Five minutes with… Andy Lowe, Assistant Surveyor09/08/21
When and how did you decide to pursue a career in property surveying?
I decided to get into surveying when completing my A levels at school. I realised I wanted a hands-on career which would base me in the countryside. After completing work experience within a firm of surveyors and estate agents in Warwickshire, I enrolled with Harper Adams University to pursue my journey as a surveyor.
What did you most enjoy about studying your Rural Property Management degree at Harper Adams University?
I think Harper Adams is the best university to attend in order to train as a surveyor. The balance of theoretical and practical learning combined with a placement year makes it stand out. I enjoyed gaining invaluable experience learning about the modules, particularly valuation, agency and utilities. The atmosphere of Harper Adams is also second to none, with a fantastic social aspect.
What advice would you give to someone interested in following the same career path as you?
Communication is key, as is being calm when put under pressure. A career as a surveyor is very varied and continual learning and adapting is vital to succeed. A love of the countryside also helps!
How did you first hear about Forge Property Consultants?
I discovered Forge when applying for placements while at Harper Adams. I went for an interview and the rest is history.
What do you love most about working at Forge Property Consultants?
The variety of work is fantastic, as is the team. I have seen the firm grow from three full time members to nine. We are all a variety of personalities who work so well together.
What does ‘a day in the life of an assistant surveyor’ entail?
Not one day is ever the same!
What has been your most interesting/ challenging property to work on?
The most challenging has also been the most interesting. I was involved with the sale of a 300-acre country estate in Northumberland, and saw the project through from marketing to completion, the job required lots of strategic thought, communication and negotiation.
What advice do you have for buyers and sellers in today’s property market?
I would advise buyers and sellers to keep calm, the market is extremely buoyant which has resulted in property prices rising, there is most certainly a lack of supply and increase in demand.
Why do you think Shropshire and Staffordshire have so much to offer in terms of beautiful properties?
Shropshire and Staffordshire offer unrivalled beauty which lends itself to a more rural way of life, while still remaining easily commutable to major cities.
What would be your ideal property to live in?
My ideal property would be a smallholding with some land to play around with!
Find out more about the rest of the Forge team here.