The majority of people have heard of a Building Surveyor, but ask what it is they actually do and many will struggle. The simple answer to this question is that Building Surveyors provide expert professional advice in all aspects of property and construction. This answer may seem generalised, but necessarily so. Services undertaken by a Building Surveyor cover a broad spectrum. They are involved in every stage of a project from conception to completion, and work alongside and manage many other consultants and specialists.
As in any profession, many Building Surveyors develop specialisms, however in order to become ‘Chartered’, meaning they have completed the comprehensive APC accreditation process regulated and run by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), they will have undertaken a rigorous process requiring them to demonstrate practical knowledge of the entire breadth of services that fall within the scope of services a Building Surveyor provides.
Their input into property transactions and valuations is probably the most widely understood, but their involvement in new build and refurbishment construction projects of all sizes is often overlooked in favour of the more glamorous roles played by the Architect or Project Manager. In reality however, a Building Surveyor will have been offering expert advice to the client from the feasibility stage, during design development and work on site, and will have been responsible for ensuring completion meets the client’s expectations.
Each individual service provided by a Chartered Building Surveyor could easily make up an article in itself such is their complex nature. The list below is not exclusive but has been compiled to give a brief insight into their main responsibilities:
Building Surveyors will traditionally work closely with the following:
Finnegan Property Services is an independent practice of Chartered Building Surveyors. We are passionate about the finer detail of every process involved in property and construction, and passionate about the Building Surveying profession. At any one time we are involved in a range of projects covering the commercial, education, residential, and public sectors. For more information about the services we provide contact Damien Finnegan on 020 3137 8078.
As you have hopefully gleamed from this article, as Chartered Building Surveyors it is our role to understand all aspects of property and construction; therefore even if we are unable to help you we will certainly know where to direct you.
For more information about following a career in Building Surveying, visit the Pathway Guide on the RICS website by clicking here
Posted on 2 October, 2015