What is a building surveyor?

They are considered as experts in property and construction.

They have extensive knowledge of building pathology typical defects and analysis.

Ideally, they should have a mixture of practical and academic experience. A combination of these factors should equip them with the tools that will enable them to undertake a variety of tasks.

A building survey of typical tasks will include but not limit:

  • Design and specification of works
  • Liaising with building control and submitting the relevant documentation.
  • Valuations and building reinstatement cost assessments
  • Building pathology and defect analysis
  • Contract administration project management and overseeing remedial works
  • Landlord and Tenant services
  • Party wall matters and schedules of conditions
  • Structural inspections
  • Investigations into timber Decay
  • Advice on suspicious cracks
  • Expert witness for specific disputes

Building surveyors can be an invaluable source of information and their services can save clients a substantial amount of money.

They should be registered by a reputable governing body such as the RICS.

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