Commercial surveyor

A Career in Commercial Property – An Interview with a Senior Surveyor

October 2, 2020 4:30 pm Published by

If you are considering a career as a commercial surveyor, or are simply unfamiliar with the profession, you may be wondering what kind of tasks are involved in the day-to-day lives of these property experts. As an independent party, a surveyor is tasked with providing unbiased and professional instructions on a broad range of property-related concerns. To assist with the details, we decided to speak with one of our Senior Surveyors here at Commercial Surveyors Direct.

What lead to you pursing a career in Commercial Surveying?

When I was in my teens my parents had their house extended and needed a further advance on their mortgage. The lender requested a revaluation and when the surveyor visited I got chatting to the surveyor about what he was doing. Following on from this I ended up doing a couple of weeks work experience with him whilst I was still at school.

What initially attracted you to the Commercial sector?

After completing my A Levels I got accepted on the “cadet valuer” scheme working for the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). This is a GOVT agency that is involved in all aspects of property valuation – business rates, council tax assessments, inheritance and capital gain tax valuations for HMRC, doctor rent and rates appeals, valuation for land compensation schemes. This gave me a wide range of experience by my particular area of interest was the commercial sector which I then specialised in when I left the VOA and ventured into private practice.

Can you describe a typical day?

My role is a balance between being out and about inspecting properties and being at my desk undertaking research and preparing reports.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a Commercial Surveyor?

I enjoy the variation of the role – having the balance of being mobile for part of the week whilst still having permanent base as well. Helping a client reach their goal be it raising finance, achieve a purchase, sale or some other purpose is very satisfying.

What is the most challenging thing about being a Commercial Surveyor?

The commercial sector offers up a variety of diverse property types, each presenting their own valuation challenges to dissect and solve. I’ve learnt that each week brings its own challenges no matter how many years I’ve been doing the job!

What kind of career development is available to Commercial Surveyors?

There are opportunities to maintain a varied role but also develop enhanced expertise in specialist sectors, for example healthcare premises and also trade related valuations.

Could you tell us something about Commercial surveying that people may not know?

How much variation there is in the role when compared to the residential sector.

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This post was written by Liz Graney