Commercial/Residential Surveyor


    Surveyors specialising in commercial, residential or rural property work to increase the value of a piece of land or real estate. They are sometimes known as general practice surveyors.

    Principal activities are related to the management, purchase, sale, or leasing of land and property, as well as valuing and surveying property.

    As a surveyor you may act as an agent, broker or auctioneer during a sale and may also carry out contract negotiations between landlords and tenants.


    Types of commercial/residential surveyor

    As well as specializing in either commercial or residential property, you would also usually specialize further in one of the following areas:

    • consultancy;
    • development;
    • investment;
    • management;
    • planning.


    Employers of commercial/residential surveyors

    In the public sector, commercial and residential surveyors are employed by:

    • local authorities;
    • regional development agencies;
    • universities;
    • hospital trusts;
    • government ministries.

    Employers in the commercial property sector include:

    • large private surveying practices;
    • large ‘full service’ property firms;
    • financial, pension fund and insurance institutions;
    • large corporate organizations, such as retailing chains, banks, railways and other utilities that own large amounts of land.



    • measuring and valuing land and property
    • selling, letting, buying or renting property on behalf of clients
    • advising clients on the best type of property or location to meet their needs
    • advising clients on matters relating to business rates or, if you work for the government, setting business rates
    • advising clients on where to invest their money within property
    • overseeing property developments from an empty plot of land to fully operational buildings
    • obtaining planning permissions for planning developments
    • managing properties on behalf of clients



    There are several ways to become a commercial or residential surveyor. The most direct, is to take professional training in any of the following:

    • building construction management;
    • building surveying;
    • construction management;
    • estate management;
    • facilities management;
    • quantity surveying.



    • enthusiasm and commitment for the surveying profession;
    • good oral and written communication;
    • excellent interpersonal skills;
    • negotiation skills;
    • numeracy;
    • readiness to take responsibility and act on your own initiative;
    • the ability to work as part of a team;
    • the ability to remain calm under pressure;
    • confidence in your own judgement;
    • the ability to confidently develop and maintain a network of professional contacts.