24 Apr Why use an RICS member?
Selling or letting your property can be a complicated process and one of the most important transactions you make, so it is important you choose the right agent to help you. It makes sense to seek advice from a trusted professional who can offer you their expertise and independent advice.
RICS agents act in your interest, are regulated and follow strict rules of conduct. They are required follow the rules laid down by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and follow best practice to ensure they provide exceptional service.
RICS professionals include surveyors, estate agents, lettings agents and property managers who have undergone extensive training and have a range of experience, which qualifies them to advise you in their area of expertise.
RICS professionals can be recognised by the following letters after their name:
This is more than a guarantee of professional training and experience; RICS also ensures that members abide by strict rules of conduct.
As an ultimate safeguard, all RICS members are required to carry professional indemnity insurance, which protects the client’s position in the unlikely event of professional negligence.
◾give you clear, impartial and expert advice
◾act in your interest
◾are regulated and have to follow strict rules of conduct, including having in place professional indemnity insurance to protect you
◾have a specific set of rules and best practice guidance designed to help ensure they provide exceptional service
◾have to regularly update their skills and knowledge throughout their careers (known as CPD), so you can rely on their expertise
Look out for firms that are ‘Regulated by RICS’. Estate agents, property managers and surveying firms will use this phrase on their stationery and advertising material.