About us

We continue to find innovative, technical solutions to meet the changing needs of our lender clients, partner firms and end consumers.

A rich history of innovation and great customer service

A rich history of innovation and great customer service

Established in 1989, SDL Surveying pioneered many of the practices that are now commonly adopted in the industry.

208,000 valuations managed per year

208,000 valuations managed per year

Following a period of exceptional growth, we now manage around 208,000 mortgage valuations per year on behalf of our lender clients.

A community of almost 400 surveyors

A community of almost 400 surveyors

We have over 100 employed surveyors, plus an additional network of partner surveying firms across the UK.

SDL Surveying

Established in 1989, SDL pioneered the panel management approach in surveying, which marked a move away from local branch managers valuing properties for mortgage purposes.

Today, SDL is the UK’s largest independent provider of mortgage valuations. It works with most major lenders in the UK, managing c.208,000 valuations per year.

SDL was also an early innovator in technology. In 2010, it was the first to introduce iPad technology to drive productivity, manage risk and improve service delivery for lenders. This innovation continued with the launch of its local desktop valuation product, which removes the need for the surveyor to visit the property and allows a mortgage lending decision to be made within an hour. This significantly improves surveyor productivity, as well as providing a cost benefit for the lender.

In addition to lender valuations, SDL also completes a range of private home surveys directly on behalf of consumers. It offers three levels of buyer reports.

SDL fulfils its valuation and survey requirements via a mixture of employed surveyors and an external nationwide network of local independent chartered surveying firms.

In recent years, SDL Surveying has been recognised as a leader in the mortgages sector, scooping a host of prestigious industry awards:

  • Financial Reporter Awards: Best Surveyor (2020, 2021)
  • Mortgage Introducer Awards: Survey/Valuation Business of the Year (2021)
  • Mortgage Strategy Awards: Best Surveyor/Valuer (2021)

Our team

Our values

We work in partnership with our network firms and back them to grow their businesses.

We share success with our people and back them to progress towards personal goals.

We create a better future for consumers by progressing mortgage transactions efficiently.

We create a better future for our people by investing in their wellbeing and development.

We always give our customers the best advice and do the right thing by them.

We act with integrity towards our colleagues and do the right thing in difficult situations.

Part of the MSS group

SDL Surveying is part of the MSS group. MSS is an industry leader in providing technology-led services for the UK property market, efficiently connecting consumers, mortgage intermediaries and lenders.

Focused on mortgage, insurance and surveying services, MSS operates a highly successful and proven network model which aggregates privately owned businesses into a major national player. Our network members benefit from a UK-wide reach and scale, which creates access to commercial arrangements and contracts, not available to them directly.

Technological innovation is core to MSS’s success and it continuously seeks to revolutionise its markets, utilising data-driven tools to optimise its value proposition to customers.

Find out more about MSS


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Chetwynd Business Park, 3 – 4 Regan Way, Nottingham

4.2 837 reviews

  • Avatar Hannah Smith ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I had a surveyor do a valuation at my property yesterday for my buyer. The surveyor … read more was professional, friendly and very polite. I was extremely anxious after reading all the negative reviews that my house would be down valued, but alas no! My buyers have paid over the asking price for my house and the surveyor has valued it at the exact same amount. I'm so pleased and grateful for SDL.
    Thank you.
  • Avatar Karen Howells-Lee ★★★★★ a year ago
    Great service from this company. Arranged by my lender, SDL rang to book an appointment … read more very quickly. Then rang back to offer an earlier slot. Paul rang 30 mins before arriving as promised. He was extremely pleasant, helpful and thorough. No complaint from us at all.
  • Avatar Greg Gibson ★★★★★ a year ago
    The surveyor who attended was extremely professional, showing covid awareness and … read more politeness from the very start. He was informative, engaging and made what could have been a strictly procedural meeting, a more personable and enjoyable one. We shared good conversation and SDL should be made aware that this surveyor represents the company in an excellent way. Would definitely recommend their services as a result