477. Surveyors.

A surveyor owes his client a duty to perform his contract with reasonable skill and care but the duty and consequent liability are necessarily limited by the extent of the instructions given to him1.

A surveyor who prepares a valuation report for a lender in the knowledge (express or implied) that the buyer will see the report and may rely on it in deciding whether or not to proceed with his purchase owes a duty of care to the buyer2. However, where it is reasonable for the surveyor to assume that the buyer would obtain his own independent survey or