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We’re hiring!

Tired of outdated working practices? Is your workplace flexible, until it comes to actually being flexible? High volume of work without the rewards? Lack of transparency when it comes to salary and bonus chats?
We’ve seen it all ourselves, which is why we do things a little differently around here.

We’re on the hunt for a dynamic Residential Building Surveyor to join us. We’re a small team with big ambitions, and we’re on a mission to re-imagine building surveying, cutting out the jargon and speaking directly to our clients in a language we all understand. We align all the benefits of a traditional surveying practice with the pace, flexibility and market leading knowledge of a dynamic consultancy.

With a strong pipeline of residential and commercial technical due diligence, architectural and dilapidations instructions, we’re now looking for another surveyor to service our private and large portfolio investment clients, with a keen desire to develop themselves and grow with the business.

We want you to want to work with us, so let us sell ourselves for a moment.

Mental health isn’t just a webinar, personal and professional development isn’t a free seminar on your own time and transparency isn’t just a glazing type.

We are committed to investing in our team, ensuring you have a workplace to be proud of and a life to enjoy. We love what we do but there’s more to life than top class property advice. We’ve removed soulless targets and rigid practices to enable flexibility, transparency and an environment where everyone feels the rewards and is invested in providing the best value for our clients.

To apply, drop us an email at reimagine@fourthwallbc.com

About the role

You haven’t got bored of this job advert yet, so here’s what we’ll do for you:

  • The salary is negotiable: we’re focused on finding the right person. Skillsets and potential don’t fit in brackets.
  • Work wherever suits you: you’ll be working remotely, covering the areas you know and love.
  • Work whenever suits you: this is a permanent, full-time role but we offer flexible working so you can create a work/life balance that works for you.
  • Enjoy unlimited holiday: we want you to have the rest and relaxation you need throughout the year without having to save up days.
  • Reap the rewards of your hard work with an annual bonus: we don’t want you to work hard and not see the benefits so we’ll continue to reward your hard work.
  • Working on residential properties for a young building consultancy: We have a strong pipeline of instructions across the UK servicing a variety of clients, from the general public to commercial investors with large portfolios.

About you

Above all else, we’re looking for a Chartered Building Surveyor who fits with our company ethos, works well with our team, and wants to be involved in the growth of the business, but these are some other attributes we’re keen on.

  • We’re looking for someone who is MRICS or FRICS, and we’d like to talk to you whether you’re newly Chartered, an established Senior Surveyor or Associate.
  • We need you to have a full clean driving licence and the availability to travel regularly for surveys. You’ll be given a locality to cover, with options to travel further afield, if you like a bit of a change in scenery every now and then.
  • We want someone enthusiastic, driven and keen to develop. We’re planning to grow Fourth Wall significantly and we want someone keen to be in the fold of that. We’ll be giving you the opportunity to develop your own passions and specialist skill set to do the type of work you love.
  • We’d like you to have excellent written and verbal communications skills to confidently build relationships with colleagues and clients, and write top class reports. 
  • We’re looking for you to have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and experience with AutoCAD would be a bonus. 
  • Commercial consultancy experience isn’t essential but would be a bonus as we’re also expanding our commercial services working with number of overseas investor clients.
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Beginners Guide

Do I need a building survey?

YES.

Buying a new home? You need a building survey. When we buy a property, be it house or flat, old or new, getting a building survey is incredibly important, but there are still so many people who don’t get one. Here’s a few reasons why a building survey is essential on EVERY property.

1. A survey can save you money.

Going in blind might save a few hundred pounds before you complete on a purchase, but most people will then find themselves with unforeseen repair costs further down the line.

Did you know 20% of people who don’t get a building survey pay £6,000 in unexpected repairs and 17% pay £12,000? We believe our surveys are free, because having a survey will flag any issues with the property, and even help you negotiate the purchase price.

2. Receive impartial, expert advice from a surveyor who works for you.

When you hire a surveyor, they’re working for you and only you. Chartered Surveyors spend years studying and working to develop their knowledge and expertise, and they’re happy to share that expertise with you. Whilst the estate agent is working for the vendor to ensure the property sells, a surveyor will be working for you to ensure you fully understand the house you’re buying.

3. Get a full understanding of the property.

Property viewings are typically very short, with lots of people quickly looking in rooms to get a feel for the place and getting in and out within half an hour, but often much less. The excitement of seeing a house you love for the first, or even second time, often comes with rose tinted glasses. When you hire a surveyor, they’ll have much longer at the house, and have years of expertise, to properly understand the property and identify any issues.

Our reports provide a clear rating system against all issues identified so you know what’s urgent, and photographs throughout the report so you can see what we’re talking about when we’re talking about it.

4. A valuation is not a building survey.

When applying for a mortgage, the bank will do a valuation on the property, and this will very likely be a desktop survey. We’ve heard lots of people think this is enough when buying the house, but it won’t highlight issues beyond high level observations which might affect the value.

How could a desktop survey identify issues which require detailed inspection and investigations? Our surveyors will go and spend time in the property to do a thorough building survey and give you plenty of answers on the condition of the property inside and out.

5. Get peace of mind.

Any house, old or new, can have issues. A building survey will give you that all important peace of mind to go forward with confidence when buying a property. We make the house purchase as stress free as possible, and save you headaches, time and money down the line.

Our reports provide a succinct executive summary with clearly defined actions for you, your solicitors and other advisors to instantly understand the key issues relating to the property and what needs to be done to ensure your investment is protected.

Ultimately, this will probably be the biggest purchase you ever make, why take the risk of not understanding what condition the property is in and what that means for you?

To discuss your property purchase, get in touch with us here. Our Chartered Surveyors would love to help.

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Response to Spring budget

There’s definitely some positive news for the property industry in today’s budget, but we believe more could be done to help people get their foot on the property ladder.

The stamp duty holiday on properties up to £500,000 will be extended until the end of June and a holiday on properties up to £250,000 will continue until the end of September, before the usual holiday on properties up to £125,000 resumes in October. If you’re currently in the house buying or selling process, this will hopefully relieve the bottleneck currently experienced as solicitors and agents rushed to get sales done before the end of March. It will also continue to stimulate the housing market, that has been lucky enough to continue operating throughout restrictions.

First time buyers will be helped on the ladder by a new mortgage guarantee enabling them to access 95% mortgages. This is very welcomed, however, demand for homes in the UK continues to outstrip supply and we believe this to be a key issue impacting prices of property, with record prices being seen across the country.

Government should take greater steps to ensure everyone can afford a home, such as:

  • Incentivise SME developers to convert existing stock, such as retail, into affordable residential homes
  • Invest in skills and training to meet current labour shortages in the construction industry
  • Ensure additional funding and resources is made available to Local Authority planning departments so applications can be dealt with quickly and new affordable homes can be built