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A day in the life of a Building Surveyor

With 8 years’ experience in both the residential and commercial sectors of building surveying James carries out a wide variety of projects and surveys on buildings  ranging from castles to cottages, and city centre offices to industrial estate sheds buildings.

I joined Galbraith in 2014 and I am a member of the Stirling Building Surveying Team.

Getting to see parts of Scotland I haven’t been to and having access to some spectacular buildings that aren’t open to the public is one of the reasons I love my job. I have been to some truly unique places and have even flown Hebridean Airways to Colonsay to carry out a survey. 

My day often starts out of the office as I tend to undertake  inspections and meetings in the morning. This will usually involve a bit of travel and then a survey, site inspection or meeting. My work will mostly be somewhere in Scotland, usually between Northern Perthshire and Dumfries but sometimes further afield – I have been as far north as Wester Ross, and have even done some island hopping with surveys on Mull, Islay, Colonsay and Bute to name but a few. 

When  back to the office, I will be catching up on emails or working on a report before preparing a plan for the next day.

I have achieved a lot in my time here so far and look forward to what the future brings. My greatest personal achievement was being promoted to Associate but winning the surveyors tug o’ war against our rival surveyors at the Scone Gamie Fair 3 years in a row is also impressive. There are many opportunities to take part in shows, events and activities both in and out of the office and these are an excellent way to get to know staff from across all our offices and business streams as well as meet with clients old and new. 

I am usually training for a marathon or other running event so on my days off I will be focusing on that but when looking for something more relaxed to do I enjoy cooking, eating out, trips to the cinema, walking the dog and catching up with friends.