Successful surveying depends upon having a clear purpose for the survey. It is not just about gaining a collection of the right kind of evidence, but also being able to focus it to meet the requirements of the instruction. An understanding of the influence of the history of buildings, building technology and the local environment are important, as is knowledge of the causes of and remedial actions for building defects. Of paramount importance is an ability to deal with people, handle client expectations and maintain budgets.
Selecting appropriate materials and competent contractors, specification writing and an ability to managing projects are all key skills for the building surveyor. It is crucial that a surveyor organises their tasks and can view key aspects of the subject property.