Residential Surveying.

Education and technical resources to support the residential surveying sector.

The work of residential surveyors is vital

There are 29 million residential properties in the UK, with a combined value of over £7.4 trillion. They are a national asset of the highest social and economic importance. And at an individual level, the home provides belonging, identity and privacy.

Residential building surveyors keep the housing market moving by giving homebuyers critical information on the most important purchase of their life.

They also provide expert valuations to enable mortgage lenders to manage their lending risk, as well as specialist advice on issues such as technical defects, low energy retrofit, and legal disputes.

Sava provides training and qualifications enabling new entrants to join the residential surveying profession, and also supports existing surveyors to develop their skills and knowledge. We keep the sector informed through newsletters, technical bulletins and an annual careers fair and conference for those working within residential building surveying.

Discover the varied and interesting work of a residential surveyor

No two residential properties are ever identical.

Over time they are modified, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. As a residential surveyor and valuer, you are the eyes of the new purchaser and their lender. With experience under your belt, there are many opportunities to specialise and develop your career in different directions.


Train to be a residential surveyor through our vocational diploma programme

The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is a level 6 qualification which is approved for Direct Entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

  • 96% of graduates employed within 3 months
  • Full time or part time – the career is flexible
  • Opportunities to become self-employed and start your own business
  • Professional status through RICS and CABE



Creating opportunities for existing surveyors

If you are wanting to develop your skills, or are looking to change direction in your surveying career, a Sava qualification or online training module could be perfect for you.

  • Already a RICS surveyor? Add Residential Valuation to your skill set
  • CIOB or CABE member? Our qualifications can open the door to residential condition reports
  • Online CPD qualifications



  • e.surv are very supportive of the work Sava has been doing in bringing much needed new talent into the residential surveying sector.”

    James Ginley FRICS
    Technical Surveying Director at e.surv Chartered Surveyors
  • If residential surveyors are going to take the lead in improving the UK’s housing stock, then we need two things to happen.  Firstly we need to increase the skills of every residential surveyor to competently tackle the myriad of issues, be it damp or zero carbon.  And secondly we need many more of them!”

    Hilary Grayson, Director of Surveying, Sava

Our Trainer Profiles

Sava trainers are all experts in residential surveying. Our bespoke training material utilises their wealth of experience, providing our learners with quality, professional content. Our trainers also convey their knowledge and enthusiasm in the classroom, on practical surveying days, and online webinar sessions.