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Land and measured building surveys – quality v cost

We are not big enough to undertake all the work that we are asked to quote for. Competition is fine, as long as it is fair competition and all the surveys will be of the same standard.

Unfortunately if the quotation brief only requests ‘ a land survey of the area marked in red’, then there is likely to be a large difference in quality as well as price. Imagine if you asked the builder to build you a house, but specified nothing further……

   you might end up with either 

Sadly it is often only after the completed survey comes back that the designer realises that the level of detail included is not fit for the purpose that they had intended. This is why we always issue a detailed brief which covers what we will include. Nearly 30 years of working with architects and designers means we have a fair idea of what information is likely to be required.

Don’t tell anyone, but we keep a folder, into which we place ‘questionable quality’ surveys, which we are sometimes sent. Often these are forwarded to us by regular clients who do not   ‘trust’ the previous survey, or need the original survey to be supplemented with additional information, as the original survey failed to gather everything required.

The annoying thing is that someone has already been paid to undertake this work.

Caveat Emptor

Highest price does not necessarily mean the best, but if you get more than 3 prices for something and the lowest is much lower than the others then you should really ask yourself why ?

Effectively you are buying time from us. Typically a degree educated surveyor with several years of experience,  a technician to assist and then maybe £20 000 worth of surveying kit, plus then insurance and the costs of processing and drawing the data.  This is true for anyone in the industry and with several teams of surveyors our fixed costs are pretty low.

We maintain very extensive records as to our productivity, so we have great faith in our quotations. Thus it suggests that if someone is charging half the price, then they are spending a lot less time than we were going to and it infers either the accuracy or the content (or both) will not be to the same standard.

It is such a shame to only later realise that the levels are not correct, or that you need to pay for someone to return to site to gather height information on surrounding buildings, or tree diameters for example, which we would have included as standard.

Further discussion on this topic can be found at the following link:

Pricing of Land and Measured Building Surveys

Snow Land surveying in Worcestershire

There are times when no matter how much planning you do, the weather still gets the better of you. Fortunately our fantastic staff were well prepared and although there was not much land or measured building surveying completed on site on Monday, by our midlands based staff, there was plenty of drawing completed. Of course our Devon office was totally green.

Interesting land surveying conditions

It took 9557 days (just over 26 years) to reach the milestone but Wednesday 15th February 2016 saw an order placed for our 5000th land or measured building survey.  We were hoping that when the 5000th order came in it would not be a 1960’s takeaway restaurant, but rather something more fitting. We are pleased to report that indeed it is a lovely thatched cottage, in Witney, Oxfordshire.

Steady’s Lane

Beautiful to look at and interesting to measure, this makes a noteworthy 5000th survey.

We have never counted the exact split, but would imagine that we have completed over 3000 land surveys and approaching 2000 measured building surveys (either floor plans or elevations or both).

Land Surveyors in Warwickshire

The start of 2016 has seen several teams of our surveyors busy in various locations in Warwickshire, from Leamington Spa to Studley, Warwick to Alcester, undertaking both land surveys and land and measured building surveys.

One man and his tri-pod
Surveying in Leamington Spa

Recent projects have included a former shopping centre, soon to be a prestigious retail store, a residential care home, a former glove factory,  a drinks factory, several hospital car parks, a couple of schools and the usual array of gardens and measured building surveys of residential properties.


Land surveys Exeter

We have recently come across some of the latest graduates from The University of Exeter, which is a great local, 1 year course for those wishing to follow a land surveying career, following a degree in geography, earth science, economics or engineering. More information on careers as a land surveyor can be found on our web site.

Not always high tech
Not always high tech


Land surveying in Exeter

It can be really odd how you do not undertake any work in a particular area for a while, then a whole series of unrelated surveys happens in a particular location. For us this has recently occurred in Exeter.

We have undertaken several land surveys in Exeter in the last few weeks and a couple of measured building surveys within the city limits too. Variety is definitely one of the perks of the job of a land surveyor, coupled with being able to see a bit of once waste ground turned into housing or an income generating business location once more.

Exeter Land Surveying


New Year – new land surveys in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Hereford

Not that with some of the recent weather you could tell where we are. Clearly the reasons staff wear hi-vis clothing is so they can find each other on site…..

Worcester land survey



January has seen us off to a flying start with lots of local land and measured building surveys, plus the odd trip out further afield, to London and Surrey.

Our Devon office continues to grow in size and reputation, with orders received from as far away as Australia. We have been busy so far this year with land and measured building surveys in Plymouth, Exeter and our usual lovely haunts like Hope, Wembury, Salcombe and Totnes.

Still at least it’s not raining……..


Need a Land Surveyor – at what cost ?

Watching a property porn programme last week, just shows again that having a professional measurement surveyor to undertake a land survey, measured building survey or setting out can save the client so much money. Without a setting out specialist the very expensive steel work did not quite fit !  Time was then wasted whilst the steel was made to fit, this delayed everything on site and no doubt cost a lot more than the £300 or so a land surveyor would have charged.

Do not expect a builder to set out for you or survey the site, or an estate agent to produce floor plans that are accurate enough for design work. A specialist land surveyor has undergone many years of training and comes equipped with thousands of pounds worth of technology, which architects / estate agents / builders do not have. Equally do not ask us to bake you a wedding cake !

Gloucestershire here we come – land surveyors in Gloucestershire

Fortunately many of our surveyors live in Gloucestershire, as a lot of our recent work for our Pershore office has been in and around Gloucestershire. Sometimes land surveyors go to lovely places and measure architecturally interesting buildings….and sometimes they don’t, but at least hopefully in their wake they will be redevelopment and an improvement in the surroundings. Below are two buildings at either end of the spectrum when it comes to producing elevation drawings, both of which we have measured in the last few weeks, but we are as happy drawing simple elevations as more ornate ones. So if you need a land survey or a measured building survey in Gloucester, Cheltenham or the rest of the county you know who to call.

Land Surveyors in Gloucestershire

A D Horner Limited, Land and Measured Building Surveyors have been busy in own own home patches of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire recently, undertaking large and small land surveys for garden design, construction, housing developments and local authority flood relief type land surveys. From Tewkesbury to Cheltenham, Gloucester to Tetbury there are not many towns and villages in the last twenty years that we have not been to, either to undertake land surveys or measured building surveys – there are plenty of lovely cottages, historic houses (like the beautiful Wallsworth Hall) and barns that we have produced floor plans and elevations of throughout Gloucestershire. I wonder how many of our 3000 surveys we have completed will have been in Gloucestershire ?