What is a Chartered Surveyor?
Worldwide, when property surveys are mentioned, the professional described as a Chartered Surveyor often features. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is based in London and has about 120,000 members worldwide, the vast majority, of course, living and working in the UK. Campbell Ferguson is a committee member of RICS España. As we quote in our Survey Spain brochure, the RICS is dedicated to promoting excellence and safeguarding public interest in all property related matters. All Chartered Surveyors have to follow strict rules of ethical conduct, which are enforced by the RICS. Again it’s this latter point that the client is reassured by. We must have professional indemnity insurance so that if we make a mistake and it costs the client money, there is a fund there to recompense him or her.
Chartered Surveyors have to be respectful of their client’s interest and if they are not, or get up to any shady dealings, can be fined by or even thrown out of the Institution. And, unfortunately, it does happen with disciplinary proceedings being reported in the profession’s journal. Chartered Surveyors cover a wide range – QS, land, mining and even specialists in undersea surveys. Most people come across either Quantity Surveyors (a QS) – who can be very roughly described as being involved in the construction process, such as cost control, project management and the like; OR General Practice Surveyors who tend to be more involved with existing buildings and their defects or the finance, the market value, created by the building, its land and location. We are general practice surveyors and have worked on a huge range of property types and values (and with some interesting clients!) over the years.