An Independent Chartered Surveyor is one who has no large institution or company as owner controlling the Surveyor’s actions and policies. This leaves the Surveyor free to represent the client’s best interests.
The only allegiance and responsibility of an Independent Chartered Surveyor is to his or her client while adhering to his or her responsibilities as a Chartered Surveyor. As a Chartered Surveyor, there is an obligation to adhere to the appropriate rules of the RICS and have professional indemnity insurance in place.
A greater level of personal service can therefore be provided as well as offering the very best of local knowledge and advice. If the surveyor whom you contact cannot help you within your required time frame, or owing to the kind of service you require, the surveyor will endeavour to put you in touch with another party who will be able to help.
If you are thinking of buying a property, it is a wise precaution to appoint an Independent Chartered Surveyor to inspect the property prior to entering into a commitment to purchase the property.
This is not just our opinion. This is the advice of, amongst others, The Council of Mortgage Lenders; the Government; ‘Which’ Magazine and just about every responsible financial institution and Independent advisory body in the United Kingdom.