Paragon Surveys have been providing measurement and consultancy services to the property and infrastructure markets throughout the UK since 2001. Its team includes some of the most experienced surveyors in Europe, who measure anything and everything from high street shops, retail outlets, banks, warehousing and residential buildings to 100-acre sites.
Steve Ashcroft MRICS, Managing Director of Paragon Surveys, tells us more about why measuring to our International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) matters, the benefits of using our new 'Measurement Matters' guide to create accurate floorplans and his advice to others on how to get to grips with IPMS.
There are many measurement standards in various countries around the world, all producing different results. But the purpose of the IPMS code is to coordinate all these measurement systems and provide a property measurement benchmark to ensure clarity and consistency through a global standard.
Our surveyors have been measuring properties for over 30 years and we are using RICS' new 'Measurement Matters' consumer guide (adhering to its International Property Measurement Standard) to produce accurate floorplans for the benefit buyers and renters.
The guide helps us to convert back to other standards if needed and has helped clarify which measured areas in a home must be reported when creating floorplans for sale or rental purposes.
There are a lot of unqualified people measuring properties and the guide will hopefully benefit them and improve the inconsistency that exists in the marketplace.
Knowing the accurate usable space of an asset is fundamental for many reasons, not least in understanding the valuation and thus investment potential. Yet we are still finding that many members and clients are still not aware or following the IPMS standards.
We have found the new codes to be very intuitive. There are of course still a few things open to interpretation and always things that can be improved in the next revision. But overall, my advice to others would be to read all the IPMS guides and don't be frightened to ask experienced professionals for advice.
There is no substitute for training and experience. I would recommend anyone wanting to undertake this type of work to spend time with a chartered surveyor to learn the best way to measure.
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