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Land Surveyors Devon

We are a modest bunch. Maybe too much so, but twice this week so far we have heard praise for our land surveys, because unlike so many of our competitors, they are comprehensive and accurate.

That’s just the basics surely ? How can some competitors have been in business for so long and yet produce frankly shoddy work ?

The answer is of course that, you don’t know what you don’t know…. until you have worked with a proper land survey, you don’t realise what you have been missing out on. Devon Land Surveys – it’s just what we do, clearly so much better than most.

When we talk to new clients they mention time and time again the same competitor names, along with the comment that they will never use them again, because of issues that they have had with their survey work.

Thankfully we would like to think we make a great alternative !

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

Land surveys Plymouth, Exeter and South Devon

It has been a very busy spring and summer for our teams based at our South West office, with land surveys of back gardens to industrial estates and large green field sites.

Measured building survey wise we have surveyed another 2 hospital sites and managed even to send a new assistant to a hospital mortuary on his first day ! Land and measured building surveying can certainly take you to some interesting places.

Dentist School

Winter Land surveys in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

The great thing about really local work is that you do not have to set the alarm clock too early to still be on site for first light in the winter months.

We have been busy undertaking lots of land and measured building surveys in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire which has been a bonus.

Thankfully lighter nights are now with us and so the time pressure has eased. Also we hope there will be less mud around ?

Land surveying in the muddy depths of winter
Land surveying in the muddy depths of winter

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……..

 

Land Surveyors In Bath

A D Horner undertake lots of land and measured building surveys in Bristol and Bath but not all can provide  such a  memorable week for two of our land surveying teams to be on site at the American Museum In Britain,  which just happens to be located in a beautiful setting just outside  Bath. This wonderful museum is the only  museum of  Americana outside of the United States. It has been very fitting to be present with all the  excitement of the  Presidential elections in the background. Truly a moment of history in the making – and the land surveying is  pretty awesome too. We have been delighted to work with the Museum on previous projects, this time we are working with their American Landscape Architect to help redesign some of the existing landscaping.

Land Surveys In Birmingham, Devon and Everywhere Inbetween

Where does time go, one minute it is spring and the next moment we are at the school holidays (not sure where summer is yet !) We came up with a long list of places that we have been busy surveying in. As well as the usual land surveys in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford,  Birmingham and so on we have also been busy slightly further afield. Our Devon office has undertaken measured building and land surveys in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and we have also had staff in Mayfair, Hammersmith, Ashby-De-La-Zouche,  and Ascot to name but a few. When totalled together we covered over 70 000 miles last year and yet still managed to undertake our most local survey ever – the property next door.

Spring Land Surveys in Devon and Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and lots of other places !

We have been so busy undertaking land and measured building surveys that there has hardly been a moment to blog about it. Spring has arrived seemingly both in terms of the weather and the amount of work that we have successfully quoted for. We have been particularly busy in the education sector, both public and private, primary schools to Universities, measuring floor plans, elevations and land surveys in Bath, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Devon, Worcester and Oxford. But with spring in mind here are some of the ladies we have recently encountered when measuring up around their barn !

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.