Welcome to the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA)

The RPSA is a representative body for independent specialist residential surveyors who are accredited by the internationally recognised Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Surveyor And Valuer Accreditation (SAVA), which is part of National Energy Services (NES).

The RPSA is dedicated to working for its members to deliver a range of surveying products of the highest possible quality to serve the needs of consumers. The Home Condition Survey (HCS) is the first of these products, which is now being distributed nationally through a specially created panel working with homebuyers' conveyancers.

The RPSA is pleased to offer consumers the opportunity to purchase the HCS online at very competitive rates.

The RPSA is a representative body for independent specialist residential surveyors. We are dedicated to working for our members to deliver a range of surveying products of the highest possible quality to serve the needs of consumers, and to raise overall standards of residential surveying for both home sellers and home buyers.

Home buyer surveys

We are pleased to offer a range of surveys and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for home buyers, all at very competitive prices. For further information on the host of services we have on offer, or to obtain a quote, please contact us direct or take a look around our website.

Annual Conference

Conference 15th April

Over 100 delegates who attended the biggest yet RPSA conference held at BRE in Watford on Tuesday heard about the prospects for the property market from Kate Faulkner who gave cause for optimism that the improvement in transaction levels will be sustained in the coming years.

Peter Bolton King spoke about the outputs from the Independent Valuation Commission and how RICS welcomed the launch of the new DipRSurv and The DipRSVal. He clearly laid out how both of these qualifications provided a pathway to Assoc RICS and that RICS is eager to recruit new members from amongst the RPSA membership.

Paul Broadhead Head of Mortgages at the Building Societies Association gave delegate the view of the market from the mortgage lenders perspective and confirmed that Building Societies will accept valuations provided by Assoc RICS qualified surveyors.

Hilary Grayson then formally launched the new qualifications and invited candidates to sign up for the DipRSVal at the conference at a discounted cost to commence training in June. Peter Ward from BRE outlined their approach to offering the new qualifications and that candidates should be able to sign up in the near future.

The feedback from delegates was generally positive although some expressed disappointment that the DipRSurv (rather than the DipRSVal) will not be available until later in the year. Some also expressed surprise at the cost for those with the DipHi to sign up for the DipRSVal, in spite of the healthy 15% discount for the June intake, supplemented by a discount for RPSA members.

Alan Milstein, chairman of RPSA said 'I can understand members concerns about price and indeed that there are many members that want to proceed with the DipRSurv and not the DipRSVal at this time. We will make sure that this feedback is provided to SAVA and BRE. In respect of the cost issue however, I do think that the value equation is fair based on the quality approach that is being taken to these qualifications. It is vital that they are seen to be very robust by all stakeholders. The most important this is that the qualifications can pay back the investment within a relatively short time provided the market remains robust. All of our speakers at the Conference today were of the firm view that the recovery in transaction levels is here to stay.’

Members interested in knowing more about the qualifications can e-mail info@rpsa.org.uk, call 08714 237189 or contact Hilary Grayson at SAVA (hilary.grayson@nesltd.co.uk) and/or Peter Ward at BRE (wardp@bre.co.uk)

Thank you to all our speakers, please click on the links below to download a copy of their presentation –

  • Kate Faulkner – What does the future hold for surveying?
  • Peter Bolton-King – An Update on RICS
  • Paul Broadhead – The Lenders’ Perspective
  • Paul Trott – e.surv
  • Paul Cutbull – Countrywide – A bright outlook for residential surveyors
  • Countrywide – Flooding – Implications for residential surveyors
  • e.surv – Fracking – Surveyor Guidance
  • Hilary Grayson – The new qualifications in residential surveying