What is a Chartered Surveyor, and why should I use one?
GB Home Surveys is one of the country’s leading independent Chartered Surveyors. We’ve been providing expert, trusted services for more than 30 years. All our surveyors are RICS members and RICS registered valuers with local knowledge and expertise to ensure you are getting the right advice. But we often get asked what a Chartered Surveyor is, what they do and why you should use one. These are valid questions, especially if you’ve not had any experience of working with a Chartered Surveyor before and aren’t aware of the expertise they offer and how it can help you with your home buying journey. Here, we take a closer look at what a Chartered Surveyor is and why you should use one.
What is a Chartered Surveyor?
Chartered Surveyors are property professionals who play a vital role in the home buying – and home selling – process. If you need a survey done on a property or an independent assessment of its value, then a Chartered Surveyor will carry out that work. Chartered Surveyors assess the value and condition of a physical asset like a house, building or construction project or help plan a new development. They can also advise on planning permission, repairs and renovation, and environmental issues. Being ‘chartered’ means the surveyor is an approved member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). RICS is the surveying industry’s professional trade body. It has a strict code of conduct and holds all its registered members to a set of professional standards that govern the service they provide. Appointing a RICS registered Chartered Surveyor will give your peace of mind that:
- They will provide transparent and impartial expert advice
- They will act in your interests, rather than the interests of a bank, mortgage lender, estate agent or other third-party
- They are tightly regulated and follow a strict code of conduct
- They have rigorous professional standards to adhere to
- They continuously update their skills and knowledge throughout their careers to ensure the advice they give is always based on the latest information and best practice
- Their clients are protected by the RICS complaints procedure
RICS registered Chartered Surveyors are impartial and unbiased, meaning they can give you a view on the property in question that’s independent of estate agents or mortgage lenders. RICS surveyors are also required to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance. This covers the buyer should they suffer a loss due to an error, unintentional or otherwise, made by the surveyor.
Why should I use a Chartered Surveyor?
If you’re looking to buy a new home, whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving up the property ladder, then getting a home survey from a Chartered Surveyor is essential. Chartered Surveyors are expert property advisers. They are qualified to the highest professional standards and are highly experienced. They have a vast knowledge of the local property market and can spot underlying or hidden issues which your estate agent or mortgage lender may miss. A home survey from a RICS registered surveyor will give you the peace of mind of knowing that the value of the property you are interested in is fair and that any potential issues or problems will have come to light before purchase. A Chartered Surveyor may identify defects with the property that may cause you to reconsider your purchase or enable you to renegotiate on price. On the other hand, your Chartered Surveyor may conclude that the home your buying is in excellent condition, giving you the confidence and peace of mind to proceed with the purchase as planned.
Let GB Home Surveys help you make the right choice
At GB Home Surveys, we offer a different approach to getting a home survey. Our service is convenient and hassle-free. It will provide you with all the information you need to make the right choices. We’re an independent, RICS regulated chartered surveyors and have provided trusted services for almost 30 years. All our surveyors are RICS registered valuers and have vast local expertise and specialist knowledge, so you can be sure you’re getting the best advice to help you buy with confidence. We can tailor our home surveys to your exact requirements. If there are any specific issues you would like us to inspect, please let us know. For a free initial consultation and a no-obligation quote, give our friendly team a call today to discuss your requirements.