How To Choose A Surveyor?


The 5 Critical Factors

By Camsure Home Surveys, October 20th, 2021, 5 min read

If you are buying or selling a property, looking to re-mortgage, invest or simply need to know what repairs you need, then inevitably the question of "how to choose a surveyor?' comes up.

In this article, we're going to look at the 5 critical factors to help you get the right surveyor for your job.

How to Choose a Surveyor?

Not all surveyors are born equal. There are 5 critical factors to consider when selecting the right surveyor for your property project, including:

  1. Do they have local knowledge?
  2. Are they RICS qualified and regulated?
  3. Which type of surveying job is it?
  4. Do they have experience with your type of property?
  5. Can they provide references and testimonials?

Before we explore each of these elements in more detail, let's quickly look at why you need a surveyor, how they can help and what they can do.

Why Do I Need a Surveyor?

When acquiring a property it's always worthwhile securing advice from an RICS regulated surveyor.

Whilst it's not a legal requirement to use a surveyor, in practice if you don't employ the expertise of a fully qualified local surveyor, then your purchase is potentially in jeopardy with significant cost implications.

Why? Because the skill they bring to property valuations, their technical knowledge of construction and building pathology and related issues, make them indispensable.

Engaging a property professional can guarantee the success of your purchase or prevent you from making a costly error.

So, with this in mind let's consider what you need to look for when commissioning a surveyor.

What are the 5 Critical Factors to Choosing a Surveyor?

1. Do They Have Local Knowledge?

It may seem obvious, but having a local surveyor with detailed knowledge of the types of property, potential pitfalls specific to your local area and the property market within your area is invaluable.

2. Are They RICS Qualified and Regulated?

It's a question we get asked many times. Which qualifications and accreditations should an RICS surveyor have? Of all the factors when looking at how to choose a surveyor, this is probably the most important.

Who are the RICS?

They are the governing organisation of chartered and associate RICS surveyors.

"The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is a professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure."

You can check out their guiding principles - RICS: Upholding Professional Standards.

Why Choose an RICS Surveyor

When you choose an accredited RICS regulated surveyor not only do you secure the expertise of a regulated professional, but the strict codes of practice and conduct set out by RICS. This ensures they have the skills and continuous professional development to advise you appropriately.

If you want to know more about the significant benefits you'll enjoy from instructing an RICS surveyor, check out our article, Why Choose An RICS Accredited Surveyor.

3. What Type of Surveying Job Is It?

There are a number of different types of survey you can choose, the main four being;

  • The Homebuyer Survey Report (RICS Level 2 Home Buyer Survey Report): This is a detailed visual inspection of the property to evaluate the property's condition and areas of concern prior to purchase.
  • The Homebuyer Survey Report With Valuation (RICS Level 2 Home Buyer Survey Report with Valuation): Not only will you receive the detail of a Level 2 Survey but you'll also get confirmation that you are paying the market value for the property and the rebuild cost for insurance.
  • Building Survey (RICS Level 3 Building Survey): This is a full structural survey mainly used for properties in a poor condition of repair. It gives you a more in-depth analysis of the property's condition, comprehensive advice and an insurance rebuild valuation.
  • RICS 'Red Book' Valuation: This is a written market valuation of your property if you are looking at Help To Buy, Shared Ownership or estimations for inheritance tax purposes.

At Camsure we have you covered with all four surveys. For more information, why not get in touch.

4. Do They Have Experience With the Type of Property?

Just like people, different property types of all ages come with their own set of concerns and idiosyncrasies. Choosing a local surveyor who has expertise in the type of property you wish to purchase is vitally important.

5. Can They Provide References and Testimonials?

It's never been easier to check on the quality of the surveyor. Yes, you can research their credentials through word of mouth, but a simpler and more informative way is to research their testimonials and reviews from independent trusted sites such as Trustpilot.

At Camsure Home Surveys we are proud to confirm we are 5* rated with Trustpilot.

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Summary of How to Choose a Surveyor

So, these were the 5 critical factors in how to choose a surveyor. If you had to choose one element, choosing an RICS regulated surveyor is probably the most important.

How Do I Find an Accredited RICS Surveyor Near Me?

You can always Google "RICS surveyor near me" or access the RICS website and research their member's list.

At Camsure Home Surveys we have local RICS surveyors across many parts of the UK, who have experience in your local area.

All of Camsure's surveyors are RICS qualified and regulated and pride themselves upon their local knowledge and expertise.

You can find a surveyor near you easily by visiting Areas We Cover.

Useful Links

RICS - www.rics.org

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