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Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Surveys

RICS Planned Preventative Maintenance Schedules from Chartered Surveyors provide long term building maintenance plans. They illustrate costs for anticipated works over the coming years, meaning your business can budget and prepare.

A PPM survey from Allcott Commercial: what to expect

Following our condition surveys, we are often asked to prepare PPM schedules. We assess the current state of the property and the works and maintenance that will be required both now and in the future, and use this information to put together a schedule of works. The works listed are categorised by urgency and priority, and budgets and timescales are assigned to each item.

The PPM report includes an introductory section that describes the building and summarises the building’s condition. Each element of the property is then summarised, alongside the surveyor’s conclusions on the condition of the element. Any items of concern are flagged.

The main body of the report is an annual maintenance plan, in the form of an excel document. This document contains a breakdown of all the individual elements of the building. Each element will be described in terms of its condition, and any repair or remedial works that are required; the urgency of works and a budget figure for each element are also included.

A PPM Schedule will list out all the major items of work anticipated within a set period (often the next 10–15 years).


Our Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Surveys will identify major items of work anticipated within a set period. This is often the next 5, 10 or 20 years, but can be over different timescales.


A PPM allows you to budget for expenditure on repairs and maintenance over the coming years. Our experts can suggest schedules of work that will spread costs over the entire period of the PPM, to aid budgeting.


Our output is tailored to each client’s needs. We can provide detailed condition reports with precise costs when required, and approximate estimates where that approach is more appropriate.

Professional Standards
Professional Standards

Our PPMs are carried out in line with the new RICS guidance note “Planned Preventative Maintenance of Commercial and Residential Property” (February 2022). Furthermore, we are an RICS regulated practice.

Why have a Planned Preventative Maintenance Schedule?

Understanding the maintenance that will be required to keep your property in a good state of repair has many advantages.

Firstly, it allows you to prioritise work, meaning you can focus on anything that could become dangerous, and anything that affects the structural integrity and everyday use of the building first. Works that will prevent the need for more costly repairs further down the line will also be prioritised. Our surveyors understand budget limitations, and can advise on how to spread costs across several years by strategically scheduling works at appropriate times.

A PPM will also save money in the long term. It allows you to extend the lifespan of your building and prevent expensive, unexpected repair works. By proactively fixing issues, long-term damage can be prevented. For example, repointing perished mortar stops water ingress and significant damage from a build-up of damp; similarly, protecting and regularly inspecting mildly corroded steelwork can prevent major structural issues.

Thirdly, our surveyors consider more than the fabric and structure of the property. They also have expertise in health and safety regulations, fire regulations and building regulations. Their advice will include measures to bring properties in line with current guidance, improving the usability and safety of the building and optimising the property’s value over the years.

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PPM Surveys: Case studies

Our team regularly carries out condition surveys on a range of commercial properties, from listed educational buildings to retail premises and places of worship.

Brief: Conduct a thorough building survey of a community centre building and provide a PPM schedule covering the next 10 years.

Property: Community centre in the Birmingham area.

Instructed by: Community association executive officer.

community centre survey

Brief: Prepare a planned maintenance schedule spanning the next 10 years.

Property: School buildings dating back to the 1600s, and a modern teaching block.

Instructed by: Head.

School PPM survey

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