A lot of column inches and online time is given to the sales people and fitters of our industry and their various plights and toils in our little sector. But very little time and thought is given to the surveyors in our industry.
I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t want to be a surveyor! I’m good at selling, I can do it all day long. But surveying is such an accurate job that it really does bring it’s own set of unique pressures and stresses. For example, when I go out to measure, it is fairly accurate, but not enough to order from. When a surveyor goes out to measure a job to order, it has to be millimeter perfect. If they get it wrong, it could pose some serious problems when it comes to fitting.
A surveyor has to think about so many things, which leaves a very high chance of a installation-ending mistakes. As well as having to measure what has been sold, surveyors have to oversee how the job should be fitted, including providing tips and hints for the fitters, checking that the sales person has sold the job right, run through every detail with the client, check things like external brickwork for lintels etc. You get my point, surveyors have to do almost everything but fit the actual job.
Though rarely talked about, a good surveyor is absolutely crucial to any double glazing company. A good surveyor provides a safety net during the period between selling and fitting, where possible mistakes can be seen and rectified before it gets to the point of fitting. But it is also important that the surveyor is a highly skilled one. One small oversight or mistake during measuring can ruin a whole job.
I never really understand why surveyors get so little press or positive light in our media or online. Is it because the job doesn’t seem as glamorous as other positions in the industry? Personally I think we should hold our surveyors in a high regard. They do a very tough, complicated job in our industry and are all too often used as a prop by our sales force.
fully agree with statement above
componies should realise that a survey has one of the most important roles but none want to pay the right fees – iam a conservatory window surveyor – iam freelance – 2 x componies pay the right fee for the accrate survey – some want to pay min money for a first class survey – 2.5% – 3% should be a standard
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Well I never thought I’d hear those words coming from a salesman but hats off to you and thank you, I am currently employed by a semi national company for which I am the head surveyor for conservatories garage conversions and building work and you are so right it’s constant around the clock stress, the job don’t finish at 5pm like most jobs it comes home with you into the evening and into the weekend, your left balancing a number of jobs with a huge amount of money at stake I’m currently averaging £280,000 worth of contracts each month, no… Read more »
Spot on, I have been a surveyor since 1993 and not many people understand what we have to do
And the amount of work involved in creating an accurate survey
Hi John, Are you freelance ?…..im looking for someone to help me
Fully agee with o/p . It is a thankless job , still enjoy it , even after 20 years surveying all types of Fenestration products. Full concentration reqd at all times .
We are an Essex based company who need an experienced Windows and doors surveyor, we expect to pay at least 3% as it is such an important role, would you be able to take on any survey for us?
Ive been looking for a decent freelance surveyor / designer and struggling…..any ideas ?
It’s even worse when the company you work for won’t invest in training to help and guide you , seriously stressful when the directors don’t listen
Always looking for freelance surveyors and freelance fitters to work in Essex.
Small company looking to grow and also looking for a potential partner to enter retail sector. A manufacture that can provide installation teams would be perfect.