Job of a Building Surveyor

The job of a Building Surveyor is like an umbrella arm, spanning across several other construction disciplines (Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Structural Engineer, Project Manager and so on). Building Surveyors are the GP's of property! Detectives in their own right! The job is so varied that no two days are the same, no two clients are the same and no two properties are the same. It really is a testing job but also a rewarding job at the same time.

A Building Surveyor (male or female) is someone who provides Professional Advice on property and construction matters. Producing detailed reports to meet the clients' needs. Whether it's a Condition Survey, Building Survey, Measured Survey or a Defect Analysis Report, each can be tailored to the clients' needs. Advising on the restoration and maintenance of existing buildings. Working on design and development of new buildings.  Building Surveyors need to be analytical, problem solvers and interested in building techniques and methods. They must have a sound knowledge with a commercial instinct and who can also appreciate matters of economics and law.

The job involves working roughly on a 70/30 ratio, 70% on site and 30% in the office. Often in all weather conditions. Building Surveyors must be able to work at heights and in small spaces. Full PPE (hard hat, high vis jacket and steel toe cap boots) is required on all construction sites, not very attractive but necessary as safety is paramount. Some sites may also request that you wear gloves and googles. Building Surveyors also advice on Health and Safety matters as well.

A typical day on site can be anything from a Condition Survey, Measured Survey, Defect Analysis, Project Development meeting and/or Progress of Works (inspecting works a various stages). Some will advise the client on Compliance Issues, undertake audits to ensure the building complies with industry standards and legislations.

A typical day in the office can be anything from attending Meetings, Writing Reports, submission of a Planning Application and/or Building Regulation Application, Designing and Remodelling Buildings (CAD), assessing Building Plans (to ensure they comply with current standards), issuing building compliance certificates or attending design team meetings in the early stages of projects to provide their expert advice.

Law firms are increasingly using Building Surveyors for their knowledge of building codes and legislation to settle claims and provide the services of an Expert Witness. Builders and developers use Building Surveyors to solve design problems and provide alternative building solutions.

A Building Surveyor must have strong people skills combined with excellent technical skills and excellent negotiation skills. They need to be able to work as part of a team as well as alone. Clients need to have complete confidence in them and their impartial advice, so they must display confident communication skills at all levels, both verbally and in writing with high levels of professional integrity. Knowledge of planning, construction, design and a logical and pratical mind with strong IT skills all come in handy with the job!                            






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