearing columns and strength properties of the materials with the subsequent preparation of recommendations for restoration of the incoming group defective structures prior to the redevelopment and general overhaul of the building (area – 2,000 square meters, Moscow) – 160,000 RUB/12 working days.
  10. The survey of the load-bearing structures of the building prior to the installation of the ventilated curtain walls and the issuance of the technical statement on the condition of the load-bearing structures in view of the installation of the ventilated curtain walls, along with the preparation of recommendations for further operation of the building in Moscow – the area of the surveyed building – 6,400 sq.m.; the cost of the survey – 280,000 RUB; the term of the survey works – 15 working days.
  11. The survey of the building structures of the part of the building storey in Podolsk, Moscow Oblast, with an area of 2,700 sq.m. as to the possibility to reconstruct the part of the building storey for heavy equipment placement – 280,000 RUB/12 working days.
  12. The survey of the building structures and foundation of the part of the building with an area of 700 sq.m. in Moscow – 330,000 RUB/12 working days.
  13. A range of works on surveying and designing in the city of Tver – the building with an area of 180 sq.m. – the survey of the building structures, measuring and development of the “Construction Concepts” section for the installation of a fire water tank – 290,000 RUB, 15 working days.
  14. The survey of a non-residential building with an area of 6,000 sq.m. in the city of Smolensk for the purpose of reconstruction (foundations, walls, load-bearing structures of ceilings and floors, columns) with the statement on the possibility of reconstructing the building – 950,000 RUB/30 working days.
  15. The survey of the business center with an area of 5,000 sq.m. in the city of Kotelniki, Moscow Oblast. The surveyed area – 836 square meters. The survey of the load-bearing structures of the building (the load-bearing structures of the sixth floor: pillars, ceilings and floors, certain balconies and canopies), including the evaluation of the strength of the reinforced concrete structures – 315,000 RUB, 14 working days.

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