What is valuation?

Valuation is a specialism of real estate and Surveyors usually specialise in either commercial or residential work.

Valuers assess the value of properties by applying expert knowledge and awareness of the local property markets. Valuations can be carried out for a variety of purposes including insurance, development, probate and loans/mortgages.


What’s required for the role?

  • Numeracy
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with clients and other professionals
  • Report writing
  • Commercial awareness as many Surveyors work in fee earning roles

The details

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What's the role like in practice?
  • Valuation Surveyors may work in the public sector, for residential valuation firms or in private practice
  • Commercial Valuers work on offices, industrial, retail, alternatives and mixed-use buildings
  • Residential Valuers work on housing, residential development projects and conversion projects
  • Usual office hours apply, although some flexibility and travel are usually required. Some Valuation Surveyors work from home.
  • Valuers need to have some level of physical fitness to enable them to successfully access and inspect buildings. A driving licence is usually required.
What's the work environment like?

Split between office and site work.

What qualifications are required?
  • A non-cognate or RICS accredited degree may be required, with most Surveyors working towards chartered status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (MRICS)
  • RICS registered valuers require a RICS accredited degree and MRICS or Assoc RICS status

Is it for you?

You might like if you enjoy:

  • Using maths skills to make calculations and support professional advice
  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data

Other useful skills to have:

  • Working with different people such as clients, colleagues and the general public
  • Using verbal and written communication skills
  • Using perceptual skills to interpret maps, charts and diagrams
  • Researching and explaining data
  • Understanding how buildings are constructed and how the materials used in the process


How are agents responding to the need for sustainability?

Environmental and sustainability issues are increasingly important in the appraisal and valuation of land and property, evidenced by the RICS’ updated guidance for the delivery of the sustainability and ESG requirements.

Clients’ demands for information on how sustainability and ESG factors affect the value of any asset is expected to form part of any valuation report, which in turn influences a clients investment strategy and decision making.

Commercial and residential valuers need awareness of the key aspects of environmental, social and economic factors that influence the marketplace and report on these matters in an informed and considered way, giving practical valuation advice to enable clients to make informed sustainable, socially responsible investments.

Employment opportunities

Where will it take you?

Larger firms recruit graduates on to graduate development programmes, giving participants the opportunity to work across a number of different departments before choosing their specialisms. Smaller firms recruit all year round, offering both specialist and general practice work.

Whilst many students have an RICS accredited degree, there are opportunities for non-cognate graduates to join a firm and study for a property qualification whilst working.

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