In addition to our portfolio of RICS surveys and valuation, Able Surveyors offer several specific property services including Schedules of Condition at the start of major building works or a new Lease Term, Snagging Reports for new builds, and building movement monitoring services.

Why do you need movement monitoring?

Newly detected cracks in walls and structural movement in a property are no laughing matter. We can put your mind at rest during building works by carrying out detailed monitoring services and producing clear and easy-to-understand reports to monitor the movements of foundations over time.

If you are planning to undertake extensive structural works on your property, movement monitoring at an early stage is highly recommended. This is particularly important for works that fall under the remit of The Party Wall Act 1996. Movement monitoring is becoming an increasingly common request by adjoining owners’ surveyors.

Where underpinning, basement excavations or party wall works are taking place as part of a major building project, a monitoring report can help you satisfy key requirements and agreements with neighbouring property owners.

How is building movement monitored?

There are several different approaches to movement monitoring. One of the most commonly used methods is crack monitoring to establish if there is an ongoing movement in the building. Small metal studs have been inserted on either side of the cracks, and regular readings are taken to ascertain whether the cracks are opening or closing. Typically, as little as 1mm movements can be detected. The measure will be monitored at regular intervals over a set period of time – typically 3 months to a year – to identify any live movement.

Movement monitoring systems are installed at several different points on the adjoining property before construction work begins. Monitoring an adjoining owner’s property in this way means any movement can be detected at the earliest possible stage while ensuring a full record of movement is in place. Once in place, the reading will provide clear information on the potential causes of movement while enabling the appropriate remedial works to be scheduled in.

For more information about our building movement monitoring services, any of our RICS surveys or other property-related services, please contact Able Surveyors at 0207 164 6628 or email us a short enquiry here.

Why Choose Us?

  • Able Surveyors have built up an excellent reputation for commercial property management services and specialist building surveys for homes and businesses in London and the Home Counties. From our offices in Essex and Central London, we deliver valuable, commercially focused advice and guidance to assist property owners, operators and managers of retail premises, industrial units, educational establishments and other business premises, as well as residential property, to make informed decisions about their asset acquisition, disposal or management.
  • We have 25+ years of surveying experience and a seasoned team of RICS Chartered Surveyors to put at your disposal. Our highly competent, motivated surveyors have a wealth of expertise dealing with different types of residential and commercial property in and around London, providing commercial property management services and building surveys for homes and businesses. If you are looking for valuable professional insights to help you get the most from your property investment or building management, you couldn’t be in better hands.
  • Able Surveyors are proud to be members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), our esteemed professional body. We comply with the strict RICS code of conduct, rules and regulations and are regularly monitored for quality. That way, we can provide peace of mind to all clients that they will continue to receive the highest standards of service excellence. As experienced construction management professionals in the London area, we are also members of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • We offer a wealth of professional surveying and building-related services for residential and commercial property clients in Central London, Greater London and Essex. Our extensive service portfolio comprises the full suite of RICS property surveys and valuations as well as in-depth surveys for specific defects or concerns, including detailed damp and subsidence investigations, and snagging reports for new-build property. For commercial landlords and tenants, we can help with Schedules of Condition and Dilapidation Surveys as well as Lease Extension Surveys and more.



Andrew Mulvey
I can't say enough good things about Able - not just on the survey quality, but also on the excellent communication. They knew I was in a hurry, and they made sure they gave me the earliest possible slot (about a week after paying). On the day, the surveyor kindly called me and spent half an hour talking through what he found, to put my mind at ease. The next day, I got a summary of the survey. And a couple of days later, the full survey report. It was incredibly detailed, and answered all my questions. It also listed the costs of each repair. A few weeks later, and after the searches came back, I emailed Able with a list of questions. A couple of hours later, the surveyor personally called me and spent an hour going through each point step by step. At no point did I feel rushed, and he spent time reassuring me about each item I was worried about. All in all, dealing with Able was the best experience I have had in the home-buying process, and I would be delighted to use them again if I ever buy another place.
arpana agarwal
Jack did a great job for us and was available for any follow-up questions in a timely manner. We got a thorough and professional report at a much more reasonable cost than other firms. Thank you!
Achilleas Konstantelakis
Excellent service and communication. High quality report with lots of detail. I highly recommend them.
Sharon B
One of the best people you want to use when considering buying a property. Communication was second to none and the report provided was detailed and gave me the assurance I was looking for. Very reasonable price for a first time buyer.
Alireza Mohammadi
I am happy with service they provided. I was in dark regarding a house that I am going to buy but they stepped in and shed some lights and gave me some insights about the condition of the property. They are resposive nd helpful. I am happy with their service and also I have to mention that their price was reasonable.
Vivian Wijaya
My second time using their services, this time with surveyor Jack. As always: professional report, prompt response with follow up call. Honest (refunded unnecessary part of the survey). Got returning customer discount. Absolutely nothing to complain. They are ABLE, as the name says.
Stefan Laxness
Very efficient, very competent, excellent customer service!
Chris Folarin
I felt good because of the impeccable services i received. For keeping me in loop all the way is very professional even when you couldn't reach the agent. The report was very detailed and the attention to details was very impressive. The Initial report i first received was very commendable. Great job and keep it up.