Talk to us 01204 238 046

Estate Services Audit

Helping housing associations benchmark and improve their DLO or outsourced estate services delivery. Grounds maintenance, communal cleaning, pest control, bulky waste management, park and winter services.

Get in touch with
our experts

Free Estate Services Consultation

Our Head of Social Housing Consultancy, Steven, has 25 years’ experience pricing, mobilising and delivering services across the social housing sector. Having to drive efficiencies alongside continuous improvement in order to offer value for money, compete and win contracts.

The Estate Services Audit highlights the ‘current state’ and makes recommendations based on best practice and comparable, high performing estate services solutions. It focuses on quality, opportunities for efficiencies and maximisation of your team’s time. This includes the structure of the team, skills gap analysis and recommendations, equipment, IT and systems, as well as process improvements for the service.

Book your free estate services consultation
What is bid planning

An audit is an opportunity for a housing association to:

  • Have a third party, independent, verification and commercial assessment of the service
  • Receive a Service Health Rating against industry benchmarks
  • Highlight and recognise what you are doing well
  • Identify quick wins
  • Identify medium and longer terms solutions to support continuity and modernisation of the service
  • Have a set of options, and likely impact, to consider and prioritise.

While we tailor each audit based on the specific requirements of our clients, largely they follow a 3 stage process.

The estate services audit is often used prior to re-tendering the service to ensure an effective procurement exercise, or as part of DLO service improvements and business planning.

All our solutions are bespoke and based on our clients requirements. For example, you may only need an audit and support with your grounds maintenance service. Part of this audit may include us creating a bespoke grounds maintenance specification. Or as part of your procurement preparation you may only need support with GIS and site maps.

Prefer to discuss?


Estate Services Audit - Stage 1

Project Stage 1: Desktop analysis and preparation We will analyse a range of documentation, including specifications, contracts, budgets, staffing structures, schedules, strategies and historic performance data, to create a Service Health Rating. Reviewing your current costs and benchmarking these against other organisations, including financial modelling. We will also investigate service charges and charge-back to customers. We will assess your approach to service charges. Our assessment focuses on your strategy and approach to service charges, comparing it to others in the sector. During this phase, we will also coordinate with key personnel to arrange site visits and ensure that our time on site is maximised.


Estate Services Audit - Stage 2

Project Stage 2: Auditing and analysis Meet and host staff focus groups with key individuals from both the delivery side and management side including a “Bring Hints to the Table” workshop as well as a “Challenge the Ideas” workshop. We visit a representative selection of your estates and schemes to monitor standards and audit the teams working on site. We will also visit your depots. Typically, we also assess health and safety, training, HR processes, insurances, and data will be analysed including GIS and site mapping accuracy. We will design a customer survey and host tenant focus groups out in your communities. An investigation into IT systems, assessing the current and highlight the impact of other options and products on the market, and the associated costs, efficiencies and benefits.


Estate Services Audit - Stage 3

Project Stage 3: Collation and feedback We will collate and share our final estate services report. This will also incorporate feedback from the “Challenge the Ideas” workshop. Our report will include: - Commercial evaluation and comparison to others in the sector - Service charge review - Our wider recommendations - Proposed delivery plan, broken down into short, medium and long-term outcomes, aligned to your goals - Recommended IT systems - Plant and equipment - Training and support structure required to improve the service - Assessment of efficiencies and performance improvement opportunities. We will act as a “Critical Friend” throughout this process.

Grounds Maintenance Audit & Consultancy
Communal Cleaning Audit & Consultancy
Tree Surveys
Sustainability, Biodiversity and Carbon Reduction Plans
Supplier Performance Audit & Review
DLO Staffing Structure Review
Estate Services Value for Money Audit
Procurement Options Appraisal
Specification Development
Site Plans & GIS
Parking Consultancy
Contract Mobilisation
Contract Management
Plant & Equipment Audit
IT and Technology Audit

Estate Services Audit

Commercial Benchmark with Clear Operational Improvement Plan

Get an estate services audit quote

Made by Statuo