Responsibilities of a Building Surveyor

As a building surveyor, you’ll need to:

  • ensure projects are completed on budget and to schedule
  • advise clients on schemes and projects and determine requirements
  • prepare scheme designs with costings, programmes for completion of projects and specification of works
  • organise documents for tender and advise on appointing contractors, designers and procurement routes
  • determine the condition of existing buildings, identify and analyse defects, including proposals for repair
  • advise on energy efficiency, environmental impact and sustainable construction
  • instruct on the preservation/conservation of historic buildings
  • advise on the management and supervision of maintenance of buildings
  • deal with planning applications and advise on property legislation and building regulations
  • assess and design buildings to meet the needs of people with disabilities
  • instruct on construction design and management regulations
  • negotiate dilapidations (when there is a legal liability for a property’s state of disrepair)
  • carry out feasibility studies
  • advise on the health and safety aspects of buildings
  • advise on boundary and ‘right to light’ disputes and party wall procedures
  • prepare insurance assessments and claims.