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What Does A Chartered Surveyor Do

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What Does A Chartered Surveyor Do

It is hard to define precisely what a chartered surveyor does as there are many different variations of the job.

The most basic definition is that they are involved in land, property and the construction of buildings. They can examine structures for any structural defects and work out the value of land and property.

They can also let you know if there are any other problems in the property such as damp or Japanese Knotweed. The work that surveyors do in relation to commercial properties is described in more detail below.

What Does The Surveyor Do?

The surveyor will visit the property and take a look all around it. He will assess the whole property and identify whether there are any problems. Their findings will be put into a report which will be given to you.

This will allow you to decide whether you want to buy the property or renegotiate on the price. The report will give an estimate for the cost of the repairs and so you can ask for this amount to be deducted from the sale price.

When Do I Need A Chartered Surveyor?

When you have found a property that you want to purchase, then you will need the services of a chartered surveyor. The survey will usually take place after you have made an offer. If the survey turns up any problems, then your offer can be withdrawn or renegotiated.

Are All Reports The Same?

Reports are different depending on the area of the UK that you live in. In England and Wales, you will need either a HomeBuyers Report or a Building Survey.

The HomeBuyers Report will be used most often as this will be suitable for most properties. A Building Survey is only needed on older properties or ones with unusual features.

In Scotland, it is the responsibility of the seller to arrange a Home Report so that the information needed is available for any potential buyer.

What Is RICS?

RICS stands for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. This is the governing body of chartered surveyors and provides up to date training for those in the profession.

They also designed the HomeBuyers Report and Building Survey. These ensure that every home buyer gets access to the same level of service with all the information that they will need.

What Qualifications Do Chartered Surveyors Have?

To be accredited by RICS chartered surveyors need to have completed courses in civil engineering, building engineering, surveying and construction.

They would also need to complete professional development courses throughout their career. If they had a degree that was not accredited by RICS, then they can complete a postgraduate degree in surveying.

How Do I Pick A Good Chartered Surveyor?

If you pick a surveyor that is registered with RICS, then this gives you some guarantee that you will be getting a professional service.

If you need a survey on a particular type of building, then there may be surveyors that offer this type of specialism. You should ask for references from any surveyor that you are considering to see how they have dealt with any previous clients.


Do you have questions about a property that you wish to buy or sell? Would you benefit from the advice of a qualified RICS surveyor? Follow the link below to find out more.