Overview of the Property Consultancy Sector
Businesses specialising in property consultancy are typically small firms or professional single person outfits, who are knowledgeable about property and accommodation. Property Consultants are specialists within the field of counselling and offer independent advice about all features of property. The following outline the main types of property consultants and their functions and services…
Architectural Services firms specialise in providing architectural information and plans. These plans typically relate to a proposed build upon vacant land or a renovation or change to an existing dwelling. Their services comprise drawing and designing initial plans, advising clients and submitting planning applications, and advising compliance with building regulations. Many also liaise or engage with structural engineers and quantity surveyors on a property development.
Designers and Consultants service companies or individuals undertaking property investment and construction of a new house or similar project within the building and construction industry. They can supply a one-stop solution to the complete project as well as oversee all aspects of the project.
People have every right to be wary of Foreclosure Assistance and Services. This is because there have been many rogue companies preying on homeowners who are facing the prospect of losing their homes, (by offering to provide a solution to their problem to avoid the process of foreclosure). However, there are also many legitimate businesses. So it is sensible to review the background and qualifications of prospective providers using an online business directory (such as thebusinessindex.com)
Housing Consultants offer advice on anything from repairs and maintenance of a property, through to problems with rent arrears and procurement of holiday accommodation. Contact these providers often involves those that have been recommended by other consumers. As well as word of mouth, many consumers go online to a business directory to browse which company listings have received good ratings and reviews.
Land Surveyors have to determine the boundary of a property. This is due to a number of reasons. Land and environmental changes mean land usage changes over time (as roads are built or rivers flood or dry up). Land usage may be reclassified and altered by local authorities. This can occur because councils may be promoting increased local industrial usage, or perhaps the protection and conservation of natural habitats under threat from urbanisation
Landlord Service Bureaus deal with potential problems with the rented property, such as maintenance and construction or disputes over the tenancy agreement. Their consultations have to remain impartial. They exist primarily to advise their clients and offer guidance to the landlord and not the tenant.
Professional companies who deal primarily with enhancing landscapes and areas in and around dwellings and offices are known as Landscape Architects. They normally offer a client consultation service, regarding the best way to approach a project. Existing landscapes may restrict plant or shrub recommendations (depending soil type of soil type, water access and client needs).
Property advertising businesses provide services that are essential for a quick and efficient property sale. There are many ways for people to advertise and market their property or offices which may be available for sale or rent. Prospective homeowners or tenants can also use estate agencies or letting and rental agencies, online advertising, local free papers or place cards in a newsagents window.
Companies that provide Property Appraisal and Consulting, Property Valuation Services and Property Surveyors provide Property Information Reports and give appraisals appertaining to anything of a structural nature to one that is required for marketing or evaluating purposes.
Property Contractors are engaged for contractual work on commercial property and residential properties that require regular upkeep and maintenance such as repainting and repointing, underpinning and refurbishment.
Property Buyer Brokers are used by people wishing to look for a particular style of the house in a certain area and within a certain budget. They are primarily used by celebrities and affluent clients but now the average person does not seem to mind forking out for the services of a buying agent or broker. After all, we are told it is ‘location, location, location’, and some people will go to any lengths to find the perfect home.
Relocation Services provide a tailor-made service designed to suit their client. From finding a new property to advising and leading you through the paperwork and whole relocation process, they are specialised in relocation of clients to a different local area as well as both national and globally. There are also companies (Settlement Services) who specialise in giving support to clients who have settled in a different country or region and help them adjust and adapt by giving training and language development skills.
Lastly, Title Search and Abstract Services help to retrieve vital documents such as title deeds or any paperwork that is needed within the realms of property consultancy. They can distribute the necessary paperwork by overnight services or they can email or fax to the clients.