What is a Chartered Surveyor?

RICS is an UK independent professional body which aims to maintain and improve high standards in construction and other areas of surveying, and Chartered Surveyors are surveyors who have been credited the ‘seal of approval’ by RICS.

Chartered Surveyors have a high level of technical ability. Their work is varied between construction, property or land with a huge range of specialisms. Surveyors assess buildings, construction projects and the environment, and oversee development in these areas. With such an important role it only makes sense to hire Chartered Surveyors in Watford and across the UK; you understandably want the best.

The level of experience and technical ability means that hiring a Chartered Surveyor will give you a detailed assessment of a building, construction project or land. They work with local authorities and give you more well-informed advice than you could find yourself or obtain from other professionals.

Types of Chartered Surveyors in Watford and the UK

For those who are unfamiliar with the different types of surveying, the professional role you are most likely to be familiar with is building surveyors. Building Chartered Surveyors in Watford are often employed by prospective homeowners to assess what repairs or renovations may be required in a building before they place an offer. But building surveying covers a multitude of other areas too. Building surveyors don’t only assess damage or renovations required in every type of building imaginable, from office blocks to historic buildings, but they also oversee ongoing construction projects, whether they are for residential, commercial, industrial, leisure, agricultural or retail purposes.

Building control Chartered Surveyors in Watford differ in that they are prominent in the planning stages of a construction project. They may be responsible for costing buildings, environmental issues, licensing, energy efficiency and fire insulation. Chartered Surveyors in Watford who are project management surveyors work on ongoing projects. They aim to maximise safety, time and cost efficiency and reliability of the build, and will use their leadership skills to maximise human resources.

Land surveying assesses aspects of the environment, including waste management, mineral resources and geometrics. Chartered Surveyors in Watford who specialise in land surveying will also oversee the changes to these areas during the plan and development of an area.

Property surveying involves itself with the valuation and sale of estates, properties, possessions and business assets.

What should I look for in a Chartered Surveyor?

Once you have worked out which type of surveyor you require, you can begin to contact surveyors. For construction projects your architects should be able to point you in the direction of a reliable surveyor, or even have surveying specialists in their agency.

Check that your surveyor is a member of RICS. Ask how long they have been a member for and how long they have been practicing surveying.

Don’t agree to a survey without a full understanding of what your quoted price includes. For example, your survey could be a partial survey and not structural. Ask your surveyor whether they have experience in a similar project and find out how long it will take for you to be given your report. Ensure that your surveyor has professional liability cover too.

Architects Corporation Ltd are a team of qualified architects and Chartered Surveyors. Their Chartered Surveyors have many years of experience in carrying out building, structural and homebuyer surveys, investigative surveys, party wall surveys, property valuations, and building expert witness cases for property related disputes.

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