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How to become a Residential Surveyor

Residential Surveyor
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You hate Mondays because you hate your job. You should be a Residential Surveyor… Residential Surveyors deal with the management, development and valuation of residential properties. They may also be involved in the buying, selling and leasing of properties, and act as an agent or broker during a transaction, for example, when contracts are being negotiated between landlords and their tenants. Typical responsibilities for a Residential Surveyor will include:
  • Valuing properties
  • Advising clients on what type of property is right for them
  • Analysing market data and writing up reports, such as investigating investment potential and performing mortgage evaluations
  • Managing properties on a client’s behalf
  • Performing risk evaluations, and enforcing health and safety regulations

To become a Residential Surveyor, being passionate about the construction and property industry is absolutely non-negotiable. If the closest you come to checking house prices is when you watch re-runs of Cribs, this role might not be right for you. Also, with building legislation and regulations regularly being updated, not to mention constantly changing house prices, keeping up-to-date with the latest news and developments in the sector will be similarly essential. Other key skills for a Residential Surveyor include:
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Negotiation skills
  • Numerical ability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication

"I've been a qualified Residential Surveyor for three years, working for a local estate agent. The best part of the job is just how varied it can be. One minute I could be out-and-about, doing a valuation or risk assessment on a new property, and the next I could be working out investment opportunities for a client or writing up a complex report on property prices. It’s fast-paced, but that’s what works so well for me. I love it."

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