The Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) is a not-for-profit representative body for independent residential surveyors. It was born out of the now defunct Home Information Pack providers or HIP and was formed in 2010.
RPSA members unlike the RICS are solely specialists in residential property. Whereas you could have qualified RICS member surveyor who is a specialist in agriculture, quantity surveying or land and resources. The RPSA members report on the condition of residential properties on behalf of homebuyers. They are specialists in the residential field and are all independent, which means they are not tied to any particular mortgage lender or estate agent. They should act in the best interests of their client.
There is a growing group of residential surveyors who do not feel that the RICS is representing them and offering good value for the membership fees. This is due to governance as reported in the press over the last couple of years. Mismanagement of members fees and the attempt to brand globally. But also, as the RICS represents so many diverse sectors of surveying they do not focus on residential practitioners. As a result of this the RPSA has grown significantly over the last few years. With many members holding dual membership of both the RICS and RPSA.
Similarly, to the RICS they are also required to keep up to date with the latest industry standards and regulations. This is done through regular continual professional development (CPD).
Here are some of the benefits of using an RPSA surveyor:
Independent surveyors are not tied to any particular mortgage lender or estate agent, so they can give you impartial advice.
The RPSA has its own dispute resolution service which is not outsourced. So, in the event of an issue an experienced and trained professional will look over the case.
Surveyors are required to keep up to date with the latest industry standards and regulations.
Surveyors will provide you with a high-quality survey of your home from a specialist residential surveyor.
The RPSA also uses its own set templates for their surveys if you elect to use one. They are fairly similar in style to the well known RICS formats, that have been in use for a long a time and well recognisable.
Domestic Surveys we are a RICS regulated practice and also members of the RPSA.
If you are looking for an independent residential surveyor, you can find a list of RPSA members on the RPSA website.