What they do and their qualifications
There are different types of surveyors who carry out various elements of the building process on both domestic and commercial projects. When it comes to home extensions or building a new home, there are many elements of the project where a surveyor will be required.
A skilled and qualified surveyor can:
- Conduct building surveys to determine the condition of a building’s structure, roof and foundations
- Provide reports on defects, the cause of defect and advice on how to repair
- Inspect construction work and provide the necessary requirements for building regulation compliance
- Calculate quantities of materials from drawings and provide information on budgeting estimates for materials and costs
- Measure and map sites and boundaries as well as land gradients
- Conduct condition surveys of buildings for valuation
Building Surveyor qualifications
To qualify, a Building Surveyor will have completed a degree in construction studies or building surveying or obtained qualifications via experience in a surveyor’s office while completing a course as recommended by the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS).
Once formal qualifications, training and experience has been achieved, a person can then register via the Building Surveyors as regulated by the Building Control Act 2007. You can check if your Surveyor is registered here.
A surveyor can also be known as Quantity Surveyor, Land Surveyor, Building Surveyor and Property Surveyor. Some surveyors will be experienced and qualified across all disciplines, while others may specialise in just one discipline.