I had a terrible experience with a previous surveyor so I was dreading this survey but my goodness what a vastly different experience! Granted, they still insist on really inconvenient appointment times (honestly, I don’t understand why – if it MUST be done this week – surveyors won’t be more flexible?! Like, who can take more than half a day off work at short notice just to sit home and wait for a surveyor?!) but other than that, I can say that my surveyor was courteous and professional, and crucially, did not undervalue my property but valued it at market value.
I still think there should be massive reform in the surveying process, but if more surveyors were like the one I had, it wouldn’t be nearly as stressful and horrible an overall experience.