When it comes to purchasing or valuing a property, it is crucial to seek professional advice from a qualified Chartered Surveyor. While there are several options available, choosing an independent local surveyor can provide you with numerous advantages. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why choosing an independent local Chartered Surveyor is a wise choice.

Local Expertise and Knowledge

One of the key benefits of choosing an independent local Chartered Surveyor is the expertise and local knowledge they possess. Local Surveyors often have a deep understanding of the property market in the area, allowing them to provide valuable insights and advice. In addition to being familiar with the types of properties in an area, local surveyors will be familiar with the common issues and defects in that area. They are also likely to have an inside track on matters such as market trends and planning regulations, which can greatly assist when making informed decisions about a property purchase.

Personalised Service

Independent local Chartered Surveyors prioritise personalised service. They understand the importance of building strong relationships with their clients; often being a named person with a personalised email address rather than having generic contact details. This provides reassurance that the Surveyor completing your investigation will be accessible and responsive. By choosing an independent local Surveyor, you can rest assured that you will receive the attention and assistance required to navigate the complexities of the property buying or selling process.

Local Professional Networks

Local surveyors often work closely with other professionals in the area, such as solicitors, estate agents, architects and builders. If the property you are buying requires repairs or renovations, this network can be invaluable.

Detailed and Comprehensive Reports

Independent local Chartered Surveyors take great pride in providing detailed and comprehensive reports to their clients. They take the time to thoroughly inspect and evaluate the property, ensuring that all potential issues are accurately identified and documented. These reports serve as a valuable reference for clients, providing them with the information they need to make informed decisions.

Professionalism and Integrity

Independent local Chartered Surveyors are MRICS qualified, and adhere to the highest professional standards of the RICS, and maintain a high level of integrity. They are bound by a strict code of ethics and adhere to industry regulations of the RICS. By choosing an independent local Chartered Surveyor, you can have confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of their advice.


Choosing an independent local Chartered Surveyor may be more cost-effective than opting for a larger organisation. It is often more cost-effective to use a local surveyor because they tend to have lower overhead costs and can offer more competitive prices. Even if fees are comparable to those offered by larger firms, they often offer better value for money through their expertise, personalised service, and detailed reports. Furthermore, by avoiding hidden charges and ensuring transparency, independent local Surveyors can save you money in the long run.

By choosing an independent local Chartered Surveyor, you can rest assured that you will receive the support and guidance you need to make informed choices.

To speak to a member of our team about instructing us to undertake a survey in Lancashire, Cumbria, The Yorkshire Dales or Greater Manchester, please get in touch.

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