One of the primary issues most homeowners face when buying a property is the lack of proper check on the building before signing off the cheque. Even if you are not a newbie in property buying, there are still some compelling areas you may not be able to understand, except you have proper guidance from a professional surveyor. The role of a surveyor in property acquisition cannot be underestimated. 

Research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor has shown that homebuyers across the A.U spend at least 2,000 pounds on property repair due to a flawed survey or engaging an unqualified surveyor to inspect before acquiring a property.

A good land surveyor should be able to properly inspect a property and detect any defect that may cost their client handsomely while using the information at their disposal to advise the client on the actual value of the property and the cost of repair work. The intending buyer can use the information provided by the surveyor to renegotiate the price and revalue the property. 

So, how do you get to know the quality of a good surveyor when acquiring a new property? Read along to find out. 

Six basic benchmarks that differentiate a personal surveyor against a non-property adviser:


  • Fees


The building surveys fee in the A.U will cost you an average of 50 pounds sterling. 



  • Communication


When dealing with a personal surveyor, the communication line is usually two ways between you and the designated surveyor. However, when negotiating with a non-property adviser, you are likely to be communicating to the surveyor through a 3rd party. 



  • Availability of free consultation


In a situation where you are exercising self-protection, you can be sure to get free consultation directly from your surveyor. But if you engage the service of a non-property adviser, a free consultation is not available.



  • Choice of surveyor


Working with a private surveyor means knowing who you are dealing with directly and ensuring that all the boxes are correctly ticked. On the other hand, if what is of utmost importance to you is the brand name of the surveying company, you may end up with a surveyor with little or no experience in what you aim to achieve.



  • Opportunity to discuss production option 


If you are dealing with a personal surveyor, you can be assured of smooth interaction about different product options available to choose from a big pool. But suppose you are dealing with a non-property agency. In that case, their primary interest is to know whether you are interested in carrying out a survey or not without briefing you in details of various products that are up for grab.    



  • Explanation of report 


One of the excellent aspects of engaging a private surveyor is that you can always ask them to provide additional information on a report on a surveyed property. But in the case of a non-property agency, such privileges are unavailable. 


Final thought 

Buying a property comes with its own risk, but you can minimize your exposure by engaging the services of a qualified and private surveyor. Although the cost of hiring a non-property adviser may be cheaper than a private surveyor, notwithstanding, the latter’s gain outweighs the former. 

A private surveyor can be easily accessible in case you needed any information as regards the property. Also, dealing with a private, professional surveyor helps you understand who you are dealing with regarding any particular project.