Hello Innes. Welcome to Mansion Ingles.
Hello Craig, how are you?
Very well thank you.
Good, good, good.
What do you do for a living?
Erm…I’m a chartered surveyor, Craig.
I see, and …erm…is that in London?
Erm…just outside of London in…in a place called Essex.
So what does a chartered surveyor do in Essex. Can you tell us about a typical day?
My job’s quite strange really, ..erm…if someone in England decides to buy a house, erm…they employ me to look at the house and tell them if there are any repairs needed, mainly.
I see. Did you have to study for a long time for this job?
Erm…a very long time indeed Craig. Erm…fortunately that’s now over, and erm…my main job is now inspecting houses.
Do you get a company car?
Erm… I’m very fortunate, yes I get a company car because a lot of…a lot of the time I’m driving on the roads.
How much…erm… holiday do they give you..er.. every year?
Erm…because I’ve been at the company for a number of years, I get five weeks holiday a year.
So, what do you think is the best thing about your job, is it the car, the holidays…?
No, it’s…it’s in my mind being a detective. Looking at the house where the owners are trying to cover up the defects for obvious reasons.
Why…why would the owners try to cover up the defects?
Because they’re trying to sell their house, and they want the buyer to think their house is in very very good condition.
My job is to…erm…if possible..erm..find any repairs that are covered, or not known to the buyers.
I see. Erm…what’s the worst thing about your job?
Erm..the worst thing about my job is looking in people’s drains, or down their toilets.
I see. If you were not a chartered surveyor, what would you like to do?
Th..s…a very good question, Craig. Erm…ideally I’d like to be a golfer like Tiger Woods or a professional fly fisherman.
Well, good luck with both of those.
I’m grateful for that Craigy