Where should you find your Party Wall Surveyor or Building Surveyor if Bruce doesn’t cover your area? Bruce recommends a Chartered Building Consultant(cy) who covers your area – these are CIOB registered and assessed surveyors: they are often time served ex-apprentices who have hands on experience of modernising and re-furbishing the period properties they are being asked to survey. Their career will encompass time spent as Apprentices, craftsmen, foremen, managers, sole-traders and company directors who know experientially the harmful short cuts of the construction processes. They will have studied Building Surveying at university in parallel (often in their own time and expense) and then become Chartered.
A CIOB surveyor should both work to the following ethical and moral standards:
Take Responsibility – Be accountable for all your actions – don’t blame others if things go wrong, and if you suspect something isn’t right, be prepared to take action
Treat others with respect – Treat everyone with courtesy, politeness and respect and consider cultural sensitivities and business practices.
Always provide a high standard of service – Always ensure your client, or others to whom you have a professional responsibility, receive the best possible advice, support or performance of the terms of engagement you have agreed to
Act with integrity – Be honest and straightforward in all that you do. Act in a way that promotes trust in your profession – Act in a manner, both in your professional life and private life, to promote you, your firm or the organisation you work for in a professional and positive way.
In Bruce’s experience these are the crème de la crème of Building Surveyors as they combine the very best of the trinity of hands on experience and reflection married with academic study with degree at University level combined with the assurance of Chartered Status.