What is a Building Surveyor?
A building surveyor provides professional advice on all aspects of an existing building. He or she will work on site to monitor the performance of the structure.
This is a wide and varied profession and work may include design, maintenance, alteration, repair, refurbishment and restoration of existing buildings.
Building surveying is less of a desk bound job than some of the other branches of surveying, with a large proportion of the working day spent on site.
The work will involve organising structural surveys, ensuring projects are completed in time, carrying out legal work that will include negotiating with local planning bodies, advising clients on areas such as sustainability or the preservation of historical or listed buildings.
The building surveyor technician will work in a similar capacity but with less supervisory responsibilities than the building surveyor and often on less complex schemes.
About building surveying
Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. Building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed use developments to planning domestic extensions. This varied workload can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.
Building surveyors work in most real estate markets including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, leisure, education and health. Consequently there are a wide variety of opportunities for chartered building surveyors to work in both the commercial, private, and public sectors. Building surveyors work for property owning clients and contractors as well as in a number of specialist niche areas such as insurance, rights to light, party wall matters, pre purchase inspections etc.
As well as strong technical skills, building surveyors need to have strong people skills and the highest levels of integrity. Clients, whether a large corporation or a individual member of the public, need to have the utmost confidence in the impartial advice given by chartered building surveyors.
Building surveyors are clearly differentiated from the rest of their market by their enhanced, technical knowledge and professional standards.