Trust in the RICS chartered surveyor – the home of transparency and integrity

Date 7th October, 2019
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Get the right survey from the right kind of surveyor with the best credentials, that’s the message from Chartered Building Surveyor James Barron, who has reported a welcome upsurge of work over the summer period.

He also urged those people looking to purchase a property to instruct their chosen surveyor as early as possible – as he has a current lead in time of two and half weeks, sometimes longer.

“It is great to report that the ongoing Brexit uncertainty that impacted on the property market earlier in the year seems to have given way to a flurry of survey work recently, a clear sign people are staying confident,” said James, who runs Barron Surveying Services with wife Sara.

“What that does mean though is our diary gets filled up quickly, which is why it is extremely important not to leave booking your survey to the last minute, as it’s highly likely you will be disappointed.”

Equally important, in James’ opinion, is that people do their homework and make sure they choose the right level of survey for the property they intend to buy. He also recommended always choosing a chartered surveyor accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, (RICS).

Although Barron Surveying only offer the Level 3 Building Survey, so clients get a complete picture of their intended purchase, they are always open and honest, advising every potential client that other surveys are available.

“We only do the Level 3 Building Survey as I don’t like being restricted in any way on the information I can give to the client, but it would be extremely unprofessional as a business not to advise prospective customer that they do have alternatives,” said James.

“That’s why we highlight the Mortgage Valuation and Home Buyer surveys, as well as linking to the RICS’s own educational video – they can make an informed judgement. I wouldn’t be comfortable in working any other way.

“What’s most important is ensuring you get the most suitable survey for the type of property you intend to buy.”

James said that RICS accreditation was a mark of excellence giving clients total peace of mind that they are receiving a service of the highest professional standards.

Like fellow chartered surveyors, James must submit to an annual audit to ensure he continually meets the required standards. He must also commit to ongoing professional development, so he stays up to date with the latest skills and knowledge required.

“The RICS is currently involved in a consultation with its members to look at ways of better engaging with our clients and improving trust and transparency even further, “said James.

“It is important that we are as open as we can be and have explained the nature of the services we offer is as much detail and with as much clarity as possible.”   


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