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In a country such as England, where every private land should obtain permits for building structures, the role of periodic building surveyors is very significant. Listed building surveyors are necessary to have building blueprints approved in order to commence work on a private property. Quality historic building surveys are necessary even if the owner of a current building intends to make certain changes to the existing structure, no matter how small that change may be. The job of listed building surveyors is to ensure that the plans of the proposed change/renovation meet guidelines set by authorities. This includes checking the plans for energy efficiency, safety and other standards by the local council regarding the planning and construction of new homes. David Hornsby Chartered Surveyors have extensive experience in handling complicated building projects all over the nation. During the course of their professional activities, listed property surveyors have to interact with engineers, architects and interior designers, consult with them and advice on what is approved by the local council and what isn’t. The role of listed property surveyors does not end with advising and counseling professionals; he or she must remain closely in touch with the process and follow up at every stage to ensure that the construction is proceeding accordingly.

Although a grade 1 listed surveyor works in favor of the property owner, he or she can halt the work at any stage if anything does not meet standards or seems faulty. Following such notices, engineers/designers should make necessary changes and have the plan reapproved in order to continue work. Failing to follow the instructions can force the surveyor to halt construction. As soon as the designer rectifies the mistakes or takes remedial action, work can re-commence, however, it must be mentioned that surveyors with several nationwide building surveys under their belt can assist engineers with plans and remedial actions wherever necessary.