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5 minutes with Becky Mead Building Surveyor

Becky Mead has been a member of the Trinity Rose family for many years, originally as a property manager at Charters, our sister company. A skilled professional, she has gone from strength to strength and we’re thrilled to share her story today.

We asked Becky to take five minutes out from her busy schedule to tell us about her professional development and goals for the future…

Can you tell us more about your role and what you do?

I am a RICS registered valuer and residential surveyor. That means I carry out Home buyers reports or surveys on properties that people are looking to buy and report back on any issues that purchasers may want to get rectified or have further investigations carried out on before they commit to purchasing a property. I also carry out market valuations on residential property, including shared ownership, help to buy or probate valuations.

What do you specialise in?

I do residential work and tend to do properties which do not need a more complex Building survey.

Where did your career as a property surveyor start?

Having worked within the property industry and primarily within lettings since I left college some 16 years ago when the time came for a change, I knew that I wanted to do something that built on my knowledge of the property industry and allowed me to further myself within the same field. Previous roles have included being a lettings and valuation manager within an estate agent and working as an auditor for an asset management company.

My role as a property manager within Charters was great from the point of being able to juggle working and being a busy mum but I was keen to find a role that would allow me to get back out and about, visiting properties and learning more about them.

How did you transition to surveying?

After carrying out some research, I enrolled on the SAVA diploma in residential surveying. This 2-year course allows you to study at home part-time and attend various lesson days throughout the year. Within the second year, you are set various coursework to complete as well as carry out accompanied inspections.

During my year of study, I was working within Charters Property Management and studying part-time.

How did Trinity Rose help with your progression?

Once I started my coursework I moved across to Trinity Rose where I worked for a period as an administrator. This role was really helpful in allowing me to learn the different types of surveys available as well as gaining an understanding of the common concerns held by house purchasers. I also got to understand the format of the different types of survey when carrying out the amendments.

I started accompanying Chartered surveyors on their inspections and helped produce reports and market valuations. Since working at Trinity Rose, I have been on over 70 surveys and this has helped enormously when producing my coursework.

The support from the team at Trinity Rose has been fantastic and I have learnt a huge amount in my time so far. I am really pleased I made the jump and decided to re-qualify (minus standing out in the downpours this week!). The role is very interesting with a great variety of being out and about and time in the office carrying out further research and writing reports.

What is the most valuable piece of career advice anyone ever gave you?

You will never know all the answers. Looking at properties is really varied and interesting. No 2 properties are ever the same and you see such a diverse range of property and construction types that you will never have seen it all even after decades of surveying so it is ok to get a second opinion or to take the time to go away and do more research..

What is your favourite part of your role?

Being out and about. It’s pouring down with rain as I write this so maybe today is a bad example but I love it. I like inspecting property and the variety it brings, it can be fun doing a bit of detective work to find out what is causing a particular defect.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to enter the industry?

I always thought surveying wasn’t an option for me because I didn’t have time to study for a degree alongside raising a family but I found an option to do a diploma in residential surveying and valuation that allowed me to study part time around work commitments. It’s never too late.

What do you think the future of the residential property market looks like?

It has been a rocky 12 months but the market is settling now, particularly towards the bottom of the market. If the economic situation and interest rates remain steady I think we will have a busy year.

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We’re so happy to have Becky on the Trinity Rose team. Motivated, knowledgeable and skilled at her work, she certainly has a bright future as a RICS Surveyor and we look forward to supporting her at every step. For now, good luck with that exam and the last piece of coursework. We’re sure you’ll pass with flying colours!

If you’re looking for an experienced, trusted surveyor or have any questions at all, please get in touch. A member of the Trinity Rose team will be happy to help.