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.