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What does a General Practice Surveyor do?

General practice surveyors are concerned with the management, valuation, buying, selling and development of land and property, working in both the private and public sectors.

Typical activities include:

  • negotiating the deals connected with buying, selling and renting property
  • acting as agents buying and selling property and land on behalf of clients
  • assessing environmental impact and economic viability of development
  • valuation of land and property
  • compiling reports for purposes such as valuation for mortgages, rent reviews and investment potential
  • advising on property values, land acquisition, tenure issues and associated legislation.
General practice surveyors may specialise in:
  • development - working with other professionals such as town planners, architects, highways and structural engineers to consider new developments and their financial implications
  • management – managing property on behalf of a landlord, collecting rents, dealing with maintenance and repair and ensuring compliance with tenancy agreements
  • investment – advising clients on buying and selling of individual investments or managing large property portfolios
  • working for the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) valuing property on behalf of the Government, local authorities and public bodies for the purposes of business rates, capital taxation, acquisition and disposal.

What's the working environment like working as a General Practice Surveyor?

Most work a minimum 40-hour week. In the private sector extra hours, including weekends, are often required to meet deadlines, visit sites or meet with clients. Working hours in the public sector are normally regular.

Surveyors work in offices and on site (which may involve being outside in all weathers), and spend time visiting clients. Assessing sites and properties can be physically demanding, involving climbing and bending.

A driving licence is usually essential.

What does it take to become a General Practice Surveyor?

To be a general practice surveyor you need:

  • excellent oral and written communication skills and negotiating skills
  • analytical skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team, and to develop and maintain working relationships and contacts with other professionals
  • commercial awareness
  • good numerical skills.

General Practice Surveyor Career Opportunities

Within the public sector general practice surveyors are employed by regional development agencies, local authorities, hospital trusts, universities and central government departments.

In private practice surveyors are employed in the commercial or residential property sectors. In the commercial sector employers include large surveying practices, house building companies, property developers, financial, pension fund and insurance organisations and organisations such as retail chains, banks, and utilities such as railways. In the residential sector, surveyors work for large national chains of estate agents, or major regional firms.

After qualifying, surveyors can move into specialist areas such as auctioneering of land, property or plant and machinery, valuation and auctioneering of fine arts and antiques and surveying of minerals. Please see the 'Valuer/Auctioneer: Fine Arts' and 'Valuer/Auctioneer: Land and Property' profiles for more information on these careers.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about General Practice Surveyor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Surveyor Court
Westwood Way
Coventry
CV4 8JE
Tel: 0870 333 1600
www.rics.org

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Englemere
Kings Ride
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7TB
Tel: 01344 630700
www.ciob.org.uk

College of Estate Management
Whiteknights
Reading
Berkshire
RG6 6AW
Tel: 0118 986 1101
www.cem.ac.uk

Valuation Office Agency (VOA)
New Court
Carey St
London WC2A 2 JE
Tel: 020 7506 1700
www.voa.gov.uk

Asset Skills
2 The Courtyard
48 New North Road
Exeter
Devon
EX4 4EP
Helpline: 08000 567160
www.assetskills.org

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