How do I know who to trust when buying, selling or renting a property?

Published September 17th, 2013

When buying, leasing, selling or managing your business premises, it makes sense to seek advice from a trusted professional who can offer you their expertise and independent advice.

RICS members are the professionals of the property world. Their training and experience qualifies them to help on all aspects of your property affairs. Some offer a range of property skills and others specialise in particular areas such as valuation, building surveys or agricultural property.

“Members can be recognised by the letters AssocRICS, MRICS or FRICS after their name,” explained Adam Farnsworth (MRICS), a partner with Berrys based at the Kettering office.


“This is more than a guarantee of levels of professional training and experience, as RICS also ensures that members abide by strict rules of conduct.”

As an ultimate safeguard, all RICS members are required to carry professional indemnity insurance, which protects the client’s position in the unlikely event of professional negligence.

The advantages

 They give you clear, impartial and expert advice

 They act in your interest

 They are tightly regulated and have to follow strict rules of conduct –

including having in place professional indemnity insurance to protect you

 RICS members have a specific set of rules and best practice guidance,

the Real Estate Agency and Brokerage Standards, designed to help ensure

RICS agents provide exceptional service

 RICS members have to update their skills and knowledge throughout

their careers, so you can rely on their expertise

 You are protected by a complaints procedure.

“Look out for firms that are ‘Regulated by RICS’. Commercial property agents and surveying firms will use this phrase on their stationery and advertising material,” added Mr Farnsworth.

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More about Adam Farnsworth

Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01536 532373
Mobile: 07775 925352

Adam is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and a Registered Valuer.

Adam has been involved in the rural and property sector for over 35 years, starting out as a rural valuer and sheep auctioneer with Berrys in the South West. He has worked across all areas within the rural sector but specialises in Agency, Landlord & Tenant issues, Rural and Estate Property Management, as well as undertaking general professional services work for clients.