When you are on the cusp of purchasing a property, it’s essential to get a survey done. This will give you a real understanding of the building, highlight any issues and give advice on next steps. The information from surveys is important to enable a purchaser to make a reasoned and informed decision whether to proceed with their intended purchase, either at the agreed price, subject to a negotiation or pending further specialist investigation that the surveyor may recommend.
As the survey itself is so significant in the decision-making process, choosing a trusted surveyor can be daunting. However, there are some key things to look out for to ensure you find the right professional for the task.
What are RICS surveyors?
RICS stands for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. ‘RICS surveyors’ will be qualified and if they work for a ‘RICS Regulated’ firm, the client can be assured the firm meets the highest standards of professional conduct set by the RICS. Another title you might come across is ‘Chartered Surveyor’ and this also means they will be RICS members and held to the same standards.
If a surveyor uses the designation MRICS or FRICS you can be sure that they are an RICS member.
Why choose a RICS Chartered Surveyor?
When it comes to something as important as a house survey, you need trustworthy, professional advice.
A Chartered Surveyor will be highly trained and held to a strict code of conduct, giving you peace of mind that the advice they give is reliable. They will have passed as assessment of professional competence, are likely to have plenty of relevant experience and will conduct their work ethically.
How important is it for me to choose a local building surveyor?
Local insight is always extremely useful when it comes to property surveys.
It’s likely that a local building surveyor will have experience of properties similar to yours: built from the same materials in the same environment. They will already know the history of the area and understand the problems that can occur as a result of local conditions.
It is also essential that valuation of a property is undertaken by a valuer who knows the intricacies of the local market.
By choosing a local surveyor, you benefit from their experience and insight with the added bonus of having them on hand should you need them.
What kinds of surveys do they offer?
Different properties and situations require different kinds of surveys. It’s important to make sure your chosen surveyor actually offers the right survey for your needs.
Examples of surveys include:
- Level 1 Survey, the RICS Home Condition Report
- Level 2 – Homebuyers report
- Level 3 – Building survey
- Limited Defects survey/report
- Snagging Inspection/report
It can be tricky to decide which is the most appropriate survey and we are happy to offer advice. Our surveyors and support team understand which type of survey will best suit a particular property/situation and will find out relevant information when you enquire, to ensure you are offered the most appropriate service.
Any property transaction is daunting and it’s important to engage a professional that you trust and know will be working hard for you. As you choose a surveyor, keep these things in mind:
- Are they local and do they have experience of the local market?
- What are their credentials?
- Have they got any reviews/testimonials?
- How much will the survey cost?
- Are they responsive and proactive?
Get in touch
At Trinity Rose, our local team of Chartered Surveyors and our excellent support team are on hand to answer all your questions. They are friendly, approachable and understand local property unlike anyone else. Please get in touch to find out more.