A stock condition survey looks at all parts of a building to assess the condition and state of repair and plan for immediate and future works. 

Typical items that will be looked at as part of the survey include roofs, rainwater goods, general structure (internal and external), windows, doors, kitchens, sanitary ware, heating system, electrics, flooring, fencing, walls, paths etc.

For each of the above elements, an assessment is made to estimate the age of the element in question. The age may be determined by considering the type/construction type of the particular element; considering the age of the building itself, and by checking existing records.

An assessment is then made of the current condition of each element. An element is judged to be in 'poor condition' if it is deemed to require full renewal or major repair immediately. If an element is not judged to be currently in poor condition, an assessment is made to determine how quickly the condition is likely to deteriorate to an extent that it would be classed as poor. This estimate constitutes the remaining life of a particular element.