What It Takes To Be A Chartered Building Surveyor

Taking building surveyor as a career is demanding. It takes dedication, accuracy, and persistence to get things done right. Also, they need to have above average interpersonal skills since they will be working alongside with the planning department, construction workers, clients, and other construction-related professionals. This team work is important in achieving the standards and sustainability solutions.

Work Load of Building Surveyors

A typical task set a surveyor includes checking and recommendation of building structural issues including the need for renovation, restoration, technical and even the legal and environmental aspect of property ownership. A wise surveyor makes sure that the client is the legitimate owner, with all necessary documents required.

Most of them also perform land valuation services. This will determine the present market value of your property, if you intend to sell it. Many chartered surveyor websites provide a free automated valuation service. You just have to fill in the required areas needed.

As part of the maintenance plan, surveyors will have to make technical reports regularly. The report will contain various plans and recommendations, as well as progress of the project. Although it may not have a direct advantage for the property, this will help clients oversee the day to day development. Initial reports generally contain the contract, budget, and other important documents needed to move on with the project.

One of the most important task of a surveyor is the defect identification, since the main reason of hiring a service provider is to eliminate all building defects for safety sake. Skilled surveyors often report about remedial projects or enhancement recommendations. Clients ought to demand for these reports as benchmark for budgeting begins here.

Salary of Chartered Building Surveyors

Surveyors receive a handsome salary in Europe than most skilled jobs. In London, rates fall between £18,000 and £21,000 while chartered surveyors typically receive £32,000 excluding benefits.

If you are looking for a chartered surveyor, you can check out the companies such as housing association, corporate organizations, local authorities, utility companies, construction companies, property developers and manufacturers.

Every chartered surveyor must attend and finish all required training, not to mention that they have to be civil/building engineers. They must also pass the accreditation of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and the Association of Building Engineers (ABE). Some unaccredited surveyors may seek examination for conversion course.

Anyone who wants to be a chartered surveyor must possess the following skills:

  • Willingness to work: With the demand of the job to work extra hard will take a certain kind of willingness to do perform it all. Surveyors need to have regular site monitoring, no matter what the weather condition is.
  • Advanced skills in IT: With computer aided design, building surveyors can easily picture out the building. This is essential for owners whose property is up for remodelling. CAD can also help with the visualization of the pipe lines and electricity systems, if there’s a need to repair them.
  • Interpersonal and can communicate clearly: A surveyor can’t work alone. He needs a team to work with thus being people smart would even make things easier for him.
  • Critical thinker: Repair and construction need the most practical minds to think creatively. The combination of these two mind sets can definitely have a favourable product, both pleasing and practical.
  • Excellent managing skills: Surveyors will act as a manager for all his team mates. He will be the one to supervise all the work done to make sure that all details of the plan are achieved.

About

Having served 16 years in the army Colin re-educated during the early 1990’s including two years at the Camborne School of Mines reading Mineral Surveying and Resource Management achieving a first class Diploma (Dip CSM). This allowed direct entry to the second year at The University of the West of England, Bristol reading Valuation and Estate Management. Training and experience was gained with Exeter City Council Estates Department and Sheperds Chartered Surveyors qualifying as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in June 2003. Colin set-up the company in May 2009 and covers the complete range of services.

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