Wednesday Q&A: Katie Craig, Director, Edinburgh Commercial Valuation Division

First job: Worked at the Grape Vine Wine Bar and Restaurant in Bothwell

First car: Beige Mini Metro called Gus

What did the start of your professional life look like: I started off in the survey room as it was called, where I learnt how the work was processed, conflict checks carried out and time slots arranged for inspections. The next stage was shadowing colleagues to really learn the ropes.

Best advice received: Don’t over think things (well I am female after all!)

What do you like most about your job: The fact that it is not desk bound and we are out regularly carrying out inspections, meeting people and clients. In particular my Healthcare Specialism means that I am one of several surveyors in DM Hall that cover the whole of Scotland so no two days are the same.

And least: Sometimes we need to work to very tight timescales but you can’t beat the satisfaction when you get it done and the clients are happy.

Biggest professional achievement: Being made a Director at DM Hall earlier this year. Personal achievement my two fantastic teenage kids (Roddy & Rhona) who keep me on my toes and representing Scotland at Squash in my Youth.

The repair most worth doing to your property is: All repairs that keep your property wind and water tight are essential.

How do you see the current crisis panning out for your sector: Definitely a difficult one to predict as the market at the moment hasn’t moved and valuers follow the market they don’t predict it. Initially I thought that the commercial market would lag behind the residential but we have certainly been much busier in the last week to ten days which is a good sign. There are, however sectors of the market which will take longer recover.

How do you switch off: I don’t tend to switch off but probably the best way is a long walk with my dog Barney.

What do you listen to in the car: Forth one but I’m a huge Take That fan so I like at bit of that!

Which social media sites do you like/prefer: Facebook, Twitter and Messenger

If you weren’t in your current job, what would you be doing: Something Sports orientated (teaching/coaching) – I applied to do Sport Science at Moray House in Edinburgh but got into do Surveying instead which to be honest I am glad.

Favourite holiday destination: Cape Town and the Garden Route South Africa every time.

What makes you happy: Spending time with my family, I am very lucky to have such an amazing supportive family and we share a lot of time together with lots of laughter. 

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