What does a surveyor do ?

Residential surveyors provide confidence in the property market. They have an eye for detail and are expertly trained to spot property defects and other causes for concern relating to the condition of a domestic property. A surveyor can be commissioned by a homebuyer – either independently or through a firm – to carry out a survey of their potential new home, assessing its condition and providing an impartial report – before the exchange of contracts.

The report will consider all aspects of the property and contain details of any causes for concern – for instance:

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A Valuation Is Not a Survey

Many homebuyers will buy a property under the misconception that a lender valuation is enough; however, a valuation is carried out in the interest of the lender, not the buyer. A residential surveyor provides a more detailed impression of a property’s condition to ensure a buyer’s dream home is not a nightmare in disguise .

Armed with this report, homebuyers can then:

  • a. consider if the cost of repairing any defects will exceed their budget; and
  • b. negotiate on price.

With the SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, you will be trained to carry out condition surveys and property valuations.

Types of Residential Survey

There are many different types of report that surveyors can offer, each requiring a different level of detail. Here are just a few :

Home Condition Survey

The Home Condition Survey (HCS) is a private survey offered by members of the SAVA Scheme . The SAVA Scheme is a membership scheme for qualified chartered surveyors and those who hold the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation. The HCS is a non-invasive survey carried out on residential properties. The survey is designed to help homebuyers protect their investments.

Learners for the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation will receive 1 year’s FREE membership to the SAVA Scheme after graduating from the SAVA School of Surveying.

RICS Condition Report
RICS

This survey can be offered by members (AssocRICS, MRICS and FRICS) of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The report shows the condition of the property, offers guidance to legal advisors and highlights any urgent defects. The HBR is aimed at conventional properties and newer homes.

Learners for the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation will be invited to join RICS at Associate member level after graduating from the SAVA School of Surveying.

RICS HomeBuyer Report
RICS

This survey can be offered by members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors who have Registered Valuer status. The report includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report, plus a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs and ongoing maintenance advice. RICS is currently making changes to split this report into two – a condition report and a valuation report – so Registered Valuer status will not be necessary for those wishing to complete the report without a valuation.

Learners for the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation will be invited to join RICS at Associate member level after graduating from the SAVA School of Surveying.

Study with us

If you can see yourself as a residential surveyor and a champion for homebuyers, we offer the only vocational route into the profession so no degree? No problem. Study for the industry-recognised Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation and you could be a qualified residential surveyor in just 15 – 24 months. Enrol on a course today by contacting the SAVA team

  • Part-time learning online and face-to-face
  • Industry-leading trainers
  • Pathway to AssocRICS membership
  • Dedicated support team
  • Qualify in 15 – 24 months
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