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Hiring a surveyor

Finding the right surveyor to suit your project can be difficult, as there is a lot of variance in what different surveyors do. Plentific can take the trades and services you require and generate an appropriate list of the best tradesmen in your local area for you to look over and contact. The service is free, and also gives you quick access to customer reviews to help you make your decision.

What do you need to know about finding a surveyor?

Hiring a surveyor can facilitate your project and help you avoid dangerous hidden costs. For example, if structural defects are only recognised in your property after work on it has been completed you will be legally responsible for paying to fix them. A thorough and detailed report on the condition of a property is called a Building Survey or Full Structural Survey. Other options include Homebuyer Reports and Homebuyer Survey. Different ones will require varying completion times and will incur different fees, so be sure of which one you require.

A surveyor has to have a degree or qualification recognised by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS). They may have earned such a qualification while working as a trainee surveyor. Once they have the appropriate qualifications they can then take an Assessment of Professional Competence through RICS, or can become a chartered surveyor through RICS or the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Faculty for Architecture and Surveying. A chartered surveyor is recognised as having more experience and expertise, so you may seek a chartered surveyor for larger or more complex projects. A fully qualified chartered surveyor will have MRICS in their title. Membership in any additional tradesmen’s organisations is a bonus, as such groups enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members.

One of the best ways to get a trustworthy and competent surveyor is through a recommendation from a tradesmen. Even if this is available, you should look at as many options as possible and be prepared to look over their qualifications. Ask for customer feedback from their previous projects, as this can help you gauge how easy they are to work with. Remember, do not be afraid to ask them to explain terms to you. You want to know exactly what you are paying for, after all.

Before making your final decision on who to hire it is worth checking what kind of insurance and guarantees your surveyor offers. It is excellent if they have Professional Indemnity Insurance, as this means they will be covered if their advice is inadequate and results in unforeseen costs for you, and the two of you will be able to work things out quickly.

An experienced professional should be able to quickly provide all of this information.

What does a surveyor do?

A surveyor is a professional that analyses and assesses a property to determine its value, point out defects or advise on construction or renovation projects. Surveyors may also be brought in to assess any damage done to a property by environmental hazards such as flooding and fire, advise on boundary disputes, facilitate proper planning applications and ensure properties fulfil all necessary regulations. They are an integral part of construction, and so any tradesmen you have been working with will likely be able to recommend a surveyor if your project requires one.

The term ‘surveyor’ is diverse as there are several specialisations. You may require a building surveyor or your project may need the expertise of a land, quantity or general practice surveyor. It is a good idea to get a recommendation from a tradesman to get the right kind of surveyor for your specific project.

How much does it cost to hire a surveyor?

The cost of hiring a surveyor depends on the size of the job and what work is required. A simple property valuation could cost between £100 and £250, while a homeowner’s survey can cost between £250 and £1000 and a full structural survey can cost as much as £1500. It pays to get as many quotes as possible, but remember not to just go for the lowest price available, as paying for expertise at this stage will mean avoiding unforeseen expenses down the line.

Latest Surveyor Jobs

Silvia E.

some roof issues - flat roof, would need to be inspected.

Cem S.

Hello, We require a party wall surveyor for a new house conversion. It is a semi detached house currently which is being converted into 6 flats with a new basement, loft and extension. The home on the other side appears to have 2-3 flats. We require a party wall surveyor to handle the entire party wall agreements. Can you please quote your fee assuming that you would have to handle 3 party wall agreements, 2 for leasehold and one for the freeholder. Architect plans are attached, structural calcs are being worked on currently. We would like to get the process started asap.


Concierge notes: Would like a quote for not a condition report and homebuyer report. 3 bed terraced house

Sheban A.

I would like a structural survey done for my semi detached house 3 bedroom house please. I would appreciate to get in touch within this platform. Best

Latest Surveyor Reviews

by Les D.
I hired ACE structural engineers for some drawings for the beams required for a loft conversion. They were very efficient, professional and pleasant to deal with. I wouldnt hesitate to use them again.
by Bob R.
Very professional and easy to deal with. Totally satisfied
by Kate B.
This is the first time I have used Plentific when I put this job out to tender for a steel needed for bi-fold doors on the back of our property and I have been very impressed with the whole service. Amatrix Consulting Engineers came in with a competitive quote and I was impressed by the reviews, which is why I chose them. They were very efficient in setting up the visit, the structural engineer was on time and was very helpful, giving some advice on another part of our build. The calculations arrived in good time and were what was needed - overall an excellent experience.
by Matt L.
After being highly recommended, I requested Russell's services for surveying a flat in Headingley. I found Russell; polite, friendly, thorough and timely in his approach. Once the survey had been completed I was provided with a written report within 2 days. Russell was also then happy to take the time over the phone to discuss, in detail the report and also discusss a couple of other queries I had, providing insight and advice outside of his normal scope of work, which I greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend his services and will certainly be in touch with him in the future should the need arise.