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Building Surveyor

Building Surveyors provide professional solutions on property and construction. They are interested in the design and construction of buildings and enjoy problem solving. Building Surveyors provide the link between the client and contractor. 

Building surveyors offer advice on many aspects of design and construction, including maintenance, repair, refurbishment, and restoration of proposed and existing buildings. Building surveying is the perfect career for those who are interested in both the property and the construction industries. 

Building Surveyors Role 

They offer quality assessments and report on defects in, or ways of improving, all kinds of buildings. As well as finding structural faults, building surveyors recommend solutions. They can advise on the feasibility of a building project, and how much it might cost to carry out, or how suitable a building could be for a particular purpose. 

Building surveying work can also involve drawing up detailed plans and advising on whether a grant might be available. Building surveyors instruct architects to prepare detailed plans and help provide estimates for the work. While work is going on, building surveyors project manage, are responsible for budgets and oversee work on site. 

Finally, building surveyors are responsible for dealing with planning applications and advise on property law, building regulations and other legal matters such as health and safety. In building and contract disputers, building surveyors can act as expert witnesses or represent their clients. 

Clients are broad-ranging, and might include prospective buyers, sellers, mortgage lenders and property owners. 

A Day in the Life of a Building Surveyor 

You will be contributing professional advice on construction and property, varying from multi-million-pound to adaptions and repairs, completing measures to keep constructions in good matter and adapting ways to keep them sustainable. 

Building Surveyors: 

  • identify the condition of the building, analysing proposals for repair
  • help to complete projects by advising clients on the best way to meet the construction requirements
  • deal with planning applications and advise on property legalisation and building regulations. 

As a building surveyor, you will be responsible for surveying properties and buildings, and reporting to clients about the design, construction, maintenance, and repair that may be needed. 

The role of a building surveyor involves the following duties:  

  • Undertaking on-site property surveys
  • Producing detailed reports and recommendations
  • Identifying defects and advising on remedial works
  • Offering advice on proposed alterations, improvements, and extensions
  • Preparing budgets and schedules
  • Advising on environmental and safety issues
  • Meeting with clients and contractors to oversee progress
  • Offering advice in relation to legal and planning issues
  • Working on-site and in an office. 

Traits and Skillsets of a Building Surveyor 

To succeed in this role, Building Surveyors require technical knowledge and competence, along with the ability to build lasting relationships with clients and colleagues. You need a logical and practical mind to complete daily tasks, including a good eye on analysing problems and identifying solutions. 

Career Pathways 

Building Surveyors are strongly encouraged to become a member of a chartered association like the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) which will help them to fulfil their annual CPD requirements and develop their knowledge of the industry. A Building Surveyor can rise to more senior roles, often after five years of working in the industry. With extensive experience, many Building Surveyors will set up their own practices. 


CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineers) strongly encourages students to join our Graduate, Associate or Technician Membership tiers, as a way to be provided with continued access to the broader community through information and communication, ensuring a high level of skill proficiency and drive for competence. 

Salary Expectations 

Ranging from £22,000 to £60,000 with growing experience and chartered memberships. 

Relevant Experience and Studies   

The most common route for a Building Surveyor is to complete a post-graduate course in surveying, which can be done through a company’s post-graduate scheme, or to study a full or part time course. Once the qualifications have been completed, you will need to achieve at least two years of professional experience in order to become fully qualified.