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More system updates!

The latest lockdown doesn't seemed to have slowed the market too much, and also hasn't slowed our own development much either.

Last year we made a lot of changes to our system as part of our ongoing process of development and improvement, and that process continues, with two new improvements rolled out this month.

New RICS Survey Standards

We have been asked a few times about how we are handling the transition to the new RICS 1, 2, 3 level standards.

The problem is that the public, and pretty much any other professional in the home moving market such as mortgage advisors, conveyancers, and estate agents, are largely unaware of the change, and continue to refer to the RICS standard products as the Condition Report, HomeBuyer, and Building Survey.

Helping With Conversions

We are often asked about what level of conversion rate you can expect, and how to improve that. The short answer is, the conversion rate varies. A bit depends on how much competition you have on your postcodes, but typically the conversion rate is between 1 in 5 and 1 in 9. But there is a lot you can do to help your conversions, and here are some tips.

We now have quite a lot of review feedback on our service and I'm pleased to say that it's nearly all positive. But the negatives we do receive shed some helpful light on the things that annoy people, and highlight some of the things that will help you convert leads into fees.

So let's start with the basics...

Survey Booker API

Among the technical enhancements rolled out this year is the addition of an API (Application Programming Interface!) to allow our leads to be posted directly into the Survey Booker CRM

This allows customers to immediately get information about your services and streamline the process of following up on all leads.

Reviews, reviews, reviews...

As you know we have two ways in which people can feedback their experiences with us - through Reviews.co.uk, and through reviews of individual surveyors on our site.

These are a highly valuable source of how people are seeing both our, and your, service. Most pleasing is that the overwhelming response is positive, with the average still mostly 4 stars.

BUT.. from time to time we see trends appearing in the negative reviews which we feel would be helpful to feed back.

Tips on managing your lead flow.

Since the easing of the lockdown, the property market has been seeing quite a resurgence, and that is reflected in the volume of leads we are currently sending out.

That increase can mean that you may be receiving larger number of leads than before, maybe to the point of receiving more than you can easily accommodate. So I thought that it might be a good time to share some tips on ways you can optimise your lead flow so that you are not inundated with leads you don't need, and to help avoid unduly large bills.

Control Panel Update - Leads List and Average Fee Reports

As you may have noticed, our control panel had a significant overhaul earlier this year. This was much more than a cosmetic face-lift, with some significant technical enhancements behind the scenes to allow us to add additional functionality, some of which have gone live over the last few days:

Coronavirus  Update 5

It's been three weeks since our last update on market activity, so we thought it time for a further short update.

Other media have reported that property sites Rightmove and Zoopla have been recording record levels of traffic, suggesting that property market restrictions being eased in England has released some pent-up demand.

That's certainly been our experience too. The graph below shows Google search volumes since the beginning of March:

Coronavirus  Update 4

A couple of weeks ago we gave you an update on what we'd seen happening in the surveying market up to the 9th May.

Since that time things have moved on quite significantly! On Sunday the 11th May, in an address to the nation, Boris Johnson stated that the government would be starting to ease the restrictions on some businesses, details of which would be published over the course of the following week.

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What is the RICS?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the organisation responsible for the training and regulation of Chartered Surveyors. To be listed on Local Building Surveyors, surveyors must be either a RICS Member (MRICS/FRICS) or a Firm Regulated by the RICS, so you can be assured that your survey will be carried out by a fully qualified regulated professional.

Find out more about the RICS

What Survey Do I Need?

What type of survey do I need?

If you are looking for something more than a simple property valuation (highly recommended if you are buying a new property), there are two common "standard" types of survey.  Check out the links below to find out more:

RICS HomeBuyer survey

Building Survey (Structural Survey)


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