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What is a Chartered Surveyor?

What is a Chartered Surveyor?

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A chartered surveyor is a qualified and regulated professional in the field of property and construction. They will have obtained a recognised professional qualification from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), or other governing bodies, and have demonstrated expertise in their specialised area.

The role of a chartered surveyor is critical within property and construction as they provide expertise and guidance on various aspects of real estate. Let’s take a closer look at their areas of specialism and what’s included in their role.

Areas of Specialism for Chartered Surveyors

Although this is not an extensive list and some may specialise in multiple areas, chartered surveyors usually specialise in:

  • Building Surveying: This is where they assess the condition of buildings, conduct inspections, and provide advice on repairs, renovations, and maintenance.
  • Quantity Surveying: This is where they manage costs and budgets throughout a construction project, ensuring financial control and value for money.
  • Land/Property Surveying: This is where they assess and map land and property boundaries, conduct topographic surveys, and provide advice on land development and use.
  • Valuation Surveying: This is where they determine the market value of properties for various purposes, including buying, selling, financing, or tax assessment.
  • Project Management: This is where they oversee and manage construction projects, ensuring they are completed on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards.

What is the Role of a Chartered Surveyor?

Depending on their specialism area, a chartered surveyor’s role and responsibilities may vary. However, some common duties include:

Property Inspections & Assessments

Chartered surveyors conduct detailed inspections and assessments of properties to provide helpful reports to landlords. They evaluate the condition, identify any potential issues, record detailed findings and take photographs where necessary. Then, they are able to deliver professional advice on any maintenance, repairs and renovations.

Property Valuations

By using a combination of research, market analysis, valuation techniques and their experience and expertise, they are able to provide property valuations. These may be used for sales and purchases of properties, mortgage applications and legal disputes; all areas where industry knowledge is very valuable.

Planning & Development

Guidance on land and property development can be provided from chartered surveyors, like BPS. We have the skills and capabilities to help you look for new opportunities or pieces of land for your next project. By working closely with you every step of the way, we can ensure your planning is always compliant and the development process runs smoothly, including planning applications.

Construction Project Management

Another role is to be on-hand, from inception to completion, during construction projects. Chartered surveyors are able to manage budgets, timelines, contractors and ensure quality control throughout the entire process.

Dispute Resolution

Their expertise and experience can provide them with the ability to act as witnesses in legal disputes related to property or construction. From professional opinions to delivering evidence and expert testimony, they may be able to help resolve disputes and support legal proceedings. At BPS, we always want to help our clients avoid any legal action, but we will be there to support you in these circumstances.

BPS: Highly Experienced Chartered Surveyors

With over 60 years’ experience combined, we lean on our learned expertise to every property management client we work with. If you’re looking for a professional chartered surveyor to help with your property portfolio, browse our services today or get in touch with us to arrange a free 30 minute consultation today.