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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

Daniel

Hello Hope you could help to evaluate my property and would like to know your fees. Regards

Adam L.

I require a snagging survey done on a new build property - no snagging dates currently available.

Silvia E.

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

Mamjud M.

BTL - Landlord now moving back in require official valuation report for tax purposes.

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 Bruno C.
Right from the first day, Amatrix have been very good at keeping in contact and getting my job done quickly. Admittedly the cost was higher then I was hoping, but for the service I got I can't complain.
by Radek K.
Highly recommended!. Was really flexible with arranging the visit which really helped. I knew what the quote should be and some of the "professionals" were sending me double that or even more for the same job. These guys were stop on! Exactly what I was expecting to pay. Also the certificate was issues really quickly!
by Clive A.
Really happy with the efficient service provided. It took less than 10 days between placing the order and receiving the certificate. Very pleased.