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What is a Chartered Surveyor and what do they
Chartered Surveyor is the title given to Fellows and professional members of the Royal Institute of
Chartered Surveyors. They were the first professional body of surveyors to be recognised in the
commonwealth with a Royal Charter, which is where the Chartered part of the title originates from.
You might have heard them called variations on the title such as Property Surveyors or Chartered
Building Surveyors, both of which are acceptable terms.
You’ve probably also come across lots of other types of surveyor such as Quantity Surveyors and
Land Surveyors who are all RICS registered and have their own individual specialism. There are also
examples of surveyors who are in no way related to the “Chartered” breed despite dealing with
issues in and around properties, for example and asbestos surveyor.
The Chartered Surveyor who inspects your home for the sake of valuations and reports will be a
tremendously well-trained professional and fully qualified to consult on and inspect different areas
of buildings and properties. They’ll have expert knowledge on building materials, structures,
environmental issues and valuations. It’s this broad range of understanding that allows property
surveyors to offer all the different services they can provide.
Chartered Surveyors will be able to assist you with:
RICS Condition Reports
RICS HomeBuyers Reports
RICS Building Surveys
Leasehold Property Services
Energy Performance Certificates
Not every professional will be able to offer you all of these. It depends on their experience and also
on the location of the Chartered Surveyors. UK residents will require different service depending on
which country they’re in within the territory. For example if you’re in Scotland then you’re required
to have an up to date Home Report as a standard part of selling a house, which will include an
Energy Performance Certificate as standard.
Some of the service offerings require a surveyor to have specialist knowledge and experience. All
surveyors will have understanding of the difference between leasehold property and freehold
property but not all of them will be able to produce the bespoke reports require if you’re looking to
extend a lease, collectively enfranchise or buy a freehold. To attain these services you will more than
likely need to seek a Chartered Surveyor with expertise in this.
Visit E.Surv Chartered Surveyors for a detailed understanding of the services on offer.