You’ve just put in an offer on your dream house, now you want to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying. Choosing the right surveyor is crucial and can be difficult, particularly for first time buyers.

It is important to find a fully qualified surveyor. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has a database of all practising
surveyors in the UK and can help you find one local to you. Local knowledge is essential when surveying a property, so make sure you ask if the surveyor has good knowledge of the houses and flats in the area.

If your property is a listed building or an unusual construction then make sure your surveyor specialises in this area, so they can offer you expert advice on the condition of the house.

Make sure your surveyor is easy to communicate with. It’s important that you’re able to discuss the details of the report and what it actually means for you and your family.

Find out from the surveyor exactly how much detail their report will go into and the areas it will cover, so that you know what to expect when you receive the report.

Buying a house is the most important and expensive investment you’ll ever make, so ensure the process is as stress free and easy as possible by finding the right surveyor for you.