RICS BUILDING SURVEY
The Building Surveying Professional Group is the home within the RICS for professionals who have an interest in the design, construction and management of real estate assets.
Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. Chartered 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.
The RICS Buiding Surveying Professional Group has produced two additional guidance documents to help candidates, supervisors and counsellors understand and interpret the competencies for the building surveying pathway.
Please note that these guides are the collective thoughts and opinions of a number of APC assessors and are for your guidance only.
Each candidate, together with their supervisor and counsellor, must decide what is appropriate to his or her experience.
Building surveyors work in most real estate markets including:
Consequently there are a wide variety of opportunities for chartered building surveyors to work in the commercial, private, and public sectors.
Some chartered 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, etc.
As well as strong technical skills, building surveyors need to have excellent 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.
Chartered building surveyors are clearly differentiated from the rest of their market by their enhanced technical knowledge and professional standards.
Achieving the chartered status will enhance your professional status with employers and clients alike leading to more and varied employment opportunities.
About building surveying
Building surveying covers a broad spectrum of work; it is an interesting and valued area of expertise that is constantly evolving to reflect what is happening in property and construction.
The Building Surveying Professional Group has produced four downloadable leaflets that explore building surveying as a career highlighting the skilled nature of the profession.
RICS Building survey
- Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of the inspection.
- Due diligence.
- Aims to identify any problems that need urgent attention or are serious.
- Aims to identify things that need to be investigated further to prevent serious damage.
- Aims to tell you about problems that may be hazardous.
- Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place.
- Includes the standard visual inspection during which secured panels, electrical fittings, inspection chamber covers and other similar features are not removed.
- Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to purchase.
- Aims to help you prepare a budget for any repairs or restoration.
- Aims to advise you on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future.
- An enhanced service that includes all the features of the standard inspection plus a more extensive roof space and underground drainage inspection.
- Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future.
- Aims to describe visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects.
- Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting.
- A longer and more detailed visual inspection of a wider range of issues including a more thorough consideration of the roof space, grounds floors and services.