19 Feb Profile of our Residential Chartered Surveyor – Sheffield
Our talented team of Chartered Surveyors and Registered Valuers are all members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
We have individual surveyors based throughout the East of England, with surveyors in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, County Durham and Tyne & Wear.
This month we’re putting the spotlight on Michael Kelly MRICS BSc (Hons), our new Sheffield-based Chartered Surveyor, who opens up about his career so far and his experience joining Watsons!
Michael, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and I live in Millhouse Green, which is a small village near Barnsley on the edge of the Pennines. I live with my partner Suzy and our two boys. We enjoy time out walking in the nearby countryside and I try to keep my ageing body moving with tennis and football every week. I was born and raised in Barnsley but after studying at Salford University, I lived and worked in London and the South East for a number of years. I moved back to Yorkshire over 10 years ago and love the variety of people and places that this County has to offer.
What does a typical day at work look like to you?
I will usually carry out my inspections in the morning and complete the reports later that day. One day I could be visiting different properties to carry out mortgage valuations on behalf of the banks and the next day I could be undertaking a full Building Survey for a prospective purchaser. The style and location of the properties can vary from a modern studio flat in a city centre tower block, to a substantial Grade II Listed Building in the countryside.
Do you work from home or an office?
I am out undertaking inspections every morning but work from home in the afternoons. I have regular contact with the people at Watsons’ head office in Norwich and I speak with the other Watsons’ surveyors that are based nationwide.
How did you prepare for a career in chartered surveying?
I originally had an interest in becoming an Architect but soon realised I might not have the artistic flair. During my BTEC Diploma in Building Studies, I found out more about the varied career of a Building Surveyor and decided that was for me. I went on to graduate from the University of Salford with a degree in Building Surveying in 1993.
As a Chartered Building Surveyor, I have experience not just in undertaking residential surveys but in many other aspects of surveying such as; refurbishment works, dilapidations, party wall matters and contract administration. This means that I have seen buildings virtually taken apart and put back together and I am familiar with some of the legal and other issues that can arise.
I have gained experience working with a variety of clients on residential, commercial, educational and industrial buildings. The most valuable and enjoyable aspects of this work have included maintaining prestigious properties for The Crown Estate and also dealing with some of the iconic buildings within the City of London.
What do you like most about your job?
The most interesting part of the job is explaining to a prospective purchaser what is (or isn’t) wrong with a property that they are about to take on. I enjoy the detective work involved in undertaking a survey, diagnosing defects and advising on the best way forward. It’s always satisfying when you get good feedback from a client. A building survey can highlight potential problems that might never have occurred to the buyer, or it can put their mind at ease about other issues. Every day is different and there is always something new to learn.
What kind of support do you receive from Watsons?
Watsons are a small enough company to make it feel like a family but being a multi-disciplinary practice, it means that there is always someone at hand with knowledge in that particular area. We have weekly Skype meetings, so that we can all see each other and keep up-to-date with current issues (or complain about the weather and the traffic). We also all meet up and attend regular CPD events to keep abreast of developments in surveying and the property market.
Does Watsons provide you with a career route?
I have only recently joined Watsons, but I am impressed with how they operate as a company and they have made me feel at home right away. As one of the first Watsons’ surveyors in the Yorkshire region, I hope I can help them establish a good reputation and presence here and I am very much looking forward to the future.
Thinking about a career in property surveying?
If you are interested in surveying and would like to develop your career as a Chartered Surveyor, please email your CV and any questions to email@example.com – Alternatively, please call Alison Crawford, Head of Business Operations on 01603 751567 to discuss our current nationwide surveying opportunities. A career with Watsons is an investment in your future.
For more information on our Valuation & Survey services or to obtain a quote, please contact our Survey Team on 01603 751577 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org