As volume 1 of the “Surveys in Practice” roadshow is complete, we take a look back at some of the key points from these innovative sessions.

The inaugural RICS Surveys in Practice Roadshow kicked off in London on the 28th of January this year. As the first of two separate seminars on surveying and reporting the anatomy of a property, volume 1 focused on the exteriors.

Chaired by either RICS Residential Associate Director, Graham Ellis or Head of Professional Development, Countrywide Surveying Services & Chair, RICS Survey & Valuation Working Group, Paul Cutbill – each seminar looked at factors such as cracking and structural movement; building in the roof; a case study on sustainable timber options and drainage, also covering aspects of residential surveying rarely touched on in mainstream CPD, such as roof structures and alterations.

Explaining the aims of the roadshow, which also visited Bristol, Warrington and Birmingham, Graham Ellis said:

“Surveys in Practice has been created by RICS on the back of member feedback to provide affordable and invaluable practical help and guidance in undertaking surveys on residential property. Drilling right down to individual elements of a property, each technical session will focus on enhancing knowledge allied to inspection and reporting requirements in line with the level of service agreed together with business and administration support to meet client expectations.”

Among the high calibre speakers at the roadshow events was Phil Parnham, director of BlueBox Partners. In his afternoon presentation, Phil covered these topics:

  • How to insulate a loft without causing condensation
  • Renewable energy installations
  • Windows and doors – latest developments
  • HomeBuyer Report matters and survey Q&A quick fire round up to conclude

Phil’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in the property sector – particularly with regards to resolving dampness issues – proved to be a valuable addition to the seminars. He encouraged residential surveyors to take a lead in making clients aware of the complex nature of issues such as loft space insulation, as well as offering an insight into different methods of cold roof space insulation and tackling problems caused by water vapour and cold bridging.

Being a licenced provider of RICS Home Surveys and sponsors of the roadshow, Kykloud’s David Warren was asked to update the delegates on latest developments in survey technology, which started with a brief history of the surveying profession and its evolution in adopting new technologies up to the present day.

Speaking about David’s presentation, Graham Ellis commented:

“It is clear that this [technology] will have a significant impact on the way the surveyor of residential property goes about their business in the future. It was a very useful insight to get the event underway. It struck a chord as delegates enthusiastically followed this up with David and his colleagues throughout the day at the company stand.”

You can find out more about Volume 1 content here.

Looking ahead to Surveys in Practice: Volume 2

With the first volume of national RICS CPD seminars complete, we are now looking forward to Volume 2 which starts in London on the 26th of March 2015. The second round of seminars will look into surveying the interiors of a home. Not only will the seminar allow attendees to gain another 6 CPD hours but will discuss how to manage risk with technical survey and reporting guidance.

We look forward to attending this event and discussing some of the most important issues in residential surveying with delegates. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about how Kykloud Home Survey is helping to make the surveying process more efficient for you and your clients, you can contact us on +44 (0)845 3662242 or email at